Mother Jones wins Shorenstein Center’s 2017 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

first_img Read Full Story Cambridge, Mass. — The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School has been awarded to Shane Bauer of Mother Jones for his investigative report “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.”Bauer spent four months working as a guard to get a deep look inside the secretive world of private prisons, exposing mismanagement. Within a few weeks, the Department of Justice announced it would end its use of private prisons and the Department of Homeland Security said it would consider doing the same.“The judges agonized over this year’s decision,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele. “Ultimately, the Mother Jones piece was an exceptional piece of reporting that deserved special attention and recognition. It was a brave and unusual story, full of challenges that were deftly navigated in the finest tradition of deep reporting.”Additionally, the Shorenstein Center awarded the Career Award for Excellence in Journalism to Jorge Ramos. The Goldsmith Book Prizes were awarded to James T. Hamilton for Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism and David Greenberg for Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency.The five finalists for the Investigative Reporting Prize were The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Angela Lansbury to Headline The Chalk Garden on B’way

first_img View Comments Star Files At long last, it looks like Grande dame Angela Lansbury will return to the stage in the first Broadway revival of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden. The five-time Tony winner has been eyeing the project since 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Rudin and Andrew Bryan will produce the show in the 2017-18 season.Lansbury has earned Tony Awards for her performances in Blithe Spirit, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame. She was also nominated for A Little Night Music and Deuce. Lansbury most recently appeared on Broadway in The Best Man, starring opposite James Earl Jones; the two went on to headline an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy in 2013. Her myriad screen credits include Oscar-nominated performances in The Manchurian Candidate, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gaslight, as well as Murder, She Wrote, for which she received 12 Emmy nods.The Chalk Garden follows a grandmother who tries to find a suitable governess to look after her disturbed granddaughter, Laurel, who is more concerned with exposing the sordid pasts of her potential caregivers.The play originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and starred Gladys Cooper and the late Marian Seldes (whom Lansbury starred opposite in Deuce). It received five Tony Awards nominations including Best Play. The story was adapted into a feature film in 1964 starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills. Angela Lansbury(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Angela Lansburylast_img read more

Join the ‘SPCP.’

first_imgIt’s about time someone spoke up about cruelty to plants. We decry cruelty to animals (and I do like animals), but plants can’t move. They have to just stand there and take it without yelping, whining or fighting back — except for some of our thorny friends. Other Abusers When these roots are disturbed, they have to regrow. In a critical period when the tree is in trouble anyway for lack of moisture, the difficulty of food and water getting through those damaged areas could kill the tree. Deadly to Roots But I noticed later that afternoon that someone had dumped hot coals out of a grill between two small bushes. The careless act killed both plants by burning the leaves and stems, along with the roots. I recently went to a ball game on a university campus. As usual, the festivities included a lot of tailgating and barbecuing. I saw three other dumps around trees, along with assorted chicken and steak bones. One dogwood was a victim. Dogwoods are known for their shallow root systems. I could see the burns on the tops of the roots. And what about just general abuse — parents who let kids run amok through the plantings at a public garden (it is for the public, isn’t it?) or pick a few posies (there are so many they’ll never be missed), or who themselves walk across the beds for a closer look at a particularly pretty (but now short-lived) specimen? The one pest that’s probably the most detrimental to plants is people. No, they don’t mean to be cruel. But just by their thoughtless actions, they’re killing plants. What about the hikers who leave the paths for a shortcut down the hill or the campers who pour the grease out of the skillet over a patch of “weeds”?center_img Another problem is that people seem to drive their cars anywhere, even onto the root systems of trees. (How many times have you tried to park in the shade?) Most trees’ root systems extend out twice the width of the drip line. Every time someone drives on the roots, it breaks the small feeder roots that feed and water the plant. Fight for the Nonfuzzies It is about time for the “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants” to stand up and fight for the nonfuzzies. It’s time to be heard — although, admittedly, this probably won’t get on the 6 o’clock news. Park in the Shade? Yes, we do have cruel plants. Pitcher plants (Sarraceniaceae) actually live off insects. However, with most plants, the insects — along with diseases and other pests — live off them. Plants make public places a lot more pleasant. Every cultivated and natural area is, in its own right, a plant preserve. Treating plants with more respect will go a long way in improving our environment. Be a member in good standing of the “SPCP”!last_img read more

Fury’s third fight with Wilder postponed

first_img Loading… Tyson Fury is set to fight Deontay Wilder in October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The heavyweights’ trilogy fight was originally pencilled in for 18 July in Las Vegas, but boxing is currently suspended in the UK and flights to America barred as the world tries to arrest the spread of coronavirus. Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III postponed until October Reports revealed last week that the July date was under serious threat and Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has now confirmed the fight had been postponed. ‘Clearly not,’ Arum told ESPN when asked if 18 July was still the Fury vs Wilder III date. ‘We don’t even know if the MGM will even be open by then. You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s Daughter7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made COVID-19: Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III postponed until October ‘Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets? It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.’ MGM Resorts is currently closed in Las Vegas, with casinos shut and events put on hold until further notice. Fury is currently unable to travel to America, which would present an issue for the WBC champion as his trainer, SugarHill Steward, is based in the US. The British star has held his last four training camps in America, but the UK is on lockdown for the foreseeable future. Arum confirmed October was now the target for the trilogy fight. Read Also: Federer donates $1m to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis‘Everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It’s part of what’s happening in the world,’ Arum continued.‘So possibly the fight will be in early October.’Fury has urged people to join the fight to beat coronavirus and follow Boris Johnson’s pleas to stay at home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more