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Time to end Western support for terrorists in Syria. …
With AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad” comes to an end, show star Bryan Cranston has signed on for a new project — this one off-screen. Cranston, who began his career on the stage, will head to Massachusetts to star as Lyndon B. Johnson in a new production by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.From the L.A. Times:”All The Way” will open the new season at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts, with performances scheduled to begin Sept. 13. The company said that the play dramatizes Johnson’s first year in the Oval Office as he deals with the conflict in Vietnam and civil-rights unrest at home. Schenkkan wrote the play as a commission for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it was produced in 2012 with a different cast and directed by Bill Rauch, who is artistic director of the Oregon company. Rauch is returning as director of the new production.Continue Reading… …
In a sign of a rapidly changing media world, a relatively unknown New York-based online nonprofit news site joined some of the country’s most well-known media outlets in claiming a Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in journalism. InsideClimate News won the Pulitzer Monday, April 15,… ;
The annual Pulitzer Prize
winners were announced yesterday, which created some unfortunate
awkwardness (The Associated Press was still tweeting out the
winners as basic news about the Boston Marathon explosions was
The New York Times took home a handful in various
categories (you can read its coverage of all the winners
here). Atypically, one of the winners was a small independent
nonprofit environmental news outlet that reported on the dangers of
oil pipelines (yes, there are some Keystone XL fears involved, but
Inside Climate News did
their homework). Less atypically, the winner for editorial
cartoons is terrible.
Of note is the win for public service journalism by the south
Sun Sentinel for exposing rampant and sometimes
dangerous speeding by law enforcement officials. In January, Ed
Krayewski made note of the
harassment of a state trooper who dared pull over an off-duty
cop for driving 120 miles per hour on the Florida Turnpike on his
way to a second job.
The Sun Sentinel investigated and broke the story open
a year ago, showing how this was far from an isolated incident. The
paper reported last February:
A three-month Sun Sentinel investigation found almost 800 cops
from a dozen agencies driving 90 to 130 mph on our highways.
Many weren’t even on duty — they were commuting to and from work
in their take-home patrol cars.
The extent of the problem uncovered by the newspaper shocked
South Florida’s police brass. All the agencies started internal
Sun Sentinel reporters got their hands on toll records
from police officers, then determined how fast they were driving
based on the time it took to get from one toll booth to the next.
Their three-part series also documented the fatalities caused by
police speeding (and the lack of consequences) and the permissive
police culture that led to the harassment noted earlier.
Sun Sentinel’s page for their investigative series is here,
and at the bottom there are links to stories documenting changes
and police discipline that has resulted from the newspaper’s
reporting. Congrats to them for leaning on law enforcement like a
good public watchdog. …
Swedish-American historian Fredrik Logevall has been awarded a Pulitzer prize, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded in the US for achievements in journalism and the arts. …