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The politics of ageism: Some are concerned about candidates’ ages, but others say it’s just another form of bias
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The politics of ageism: Some are concerned about candidates’ ages, but others say it’s just another form of bias

During the second Presidential debate of 1984, in response to the question of whether he was too old to be president, the 73-year-old incumbent, Ronald Reagan, deflected the question by good-naturedly teasing his 56-year-old Democratic opponent, Walter Mondale. “I will not make age an issue of this campaign,” Reagan says. “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Of course, Reagan was well aware of the reservations a number of people had about someone his age continuing to hold such a demanding job. Playing on those concerns by flipping them gave his quip extra punch. ““The reality is that the racial, ethnic and gender makeup ...
At ‘Funny Girl,’ Lea Michele Is In, Beanie Feldstein Is Out | Entertainment News
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At ‘Funny Girl,’ Lea Michele Is In, Beanie Feldstein Is Out | Entertainment News

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Lea Michele has been tapped to step in and lead the Broadway revival of the beleaguered “Funny Girl” this fall, an announcement made just hours after current star Beanie Feldstein revealed she was leaving the musical sooner than anticipated due to the show taking a "different direction.”The high-profile casting change rocked the Broadway community and represents another step toward a return to the spotlight and respectability for Michele after former “Glee” castmates in 2020 accused the actor of behavior that was interpreted as racist and bullying.Michele, who started her career on Broadway and starred in the original “Spring Awakening” recently returned to the work with the documentary “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known.” In many ...
Borda to Retire as NY Philharmonic Head, Ginstling Hired | Entertainment News
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Borda to Retire as NY Philharmonic Head, Ginstling Hired | Entertainment News

By RONALD BLUM, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Borda will retire as president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2022-23 season and will be succeeded by Gary Ginstling, head of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra since 2017.Borda, who turns 73 on July 15, returned to the Philharmonic in 2017 for her second stint in charge and presided over the unprecedented dual challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and the reconstruction of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s long-maligned Lincoln Center home that reopens Oct. 7.Ginstling will become the Philharmonic’s executive director on Nov. 1 and take over from Borda when she retires June 30, 2023. Borda will then became executive adviser to Ginstling and the board of directors, a role in which she will concentrate o...
Klaus Mäkelä to Head Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra | Entertainment News
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Klaus Mäkelä to Head Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra | Entertainment News

Klaus Mäkelä, a 26-year-old Finnish conductor, will become chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for the 2027-28 season as part of a 10-year commitment announced Friday.He replaces Daniele Gatti, who was fired as chief conductor in August 2018 following a report in The Washington Post in which the conductor was accused of inappropriate behavior. Mäkelä will become the Concertgebouw's artistic partner next season.Mäkelä has been chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival since the 2020-21 season, and he became music director of the Orchestre de Paris for the 2021-22 season.He will conduct five programs with the Concertgebouw next season and increase the amount in future years.Political CartoonsThe Concertgebouw was led by...
Ex-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Hired by MSNBC | Entertainment News
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Ex-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Hired by MSNBC | Entertainment News

By MARK KENNEDY, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has officially landed at MSNBC, where she is expected to make appearances on the network's cable and streaming programs as well as host a new original show.The program, set to debut in the first quarter of 2023, will “bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics,” the network said in a statement Tuesday.Psaki will also appear on NBC and during MSNBC’s primetime special election programming throughout the midterms and 2024 presidential election.In a tweet, Psaki write that she was thrilled to join the network this fall. “Breaking down the facts and getting to the bottom of what’s driving the issues...
Bono Cheers Papal Program for ‘Inclusivity,’ Educating Girls | Entertainment News
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Bono Cheers Papal Program for ‘Inclusivity,’ Educating Girls | Entertainment News

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U2 frontman Bono hailed Pope Francis for promoting “inclusivity” on Thursday as he met with the pontiff in Rome alongside students attending an educational program launched by the pope.Francis has promoted the Scholas Occurrentes (Schools of Meeting) program since he was archbishop in Buenos Aires and recently upgraded its status in the church to make it a private association of the faithful.Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, praised the pope for creating the program and its emphasis on the education of girls.“Girls' education was a superpower. It is a superpower in fighting extreme poverty,” Bono said.Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Political Cartoons on World L...
U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI | Technology News
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI | Technology News

By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology WriterThe federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws.The U.S. Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jointly issued guidance to employers to take care before using popular algorithmic tools meant to streamline the work of evaluating employees and job prospects — but which could also potentially run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act.“We are sounding an alarm regarding the dangers tied to blind reliance on AI and other technologies that we are seeing increasingly used by employe...
Mississippi School Board Upholds Firing Over ‘New Butt’ Book | Entertainment News
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Mississippi School Board Upholds Firing Over ‘New Butt’ Book | Entertainment News

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi educator who was fired for reading a children’s book called “I Need a New Butt!” to second graders says he will go to court to try to get his job back.Toby Price told the Clarion Ledger he received a 12-page order Monday showing the Hinds County School Board had voted 2-1 in late April to uphold the superintendent's decision to fire him in March. He was assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary in the Jackson suburb of Byram.Price was initially suspended with pay but later fired after reading the book over Zoom. The book, by Dawn McMillan, chronicles a child’s journey to find a new backside. It is illustrated with cartoons that show the character considering an armor-plated butt, a rocket butt and a robot butt.While Price was appealing, Superintendent De...
Centuries-Old Passion Play Returns After Pandemic Break | Entertainment News
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Centuries-Old Passion Play Returns After Pandemic Break | Entertainment News

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated PressOBERAMMERGAU, Germany (AP) — Almost 400 years ago, the Catholic residents of a small Bavarian village vowed to perform a play of “the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every 10 years, if only God would spare them any further losses from the plague known as the Black Death.Legend has it that ever since 1634, when the villagers of Oberammergau first performed their passion play, no more residents died of that pestilence or any other plagues — until 2020, when the world was hit by a new plague, the coronavirus pandemic. Oberammergau, like so many places worldwide, suffered some COVID-19 deaths, though residents who confirmed that were unsure how many.Another consequence: The villagers could not fulfill their vow to stage the pla...
Fred Savage Dropped From ‘The Wonder Years’ Amid Allegations | Entertainment News
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Fred Savage Dropped From ‘The Wonder Years’ Amid Allegations | Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Savage has been dropped as an executive producer and director of the rebooted “The Wonder Years” amid allegations of inappropriate conduct, the television show's production company has confirmed.“Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of 'The Wonder Years,'" a statement Saturday from 20th Television said.20th Television did not immediately provide any additional details. A spokesperson for Savage did not immediately reply to a request for comment.Savage, 45, was a child star when he appeared in the original series, which ran on ABC from 1988-93 and followed a suburb...