On night one of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump Jr. has a few positive moments. The first item that’s unforgettable was the dig in Biden, where he called the “Loch Ness Creature of the Swamp.” I would imagine the memesmiths work with brilliant material as I write.
“Biden vowed to pull the money out of your wallet, and leave it in the swamp. Donald Trump, Jr. But, given Joe Biden, it makes sense to be essentially the swamp’s Loch Ness Creature. “https:/t.co/7RTGczl9LV # RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/x6R9MHExzT
Nevertheless, the best thing about it was that Trump Jr. called the presidency “the synagogue, job and school against rebellion, plundering and theft.” That is what Conservatives need to bring home at any moment over the next few months.
Donald Trump jr.: This election is shaping church, job and school against disruption, theft and vandalism # RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/bDp1dGDRlX
Unfortunately, the evening saw an immediate downfall when Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr ‘s mother, took the room. I’m not clear why the Republican National Convention invited Guilfoyle to comment because there are so many conservative firebrands like Brandon Straka or Candace Owens to pick. This was mysterious and almost difficult to comprehend. Anyone who coached her would be fired. I expect this to become an SNL skit. It’s worth all the criticism it’s going to bring. I can’t say if Stifler ‘s Mom or Ursula ‘s Sea Witch was trying to control.
How do you scream tacky lady? Freaky .. strange. Kimberly Guilfoyle # kimguilfoyle # RNCConvention # kimberlyguilfoyle pic.twitter.com/vYVBfJd8fn # kimberlyguilfoyle pic.twitter.com
Somebody brings her a cup of tea and takes her out of the frame somewhere. Don’t do it again, RNC. Never. Never.
Why do I yell at # KimberlyGuilfoyle!? RNC2020 # RNChaos pic.twittter.com/ps6xcuFRQK # RNC2020
May we just impose a ban on Republican wives speaking at events? I don’t know who it was, but that man deserves to be cinnamoned. There is a list of other people, from whom I would like to hear: Diamond and Silk, Brandon Straka, Candace Owens, Bryson Grey, Respect Black Guns and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Each of them should have been too much better. Guilfoyle is not one of the friends of Trump. Most of the people I know are really upset with Don Jr. wanting to throw a Fox News beauty over his wife and five kids.
The RNC was really hot when the speakers were introduced, and so many of them were members of Trump’s party. Ivanka and Tiffany will talk later in the week and others wonder why. There are future Republicans who will have the opportunity and who can express conservative confidence in the nation in ways that the children of Trump can not. I hope the RNC will reconsider its decision and take its speaker list seriously after the Guilfoyle debacle.
JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials sent a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board to the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said.
The westbound Empire Builder was en route to Seattle from Chicago, with two locomotives and 10 cars, when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200.
The train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members and had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said.
A 14-member team including investigators and specialists in railroad signals would look into the cause of the derailment on a BNSF Railway main track that involved no other trains or equipment. said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.
The accident scene is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border.
Most of those on the train were treated and released for their injuries, but five who were more seriously hurt remained at the Benefis Health System hospital in Great Falls, Montana, said Sarah Robbin, Liberty County emergency services coordinator. Two were in the ICU, another spokeswoman said.
Another two people were at Logan Health, a hospital in Kalispell, Montana, spokeswoman Melody Sharpton said.
Liberty County Sheriff Nick Erickson said the names of the dead would not be released until relatives are notified.
Robbin said nearby residents rushed to offer help when the derailment occurred.
“We are so fortunate to live where we do, where neighbors help neighbors,” she said.
Amtrak said it sent emergency personnel and other officials to the site to help passengers, employees and local officials. It said company officials were “deeply saddened” to learn of the deaths.
Because of the derailment, Sunday’s westbound Empire Builder from Chicago will terminate in Minneapolis, and the eastbound train will originate in Minneapolis.
Passenger Megan Vandervest told The New York Times she was awakened by the derailment.
“My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, of Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”
She told the Times that the car behind hers was tilted, the one behind that was tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”
Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center, where some passengers were being taken, Vandervest said it felt like “extreme turbulence on a plane.”
Residents of communities near the crash site quickly mobilized to help.
Chester Councilwoman Rachel Ghekiere said she and others helped about 50 to 60 passengers who were brought to a school.
“I went to the school and assisted with water, food, wiping dirt off faces,” she said. “They appeared to be tired, shaken but happy that they were where they were. Some looked more disheveled than others, depending where they were on the train.”
A grocery store in Chester, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the derailment, and a nearby religious community provided food, she said.
The passengers were taken by buses to hotels in nearby Shelby, said Ghekiere, whose husband works for the local emergency services agency and was alerted to the crash.
Photos on social media showed rail cars on their sides and passengers standing alongside the tracks, some carrying luggage. The images showed sunny skies, and it appeared the accident occurred along a straight section of tracks.
Allan Zarembski, director of the University of Delaware’s Railway Engineering and Safety Program, said he didn’t want to speculate but suspected the derailment stemmed from an issue with the train track or equipment, or a combination of both.
Railways have “virtually eliminated” major derailments by human error after the implementation of positive train control nationwide, Zarembski said.
“I would be surprised if this was a human-factor derailment,” Zarembski said.
NTSB findings could take months, he added.
Bob Chipkevich, who oversaw railroad crash investigations for several years at the NTSB, said the agency won’t rule out human error or any other potential causes for now.
“There are still human performance issues examined by NTSB to be sure that people doing the work are qualified and rested and doing it properly,” Chipkevich said.
Chipkevich said track conditions have historically been a significant cause of train accidents. He noted most of the track that Amtrak uses is owned by freight railroads and it depends on those companies for safety maintenance.
Other recent Amtrak derailments include:
— April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The lead engine of the train derailed.
— March 14, 2016: An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, sending five cars off the tracks and injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck hit the track and shifted it at least a foot before the derailment.
— Oct. 5, 2015: A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed when it hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge. The locomotive and a passenger car spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.
— May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 was traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit as it entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train’s seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. Several cars overturned and ripped apart.
Snow reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Tom Krisher in Detroit, Martha Bellisle in Seattle and Michelle Liu in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed.
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New reports indicate that the Taliban’s leaders are actively searching for a cache of “Bactrian Treasure,” a series of largely gold artifacts which were discovered at a site called Tillya Tepe in northern Afghanistan in 1978. Although the Bactrian treasure was reportedly last put on display in Afghanistan’s presidential palace in February 2021, its present location is unknown. Additionally, since the Taliban successfully usurped the existing Afghanistan government and assumed control of the country, many questions have arisen regarding the future of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, museums and other antiquities that communicate narratives essential to the country’s national identity.
The primary object amongst the Bactrian treasure is a 5 inch tall crown made of gold leaf and which, in an ingenious flourish of design, folds in order to be transported more easily. However, the treasure also includes daggers, gold belts, Roman coins, and a medallion bearing a depiction of Buddha. The Bactrian Treasure has traveled the world over the years, but more recently the collection has been much less public facing.
In February, the Taliban released a statement saying that the group had an “obligation to robustly protect, monitor and preserve” items that were culturally relevant to Afghanistan, but the Taliban’s track record when it comes to safeguarding precious items isn’t the best. A study found that Afghanistan ultimately lost around half of its cultural heritage during the time in which it was last controlled by the Taliban.
In a particularly noteworthy incident, the Taliban destroyed two enormous, 1,500-year-old Buddha statues in Bamiyan in March of 2001. It’s not known what the group’s plans for the Bactrian treasure involve. “The situation for culture heritage is not OK, because right now no one is taking care of the sites and monuments,” archaeologist Khair Muhammad Khairzada told LiveScience. “All archaeological sites in Afghanistan are [at] risk….[there is] no monitoring, no treatment and no care, all departments in all provinces [are] closed, without money and other facilities.”
As in-person theater stages a careful but eager re-entrance following eighteen months of lockdown, the season seems pretty diverse. There are buzzy imports from London (The Lehmann Trilogy, Six); a gender-flipped revival of a Broadway classic (Company); and a splashy new musical about a global icon (Diana). But what about real diversity? Black-authored shows about Black subjects that could bring in new audiences? This season delivers. We’re highlighting a few works opening on Broadway and Off this fall — all different — but each exploring inequity and structural racism in American society and theater. (It’s not even a complete list for this fall; there’s the already opened Pass Over, as well as Chicken and Biscuits and Clyde’s.) The shows are listed in order of the year the story is set. As a movement Black Lives Matter may have arisen in recent years, but the theatrical conversation around systemic racism has been going on much longer.
Originally performed Off Broadway in 1955, actor and playwright Alice Childress’ exposé of racism in theater finally arrives on Broadway. Set in the mid-’50s, this backstage drama centers on a group of actors rehearsing a new play by a white writer about sharecroppers in the South. Veteran performer Wiletta Mayer (the incandescent LaChanze) is excited to finally make her Broadway debut, but how much dignity will she surrender to an overbearing white director and the acting conventions of the stage? Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the play was way ahead of its times in charting micro-aggressions in the theater world, and the hypocrisies of white liberals.
While the creative team behind this 2003 musical — book writer Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori — are white, this groundbreaking work deserves a place on this list. Set in 1963 right around the time of JFK’s assassination, the story follows a Black maid in Louisiana who works for a Jewish family that has relocated from the north. Caroline (the acclaimed Sharon D. Clarke in this revival) develops a wry, maternal-like bond with Noah, the Gellmans’ eight-year-old son, until money found in dirty clothes bound for washing — the “change” of the title — tears them apart. A sung-through work of intense beauty and complexity, the piece shows a strong Black woman who is not a cardboard saint or avenging angel; she’s angry and tired but won’t let the world’s injustice warp her soul. Tesori embraces blues, R&B, and art song — it’s one of the best scores of the past 20 years. Set at the height of the Civil Rights Era (a vandalized Confederate statue figures in), Caroline is heartbreaking and a call to allyship.
The title alone may give you a clue as to the subject: the L.A. riots that followed the not guilty verdict in the trial of cops who savagely beat Rodney King. To create this fast-moving panorama of the five days of looting, burning, shooting, and its aftermath, Smith spoke to 350 residents of the Los Angeles area. She impersonated about four dozen of them — with astonishing precision and accuracy — in her solo docudrama, which premiered in 1994 at the Public Theater. Now Smith remounts her iconic exploration with director Taibi Magar for an ensemble cast of five actors: Elena Hurst, Wesley T. Jones, Francis Jue, Karl Kenzler, and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart. If you weren’t around in the ’90s to witness the riots, just imagine what might have happened in Minneapolis had the murder of George Floyd gone unpunished.
The year is 2016 and the tap water in Flint, Michigan is undrinkable. The electrifying young playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza sets her “Afro-surrealist” drama 936 days into the Flint Water Crisis, as an embattled family seeks justice from both General Motors and the city government, fighting for their very survival. BLM is often cited in cases of police violence, but here, Dickerson-Despenza dramatizes a social travesty where the white power structure (and infrastructure) literally acted as if Black lives were worthless. (In 2017, a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report concluded that decades of systemic racism allowed the lead contamination of the water.) Using a fluid and poetic approach, the author blends ideas of poison, contamination and filtering.
After regional runs in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. two years ago, this new play — written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III — takes its Broadway bow. Thoughts, set on a single day in Brooklyn, lets us eavesdrop on the inner lives of seven Black men mulling over joys and sorrows, as well as their gentrifying community. Scott employs a range of rhetorical styles suited to each character — spoken word, slam poetry, rapping — creating a kind of Under Milk Wood for BK. In the allegorical conception of the piece, characters represent major human traits: Wisdom, Depression, Passion and so forth. (In case you’re worried this world has too much testosterone, there are two women in the cast!)
We could put a date on this cathartic piece written by Aleshea Harris and directed by Whitney White — if Black people weren’t being shot every day by police. A fusion of ritual, protest, exorcism, and funeral rite, What to Send Up When It Goes Down has been presented before, most recently this summer at BAM, but until there’s justice, it will exist in past, present, and future. A seven-member ensemble welcomes the audience and makes clear the event they’re about to share is for the healing and reflection of Black audiences. White spectators are welcome — as witnesses to a tragedy in which they are complicit. Playwrights Horizons presents this re-mount of the interactive work, updated with the pictures and names of victims of racist violence.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, met Saturday with a top U.N. official amid the world body’s biggest gathering of the year.
The royals came to U.N. headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three appeared later Saturday at the Global Citizen Live concert in New York’s Central Park.
“It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan said as the couple left the U.N. headquarters.
The U.N. said Mohammed commended the couple’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health.
Meghan and Harry pressed for vaccine equity during the star-studded, 24-hour concert. It features performances staged in locations from New York to Paris to Lagos, Nigeria, and Seoul, South Korea.
The United Nations is in the midst of the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders, though the couple didn’t participate in the speeches in the assembly hall.
The former Meghan Markle has been involved with the U.N. women’s agency, becoming an “advocate for political participation and leadership” several years ago. Harry visited the children’s agency UNICEF at in New York in 2010.
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan visited a New York City school, the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower and the Sept. 11 museum, among other stops in New York.
HOLBROOK, N.Y. — Mourners began arriving at a Long Island funeral home viewing on Sunday for Gabby Petito, whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend.
A line had formed outside the funeral home in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, by noon, and groups of firefighters were seen filing past. A fire truck sat on each side of the building, each with its ladder raised.
Across the street from the funeral home, a chain link fence was adorned with posters featuring Petito’s image and messages such as, “She touched the world.”
Petito was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents after she didn’t respond to calls and texts for several days while she and Brian Laundrie visited parks in the West.
Her body was discovered last Sunday in a remote area in northwestern Wyoming. Laundrie and Petito grew up on Long Island but in recent years moved to Florida.
Petito’s death has been classified as homicide, meaning she was killed by another person, but medical examiners in Wyoming haven’t disclosed how she died pending further autopsy results.
The couple posted online about their trip in a white Ford Transit van converted into a camper. They got into a physical altercation Aug. 12 in Moab, Utah, that led to a police stop for a possible domestic violence case. Ultimately, police there decided to separate the quarreling couple for the night. But no charges were filed, and no serious injuries were reported.
Investigators have been searching for Laundrie in Florida, and searched his parents’ home in North Port, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
On Thursday, federal officials in Wyoming charged Laundrie with unauthorized use of a debit card, alleging he used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000 during the period in which Petito went missing. They did not say who the card belonged to.
— No changes at the top with Alabama, followed by Georgia, Penn State, Iowa and Oregon.
— Notre Dame climbed seven spots after trouncing Wisconsin at Soldier Field to improve to 4-0.
(For loose context on an upcoming matchup, consider: The Irish beat Purdue soundly; Purdue beat Oregon State; and Oregon State just smashed USC. Could be a lopsided affair when the Trojans visit South Bend next month.)
— Arkansas was the big mover of the week, jumping to No. 9 (from No. 25) after beating Texas A&M and completing a sweep of the top Lone Star State programs. (Two weeks ago, the Razorbacks hammered Texas.)
Admittedly, we undervalued the Hogs until now but are endeavoring to rectify the situation with the 16-position jump.
The opening month is all about ridding AP ballots of inevitable preseason bias; major moves are the best way to create a ballot that accurately reflects the results.
— Fresno State entered the ballot following yet another win … but not entirely because of the victory over UNLV.
Rather, LSU was the key to configuring the bottom of the ballot.
We aren’t completely sold on the Tigers. But their win at Mississippi State added some credibility to UCLA’s head-to-head victory over LSU. And that, in turn, increased the legitimacy of Fresno State’s head-to-head win at the Rose Bowl.
As a result, all three teams are included on the ballot.
1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Penn State 4. Iowa 5. Oregon 6. Notre Dame 7. Florida 8. Ohio State 9. Arkansas 10. Oklahoma 11. Michigan State 12. Oklahoma State 13. Texas A&M 14. Cincinnati 15. Auburn 16. Brigham Young 17. Michigan 18. Mississippi 19. Coastal Carolina 20. Wisconsin 21. Baylor 22. Fresno State 23. UCLA 24. Kansas State 25. LSU
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Boulder City Council soon will have the chance to kickstart the redevelopment of Diagonal Plaza, the run-down strip mall at the southeast corner of 28th Street and Iris Avenue. With its numerous vacant storefronts and acres of empty parking lots, the nearly 60-year-old plaza is an eyesore and one of the few blighted areas in the heart of Boulder.
Currently slated for the Council’s Oct. 5 agenda is consideration of a special ordinance that would allow a portion of the run-down Diagonal Plaza strip mall at the southeast corner of 28th Street and Iris Avenue to be redeveloped into a mixed-use commercial and residential district with a community park.
A special ordinance would be an unusual step to spur a redevelopment project. That it is even being considered is a reflection of Diagonal Plaza’s long history of decline, its confusing mess of ownership and the desire of city officials to see the site improved after years of failed attempts.
“This is a very odd, unusual circumstance that we don’t often see,” said Elaine McLaughlin, senior planner for the city of Boulder. “Both the planning board and the City Council wanted this to be resolved because [the site] is essentially a really large parking lot that has been underutilized for years.”
If the Council approves the special ordinance on Oct. 5, it would clear the way to redevelop the western portion of Diagonal Plaza and the surrounding parking lots into a mixed-use community featuring 291 residential units and about 27,000 square feet of commercial space. Seventy-three of the residential units would be permanently affordable. The rest would be workforce housing. The buildings would be split between one and four stories, with ground-floor retail space facing 28th Street and residential units up above.
The project is a partnership between Boulder Housing Partners, which operates the affordable housing development Diagonal Court directly south of the site, Trammell Crow Co. and Coburn Partners.
None of the few remaining businesses in Diagonal Plaza would be displaced by the project. The only occupied space in the western section of the mall is a Walgreens. Its employees and pharmacy will be moved to the Walgreens location at 28th Street and Valmont Road, just a couple blocks south of the plaza. Most of the space that would be demolished is a vacant former Sports Authority. And the majority of the redevelopment would not occur in the footprints of demolished buildings, but in Diagonal Plaza’s endless parking lots to the north, west and south of the mall building.
The project would also add new city streets and a new multi-use path through the plaza. Those would not only facilitate access to the new development, but also increase mobility for the residents of the existing Diagonal Court affordable-housing development, which currently does not have a protected way to drive, bike or walk to a city street or any nearby shops.
The tentative timeline for the project calls for building permits to be secured by the end of 2022.
How did we get here?
If the project goes through, it will be the culmination of years of efforts on the part of city officials to revitalize the plaza.
“It has been blighted for a long time,” McLaughlin said.
Diagonal Plaza, which was constructed in the 1960s, has been a struggling shopping center for some time. It was flagging as far back as the late 2000s, prompting the City Council in 2010 to authorize a technical panel to look at revitalization options.
Back then, Council members were completely divided on what to do with the space. In the 2010 meeting where they authorized the technical panel, some Council members brought up that a big-box store such as Lowe’s or Walmart could revive Diagonal Plaza. Others suggested department stores such as Kohl’s or JCPenney. One idea was to redevelop the whole mall into a Costco.
Over the decade-plus since then, numerous retailers have been churned through Diagonal Plaza, none of them sticking. There was, briefly and controversially, Boulder’s only Walmart, a Neighborhood Market. Sports Authority, Albertsons, Ross and PetSmart also opened and then shut down locations in the mall. Currently, the only nonvacant big-box space in the plaza is that occupied by a 24 Hour Fitness.
As tenant after tenant came and went, Diagonal Plaza delivered less and less tax revenue to the city, and the mall’s physical infrastructure deteriorated. Its parking lots also became home to encampments of homeless people living out of their cars.
Developer Coburn Partners, which could not be reached for comment, put it this way in a written statement it submitted to the city planning board:
“The Diagonal Plaza area has been a blighted strip mall for decades and the community has desired change there for many years,” the statement said. “The subject site is entirely paved, there are numerous issues with storm water and utilities in the area, the plaza has long-term vacancies and high tenant turnover, and large portions of the site are in disrepair.”
The challenges of redeveloping Diagonal Plaza
If the site is blighted and vacant, and city officials want it redeveloped, why has nothing happened yet? The answer lies with Diagonal Plaza’s confusing ownership and restrictive zoning.
Data from the Boulder County Assessor, Colorado Secretary of State, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder and county property tax records indicate 15 separate owners of various portions of the mall, in some cases with multiple parties co-owning the same parcel. Any large-scale redevelopment of the eastern portions of the mall would require agreement amongst parties with divergent interests.
Boulder developer Stephen Tebo, who owns the vacant building in the northwest corner of the mall parking lot, said he’d rather see more commercial space rather than residential in a Diagonal Plaza redevelopment, but that “whatever happens will be an improvement on what we have.”
The building Tebo owns on the site was formerly a 3 Margaritas Mexican restaurant. He said he is working with potential tenants and should have the space filled in the next few months, and that he’s working with developers and city officials to ensure the redevelopment still allows for adequate access to his building.
In addition to the 2010 technical panel, city officials have taken numerous shots at revitalizing the mall in the past, none of which came to fruition. In 2011, the City Council pursued a blight study that if it found the plaza to be officially blighted would have allowed the city to condemn it through eminent domain. However, the Council voted not to approve that blight study.
In 2018, the area was included as part of an Opportunity Zone, a program established as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that allows investors to realize certain tax incentives if they put their money into projects within economically distressed neighborhoods. However, that also failed to spur redevelopment efforts.
Zoning has also proved an obstacle. Diagonal Plaza is zoned Business-Community 1, a designation that comes with strict open-space requirements if mixed-use spaces are built there. Current zoning regulations allow for the construction of only 56 new residential units on the site, a far cry from the 291 that are planned in the redevelopment proposal. Boulder has also historically been reluctant to rezone individual properties or change zoning rules when the zoning or rules are still in line with the city’s area and comprehensive plans, McLaughlin said. Meaning, those were not realistic options for the redevelopment project.
“Even though there was interest in redeveloping the site, the question became, ‘How could we manifest something here without having to go through rezoning or changing zoning rules?’” McLaughlin said.
That is why the Council will consider the special ordinance on Oct. 5. The ordinance would modify land use code standards for the portion of the property to be redeveloped, allowing developers and city officials to move forward without making changes to zoning.
What does the future hold?
If the ordinance passes, development plans have a tentative timeline that involves the project coming before the planning board in January 2022, with technical documentation submitted in March and building permit applications in by the end of the year.
As for the rest of Diagonal Plaza, another project has been submitted to convert about 37,000 square feet of the eastern portion of the mall into a veterinary hospital. If that is successful, it would leave few tenants left beyond 24 Hour Fitness and the Colorado driver’s license office.
It’s unlikely that the city would again look into eminent domain as a mechanism to spur further redevelopment, McLaughlin said.
“The city is probably not in a position to do that,” she said.
Instead, the hope is that the redevelopment efforts at Diagonal Plaza will catalyze further projects and encourage the numerous other property owners to explore redevelopment of their own.
“How can we make something happen when nothing has happened and it’s been so difficult to make things happen?” McLaughlin said. “We hope this might be a way to spur on the other property owners.”
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes (Claire Elise Boucher) have broken up after three years together, Page Six reported Friday.
Musk said he and Grimes remain on good terms and continue to co-parent their one-year-old son, X Æ A-Xii Musk.
“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk told Page Six. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”
The couple were last seen together at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City earlier this month. Grimes walked the red carpet alone in a 3D-printed gown designed by Iris Van Herpen. Musk didn’t walk the red carpet but joined her in an afterparty backstage.
Musk and Grimes made their relationship public more than three years ago at the 2018 Met Gala. They welcomed their son in May 2020.
A museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cinematic arts sounds like a no-brainer, and now, after years of development and financial woes, it appears that the collective dream of many has come to fruition: the Academy Museum is set to open on September 30, and a media preview took place this week that highlighted the institution’s unique features. Since the movies represent such a popular art form, the Academy Museum has certain bells and whistles that represent crowd appeal; attendees will be able to accept fake Academy Awards within the Oscars Experience.
However, there are also extensive archives of memorabilia and cinematic ephemera that will fascinate more seasoned film buffs. The iconic, often-malfunctioning fiberglass shark from Jaws hangs suspended via cables over the visitors, and visitors can also expect to be immersed in exhibitions dedicated to directors like Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar. Hollywood heavy-hitters have been clamoring for a museum for decades, but only recently have plans been truly underway in earnest, and the project has also been plagued by roster changes — former director Kerry Brougher vacated his post in 2019 — and budgetary issues.
In 2020, Variety reported that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures had officially gone $100 million over budget: projected costs for finishing the museum leapt, overall, from $388 million to $482 million. However, it appears that all’s well that ends well.
“Every delay has led to a better product,” Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO of Netflix and the chairman of the Academy Museum’s board of trustees, told the Hollywood Reporter this week. “As frustrating as it was, it has opened up the opportunity to improve to what it ultimately turned out to be. Just as the industry has evolved, people’s view of this museum over 90 years has completely evolved. And I think for the better.”