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'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

People walk past signs announcing the "Book of Mormon" musical at the Capitol Theatre, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons is finally coming to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two week run on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at a theater two blocks from the church’s flagship temple and headquarters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The buzz is building outside the Salt Lake City theater where the satirical musical that mocks Mormons is set to make its debut in the heart of Mormonlandia.


Review: "Tour" a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject

In this image released by A24 Films, Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Jason Segel appear in a scene from the film, "The End of the Tour." (A24 Films via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," James Ponsoldt's exquisitely elegiac film about David Foster Wallace, examined over the course of a five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, 12 years before the influential writer's suicide in 2008 at age 46.


Ridley Scott, Jean-Marc Vallee head Toronto filmfest lineup

Director Jean-Marc Vallee, pictured on November 8, 2014, will present "Demolition," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, to open the Toronto International Film FestivalOrganizers of the annual Toronto International Film Festival unveiled an ambitious lineup Tuesday leading off with psychological drama "Demolition" by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee. "Alien" director Ridley Scott's eagerly-awaited space adventure "The Martian" will also be among the highlights at the movie fest that runs September 10-20. "Demolition" tells the story of Davis, a brilliant investment banker played by Jake Gyllenhaal who must come to terms with the death of his wife in a terrible automobile accident.


Mayoral Candidate Tyer Targets Anti-blight Ordinances
Linda Tyer looks at another blighted property just across the street from the one on John Street that she used as the backdrop for her latest campaign stump. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A property with tall grass and smashed windows sends a message to the neighbors.   But it is not the message Linda Tyer wants to be sent. The current city clerk is running for mayor and on Tuesday stood outside of one of the city's most dilapidated properties to says if elected, blight won't be tolerated.   "When you purchase a property as an investment, there is a responsibility to that. This city is going to hold these people responsible," Tyer said outside of a three-unit rental property on John Street that is in deplorable condition.   "This has a community pride component to it. This has a property values component. It affects crime and public health," Tyer said.   Tyer says she will put together a "problem properties task force" consisting of representatives from the city, neighborhood initiatives, and the rental housing association to aggressively go after owners of blighted properties. She also says she'd implement stronger ordinances for health and building codes.   "We have neighbors to this particular property who are doing their best to maintain their properties and sadly the condition of this property is having a negative effect with diminished property values and diminished quality of life. This will be a top, top priority for me in my administration," she said.   The task force would be similar to one in Boston, she said, in that the group will categorize properties as problems based on the number of citations and complaints. The city will clean up them up and then lien the properties to recoup the cost. The group will maintain the property and pursue the cleaning up of it and ultimately try to find a way to get investment.   "As a team of stakeholders we'll use city ordinances that exist now and the ones that I intend to create to more aggressively attack this kind of a problem," Tyer said.   The other ordinance she hopes to implement is for doors and windows. The ordinance will require landlords of vacant properties to put locking windows and doors. That will send a positive message to the neighborhood in a number of ways, she said. It will not only spruce up the property but also eliminate health hazards and crime. It creates a more "neighborly condition" and has a psychological effect on those living nearby.   A well-known criminology theory knows as the broken window theory says that if a vacant property is kept clean and windows repaired, it sends a message to the criminal element that the area is not one to loiter.    On West Union Street nearly all of the properties were well maintained but at the end, at the intersection of John Street the property serving as Tyer's backdrop for the afternoon campaign stump, was in disrepair. She said all of the neighbors are negatively impacted by the owner who let the property decline.   One of her reforms would be to require owners of vacant properties to install locking doors and windows. "This perfectly illustrates the effect a neglected property has on a neighborhood. This is an extremely important issue to me. As a member of the Pittsfield City Council, I voted to support ordinances and activities that would address these kinds of conditions in our city and I intend to continue to fairly and actively address conditions of blight from both a commercial and a neighborhood impact," Tyer said.   The candidate said neighborhood children are forced to walk by a property that is unsecured and has tall grass that can create health issues from ticks and mosquitoes. The property is near Pitt Park and not too far from Conte Community School.   Tuesday was the second time Tyer has tackled the issue of blight in her campaign. Previously she stood outside of the former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on East Street to lay out some of her plans to combat the issue.    "In some ways this many seem like I am a one-trick pony on the conditions of blighted properties in the city but this is extremely important to the people of our city," Tyer said.    Tyer is running against incumbent Daniel Bianchi, who she says hasn't made blight a priority. When she served on the City Council, then Mayor James Ruberto implemented a series of anti-blight ordinances. Tyer charged that the incumbent has not only voted against them — in February and in March of 2007 — but has basically ignored that program since taking office.   "As a city councilor, Dan Bianchi voted on two separate occasions against giving our Inspection Services Department more tools to combat problem absentee landlords," she claimed.   Also running for mayor is resident Craig Gaetani and past candidate Donna M. Walto.
Lanesborough's Water Line Project Trending On Budget
The Selectmen were told that the project is still under budget.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The water line up Ore Bed Road is tracking under budget.   In the last two town meetings, voters approved spending for the water line:  $199,000 in 2014 and $150,000 in 2015. The town's Highway Department has teamed up with the Water Department to do the construction in-house and started in the spring.    "It's going along good now. We got another 200 ft. in today," said Highway Superintendent William Decelles on Monday.    The project started at the intersection of Balance Rock Road and has now moved past the intersection of Minor Road as workers make their way up toward Silver Street. Decelles says the project is trending under budget.    "Budgetwise we are alright," he said. "We're still under the original amount."   However, Decelles says the project could move even faster if the workers had a larger bulldozer. The superintendent said excavating and moving the pipeline is going faster than the backfill. He said if the town opts to rent a small bulldozer to help with the backfill, that would allow the crews laying the pipe to continue moving. Currently, if the first crew goes too fast, the pipeline bends.    Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach suggested renting one on a weekly basis to see if that helps the project.    The water-line project is one of the larger ones the town has taken up. The decision to do it was to connect a few homes in that area after one was found with a contaminated well. The source of the contamination is suspected to be from the town's landfill, though town officials have denied responsibility.   Nonetheless, the state Department of Environmental Protection has been looking into the situation for years and requires the town to test water inside homes, at wells, and at a number of sites near the landfill. Those tests have grown both costly and unpredictable in that DEP has asked for additional testings mid-year. The water line installation is hoped to alleviate much of the testing and thus lowering the risks of unanticipated tests.   In other business, the board is going use the senior tax work-off program to get some extra help in the town clerk's office, despite concerns the hire does not reflect the intent of the program.    Town Administrator Paul Sieloff asked the board to approve bringing former Council on Aging Director Deb Decelles into the work-off program to help the town clerk with a project to link records with the assessor's office. Decelles would work about 75 hours on the project, which would translate to a $750 discount on her tax bill.   The tax work-off program is in place to help seniors work off some of their property taxes and Decelles fits the 60-year-old requirement. But, the Selectmen said she isn't retired and the program should instead be used for retirees.   "I'd rather have seniors do it because that's was the intent of the program," said Selectman Robert Ericson.   Sieloff, however, says there are no others on the list for the program. Current Council on Aging Director Lorna Gayle keeps a list of seniors wanting to be in the program and all have found work.   "We're just trying to fill some holes and this is one way to do it. We don't have anybody else on the list waiting for tax write-off. She qualifies agewise," Sieloff said.   The Selectmen questioned the use of the hours saying that it was only recently that the town approved shortening the town clerk's hours. Sieloff says he is trying to avoid paying benefits for current Town Clerk Ruth Kynsh.    "I do not want to add another benefit burden to us," Sieloff said, adding that the town pays out some $1.2 million annually for health insurance.   The administrator says he holds a "strict 18-hour rule" in that part-time workers are not to exceed that per week. When Kynsh needs to take weeklong training sessions, she doesn't get paid for extra hours but instead gets extra days off to help keep the annual average below 20 hours, he said.    But with the amount of work going through the clerk's office, it is difficult for her to keep with the day-to-day stuff. She hasn't even begun to go through the historical records that the town wanted her to organize.    Since the budget for the senior work-off program is already in place and there aren't any candidates, Sieloff said using Decelles would add no additional financial burden to the town.   "I'd like to see it go to retired seniors but we don't have anybody waiting," Goerlach concluded.   Also on Monday, the Board of Selectmen approved taking down the kennel at Town Hall. The kennel was previously used by the animal control officers but the town now has an agreement to keep dogs at the shelter and it is no longer needed.
North Adams Considering 'Adopt an Island' Beautification Plan
Mayor Richard Alcombright shows Tree Commissioners Chairwoman Patricia LeClair and Jane Betti what he would like to change in City Hall's landscaping. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Traffic islands around the city could be in for some beautification. Mayor Richard Alcombright is hoping the community will get involved in spreading greenery after being inspired by an "adopt an island" program in Ipswich. But first, he'd like to revamp Dr. Arthur Rosenthal Square on West Main Street across from City Hall. And that could mean the elimination of one of the city's Christmas trees. "I still think it might be a great demonstration project for all these different islands in the city," he said, adding the islands lack maintenance. "We don't even mulch them anymore ... all the islands from the Veterans Memorial down to McDonalds, it used to be all planted and now it's weeds." Ispwich instituted its program to beautify the entrance to the town. Organizations or individuals adopt a traffic island and agree to plant and maintain it according the town's rules, which include plant height, mulch color and submitting a design plan. "They have done the whole downtown," the mayor told the Tree Commission on Monday. "They have flowers and perennial grasses." The Tree Commission, which did not have a quorum, endorsed the idea without a vote. But Chairwoman Patricia LeClair and Commissioner Jane Betti also thought it critical to have a garden club to help with islands and to maintain the city's pocket parks. The club dissolved several years ago in part because of a lack of members. Francesca Shanks said she had spoken with some people who might be interested in resurrecting it. Betti noted the job that Williamstown does in maintaining the flower pots along the bridge entering the town and in other areas. "Williamstown has more than 100 members, some of whom just give money," said LeClair. "We need to re-establish the garden club," agreed the mayor, thinking club volunteers could take over the small neighborhood pockets. First though, he said, "we need to inventory who does what and where and why." He would like the first island redo to be Rosenthal Square as a demonstration of what can be done because of the poor condition of the shrubbery on the east side facing Main Street. Any plantings would need to obscure the low electrical box in the square. There was a general agreement that continuing to place a Christmas tree there would disrupt any planting scheme. And planting a tree could cause root problems with the electrical junction there.  "It's an obstacle when you have a big tree there," LeClair said. "It would look pretty when you come down Main Street and you don't have to try to find a tree ... It's getting harder to find trees."  Betti agreed that lights could be placed on the shrubbery instead. "It doesn't have to be elaborate." At the same time, the mayor would like to pull the brown and gangly shrubbery off the City Hall lawn as well. It's a project he's been considering for a couple years but has been on the back burner as the Department of Public Works has been dealing with water and sewer breaks. Because the small wall lettering for City Hall is nearly obscured by trees, he'd like to install a more prominent sign on the corner identifying the building and services such as veterans services and BerkshireWorks.  "I think it would be a good idea to get a landscaper to give us ideas," said Betti.    Alcombright agreed, "but we need a clean canvas." The commissioners also discussed the idea of dedicating a tree at the new Colegrove Park Elementary School in the name of the Tree Commission for Arbor Day. Alcombright said he was looking into other ways to honor those who were recognized by the planting of five trees at Sullivan School, since the trees cannot be moved to Colegrove. The ideas have been a single plaque with all the names, single plaques or memorial pavers. Alcombright said he wanted to speak with the families. LeClair said she would not want the memorials to be left behind if it were her family member.   "I would be happy if it were me to know that they weren't forgotten," she said.  
Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a ball tossed to him during warmups before the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game last season has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell said the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.


AP source: Phillies agree to trade Papelbon to Nationals (Yahoo Sports)

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon throws a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 5-4 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person familiar with the trade says the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals.


Tampa Bay trades DeJesus to Angels (Yahoo Sports)

Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus, left, slides around the tag from Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila while scoring on an RBI single by Logan Forsythe during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league pitcher Eduar Lopez.