Odds & Ends: Les Miz’s Andy Mientus May Return to The Flash & More

first_img Will Les Miz’s Andy Mientus Return to The Flash? Andy Mientus recently stopped by PIX 11 to talk his star turn on The CW’s The Flash and also treading the boards in Les Miserables. The Smash alum departs the Imperial Theatre on March 1, and watch below as he urges “come see me before then if you can.” What’s next? Well it transpires that his two-episode arc as Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper, an openly gay villain with hearing loss, could turn into something more… Avenue Q’s Jeff Marx Pens Rock Musical We’re keeping an eye on this new rock musical. Tony-winning Avenue Q scribe Jeff Marx has teamed up with Fat Mike and Goddess Soma to pen Home Street Home. The tuner, based on true stories of the authors’ experiences of homelessness and punk culture, will play an 11-performance run February 20 through March 7 in San Francisco at Z Space. Unable to see it? The Home Street Home concept album, which features over a dozen songs from the musical’s score, will be released on February 10 through Fat Wreck Chords. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch a Sneak Peek of Frozen Fever Yesterday we brought you a first look at Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff’s return to the screen—now here’s a featurette all about Frozen Fever. Watch below for a special look at Disney’s new short film, which will first appear on March 13 in movie theaters, right before Cinderella. And did we mention that the “Let It Go” Lopez’s have written a new song for the spinoff? And that Broadway faves Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff are back? And…yes, we’re very excited. View Commentslast_img read more

Young lawyers to the rescue

first_img October 15, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Young lawyers to the rescue Jan Pudlow Associate Editor The Lucky 13 truck stop was the scene of a most happy delivery on the edge of disaster.Four days after Hurricane Ivan ravaged the Pensacola area, Maria Armas, assistant general counsel of the 11th Judicial Circuit, cruised up from Miami, to mile marker 70 near Crestview. She was behind the wheel of her twin brother’s camper truck jam-packed with everything from generators to surge protectors to jugs of water to bug spray.Meeting her there alongside the highway was fellow Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division board member Julie Jones, who drove over from storm-tossed Pensacola in her empty truck.Putting tailgate to tailgate, they managed to slide the heavy generators over to Jones’ truck, along with the rest of the survival gear.Jones’ co-workers at Gulf Power in Pensacola—a dozen left with nothing but the clothes on their backs and only concrete slabs where their homes once stood—were in crisis.“We have many I work with who lost everything,”Jones wrote in an e-mail. “Things are slowly opening, but not anywhere near enough to meet the need, and the shelves are bare. My co-workers were awed by the fact that people not even from here were going out of their way to send help.“Many have asked me who you all are, and this is my response: They are the leaders of the young lawyers in Florida, and they are not only fine attorneys, but they are wonderful people who care enough to reach out to those who cannot help themselves without hesitation.”It is the Young Lawyers Division that The Florida Bar turns to for hurricane relief volunteers. In a cooperative arrangement with the ABA YLD’s district representative Mark Arnold, of Holland & Knight in Miami, the Bar’s YLD mobilized more than 700 Florida lawyers to staff a toll-free hotline to answer legal questions from hurricane victims who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. After Hurricane Jeanne brought the historic hurricane season to the fourth killer storm to hit Florida in six weeks, more than 200 calls a day are pouring in to the hotline.While YLD lawyers generously donate their time to help strangers in crisis, in the days following Ivan’s wrath, they turned their efforts to helping a colleague in need.During Ivan’s Category three, 130 mph winds, Jones and her family took shelter at her grandmother’s home, where about 40 trees crashed all around them, necessitated a chain-sawed path to leave the scene that she described as looking like a bomb went off. She was one of the lucky ones, and she called out to help her co-workers.A dazzling array of e-mails among YLD board members crisscrossed the state.Maria Armas in Miami: “Julie needs a generator. Who has one?”Jamie Moses in Orlando: “Maria, I think I can get Julie a generator. Would you be driving to her? If so, you’d be coming my way, right?”Jennifer Ator in Miami: “I was in Orlando and coming home this afternoon, so I picked up the generator and dropped it off at Maria’s house. We packed up the truck.. . . I would say it is nothing short of a superstar effort. Please keep (Maria’s) safe travel in your prayers. That is one long trip.”It was a team effort. Jill Bennett of Ft. Lauderdale bought gallon jugs of water and Clorox. Virginia Pagliery of Miami donated batteries and food. Jamie Moses’ mom, Cherolen Billotte, wrote a check for $250 to buy supplies, and Victoria Wu in Washington, D.C., and Mindi Wells in Ohio sent money, too.Armas stopped in Bradenton to pick up another generator and empty gas cans, mosquito repellant, and water from Brandon Vesely. Lara Tibbals in Tampa offered her generator as well, but it wouldn’t fit in the stuffed truck. Kelly O’Keefe offered her Tallahassee home for resting.During a pit stop at a gas station in Tallahassee, Ginger Barry brought extension cords and surge protectors. And Kathy Bishop of Perry kept Armas company via telephone on the long, windy drive back to Miami.Armas was heartened by generous souls who stepped up without being asked.“I had people offering me money in the elevator, just listening to me on the cell phone,” Armas said. “People saying, ‘Here, I have $20 on me. Buy what you can. See what you can do.’ It was amazing.“I took stuff like toothbrushes and personal toiletries,” Armas said. “Because if you have lost everything, you have lost everything. You are starting from scratch.”Armas said driving a truck all the way from Miami to the Panhandle “took no talent,” and it was the least she could do. She remembers how Hurricane Andrew destroyed her old Country Walk neighborhood in Miami in 1992, where her sister rode out the storm and the family lost everything. That’s all the motivation she needed to see what she could do to help Ivan’s victims.This reciprocal recovery will be felt, one kind person to another, during future disasters, Armas predicts.“Years from now, the people that got helped, when someone else has this problem, they will think back on Ivan and they will do whatever they can do,” Armas said.Back in Pensacola, where Jones said she is getting good at cooking on a Coleman camp stove, the generous truckload for her co-workers will not be forgotten.“Our people in this area are heartbroken. Our beautiful city and countryside are in tatters,” Jones said. “But we will persevere and rebuild, and your kindness is appreciated by us all.” Young lawyers to the rescuelast_img read more

$5 prize villas could let you quit your job with $156k rental income

first_imgThe villas have an estimated rental return of $156,000.The Sydney prize has an estimated rental return of $62,400 and was not made available for viewing. The Sydney draw which closes at 8pm this evening (July 3) is a new build two-storey, three-bedroom home 5km from Sydney’s CBD with two off-street car parks and city skyline views. The median price of properties there was $1.7m. The Sydney townhouse embraces open plan living and indoor-outdoor flow.The Queensland prize closes 8pm on July 31 with the instant property millionaire to be drawn at 10am on August 8. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoTwo absolute beachfront villas in Queensland’s southern end of the Gold Coast are part of RSL Art Union’s Draw 357 where the prize is worth $3.7m.The villas have 180-degree views of the ocean from the second and third floors and have been filled with $232,500 worth of furniture and electrical items.The property has gourmet chef’s kitchens and entertainment decks and is just 20 metres from the patrolled beach, according to organisers. The draw for the luxury $2m townhouse in Lilyfield, 5km from the Sydney CBD, closes at 8pm this evening.The Queensland beachfront villas are in a tightly held corner of the Gold Coast on the site of a large 1,012 sqm block that last sold in 2014 for $2.3m.Two triple-storey townhouses were built on the site of an outdated 1950s four bedroom house. Post build the site now has an estimated rental return of $156,000 a year — which is over three times as much as it previously commanded in rent.center_img The second and third floors of the Gold Coast beachfront villas have sea views.Located at 230 Pacific Parade, Bilinga, the beach villas are open for display from 9am to 5pm every day this month. Record Brisbane block sold for ‘Sydney price’ First homebuyer delays expected State’s mega-millions sales the height of luxury Two absolute beachfront villas in Queensland’s southern end of the Gold Coast are part of RSL Art Union’s Draw 357 where the prize is worth $3.7 million.TWO luxury beachfront villas in Queensland’s southern end of the Gold Coast are the latest prize homes set to make someone an instant property millionaire.The $3.737,250 prize pool is a significant ramping up for the RSL Art Union given its latest property prize — an inner city Sydney townhouse draw which closes this evening — is worth $2m.last_img read more

Kaymer claims second major in style

first_img Successive rounds of 65 – the lowest in a US Open at Pinehurst – meant Kaymer had equalled the lowest halfway total in major championship history, as well as eclipsing the US Open record of 131 set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011. His six-shot halfway lead also matched the championship record shared by Tiger Woods (2000) and McIlroy (2011), while he joined McIlroy in becoming the only players to reach double digits under par in the first two rounds. A third round of 72 in testing conditions succeeded in only reducing his lead by a single shot and no-one got within four in a final round which may have lacked drama, but which succeeded in identifying a worthy winner now back on the fringes of the world’s top 10 after lying outside the top 60 only last month. With LPGA players watching from inside the ropes ahead of the US Women’s Open getting under way on Thursday – the first time they have been held back to back on the same course – Kaymer never looked like becoming the first player since Mike Brady in 1919 to relinquish a five-shot lead after 54 holes. The tee on the par-four third had been brought forward to tempt players into driving the green and Kaymer did precisely that, two-putting from long range for birdie to move to nine under par. A bogey on the seventh saw Kaymer’s lead reduced to four shots after American Erik Compton picked up his second birdie of the day on the eighth, but the 34-year-old promptly bogeyed the ninth after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker. Kaymer made no such mistake with a superb tee shot setting up a birdie from five feet, but after Compton reduced the gap once more on the par-five 10th and Kaymer took six on the same hole after thinning his third over the green, Compton released the pressure with a bogey on the 11th. A birdie on the 13th meant Kaymer was seven clear with five holes to play but the former world number one was heeding McIlroy’s advice to keep his feet to the floor, rolling in another long putt on the 14th to extend his lead once more. Five weeks after a wire-to-wire victory in golf’s unofficial fifth major, Martin Kaymer repeated the trick in one of the official ones for good measure with an utterly dominant display in the US Open at Pinehurst. Looking to become the first German player to win the title – although the fourth European in the last five years after Ryder Cup team-mates Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose – Kaymer took a five-shot lead into the final round and was never in danger of being caught. The 29-year-old carded a closing 69 to finish nine under par and eight shots clear of American duo Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, becoming the eighth player in US Open history to lead outright after every round after Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Jacklin (1970), Tiger Woods (2000, 2002) and McIlroy (2011). It was now just a matter of completing the formalities of a second major title, his first having come by beating Bubba Watson in a play-off for the 2010 US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Six months later he lost in the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship to Luke Donald, but had the consolation of moving to world number one – a position he held for eight weeks. Prompted partly by a fourth straight missed cut in the Masters in April that year, Kaymer began working on his swing to enable him to hit a draw as well as his usual fade – a process which meant he slid gradually down the world rankings. By the time of the Ryder Cup in September 2012, the 29-year-old admitted he would not have picked himself for the team, but, having clung on to the last automatic qualifying place, he had no choice. He felt he let Justin Rose down in their fourball defeat on the opening day, so it was no surprise that he did not feature again until the Sunday singles, when captain Jose Maria Olazabal put him out in the penultimate game against Steve Stricker. Faced with two putts from long range on the 18th to win and ensure Europe retained the trophy, Kaymer charged his birdie attempt seven feet past the hole. What happened next crowned the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ – a moment Kaymer admitted this week could have ruined his career if it had gone the wrong way. Despite such a confidence boost, Kaymer failed to win on the European Tour for the second year in succession in 2013 and was down at 61st in the world rankings when he arrived at Sawgrass last month for the Players Championship – golf’s so-called ‘unofficial fifth major’. A first-round 63 equalled the course record and propelled him to a dramatic victory eventually secured in near-darkness following a 90-minute weather delay in the final round. The victory in Florida earned Kaymer US dollars 1.8million and Sunday’s ‘just’ 1.4million. But there is no doubt which was the more valuable in terms of a place in the record books. Press Associationlast_img read more