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State Senate Votes To Extend Window For The Child Victims Act

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – The New York State Senate unanimous voted Tuesday to extend the lookback window for the Child Victims Act.Victims will now have until August 2021 to bring about any civil action.The vote was the first time in two months that the New York State Senate was back in session. Many members tuned in remotely.The Child Victim’s Act was signed in to law last year and gives victims time to file lawsuits in cases involving abuse that may have surpassed the statute of limitations. last_img

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Two Jamestown Residents Sentenced Following Witness Retaliation Conviction

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.BUFFALO — Two Jamestown residents have been sentenced to prison after being convicted of conspiracy to retaliate against an informant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Bobby Hunt, 27, and Amy Dean, 31, were sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and a period of time served (approximately three months) respectively by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, said that in October 2018, the defendants conspired to intimidate and/or retaliate against an individual (the victim), whom they believed was sharing information with investigators regarding the drug trafficking activities of Ramael Fields, Jr.Hunt and Dean believed the Victim might also share information about Hunt’s possible involvement in a narcotics conspiracy. Fields was previously arrested in connection with a federal investigation of a large-scale methamphetamine distribution operation in Jamestown. On October 17 and October 25, 2018, Hunt posted a series of Facebook messages regarding individuals “snitching” on the defendant’s “brother,” Ramael Fields, Jr., officials said. On October 25, 2018, Hunt posted a copy of the cover page of the indictment that charged Fields. The cover page included a list of individuals whom Fields and Hunt believed to be federal informants who provided information that led to the arrest of Fields. Hunt received the indictment cover page from Fields, who instructed the defendant to post the page on Facebook. Also on October 25, 2018, Hunt and Dean left the victim several threatening Facebook voice messages, including:Hunt: You know if I go to jail for conspiracy there’s going to be a lot of females after you!Dean: That’s right [expletive] and his sister is one of them so go ahead and try [expletive] cause I live at 124 Barrows and you can come get yourself some, don’t you threaten my little brother!The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Guyton.last_img read more

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Police Identify Man Killed In Wednesday Crash

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.DUNKIRK – Police have identified the man killed in a one-vehicle crash last week in Dunkirk.The City of Dunkirk Police Department says Harley Smith, 41, of Fredonia, died after his vehicle struck a tree in the 600 block of South Roberts Road Wednesday afternoon.Not much is known about the crash other than that Smith died at the scene.Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department accident reconstruction team, Chautauqua County Coroner’s office and Chautauqua County Fire Police. last_img

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Governor Warns Of ‘COVID Fatigue,’ Asks Residents To Watch Family Mental Health

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – New York’s Governor says COVID-19 is affecting more than just physical health; it’s impacting people’s mental health too.Governor Andrew Cuomo during his press conference briefing on Wednesday called it “COVID Fatigue.”Cuomo says he is hearing stories of people dealing with emotional stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic, but stressed that while people are getting tired, the virus isn’t.“COVID in the early stages, I think, was almost a form of adrenaline that kicks in and you do what you have to do, and you function and that gets you through,” Cuomo explained. “The adrenaline phase, and now you have this overwhelming sense and people are feeling it.” The Governor now wants New Yorkers to come together to battle COVID fatigue.He’s asking everyone to take a few minutes to call their loved ones and check in on them. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Book of Mormon Braves the Snow, Outside Mullingar Officially Takes a Bow

first_img FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
 1. The Book of Mormon ($1,660,267) 2. The Lion King ($1,608,611) 3. Wicked ($1,598,920)
 4. Kinky Boots ($1,385,078) 5. Motown the Musical ($1,115,402) Read below to find out who was on top and who was not for the week ending January 26:
 UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
 5. Rock of Ages ($350,837) 4. A Night with Janis Joplin ($314,542) 3. Outside Mullingar ($225,870)* 2. Machinal ($189,739) 1. Bronx Bombers ($157,099)**
 FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (100.02%) 
3. The Lion King (98.71%) 4. Wicked (98.30%)
 5. Matilda (96.94%)

 UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
 5. Jersey Boys (72.46%) 4. Cinderella (65.46%) 3. Bronx Bombers (63.25%)** 2. A Night with Janis Joplin (63.13%) 1. Machinal (62.43%%)

center_img View Comments The polar vortex made things chilly this past week with snow, slush and below freezing temperatures, and the theaters on the Main Stem felt it too. While the box office suffered, long-running stalwarts The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Wicked stayed hot, keeping a hold of the top three spots in grosses. Meanwhile, Outside Mullingar, starring Emmy winner Debra Messing, officially opened to respectable crowds at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and A Night with Janis Joplin announced it would be departing Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. *Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances **Number based on 8 preview performances last_img read more

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Idina Menzel Will Perform Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ at the Academy Awards

first_imgIt’s time for the rest of the world to see what she can do! Idina Menzel will rise like the break of dawn and take the Oscar stage by storm (you, know, like a blizzard) to perform Frozen’s “Let It Go” at the 86th Academy Awards. Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have confirmed that the Tony winner will perform the Oscar-nominated song at the March 2 show, airing live on ABC. Menzel wrote of the news on her Facebook page: “It’s really happening. I’m singing on the Oscars! Surreal. Thank you Frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.” The moment “Let It Go” was nominated for Best Original Song, we immediately wondered if Menzel would be able to take a night off from rehearsing If/Then to perform the show-stopping anthem at the ceremony. Obviously, the song is brought to magical-frozen-fractals-all-around life by Menzel in the movie, but was simultaneously released as a single by pop singer Demi Lovato. Disney’s Frozen juggernaut rages on: the movie is the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($913 million worldwide and counting) and it’s the favorite to win Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. The movie’s soundtrack, featuring an incredible score by Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has sold over 863,000 copies in the U.S. and is the first soundtrack to spend four weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 chart since 2003. Star Files View Comments Disney’s Frozencenter_img And now for the part of this story you’ve all really been waiting for… Check out Idina Menzel performing “Let It Go” at the 2013 D23 Expo in the first video below and then watch (for the gazillionth time) Elsa, the Snow Queen, show the cold who’s boss in the second video! You’re welcome. Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally Led Annapurna Opens

first_img The couple reprise their roles after starring in the two-person play at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in 2013. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 1, 2014 Real-life husband and wife Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) will (hopefully) keep the drama on stage as they star in the New Group’s Annapurna, which celebrates its opening night on April 21. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, the production will play a limited engagement through June 1 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. Written by Sharr White, Annapurna tells the story of Emma (Mullally), who walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses (Offerman) in the middle of the night. Now hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked up to an oxygen tank and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the best and worst of their former bond. Related Shows Annapurna View Commentslast_img read more

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A Gentleman’s Guide’s Jefferson Mays & Bryce Pinkham Are Taking Your Questions!

first_imgYou’ve seen A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder headliners Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham sing a duet while wearing giant dog collars in their awesome backstage tour video—now see them take a seat on the big gray couch at Broadway.com HQ to answer your questions! The newly minted Tony nominees are teaming up for their very own Ask a Star feature, but first, we want to know what you want to ask this hilarious duo. In the Tony-nominated musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Pinkham plays Monty Navarro, a British commoner who discovers he’s in line to inherit the Earldom of Highhurst—but first, he must knock off all nine living members of the D’Ysquith family (all played by Jefferson Mays). Ask the stars a question below, then check back to see them take a stab (haha, get it?!) at your questions! <a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z4qjofi1nyf0qz/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z4qjofi1nyf0qz/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 View Comments Bryce Pinkhamcenter_img Star Files Jefferson Mays Related Showslast_img read more

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It’s Only a Play Opens on Broadway

first_img View Comments Congratulations to the insane cast of It’s Only a Play! Hopefully your party is a little less…tense. Now, do you mind if we squeeze into that selfie? Talk about meta. The star-packed It’s Only a Play, the Jack O’Brien-helmed comedy about theater folk celebrating (and dreading) their show’s opening night reviews, opens officially on the Great White Way on October 9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. To commemorate the special performance of the Terrence McNally play, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the zany bunch. Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img The gang’s all there (clockwise from top left): Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham as hot-tempered critic Ira Drew, Tony and Emmy winner Stockard Channing as the pill-popping starlet Virginia Noyes, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as wunderkind director/klepto Frank Finger, Emmy winner Megan Mullally as fledgling producer Julia Budder, Tony winner Matthew Broderick as hopeful playwright Peter Austin, Tony winner Nathan Lane as Peter’s pal and eccentric TV star James Wicker and newcomer Micah Stock, making his Broadway debut as actor/singer/dancer/comedian/performance artist/mime and coat check attendant Gus. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Playlast_img read more

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Culturalist Challenge! Which Role Should Clay Aiken Play on Broadway?

first_img Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the November 19 episode of The Broadway.com Show! STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. Last week, we asked to rank your top ten must-see performances on Broadway—it was a tough one, but Idina Menzel’s powerhouse performance in If/Then took the lead! This week, we’ve got a brand new challenge. Sadly, Broadway alum and American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken lost the general election last week and will not become a member of Congress after all. But the good news? The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner is finally free to return to Broadway! So we have to know: Which role do you want to see Clay play on the Great White Way? Broadway.com photo editor Caitlin McNaney has posted her list of Clay Aiken dream roles here! The Broadway.com staff is nuts about Culturalist, the awesome website that lets you rank and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank on Culturalist. We’ll announce the most popular 10 choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top ten list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.)center_img Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. View Comments STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.last_img read more