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Talking with Director Steven Maler on Making CSC's 'Birdy' Take Flight

Talking with Director Steven Maler on Making CSC's 'Birdy' Take Flight

THEATRE | By Robert Nesti | Feb 21
Steven Maler, the artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, long admired the work of playwright Naomi Wallace. With his upcoming production of her adaptation of the novel "Birdy," Maler got the opportunity to direct one of her plays.

Chicago Police Chief Angry Over Alleged Smollett Hoax

Chicago Police Chief Angry Over Alleged Smollett Hoax

NATIONAL | By Tammy Webber | Feb 21
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took it personally when detectives determined that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack .

'Empire' Studio Says it's Weighing its Options in Wake of Smollett Case

'Empire' Studio Says it's Weighing its Options in Wake of Smollett Case

NATIONAL | Feb 21
The studio behind the hit television show "Empire" says it is "evaluating the situation" regarding the charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is "considering our options."

Kenya Court Set to Rule on Whether to Scrap Anti-Gay Laws

Kenya Court Set to Rule on Whether to Scrap Anti-Gay Laws

INTERNATIONAL | By Tom Odula | Feb 21
Extortion, physical assaults, verbal abuse, denial of state services, forceful evictions, harassment, being disowned by family members. These and many other challenges may begin to fade away for the Kenyan gay community if a court rules in their favor.

Watch: Viral Video by Waitress Slammed with Anti-Gay Epithet Prompts Flood of Support

Watch: Viral Video by Waitress Slammed with Anti-Gay Epithet Prompts Flood of Support

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Feb 21
A hard-working single mother in Fort Wayne, Indiana had the perfect response to a homophobic customer who left a hateful anti-LGBTQ message scrawled on his receipt. No wonder her video went viral.

Court: Constitutional Ban on High Fines Applies to States

Court: Constitutional Ban on High Fines Applies to States

LEGAL | By Mark Sherman | Feb 21
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects.

Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

SCIENCE | Feb 21
A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

Police: 'Empire' Actor Faked Attack to 'Promote His Career'

Police: 'Empire' Actor Faked Attack to 'Promote His Career'

NATIONAL | By Don Babwin | Feb 21
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career" when he made a false police report about an attack in Chicago, the city's police superintendent said Thursday.

Pittsburgh's Food Scene Turns the Rust Belt City Shiny Again

Pittsburgh's Food Scene Turns the Rust Belt City Shiny Again

FOOD/DRINK | By Jill Gleeson | Feb 21
With the recent influx of companies like Google and Uber and some trailblazing cookery in the Lawrenceville gayborhood, Pittsburgh fare is getting national attention. Here's your ultimate must-eat list.

Northern Red Sea Coral Reefs May Survive A Hot, Grim Future

Northern Red Sea Coral Reefs May Survive A Hot, Grim Future

SCIENCE | By Alon Bernstein and Isabel Debre | Feb 21
As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century.

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