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brussels university to honor loach despite criticism of pm

brussels — the brussels ulb university says it is going ahead with honoring british director ken loach on thursday despite veiled criticism from prime minister charles michel.loach, who is known for his strong defense of the palestine cause and is often critical of the israeli government, is considered by some commentators to be anti-semitic.michel, a former ulb student, said in the brussels grand synagogue wednesday night that “anti-semitism cannot be tolerated whatever its form. that also goes for my alma mater.”loach said in a statement that “depicting me as anti-semitic simply because i am adding my voice to those who denounce the plight of the palestinians is grotesque.”copyright 2018 the associated press. all rights reserved. this material may not be published, broadcast, r...





disney emphasizes china roots in shanghai amid trade tension

shanghai — walt disney co. used the expansion of its $5.5 billion disney resort in shanghai on thursday to highlight its deep china connections despite worsening trade tensions between washington and beijing.beneath the surface, shanghai’s disneyland is not purely american and has been a boon to the local economy, providing both jobs and high-quality entertainment, company executives said.disney took an unusually collaborative approach to its shanghai theme park, which opened in 2016, handing over a 57 percent ownership stake to its state-owned chinese partner, the shanghai shendi group. “we’re excited about the fact that we’re not an american company just here by ourselves. we’re a real collaborative company,” bob weis, president of walt disney imagineering, which oversaw co...





architecture activists among turner prize nominees

london — a group that uses architecture to uncover human rights abuses is among four finalists for the prestigious turner prize for art.london-based collective forensic architecture, which includes artists, architects, lawyers and researchers, creates 3-d visualizations that have been used by prosecutors and rights groups around the world.film and video artists naeem mohaiemen, charlotte prodger and luke willis thompson are the other names on the list of finalists announced thursday.the winner of the 25,000-pound ($35,000) prize will be revealed in december.founded in 1984, the turner prize helped launch the careers of damien hirst and other members of the “young british artists” generation, and often sparks debate about the value of modern art.previous winners include potter grayson...





tv highlights: ‘quantico’ returns for season 3

listings for april 26.(all times eastern.)the big bang theory (cbs at 8) sheldon tries to win money for science in las vegas.grey’s anatomy (abc at 8) crisis management tries to deal with allegations against harper avery.superstore (nbc at 8) glenn and dina try to win a contest.rupaul’s drag race (vh1 at 8) kumail nanjiani and emily gordon guest judge.station 19 (abc at 9) jack and ryan are forced to work together.champions (nbc at 9:30) vince is accused of playing favoritism with the staff.specialenissa amani: ehrenwort (netflix streaming) stand-up from the comedian. german with english subtitles.late nightconan (tbs at 11) chris pratt, scarlett johansson, chris hemsworth, anthony mackie.daily show (comedy central at 11) a$ap rocky.fallon (nbc at 11:34) kevin bacon...





disney emphasizes china roots in shanghai amid trade tension

shanghai — walt disney co. executives are emphasizing their chinese connections as they launch an extension of the $5.5 billion disney resort in shanghai amid rising trade tensions and threats of punishing tariffs from both washington and beijing.bob weis, a top disney executive, says most of the labor and materials that went into the new toy story land are from china. “we’re a local company,” he said at thursday’s colorful launch. “everything here is built and made in china.”disney has taken an unusually collaborative approach to its shanghai theme park, handing over 57 percent of ownership to a state-owned chinese partner, which may help shield the company from political risk.in the past, political tensions have prompted protests and boycotts of south korean, japanese and u...





lynching memorial and museum in montgomery open to public

by beth j. harpaz | apby beth j. harpaz | apapril 26 at 1:14 ammontgomery, ala. — the public is getting its first look at a lynching memorial and museum in montgomery, alabama.the national memorial for peace and justice, opening thursday, is dedicated to 4,400 individuals who lost their lives in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. their names are engraved on 800 steel rectangles, one for each u.s. county where lynchings occurred.a museum is also opening in montgomery, called the legacy museum: from enslavement to mass incarceration.launch events include a “peace and justice summit” featuring celebrities and activists like ava duvernay, marian wright edelman and gloria steinem.the summit, museum and memorial are projects of the equal justice initiative, ...





disney emphasizes china roots in shanghai amid trade tension

shanghai — walt disney co. stressed its deep china connections as it opened an extension of shanghai’s $5.5 billion disney resort on thursday amid escalating tensions over trade and technology between beijing and washington.disney executives took pains to emphasize that beneath the surface, shanghai’s disneyland is not purely american and has been a boon to the local economy, providing both jobs and high-quality entertainment.disney took an unusually collaborative approach to its shanghai theme park, which opened in 2016. it handed over a 57 percent ownership stake to its state-owned chinese partner, the shanghai shendi group. “we’re excited about the fact that we’re not an american company just here by ourselves. we’re a real collaborative company,” bob weis, president of ...





dana carvey's best impressions of george h. w. bush

video channels |top newspopularlive(the washington post) live entertainment dana carvey's best impressions of george h. w. bush here's a look back at saturday night live cast member dana carvey's sketches of former president george h. w. bush. related links read more up next in entertainment 1:15 dana carvey's best impressions of george h. w. bush 1:22 'he is my brother:' kanye west shows trump love on twitter 2:01 a running list of john oliver’s 'catheter cowboy' ads 1:52 after a 15 year hiatus, here’s what shania twain’s been up to 1:27 remembering avicii, the swedish dj who became the face of edm 1:46 cynthia nixon slams cuomo during colbert interview 1:32 comey on trump: he tweets at me 'like the breakup he can’t get over' 1:04 sean hannity explains attorney-client pr...





'the handmaid's tale' season 2: showrunner bruce miller explains how the hulu series took gilead beyond the book

elisabeth moss returns for the second season of hulu's acclaimed dystopian drama. this season focuses on the roots of gilead and offred's fate after becoming pregnant. (hulu)so what happens when you pick up where the book left off?“this is a more common experience for me in television writing, approaching something without source material,” showrunner bruce miller said. “it was a little bit more comfortable than adapting one of the world’s greatest pieces of literature, which, you know, has a smidge of pressure attached to it.”on wednesday, the hulu series kicked off its sophomore season with two heart-pumping episodes. new episodes will then post weekly, until a july 11 finale.below are highlights from a conversation with miller about fan-favorite characters, how the show resp...





uma thurman, patty griffin among readers at poetry tribute

new york — as uma thurman rose from her chair during a poetry tribute at lincoln center, she turned and bowed to the reader who preceded her, visual artist lorna simpson. “that’s called when the evening peaks,” thurman said wednesday night after simpson had completed june jordan’s “poem about my rights,” an impassioned statement of resilience in the face of male violence and oppression. with such lines “i am the history of battery assault and limitless armies/armies against whatever i want to do with my mind,” the 40-year-old poem inspired by women in the apartheid system of south africa seemed as modern as the #metoo movement and thurman’s recent allegations of abuse by harvey weinstein. thurman was the final reader at “poetry & the creative mind,” a tribute to nat...





‘avengers: infinity war’: how critics are answering your 10 pressing questions about the movie

black panther (chadwick boseman) sharpens his senses for battle against thanos in the trailer for “avengers: infinity war.” (disney/marvel)as the embargo lifted tuesday on film reviews for disney/marvel’s “avengers: infinity war,” the stream of early verdicts began to accumulate toward critical consensus: the mega-movie fairly succeeds on many fronts, but a mission this massive is bound to expose some structural flaws.ahead of friday’s official opening, here is how film critics’ impressions are answering key, essentially non-spoiler questions about what the hollywood reporter calls a “densely packed superhero orgy.”1. is the film worth seeing?early tallies gave “infinity war” an 88 percent “fresh” score on rotten tomatoes and an average pro-reviewer score of “6...





melania trump’s fashion makes a statement during french visit

live style melania trump’s fashion makes a statement during french visit melania trump has been a quiet presence in washington since her husband took office in 2017. but her outfits as the first lady have got people talking. related links





baseball document, thought worth millions, spurs court fight

los angeles — one of the most valuable pieces of baseball memorabilia — a copy of the 1876 national league constitution that established business practices that remain the norm today — is at the center of a legal dispute between the family of a late baseball executive and an auction house they say is holding it hostage.mary elizabeth fleig, the 92-year-old widow of fred fleig, and a company owned by his son-in-law, keith nadel, filed a lawsuit wednesday in los angeles county superior court against scp auctions.the two sides were working together last may to sell the papers that had been among fred fleig’s belongings when he died in 1979, a year after he retired as the national league’s secretary and treasurer. but after ads and an associated press story appeared about the auction...





musicians to raise funds for waffle house shooting victims

by kristin m. hall | apby kristin m. hall | apapril 25 at 6:13 pmnashville, tenn. — nashville’s musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of a shooting at a tennessee waffle house with a special t-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman.james shaw jr., lauded as a hero during the shooting that left four dead and more injured early sunday, met with country singer brantley gilbert and indie rocker chris carrabba of dashboard confessional on wednesday at a nashville rehearsal hall.at their upcoming concerts in may, the musicians will sell a t-shirt that features the words “i believe in heroism,” along with an image of shaw’s injured hand that was burned when he grabbed the gun away from suspect travis reinking. proceeds from the sales will benefit the v...





delorean widow sues for ‘back to the future’ payments

newark, n.j. — the widow of maverick automaker john delorean has alleged in a lawsuit that a texas company illegally received money from the “back to the future” movies that used his iconic car.the sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors known simply as “the delorean,” was featured in the 1985 movie starring michael j. fox and a 1989 sequel, about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents’ meeting.the lawsuit filed this week in federal court in newark includes a contract with universal from 1989 that gave delorean 5 percent of net receipts for any merchandising that featured the car and logo “as a key component.”according to the suit, the texas company, called delorean motor company, represented to universal that it had the right to the money and has already re...





malian musician sidi touré brings welcomely joyous songs to the kennedy center

positioned just off-center in a white ankle-length robe, sidi touré was the visual and vocal focus of his band’s performance tuesday evening at the kennedy center millennium stage. but the quintet’s music seemed to take many of its cues from the playing of ousmane “papou” dagnon, a master of the n’goni.the instrument, widely considered the ancestor of the banjo, has a high-pitched percussive tone that suggests a 12-string guitar and, sometimes, a jazzy harpsichord. the n’goni can produce rapid flurries of notes, and its presence may explain why “toubalbero,” touré’s new album, is often quicker-paced than his earlier work. the recording is the musician’s first in years to employ plugged-in guitars, played by touré and lead guitarist djadje traore. but dagnon provides ...





tv highlights: ‘quantico’ returns for season 3

listings for april 26.(all times eastern.)the big bang theory (cbs at 8) sheldon tries to win money for science in las vegas.grey’s anatomy (abc at 8) crisis management tries to deal with allegations against harper avery.superstore (nbc at 8) glenn and dina try to win a contest.rupaul’s drag race (vh1 at 8) kumail nanjiani and emily gordon guest judge.station 19 (abc at 9) jack and ryan are forced to work together.champions (nbc at 9:30) vince is accused of playing favoritism with the staff.specialenissa amani: ehrenwort (netflix streaming) stand-up from the comedian. german with english subtitles.late nightconan (tbs at 11) chris pratt, scarlett johansson, chris hemsworth, anthony mackie.daily show (comedy central at 11) a$ap rocky.fallon (nbc at 11:34) kevin bacon...





perfect tales for the witching hour

walpurgisnacht! except for halloween, there is no more haunted night of the year than april 30, walpurgisnacht or may day eve, when witches traditionally assemble to celebrate their blasphemous sabbath and pay reverence to the horned god. unless you happen to be a witch, it’s wise to stay indoors. there you might appropriately spend the evening enjoying some classic or contemporary tales of horror and the supernatural.one hundred years ago, william hope hodgson was killed in action during world war i. to commemorate this sad anniversary, the swan river press has issued an exceptional new edition of hodgson’s most famous novel, the house on the borderland, with an introduction by comics giant alan moore, illustrations by john coulthart, an afterword by novelist and essayist iain sinclai...





weddings are stress factories for many a bride and groom

new york — weddings are festive, but they’re often mega-stressful for bride and groom. multiply that by about a million and it’s a wonder meghan markle is still upright as her may 19 royal nuptials crawl ever closer.her prince, harry, was born into “the firm,” but markle is a newbie, so how does a high-profile bride like herself manage all that wedding pressure?she can approach her big day like the commoner she remains for the moment and seize some time for herself while she still can.los angeles psychologist antonia hall suggests brides block out 10- to 15-minute increments of “me time” to just be alone, meditate or take some cleansing breaths. “the expectations of a perfect day can lead to some pretty intense stress in prep for and during the actual wedding day,” she sa...





‘fixer upper’ star debuts cookbook, talks post-show plans

new york — even though “fixer upper” has come to an end, joanna gaines is still going strong.the designing half of the just-wrapped hgtv show is showcasing her cooking skills with the release of her “magnolia table” cookbook. she showcased tasty food made from the book’s recipes at a recent lunch in new york as hubby chip cracked jokes and playfully teased his pregnant wife while prepping biscuits in front of guests.the pair talked about the inspiration for the book, which was finding time to spend time together with their four children. “i just craved those moments around the table with our family,” she said. “if we weren’t intentional about it, life would just really fly by really fast.” “fixer upper” has been one of hgtv’s most successful shows, but the coupl...