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Mary Lucia cites concerns about ‘equity and fair treatment of all of my sisters’ as reason for her abrupt departure from 89.3 The Current



Mary Lucia cites concerns about ‘equity and fair treatment of all of my sisters’ as reason for her abrupt departure from 89.3 The Current

During her final on-air shift at 89.3 The Current Thursday afternoon, longtime Twin Cities DJ Mary Lucia dropped a hint about the reasoning behind her abrupt departure from the station when she played “Pay Gap” by Margo Price. The song, which sounds like a classic country ballad, includes the lyrics: “It’s been that way with no equal pay and I want to know when it will be fixed. Women do work and get treated like slaves since 1776.”

Lucia, 51, surprised listeners Tuesday when she announced she was leaving the station she helped found back in January 2005. A story on The Current’s website offered no reason for her decision and a single quote from Lucia, “starting The Current 17 years ago was a joy.”

Wednesday, Lucia posted a note on her Facebook page that read: “The heartbreaking decision to leave my position at The Current is a long and nuanced story. The shortest version is I’ve been trying for years to affect positive change in the company. I’ve been concerned with equity and fair treatment of all of my sisters at the station. Past, present and future. Know your worth, embrace your unique talent and voice and lift each other up.”

In a statement, American Public Media Group president and CEO Jean Taylor called Lucia a “vital member” of the station and praised her as someone who is “immensely gifted” and “has built a one-of-a-kind relationship with her listeners.” Taylor went on to add that “I am firmly committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment where all employees, including women and people of color, are respected and valued.”

Lucia did not respond to an interview request Thursday.

A native of Massachusetts and the younger sister of the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, Lucia began her Twin Cities radio career in the early 90s on REV 105. She went on to host on Zone 105 and 15000 KSTP. During her time at The Current, she has become one of the highest-profile DJs in the Twin Cities.

Earlier this month, The Current announced four new hires, three of whom are women: Barb Abney (who the station fired in January 2015), WNXP Nashville’s Ayisha Jaffer and Parkway Theater talent buyer and KYMN vet Jessica Paxton.

During her final hours on the station, Lucia ignored the station’s play list and instead focused on her favorite songs. The wildly eclectic selection – which was somewhat reminiscent of the early, anything-goes days of the Minnesota Public Radio station – was filled with local favorites (Prince, the Replacements), glam rock (Slade, the New York Dolls) and artists rarely heard on The Current (Glen Campbell, John Mellencamp).

In her Facebook post, Lucia said she was not retiring. “I have at least two books in me to write,” she said. “I’d like to think you’ll hear from me sooner than later. If I end up under a bridge drinking Scope you’ll probably hear about that as well. I’ve always believed that things work until they don’t.”

At the end of her final shift, Lucia choked back tears and said she never looked for outside affirmation about her work, but that she knew she made a difference and “it doesn’t matter if the company management doesn’t feel the same way. Thank you for everything, I love you.” She then played the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It).”



Eastern Conference finals against Celtics prove eye opening for Heat’s Victor Oladipo



Eastern Conference finals against Celtics prove eye opening for Heat’s Victor Oladipo

For years, Victor Oladipo wondered. Now he knows: Life is different here.

No, not necessarily life with the Miami Heat, but rather life deep into the NBA playoffs.

Prior to the Heat’s playoff run, the veteran guard had never been out of the first round of the playoffs, and even then had appeared in only one three playoff series over his first eight seasons.

In 2017, he was part of an Oklahoma City Thunder team that lost 4-1 to the Houston Rockets in the first round.

In 2018, his playoff run with the Indiana Pacers was limited to a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round.

And in 2020, his Indiana Pacers were swept out of the first round in the Disney World quarantine bubble by the Heat.

He did not play in last season’s Heat’s 4-0 first-round sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, in the wake of his May 2021 quadriceps surgery.

“It’s just different. It’s self-explanatory. It speaks for itself,” Oladipo said ahead of Friday night’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. “You’re close to the Finals. In the Eastern Conference finals, everything’s harder, everything’s tougher. That’s pretty much it.”

Oladipo, who had his moments for the Heat this postseason, said it is a case of you don’t know until you know.

“Anything is different from the outside looking in,” he said. “Every perspective is different. I can give a perspective on your life, but I won’t really understand because I’m not in your shoes.

“I can look at the Eastern Conference finals and watch it from afar. But until I’m in it, I won’t really grasp the intensity and the feeling of actually being in it.”

The mere opportunity, the 30-year-old former All-Star said, had made this season’s ride particularly enlightening.

“It’s a lot harder all the time, basically being the difference,” he said. “My career, my first three years, I wasn’t even in the playoffs. One year I got a great first playoff experience and the year after that, I again lost in the first round. After that, I’ve just been hurt. But I’m glad to be here. I’m fortunate, blessed.”

Forward Max Strus, who spoke after Oladipo at Friday morning’s shootaround, agreed that you don’t know about the intensity of such a deep playoff run until you experience such a run.

“It’s a grind,” he said, last season’s first-round sweep at the hands of the Bucks his only previous playoff experience. “You learn a lot about yourself, you learn a lot about your team, you learn a lot about basketball.

“It’s a whole different type of basketball. You learn a lot from that.”

Advanced billing

There was little Heat reaction to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green late Thursday night already declaring the Celtics as Eastern Conference champions ahead of Friday night’s Heat-Celtics Game 6.

Green told TNT after Golden State eliminated the Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in the Western Conference finals, “I’m gonna tell you who I think we’re gonna play. We’re gonna play Boston. That’s who we’re gonna play.”

Said Heat forward P.J. Tucker ahead of Friday’s game against the Celtics, “I don’t pay attention to anything, I don’t really watch TV. I kind of stay away from it all.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said just getting to a Game 6 of the East finals should be reason enough for such singular focus.

“These are moments you train for, that you practice for, that [you’re] working, sweating and grinding in July and September,” he said before Friday night’s game. “Then you do the six and a half months of the regular season. It’s for these moments. You’ve got to earn it. It’s not about all the dialogue and narratives out there, the wild swings and opinions.

“This is when you feel most alive. You’re put in a game like this where you’re on the brink.”


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New Amsterdam Renewed Or Cancelled



New Amsterdam Renewed Or Cancelled

You cannot tell if it’s good news or bad news for the audience of New Amsterdam. The show has already been renewed for season 5, but the creators will wrap up the storyline in season 5 only. This means that the show is coming to an end.

New Amsterdam was released in 2018 on NBC. the show is often compared with Grey’s Anatomy. Even though Grey’s Anatomy has set a high benchmark for a medical drama show, New Amsterdam is not even an inch behind. The show gained popularity in no time and is receiving positive reviews worldwide.

About The Show

The show is based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer. The New Amsterdam show was created by David Schulner, who has a production company named Mount Moriah. Four seasons have been released with a total number of 76 episodes and still counting.

The first season premiered on September 25, 2018n, and went on till May 14, 2019, with 22 episodes. The second season got sired on September 24, 2019, and lasted until April 14, 2020, with 18 episodes. Season 3 first aired on March 2, 2021, and got wrapped up on June 8, 2021, with 14 episodes. The show recently wrapped up its fourth season on May 24, 2022, which was started on September 21, 2021. The fourth season had 22 episodes. The creator announced the end of the story in Season 5 with just 13 episodes.

Eric Manheimer

Eric Manheimer is the Bellevue Hospital’s former director in New York City. New York was previously known as New Amsterdam, hence, the book’s name. In 2018, he became the show’s producer to give the precision a medical science fiction show will need. In medical terms, the precision of the show is one of the reasons that people loved it.

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Plot Of The Show

New Amsterdam is the story of Dr. Max Goodwin, who is recently appointed as the director of the country’s oldest hospital. He is focused on giving patients extraordinary care. Max is an exceptional doctor who is always ready to take a dare. His staff, interns, and Co-workers are always in awe of him and yet question his decision-making capability every time. Max is not afraid to take steps that no one would ever dare.

Cast And Characters

Ryan Eggold depicts Dr. Max Goodwin. Ryan Eggold is known for Blacklist and 90210. Janet Montgomery plays the role of Dr. Lauren Bloom. Janet is also known for Salem and Wrong Turn 3. Dr. Helen Sharpe is played by Freema Agyeman, also known for Law and Order: London and Sense8. Jocko Sims has portrayed the role of Dr. Floyd Reynolds. Jocko Sims has also been featured in The Last Ship and Crash. Dr. Ignatius Frome, often called Iggy, Is played by Tyler Labine. Indian actor Anupam Kher gives his excellent acting skills in the role of Dr. Vijay Kapoor. Anupam Kher is known to be in Special 26, A Wednesday. The character of Dr.Vijay Kapoor took his exit from the show in season3. And Dr. Elizabeth Wilder is played by Sandra Mae, who was introduced to us in season 4. Sandra is known for Entangled and Soul to keep.

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Who Is Penny Benjamin In Top Gun?



Who Is Penny Benjamin In Top Gun?

Top Gun was a 1986 American Blockbuster starring Tom Cruise in the lead role as lieutenant  Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Maverick is sent to the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School, where the best of the elite pilots train to fly. Hotshot, reckless, and at times cocky Maverick is at odds with everyone because of his attitude especially Iceman (Val Kilmer) who is as his name would suggest, cool and collected. Maverick also tries to get the attention of his flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), during all this.

New Sequel To Top Gun (1986)

After more than 30 years later, Maverick is back, he served as one of the Navy’s top aviators all these years. He is the one who encouraging and guiding new and young pilots and dodging the rank increment as he would be stuck doing no action. Soon though he has to confront his past and face his deepest fears while there is an ultimate sacrifice.

Who Is Penny Benjamin? 

Who Is Penny Benjamin In Top Gun

Played by the wonderful Jennifer Connelly, is the pretty brunette who owns a local bar and is the daughter of an admiral. While Jennifer is a fresh face to the franchise, the character of Penny Benjamin has a bit of a past with Maverick. She is mentioned in the last movie by Nick (Goose) and  Carole Bradshaw (Meg Ryan) to Maverick, that her husband Nick (Anthony Edwards) mentioned about the time when Maverick and Penny Benjamin went ballistics. Even Stinger (James Tolkan) calls Maverick out for his involvement with the admiral’s daughter.

Jennifer Connelly 

Jennifer Lynn Connelly is a Stanford graduated American actress, who’s been in the industry for more than four decades and is married to the actor, Paul Bettany. She is best known for movies like Career Opportunities, Requiem for a dream, Hulk, Once upon a time in America, Blood diamond, the series Snowpiercer, etc. Jennifer in the interviews mention little details about her character Penny Benjamin and also Penny’s history and presence with Maverick. In an interview with variety, she talks about the tenderness and understanding of their relationship and how they have always had some unfinished business. She also talks about their on-again off-again relationship as she says. However, they were quite young when they first got together. However, many things went ballistics but it fell apart but they keep coming back to each other.

Cast And Crew Of Top Gun: Maverick 

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This new top gun has a pretty well-known talented cast, Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, returning the role along with Val Kilmer as Lt. Tom ”Iceman” also reprises his role from the last movie. Jennifer Connelly would be playing Penny Benjamin, Maverick’s new love interest. Miles Teller as Bradley Bradshaw, son of Nick, and, Carole Bradshaw as the new trainee. Monica Barbaro as Phoenix and  Glen Powell as Hangman botare with many other actors and actresses. Joseph Kosinski has directed Top Gun: Maverick. Whereas, Ehren Kruger has written it.

Why Is Penny In This Movie? 

Becathatly McGillis as Charlotte Blackwood would not be back for this installment. There could be many other reasons but this is a major one. McGillis has a reprising the role with both some personal reason or create tors’ decision or both. But all we know is Jennifer would be shining in this movie as Penny Benjamin.

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