A New TV Gig for Krysta Rodriguez!


first_imgThe die-hard fans of How I Met Your Mother are about to meet one of our favorite Broadway stars: Krysta Rodriguez. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner has just landed a lead in the pilot for the CBS sitcom’s spin-off How I Met Your Dad. Rodriguez was last seen on Broadway wooing Zachary Levi in First Date (and filming her backstage exploits on the Broadway.com video blog Kiss & Tell). Other credits include The Addams Family, In the Heights, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening and Good Vibrations. Rodriguez, who was seen as a dissed Broadway diva on NBC’s Smash, will play a powerful fashion blogger on the show, the best friend of series star Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha).center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Congress working on appropriations bills as funding expires Dec. 20


first_img continue reading » Federal government funding is scheduled to expire Dec. 20, and reports indicate Congress has reached a tentative agreement to prevent funding from lapsing. Should no agreement be reached by Dec. 20, the federal government would shut down.In the event of a shutdown, credit unions around the country are prepared to assist affected members, as they did during the 35-day shutdown that ended in January 2019.During the 2018-2019 shutdown, more than 500 credit unions:Assisted more than 79,000 affected members;Issued more than $100 million in low- to no-interest loans; andIssued more than 26,000 loan extensions and other modifications, often with fees waived.During the shutdown, more than 3,000 Americans joined a credit union, recognizing the ways credit unions best met their needs during such an emergency. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Life after silicon


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MPs who have changed their mind on euthanasia


first_imgIn 2003, the Death with Dignity Bill would have legalised euthanasia by allowing people who are incurably and terminally ill to request and receive medical assistance to end their lives. The bill was defeated, fortunately.The MPs below were in the House and voted against the bill in 2003.Nothing has changed since then, except that palliative care and pain management has improved significantly as medical knowledge has increased.Why are these MPs now voting FOR David Seymour’s euthanasia bill (based on their 2nd Reading vote).They should vote NO.last_img read more

Energy, charity combine in contest


first_imgThe couple sold their custom home in Newhall and all their belongings and established ZOE International Ministries, which oversees three children’s homes in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There, 60 children ages 3 to 18 are cared for and schooled in academics and religion, in keeping with the Christian beliefs of the nonprofit group. All of the children are from impoverished mountain villages; some are orphans, others are victims of family tragedies and are cast adrift. “Carol was chosen as a semifinalist because of her perseverance, determination and never-quit spirit,” said Samantha Leavitt, a spokeswoman for Energizer, which sponsors the contest. Created last year, the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame publicizes stories of people whose drive rivals that of the indefatigable Energizer Bunny. The winner snags $10,000 and a $5,000 donation to a charity of choice. The contest is a synergy of product promotion and good deeds. ZOE, derived from the Greek word for “life,” is trying to raise $2.5 million to expand and consolidate its Thai operations. The group hopes to buy property and buildings so it can house up to 500 children under one roof, and establish a resource, training and vocational center for volunteers, caregivers and children. According to the U.S. State Department Web site, in 2006 the nation spent roughly $74 million for worldwide projects fostering efforts to combat human trafficking. Asked whether she might walk away from the daunting task, Hart didn’t miss a beat, saying, “Never, never, never.” Winnowed from roughly 1,000 entries, Hart is among 100 semifinalists vying for 10 finalist spots. Following the popular reality show format, Energizer will let voters choose the winner via the Web. Hart may have an edge on the others, having once been a mascot herself – at Hart High School. However, in this case she prefers not to single herself out. “It’s not just one bunny; there’s thousands that stand with us here in the U.S. and abroad that are fighting to make a difference,” she said. Should she win, Hart could funnel the $5,000 into ZOE, Leavitt said. Meantime, Energizer Holdings Inc., which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, announced recently its net earnings for the quarter were $66.6 million, up from earnings of $50 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2006. A link on the contest’s Web site, which features Energizer’s mascot – the pink drummer bunny in shades – encourages viewers to “Tell your Friends” about the project with just a click of the mouse. Semifinalists span the nation. Other California contestants are from San Francisco and Lake Sherwood. Voting begins June 14 and ends Aug. 1. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A Newhall woman who formed a children’s charity in Thailand stands to win a contest for folks with can-do spirit. Some five years ago, Carol Hart established group homes abroad to shelter children at risk for being sold into child prostitution and slavery. Distraught by the plight of youngsters and teens ensnared in human trafficking, Hart and her husband, Michael – who five years ago were assistant pastors at a large Woodland Hills church – gave up a comfortable life to travel halfway around the world to intervene. “It has nothing to do with where we hold our citizenship or our ethnicity,” Carol Hart said via phone from Bangkok en route to the children’s homes. “If it was your child, you would fight the rest of your life for their freedom. Although they’re not our blood, they matter to us and they matter to the heart of God.” last_img read more