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“BP is orchestrating the entire operation”

first_img News United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en News Interview with Mac McClelland, reporting for Mother Jones magazine on the oil spill. – July 13, 2010.From July 12th, 2010, new procedures permit credentialed news media free travel within the boom safety zones. The official statement says “clear, unfettered access” has two exceptions: safety and security concerns. However, it won’t change the major problem of the quality of the news, according to Mac McClelland, who has been working for 10 weeks on the oil spill for MotherJones.RSF – What kind of information do you get ?MM – BP won’t say anything on anything. Calling BP is a bit like waisting my time but I know my editor wants me to mention it when I try and I don’t get anything.Every information is so hard to get ! It’s hard to get anything on clean up activities when you can’t talk to clean up workers. Even when you call the coast gards, it turns out that they are taking BP’s information. It seems that no independently verified information exist at all.RSF – How do you think BP is managing the crisis ?MM – BP is making a pretty decent effort on beaches were it is easy to get too. But there is sometimes zero clean up on beaches that are more difficult to access. I went to one of the island on a kayak without getting the permission from BP – it takes too long. Out of public view, the clean up operation was even more lax than they were on the other island. So you definitely have to question the clean up work. One worker in Florida came out publicly saying that the whole point on clean up is to look clean. Not to actually be clean. Workers in Louisiana have definitely told me that as well.RSF – Did you see any evolution on how media restriction were established ? MM – No. The level of difficulty in getting info has been static.I have been blocked by cops from day 1, even after the coast guard said reporters would have total access granted to the boom zones and the beaches. PHRASE ENLEVEE. But for me, it’s been static for almost 2 months. It is also difficult to know exactly who is in charge. If one is having encounters with police officers, one should ask them if they are private security for BP or actually Louisiana cops. Some are wearing Louisiana cop uniform but can earn extra money by being a security guard for BP.RSF – Did you ever face a similar situation ? MM – I have written a book on Burma. Here, it reminds me of trying to get information form the Burmese goverment. The kind of independant information that the whole country need does not appear to exist. There is no independant auditors. All the numbers come from BP and nothing proves it is accurate. For example, one story I wrote on the clean up workers ended up to be a story on how hard it is to get information. There is no excuse to have nothing to verify. I can’t believe BP is not orchestrating this entire operation. July 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “BP is orchestrating the entire operation” to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United Statescenter_img News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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WDC stresses importance of investment to stimulate growth

first_img Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – December 13, 2010 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Newsx Adverts Pinterest WhatsApp The West and North West will play a vital role in Ireland’s economic recovery and future job creation, according to a new report which has just been published.The study by the Western Development Commission says the renewable energy, software and communications sectors are particularly strong in the West and North West, and if expanded, will create further employment.But it’s warning the Government must invest in the region to stem the recent 7 per cent drop in the young population due to emigration.WDC spokesperson Pauline White says the Government cannot neglect funding for the West and North West during the recovery period, and she’s particularly anxious that broadband provision be improved………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/wdc1pm.mp3[/podcast] LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twittercenter_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WDC stresses importance of investment to stimulate growth Facebook Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Previous articleCallaghan seeks regulator to control NI oil pricesNext article16-year-old boy and girlfriend attacked and robbed in Derry News Highland last_img read more

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Sex discrimination claim places Capita in the dock

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Oneof the country’s leading occupational health professionals is suing one of the UK’sforemost health providers for constructive dismissal, sex discrimination andequal pay.SharonHoran, who was previously director of nursing at Aon Health Services, suffered ‘a culture of sexistbehaviour and treatment’ that excluded women, the Londontribunal heard.Theexperience had left her with severe clinical depression, she said.Horantold the tribunal that her former line manager, Dr Alister Scott, and colleague Stuart Cooper, wouldvisit gay bars together, fostering a ‘male cabal’ that excluded women.Shealleges that, while in a taxi on the way to a presentation, Scott also askedher if she was just there ‘for decoration’.InApril this year, Horan claims that she was omitted from a new organisationchart, having already been excluded from asenior management meetings the previous September. Horan saidthat this amounted to constructive dismissal.Cooper,a nurse manager, also received more money than her, despite being on a lowerpay grade and reporting to her, it is alleged.LawyerGillian Howard, representing Horan, said her client was seeking reinstatementand compensation for financial loss and injury to feelings, as well as arrearsof pay for inequality in salary.Shealso said that Horan was seeking aggravated damages for the manner in whichCapita dealt with her complaints.Capita,which took over Aon HealthServices in April, denies the allegations. The full hearing will begin on 11 April 2005.ByMichael Millar Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Sex discrimination claim places Capita in the dockOn 7 Sep 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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NAU beats Weber State 28-24 in turnover-filled game

first_img Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cory Young ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Northern Arizona beat Weber State 28-24 in a turnover-filled game on Saturday night.There were 11 turnovers between the teams. Northern Arizona (3-3, 2-1 Big Sky Conference) lost four fumbles and was intercepted twice. Weber State (3-2, 1-1) threw three picks and lost two fumbles.Landon Stice forced a fumble from Lumberjack quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd, and Preston Smith returned the ball 86 yards for a score to give the Wildcats an 8-7 halftime lead.Chauntez Thomas knocked the ball loose from Wildcat quarterback Jake Constantine, and Jalen Goss scooped it up and ran 30 yards into the end zone to pull Northern Arizona even at 18 midway through the third quarter.Young’s 8-yard run, set up by Kam’ron Johnson’s interception from Kaden Jenks, made it 28-21. Trey Tuttle kicked his third field goal, a 52-yarder, to pull Weber State to 28-24 with 8:20 left. But Jenks threw his second pick, and the Wildcats then turned it over on downs without a first down on their final two possessions. Tags: Big Sky/Football/Weber State Wildcats October 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local NAU beats Weber State 28-24 in turnover-filled gamelast_img read more

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Clara Adams Ender Endowed Professorship

first_imgNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) StateUniversity invites applications and nominations for the position ofClara Adams Ender Endowed Professorship in Nursing Research. Thisdistinguished professorship in nursing is a prestigious designationfor a faculty member who has earned prominence for scholarly andprofessional achievements in nursing education and/or practiceresearch. The Distinguished Professor will serve as researcher inthe School of Nursing and Health Services (SON & HS) and mentorfaculty and students; facilitate research collaborations betweenthe SON & HS, College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS),University, community, and professional and practice partners; workwith nursing leadership to establish graduate degree programs(seated and on line); and, advance the University’s goals inresearch and scholarship.last_img read more

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New Jersey Files Formal Appeal of Summer Flounder Quota Reductions State’s Representatives Argue ASMFC…

first_imgPhoto Credit : John DeBona (17/P25) TRENTON – New Jersey representatives to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have filed an appeal requesting the commission reconsider its vote significantly reducing the state’s recreational-fishing quota for summer flounder this year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.The 34-percent quota reduction ASMFC approved in February will have a devastating impact on the state’s fishing industry and tourism economy while paradoxically harming the long-term health of the state’s summer flounder stocks, Commissioner Martin said.“We are appealing the ASFMC decision because of the numerous process, data, policy and regulatory issues that will significantly impact New Jersey’s fishing industry,” Commissioner Martin said. “The ASFMC decision will actually result in anglers in New Jersey having to throw more dead fish back into the water than they can keep to eat, and the fish they can keep overwhelmingly will be reproductive females. This is not sound fishery management.”Recreational and commercial fishing employs 65,000 people and generates some $2.5 billion in annual economic benefits to the state. Summer flounder, also known as fluke, is one of the state’s most sought-after recreational fish species, prized for its delicate flavor and easily found close to beaches and in bays and creeks.To achieve the 34-percent reduction, New Jersey faces increasing the minimum size limit for summer flounder from 18 inches in most state waters to 19 inches, making legally sized fish more difficult to keep. Additionally, the number of fish that could be kept under the new restrictions would be reduced from five to three.The petition from New Jersey’s three representatives to ASMFC Chairman Douglas E. Grout cites technical, scientific and procedural flaws as reasons for reconsideration of the vote. The commission was formed by compact to manage nearshore fisheries from Maine to Florida.A DEP analysis of the quota reduction determined that the number of undersized, or discarded, fish that die after being returned to the water will be greater than the number of fish that will be harvested. This would be the first-ever such imbalance for the state. Flounder, like all fish, are susceptible to mortality from hook wounds and stress.“Discard mortality that exceeds harvest is not acceptable from a fishery management standpoint and will not be well received by the recreational fishing sector,” the state’s representatives wrote, adding that such waste would be inconsistent with goals established by federal law. New Jersey representatives to ASMFC are New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty, Governor’s appointee Thomas P. Fote of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and Legislative Commissioner Assemblyman Bob Andrejczak (District 1).They noted that summer flounder in New Jersey tend to be smaller than in states to the north due to the species’ biological needs and migration patterns. Moreover, more than 90 percent of summer flounder in New Jersey waters that are greater than 19 inches in length are females, meaning an increase in size limits would encourage higher harvests of reproductive fish, which would also be counterproductive to sound fishery management.In their letter, the representatives argue that ASMFC did not properly consider comments made by the public opposing the reduction during a Jan. 5 hearing in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. They further state that ASFMC staff found numerous mathematical calculation errors after the hearing that resulted in substantive revisions to the draft quota-reduction plan and did not provide the public an opportunity to review the changes and provide additional comments.In addition, ASMFC did not properly apply technical information gathered through the federal Marine Recreational Informational Program, which surveys anglers and members of the fishing industry to provide more complete assessments of the health of fisheries, the representatives wrote.Commissioner Martin testified before ASMFC in opposition to the quota reduction and recently sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting that 2016’s quotas remain in effect pending development of a benchmark stock assessment to better understand and manage the resource. Any quota reduction this year would be on top of a 27 percent quota reduction in 2016. Download (PDF, 321KB)Download (PDF, 556KB)last_img read more

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The Joe Marcinek Band Assembles All-Star Lineup With Members of String Cheese, Particle and More

first_imgAnnouncing an upcoming four-day Midwest run, The Joe Marcinek Band will be joined by an all-star lineup that will include The String Cheese Incident/EOTO percussionist Jason Hann, Particle founding member Steve Molitz, and other special guests. The band will make stops in Minneapolis, MN, Neenah, WI, Peoria, IL and Milwaukee, WI from May 18th – 21st.The group features an ever-evolving mixture of original compositions and accomplished musicians. With the super jam format, the group relies heavily on funk and jazz grooves and improvisation. For more information on the shows, check out the Joe Marcinek Band’s Facebook page.UPCOMING JOE MARCINEK SHOWSMay 4  Bodega’s Ally, Lincoln NE w/Marty SammonMay 5   Hodi’s Half Note – Ft Collins CO w/Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Josh Fairman (Kinetix), and George Horn (Analog Son)May 6   Quixotes – Denver CO w/Dave Watts (the Motet), Emily Clark, and Josh Fairman (Kinetix)May 7   Quixotes – Denver CO w/Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Josh Fairman (Kinetix), and George Horn (Analog Son)May 18 Cabooze – Minneapolis MN w/Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and Steve Molitz (Particle)May 19 Cranky Pats – Neenah WI w/Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and Steve Molitz (Particle)May 20 Country Club BBQ – Peoria IL w/Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and Steve Molitz (Particle)May 21 The Rave – Milwaukee WI w/Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and Steve Molitz (Particle)last_img read more

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Phish Enters 2019 Dangling In Thin Air At MSG NYE [Photos]

first_imgAs 12/31 happens to be the most frequently played date in Phishtory, it comes with a balance of expectation and anticipation from fans new and old. Tradition proves that first sets tend to be fairly straightforward, and Monday night’s performance was no different. “Moma Dance” kicked off the festivities in the identical fashion of 2015’s New Year’s Eve celebration under the same roof. It became evident very early on that the theme of the night would be “time,” and the “Moma” lyrics were an excellent starting place for such a blueprint. In the two-hole, a cut off Halloween’s Kasvot Växt album made the sixth appearance of the four-night run with “Stray Dog”, and added yet another dog-friendly Phish tune to an MSG setlist. Gordon enjoyed his time with lead vocals during “555”, before Anastasio took the mic back for “Sand.” The ominously dank “What’s the Use?” made its second NYE appearance in a row and kept the jukebox-style first set moving along by introducing the Billy Breathes classic, “Waste”. Anastasio’s daughter, Bella, thoughtfully gifted her father a book made up of fan-submitted pictures which he has flipped through prior to each performance this run. This might explain the emotion behind “Waste”, which was gently placed into the set as Trey used his “Mar Mar” guitar for the first and only time of the night. Phish snuck more clock-themed lyrics into the set during another í rokk original, “Play By Play”, with “Sweet longing freezes time”, before Fishman (aka Bob Weaver) sung Anastasio’s favorite song, “Ass Handed.” While the band’s Junta album contains several lyrics about nipples, Fishman’s butt-based words have yet to make it into the studio. The band decided to go with “Run Like An Antelope” to cap off a straight-forward first set packed with energy and emotion.  One may never know the true meaning of the acronym “S.A.N.T.O.S.”, but Anastasio told writing-partner Tom Marshall that the sacred name stands for “Subterranean. Arctic. Neuro. Technology. Orientation. Station.” While the description isn’t intentionally simple, the next song of the set was just that. Out of all the cities in the United States that Phish has seen in 2018, New York has the grandest skyscrapers of them all, and the band was not afraid to show their excitement about being in town, as they energetically played a concise version of “Simple.” Much like the night prior with Billy Breathes tunes, Phish symbolically pointed fans to the merch stand as one of their Garden specific shirts reads, “What is a band without skyscraper?” As Fishman moved to the Marimba Lumina during “Mercury”, ten performers were lifted into the air wrapped in elongated silver streamers, and surrounded by gravity-defying smoke machines. The group of suspended aerial acrobats, in unbreakable nets, danced and swayed to yet another song about time, as Anastasio drew inspiration from their incredible talent. The arena was greeted by a NASA sounding announcer that counted down from “T-minus 30 seconds”, prior to wishing everyone a “Happy New Year.” When images of shiny silver balloons surfaced on social media earlier in the weekend, fans naturally began drawing conclusions about the annual New Year’s gag. The fast-moving element of mercury has crept its way into not one, but two different Phish songs with “Cool Amber and Mercury” as well as “Mercury”, which made fans accurately guess one of these two songs would be featured in the third set. As Gordon and Anastasio came on stage dressed in silver jumpsuits, it was clear that The Garden was about to blast off.  After life-changing events like New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden, it’s hard to believe that just 10 years ago, Phish was just gearing up for the Hampton Coliseum reunion after calling it quits for good. Since that time, the Garden has hosted 47 Phish shows, and the band is about to play their 400th show of the 3.0 era in Mexico this February. More importantly, Anastasio and his bandmates have brought joy and love to a new generation of fans. In a little over a decade, Trey went from drug court in Upstate New York, to suspended among his best friends in the World’s Most Famous Arena, officially becoming a beacon of light in the world of flight. “Flowing through the hourglass” lyrics may have tickled the nerves of those present for the disappearing act that occurred during 2015’s NYE gag. The following tune, “Lawn Boy” definitely got a rise out of audience members that were at the Garden for the jam-filled Baker’s Dozen performance. McConnell rose from the boards rocking a gorgeous snakeskin shirt to announce, “Yes, it’s still ‘Lawn Boy’,” and received ferocious applause from the crowd. While the beautiful bass solo didn’t morph into a 30-minute improvisation, the moist, green organic tune certainly brought smiles to faces throughout the room. A standard “Steam” reminded fans of the 2011 NYE gag but as the lyrics state, “There’s no time to reflect,” as the quartet quickly moved into a high-energy “Chalk Dust Torture” which begged the question ,“Can I live while I’m young?” Set One: The Moma Dance, Stray Dog, 555, Sand, Lawn Boy, Steam > Chalk Dust Torture > What’s the Use? > Play by Play, Waste, Ass Handed, Run Like an Antelope Set Three: Mercury > Auld Lang Syne, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., Simple, Saw It Again > Limb By Limb > Rock and Roll > Suzy Greenberg For the 12th time at Madison Square Garden, Phish flipped to a new calendar with the traditional “Auld Lang Syne”, as thousands of silver balloons and enormous shiny streamers, like the ones attached to the acrobats, fell from the ceiling. For the first time ever, “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” was played to welcome in the new year. Although it started off a bit rocky, the band quickly recovered as even more lyrics about time and space were sung to a peaking audience. Anastasio and Gordon were literally dangling from midair, to get an even better view of the insanity taking place throughout the arena. As if the silver-soaked chaos off stage wasn’t enough, dozens of dancers with various pool floats jumped on stage to join in the shenanigans. This was rock and roll at an entirely new level, and the four members of the world’s most theatrical rock band will always remember where they were on December 31st, 2018. Chris Kuroda turned up the lighting theatrics to match the playful transition established by Anastasio’s fluttering guitar. McConnell’s grand piano followed along with Fishman’s up-tempo drumming, as the band begun a “Seven Below” dance party. During the peak of the groove, Gordon mixed an electro-funk bass effect with McConnell’s clav while Anastasio fed off the crowd’s wooing energy. A fiery, yet concise “Twist” contained even more whooing, before a noteworthy “Harry Hood.” This high-impact version began to break free from normality, before Trey put on his Kasvot Växt hat and informed the band it was time to sandwich “Passing Through” into the mix. While the “way-oh way-ohs” are a little too European boy-bandish, Gordon’s rocking bass solo during the brand-new tune makes it relistenable. Trey ecstatically returned to the “Hood” to close out the eighth set of the í rokk-jam-sandwich-filled run. Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/2018 Set Two: Down with Disease > Farmhouse > Seven Below > Twist > Harry Hood > Passing Through, Harry Hood You can check out a gallery of photos from Phish’s New Year’s Eve space voyage below courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein. While the first set only contained two songs that broke the 10-minute mark, jam-seekers got what they wanted in the second of the three-set event. “Down With Disease” made the cut on yet another NYE setlist, but this year was the first time it has ever opened Act Two on an NYE occasion. The initial Type I jam was bright and airy, featuring McConnell swirling on his organ, accompanied by Gordon plucking away on a driving bass and Fishman carrying a danceable beat. Anastasio layered thick-delayed effects to initiate a Type II journey, yet cut things short by peppering in the “Farmhouse” ballad. A serenely spacey “Seven Below” would follow, and found McConnell hammering away on the synthesizer to follow along with Gordon’s big bass lines. After a short and sweet “Saw It Again” followed by “Limb By Limb”, the band landed to reform on the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.” This cover generally is well-received, but the New York-based lyrics certainly give it an added punch from band members and fans alike inside the midtown Manhattan mecca. “Suzy Greenberg” closed out the ninth set of the four-night run in classic fashion to the intense delight of the satisfied crowd. Trey couldn’t help himself avoid a dad joke when proclaiming, “We’ll see you in 2019, well it is 2019. See you this year,” before exiting the stage. A well-received dose of Gamehendge kicked off the encore with “The Lizards”, and saw the band showing some extra emotion during the “Helping Friendly Book” lyrics. Anastasio initiated some fuzzed-out effects during “Character Zero” after urging the fans to “rush and never waste the day,” just one more friendly reminder about time during the New Year extravaganza.  On Monday night in NYC, Phish orchestrated yet another surprising, happy-go-lucky New Year’s Eve performance to cap off 60 shows at the fan-favorite Madison Square Garden. Mark Twain once wrote, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been,” and after decades of shocking the brains of their beloved fans, one might assume that Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell would be a lot more wrinkly. The final performance of the four-night extravaganza merely indicated that Vermont’s finest is not only ready to continue the tradition, but to do so with invigoration, innovation and í rokk.  Encore: The Lizards, Character ZeroPhish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/18 | Photos: Andrew BlacksteinLoad remaining imageslast_img read more

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Road Trip! Meet Julia Stiles & James Wirt, Stars of Phoenix

first_img Related Shows Grab your trail mix and your iPod, because we’re going on a road trip to Phoenix! The new dark romantic comedy by Scott Organ begins performances July 28, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt. Directed by Jennifer DeLia, the play tells the story of Bruce (Wirt), who follows Sue (Stiles) 4,000 miles from New York to Phoenix after having a one-night-stand. Stiles, Wirt and DeLia took a break from rehearsal to meet the press and take a few company snapshots. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars, then see Phoenix at off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre! View Comments Phoenix Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014last_img read more

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Your Favorite Kristin Chenoweth Roles, Ranked

first_img(Photos: ABC, Bruce Glikas, Joan Marcus & Disney) April Rhodes, Glee Lily St. Regis, Annie Cunegonde, Candide View Comments Glinda, Wicked Marian Paroo, The Music Man Olive Snook, Pushing Daisies Wicked Sally, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Browncenter_img Related Shows Maleficent, The Descendants The very, very popular Kristin Chenoweth celebrated her birthday this weekend, and whether you honored the Tony winner with a slice of cake, Cheno-focused YouTube spiral or hangin’ out with some bunnies, the rejoicifying shows no sign of stopping! The stage and screen fave has a number of projects in the works, from returning to her pageant roots as Miss Baltimore Crabs (a.k.a. Velma Von Tussle) in the highly anticipated Hairspray Live! broadcast to recently leading that all-star reading of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Cheno also kicked off her birthday weekend with revealing that she will play Easter (yup, like the holiday) in Starz’s upcoming series American Gods; based on author Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, the show is slated for 2017. While we get amped for KC’s upcoming roles, we asked you guys to take a look back at your favorite ones. From Wicked’s Glinda the Good to Glee’s sassy April Rhodes, check out your top 10! Fran Kubelik, Promises, Promises Lily Garland, On the Twentieth Century from $95.00 Star Files Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

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