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Alexander McQueen Missing From Paris Men’s Week

SHOW BUSINESS: Big acts missing from the official schedule of Paris Men’s Week in January will include Alexander McQueen. The house plans to switch to a series of intimate events as its new presentation format, WWD has learned. The first will take place in London in May for the fall 2019 season. “Intrinsically connected to the bespoke tailoring heritage of Alexander McQueen men’s wear, these events will be central to the evolution of the house’s commitment to the championing of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation,” the brand said. The house moved to showing in Paris in June 2017 after having shown by appointment in Milan and London in previous seasons.
As expected, Lanvin, which recently parted ways with its men’s creative director Lucas Ossendrijver, is also missing from the lineup, according to the Chambre Syndicale which released its provisional schedule for the week on Friday.
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Missing Fla. 2-Year-Old Is Dead — as Mom Allegedly Confesses to Fabricating Violent Abduction Story

The Florida mother who reported her 2-year-old son missing Sunday morning has been charged with murder after police discovered his battered body in the woods behind a sports complex in Largo.

Police announced the arrest of 21-year-old Charisse Stinson during a press conference late Tuesday night.

In an affidavit obtained Wednesday morning by PEOPLE, Largo detectives allege Stinson confessed to beating her son, Jordan Belliveau.

An AMBER Alert was issued Sunday for Jordan.

Stinson, who is now charged with first-degree murder, told police her child had been kidnapped on Saturday night by a stranger who had offered them a ride home.

She described the suspect to detectives and a police sketch artist. Stinson allegedly told police the man identified himself as “Antwan” and said that he knocked her out with a single punch once they were in his car.

Speaking to police, Stinson allegedly claimed she awoke the next morning alone in a wooded area in Largo Central Park.

But during Tuesday’s press conference, investigators said the man she described to officers and a police sketch artist does not exist.

According to the affidavit, Stinson admitted being frustrated with Jordan on Saturday night when she struck him in the face with the back of her hand. The force of the blow knocked Jordan backwards, and he struck his head against a wall inside Stinson’s home.

The affidavit alleges Jordan experiences seizures throughout Saturday evening.

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“As the victim’s health declined during the following day, the defendant carried him to a wooded area during the night where the victim’s body was left,” reads the affidavit. “The victim’s recovered body had visible injuries consistent with the defendant’s admission.”

Jordan’s remains were found behind the Largo Sports Complex, according to the affidavit.

It’s unclear if Jordan was still alive when Stinson left him in the woods.

FOX 13 spoke with Stephon Davis, Jordan’s paternal uncle, who said he and his family believed Stinson was behind whatever happened to the boy.

We honestly knew it was her because of her past with us,” Davis told FOX 13.


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In a Twitter barrage on Sunday, Nicki Minaj slammed Spotify, Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner and others for her new album “Queen” not topping the album charts and coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, behind Scott’s “Astroworld.” According to the Nielsen Music tally published in Billboard, Scott’s album earned 205,000 equivalent album units […]



Missing Mollie Tibbetts’ Dad Addresses Possible Abductor: ‘Do Not Escalate This … Let [Her] Go’

Rob Tibbetts believes his missing daughter, 20-year-old University of Iowa sophomore Mollie Tibbetts, is alive but being held captive by someone she knows.

Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday evening, Rob urged whoever may be holding his daughter to “turn yourself in” and “let Mollie go.”

It was the second time he has addressed his daughter’s possible abductor directly in a nationally-televised interview. He also spoke to ABC News on Monday, offering up his theory on what may have happened to Mollie, who vanished three weeks ago.

“It’s totally speculation, but I do believe that Mollie is with someone who she knows, probably someone who cares about her,” Rob said. “But that relationship was misguided, misinterpreted and went wrong, and I think they’re in a place with Mollie and don’t know how to get themselves out of this horrible situation.”

The concerned father, who spoke to PEOPLE on Monday morning, told the potential abductor there was still time to do the right thing.

“You’ve made a mistake. We’ve all made mistakes. Don’t compound this,” he told ABC. “Work your way through this. Listen to Mollie.”

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Mollie, who was studying psychology, has not been seen since the night of July 18, when she was spotted on her usual jog around Brooklyn, Iowa, around 7:30.

She was reported missing by her family the following day, after failing to show up for her job as a camp counselor.

A reward for information leading to her safe return has now surpassed $ 300,000 and police say they have received hundreds of tips and leads.

This week videos of Mollie before her abduction surfaced showing her before she went missing, going about her daily life and speaking about her faith.

While authorities have said they have a “solid timeline” in her disappearance, they have declined to discuss any suspects they might have or specific details of their work, including evidence that may have been recovered.

Rob told both ABC and Fox that the lack of physical evidence in this case gives him hope that Mollie is alive.

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“I do believe that every day that we don’t find Mollie hurt or harmed, she’s somewhere where we can get her home safe and sound,” he said.

Speaking again to Mollie’s possible abductor while on Fox News, Rob was reassuring but resolute: Release his daughter.

“You’re probably very afraid,” he said calmly. “This isn’t probably a situation that you anticipated. You don’t know how to extricate yourself from this but the best thing to do at this point is to put an end to it … Do not escalate this and do not miss out one more day. Let Mollie go and turn yourself in.”

Mollie is described as 5-foot-3-inches tall, weighing about 120 lbs., with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about her is urged to contact authorities at 800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400 or email tips@poweshiekcosheriff.com.


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Donal Logue’s Missing Daughter Has Been Found Safe and Sound

After having been missing for two weeks, Donal Logue’s daughter Jade has been found safe and sound. The “Gotham” actor confirmed her safety on social media Saturday afternoon. Logue first took to Twitter for help with locating his 16-year-old daughter — who just so happens to be transgender — on June 27 after she was… Read more »



Mom of Teen Missing at Sea with Friend in 2015 Showed ‘Egregious Lapse of Judgment’ After Disappearance, Report Concludes

Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say the mother of one of two teen boys who disappeared during a fishing trip nearly two years ago showed an “egregious lapse of judgement and failure to exercise due care.”

In a newly released report obtained by PEOPLE, the FDLE says the actions – or lack thereof – of Carlson “Carly” Black, mother of 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, “had the effect of culminating in the disappearance of both boys who are now believed to have perished.”

Austin and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, vanished into the waters off South Florida’s Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015.

Investigators found probable cause that Black violated Florida State Statute 827.03, which governs abuse, aggravated abuse and neglect of a child. Top factors include evidence that Black allowed her son and Perry to travel offshore in Austin’s “minimally equipped” 19-foot 1978 SeaCraft knowing that the boat lacked basic safety devices. The report says Black also knew Perry’s parents forbade him to go offshore without an adult, waited more than two hours to notify Cohen’s parents that the boys were missing, and failed to notify emergency or law enforcement agencies.

The last known communication from either of the boys occurred at 11:24 on the morning of their disappearance, when Austin texted Black and his father, Blu Stephanos, Black’s ex-husband.

“What’s up? I am checking in. I’m just out here fishing,” the text read.

Records show Black testified that around 2:00, she had become aware of a “quick summer storm that rolled in fast … and was fierce.” Realizing that Austin hadn’t checked in again, she began calling and texting her son, as well as Diane Stephanos, Black’s ex-mother-in-law and Austin’s grandmother, whose home the boys visited to pick up tackle and supplies earlier that morning. However, records show that it wasn’t until 3:05 p.m. that she notified her ex-husband that she’d been unable to reach Austin.

“Call me buddy,” Blu texted to Austin after hearing from Black. Then again a few minutes later: “Hey buddy, got me and your mom really worried about you. Please call immediately or text back.”

With no response, Blu Stephanos set out on his own boat to search for the boys himself. It wasn’t until 4:12 p.m. that Black called Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen, to let her know that the boys were missing. It was Pamela’s husband and Perry’s de facto stepfather, Nick Korniloff, who immediately called 911.

Black’s call to Pamela came “over two hours after they knew or should have known that the boys were in imminent danger,” investigators wrote, adding that it was Kornilloff’s call that prompted the massive, multi-agency search and rescue operation that made headlines worldwide.

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When reached by PEOPLE Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff declined to comment yet, saying only that they needed time to process the latest news. The Stephanos and Black families did not respond to calls seeking comment.

However, in an interview with investigators, Korniloff “emphatically reiterated his sincere belief that critical hours were lost due to the unexplainable delay in initiating an aggressive, coordinated and effective search and rescue operation soon after the storm,” the report reads. “He is convinced that this fact critically altered the possibilities of rescuing the boys while the opportunity still existed.”

Investigators write that the boat, “while by all accounts fundamentally sound, was not equipped with any electronic or communications equipment, such as VHF radio, GPS or EPIRB, which would have made a successful rescue infinitely more probable.”

The report pointedly adds that Black and her husband, Bubba Black, own and manage Jupiter’s Grand Slam Sport Fishing Supply, which means they likely had full knowledge of and access to marine safety and communications equipment. Plus, family members knew that the boys had narrowly avoided being caught in a storm while fishing on the same boat the previous day.

Still, FDLE officials say Black does not yet face criminal charges. Assistant State Attorney Greg Kridos concluded that, despite strong indication of poor judgment, investigators found insufficient proof to satisfy statutory language and applicable case law relating to Florida’s child neglect statute. Specifically, he says that boating on the open seas is not an “inherently dangerous activity,” which prosecutors consider a critical component in levying criminal charges of child neglect.

As it stands now, investigators have requested that the case be officially closed. However, should state officials choose to continue the case, investigators say Florida’s State Climatologist David Zierden is prepared to produce a comprehensive report detailing potentially contributing factors of the storm, and that subject matter experts with the U.S. Coast Guard or St. Petersburg’s Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team could provide expert testimony as to the effect that a delayed overdue vessel report could have on the statistical probability of a search and rescue operation.

“This would be of probative value if the State intends to prove that Ms. Black’s hours-long delay in reporting the boys’ disappearance to Perry Cohen’s parents and her failure to report the overdue vessel to the authorities in a timely manner may have diminished the likelihood of the boys being rescued safely,” the report reads.

Former State Representative Irving Slosberg, who requested the investigation, tells PEOPLE that he agrees with the FDLE’s decision to withhold charges. Now retired, he says he’ll ask his daughter, State Representative Emily Slosberg, to consider drafting legislation to improve investigation of missing-at-sea cases.

“I’m going to recommend key legislation mandating that the FDLE, rather than the FWC, investigate all cases of children missing at sea,” he says, noting that the agency has far greater resources for adequately addressing such cases.

Austin and Perry remain listed in the National Database for Missing and Exploited Children and investigators say they’ll continue to investigate any new leads.

Meanwhile, both families operate foundations that carry their sons’ names and focus on water safety education and legislation. The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory, an outdoor classroom concept, is planned for Jupiter Community High School, where Perry would have graduated in 2019.


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Pamela Anderson’s Look Is Missing Something

Pamela Anderson has successfully scaled her makeup routine way, way back. Perhaps she’s trying to pare down her wardrobe, too?  

The former “Baywatch” star was spotted in London Thursday wearing what appears to be a black sweater, camel overcoat and tights, which she rocked as pants with admirable confidence. 

Anderson was photographed visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy. That’s a curious habit on its own, but we’re also mildly confused by the outfit itself. Primarily, though, we’re just in awe of anyone who can rock tights  ― an article of clothing that gives us so much grief ― with such ease.

Only you, Pamela Anderson.  

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Nintendo Switch review: An ambitious console that's missing pieces

Nintendo Switch review: An ambitious console that's missing piecesReleasing worldwide March 3, the Nintendo Switch ($ 300) is more than just a new video game console: It’s a day of reckoning — or a moment of clarity — for arguably the most important company in the history of video games. It’s a solution in search of a problem — most gamers function just fine with a console tethered to their entertainment center and a smart something-or-other to entertain them on the go — but Nintendo excels at giving people great things they didn’t realize they totally needed.

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Missing Teen Was Killed as He Pleaded for His Life Because He Smoked Friend’s Weed: Police

A teenage boy faces kidnapping and murder charges in Alaska where, on Friday, authorities recovered the battered, bullet-riddled remains of his friend weeks after the latter boy went missing, PEOPLE confirms.

According to court records, 16-year-old Erick Almandinger allegedly confessed to involvement in the killing of his friend David Grunwald. David, also 16, was last seen alive on Nov. 13 after he reportedly dropped his girlfriend off at her home.

Police claim Erick revealed his motivation for the slaying as he was being questioned by detectives.

“The only motive that Almandinger indicated was present during the event was that had smoked all his weed,” alleges a police affidavit, which was obtained by PEOPLE.

“He said they didn’t get any money,” the affidavit alleges. “Almandinger showed very little if any remorse for his actions and only shed tears when advised his ‘friends’ had talked to the police,” it further claims.

David’s remains were found in a wooded portion of Palmer, Alaska. He was beaten before being shot, according to court records.

His vehicle, which had been torched, had been discovered the day after his disappearance, and friends and family quickly began a search, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Describing his death as “devastating,” David’s parents (who could not immediately be reached) said in an email to the Dispatch News that “the kidnapping and murder of our son was unnecessary, weak minded, cowardice and shameful.”

“David was a sweet, caring and respecting boy,” they wrote. “He was viciously attacked and murdered.”

A November Night Turns Violent

The newly filed affidavit in David’s death alleges in detail, based on statements from Erick and other evidence, how the boy was attacked and then shot — as he pleaded for his life — after meeting to hang out with other teens that November night.

Court records allege David and Erick were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in a 1971 camper trailer with a third, unnamed teen on Nov. 13. The third teen, identified only as “D.J.,” allegedly asked Erick to fetch a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun from inside his house. He did, according to court records, bringing the firearm back to the trailer, where all three teens inspected and handled it.

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At some point in the trailer, “D.J. bludgeoned with the pistol,” the affidavit alleges. The injured boy was then driven to nearby Butte, Alaska.

Only partially conscious, David asked to be taken to his girlfriend’s home, according to the affidavit, and once the group arrived at the woods, he pleaded for his life. While Erick allegedly first told investigators it was D.J. who shot David, he later said it was another teenager, identified as “A.B.,” who fired the fatal round.

Court records claim Erick also told a friend that he had killed David, recounting how he beat and then shot the teen. So far, only he has been charged with murder. He remains in custody and has not yet entered a plea. Records show he had not retained an attorney as of Monday night.

Residents at Erick’s home declined to be interviewed, when reached by the Dispatch News.

A Frantic Search

Hours after he vanished, David’s father phoned Alaska State Troopers, concerned about his son. David’s father also told troopers he believed his son may have traveled that night to Anchorage, Alaska, with Erick.

Police searched for David’s vehicle that same evening, but it wasn’t found until the next morning. Someone had called 911 after finding the truck, and investigators spent the next two days trying to track Erick down.

When they finally caught up with him, the teen allegedly denied knowing anything about David’s disappearance.

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Erick allegedly told police he hadn’t seen his friend in two to three weeks, according to court records. He also provided police with an alibi, claiming he had attended a party in Anchorage the night that David vanished. But detectives secured a search warrant for Erick’s home, seizing the suspect’s tablet. Data from the device contradicted Erick’s claims he traveled to Anchorage the night David went missing.

Investigators — armed with this new evidence — spoke again with Erick, who allegedly acknowledged lying about his whereabouts the night his friend disappeared, according to court records.

In addition, police searching the camper trailer detected “an overwhelming odor of bleach” as they entered the vehicle. Additional testing was performed on the camper, and blood evidence was recovered from inside the vehicle.

Erick allegedly later admitted trying to clean the camper trailer of any physical evidence, court records show.

The investigation into David’s death continues, and anyone with information is urged to call police at 907-352-5401.


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Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual

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Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual: Paperback: O’Reilly Media, Inc, USA: 9780596521462: 05 Jun 2009: A guide to create 3-D models using Google SketchUp. It helps you learn to use the basic tools, build and animate models, and place your objects in Google Earth. It also helps you build simple 3-D shapes, save them as reusable components, and use SketchUp’s Outliner to show or hide them as you work.

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Access 2013 The Missing Manual

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Unlock the secrets of Access 2013 and discover how to use your data in creative ways. With this book’s easy step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to build and maintain a full-featured database and even turn it into a web app. You also get tips and practices from the pros for good database design?ideal whether you’re using Access for business, school, or at home. The important stuff you need to know Build a database with ease. Organize and update lists, documents, catalogs, and other types of information. Create your own web app. Let your whole team work on a database in the cloud. Share your database on a network. Link your Access database to SQL Server or SharePoint. Customize the interface. Make data entry a breeze by building your own templatesFind what you need fast. Search, sort, and summarize huge amounts of data in minutes. Put your info to use. Turn raw info into well-formatted printed reports. Dive into Access programming. Automate complex tasks and solve common challenges.

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The Missing Element

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By a USA Today Bestselling Author. After decades of clandestine government operations, James “Beck” Becker and his wife Elizabeth return to Beck’s childhood home town to enjoy a settled retirement in the small Mississippi river community of Red Wing, Minnesota. But “settled” is a relative term and no matter where Beck goes, intrigue follows. When Minneapolis computer genius, Katherine Whitson, disappears under peculiar circumstances, her husband exploits a sympathetic Red Wing acquaintance to enlist Beck’s aid in finding her. As Beck searches for Katherine, the tangled trail leads from her luxury Minneapolis Warehouse District condo, through her husband’s extra-marital escapades, past the entrenched hierarchy of elite computer professionals, and into the mind-bending world inside computer microprocessors. Katherine’s kidnapping is clearly more complicated than a typical abduction. As it turns out, the Beckers must use all of their considerable experience – his as a military intelligence operative; hers as a CIA code-cracker – to save Katherine and bring her abductors to justice. Reviews. “The Missing Element is an action-packed, high-stakes suspense thriller. Through well-developed characters and deftly intersecting plotlines, author John Betcher relates a riveting – and disturbingly realistic – tale of intrigue, mystery, and high-tech espionage. Fans of the genre are sure to find themselves engrossed in the unfolding action of Betcher’s fast-paced narrative, and his skillful storytelling stands out as a key element in the overall enjoyment of the well-crafted tale. Taut, compelling, and highly entertaining, The Missing Element is a dynamic read. The latest thrilling offering from an exciting new literary voice.” APEX REVIEWS. “The Missing Element is well-written, the plot is intriguing, and the characters are interesting. Betcher draws you in from page one and holds your interest to the very last. Unlike many recent novels, Betcher takes his time tying up th

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iPod: The Missing Manual

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Get the scoop on iTunes 9 and all of the newest iPods with this bestselling Missing Manual. Apple’s gotten the world hooked on portable music, pictures, and videos with its amazing entertainment center, but one thing they haven’t delivered is an easy guide for getting the most out of it. That’s where this book comes in. iPod: The Missing Manual, now in its 8th edition, provides a no-nonsense view of the latest iPod line, including the tiny Shuffle, the video-capable Nano, the high-capacity Classic, and the Wi-Fi-enabled Touch. With crystal-clear explanations and easy-to-follow color graphics, the book provides expert guidance on all of the amazing things you can do: Fill ‘er up. Load your Nano, Classic, Touch, or Shuffle with music, movies, and photos, and learn how to play it all back. Share music and movies. Copy music between computers with Home Sharing, beam playlists around the house, and whisk your Nano’s videos to YouTube. iTunes, tuned up. Pick-and-choose which music, movies, and photos to sync; create instant playlists with Genius Mix; and auto-rename “Untitled” tracks. iPod power. Create Genius playlists on your iPod, shoot movies on your Nano, tap the Nano’s FM radio and pedometer, and add voice memos to your Touch. Tour the new iTunes Store. Find what you’re looking for in a snap, and get lyrics, liner notes, and more with iTunes LP. Even if you don’t have one of the brand new iPods, this Missing Manual has plenty of information on iTunes 9, the App Store, and everything else you’ll want to know. iPod: The Missing Manual is as useful, satisfying, and reliable as its subject.

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Andrea Cammelleri’s Parking Ticket Tossed Because Of Missing Comma

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has agreed with an Ohio woman who said her parking citation should be tossed because the village law was missing a comma.

Andrea Cammelleri (kah-meh-LEHR’-ee) says she shouldn’t have been issued a citation in 2014 based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of West Jefferson.

The law lists several types of vehicles that can’t be parked longer than 24 hours, including a “motor vehicle camper,” with the comma missing between “vehicle” and “camper.”

Cammelleri says her pickup truck did not fit that definition.

The village says the law’s meaning was clear in context, but Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals says in last week’s ruling that West Jefferson should amend the law if it wants it read differently.

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There Are More Than 100 New Brands at Forever 21: Are You Missing Out?

Get ready to shop Forever 21 in a whole new way. You may know about the retail empire’s in-house lines—like separates-driven Love 21 and plus size-friendly Forever 21+—but did you know that the store also sells other non-Forever 21 brands exclusively on its website? Check out what we found in Forever 21’s Branded Shop.


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According to a brand spokesperson, the Forever 21 shop-in-shop experience launched in November 2014 (quietly, we might add) with approximately 20 non-Forever 21 labels. To date, there are currently more than 100—and more to follow. They range from more well-known names such as Dolce Vita, Ban.do, and Happy Socks, to up-and-coming brands like Amber Sceats, Rise of Dawn, and Clashist.

While Forever 21 isn’t the first brand to make retail partnerships work—J.Crew’s In Good Company collective started back in 2007 and Target launched a limited partnership with brands called The Shops at Target in 2012—it is interesting to see the company diversify its offerings past what we’ve known for almost 20 years.

Shop our picks from the Branded Shop below then let us know: Are you excited for Forever 21’s new direction?

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Meanwhile, Back at the Missing Persons Bureau

It’s not that easy for a person to disappear. In today’s heavily connected world, it may be possible for someone to go off the grid or take an electronic sabbatical. But if an emergency arises (or someone files a missing person report), chances are pretty good he’ll be found. Unless, of course, something terrible has happened.

  • Perhaps he’s been kidnapped, murdered, or drowned.
  • Perhaps the local power utility turned off his electricity and he froze to death in the middle of winter.
  • Perhaps an old lady has died in her sleep and her pet cats have been feasting on her face.
  • Perhaps someone made a hasty exit, pursued by a bear.

Whenever someone goes missing, there’s always a backstory which can explain their disappearance. How a writer will use that event to craft a novel, a stage drama, a screenplay, or an operatic libretto remains to be seen. Of course, that’s assuming that the missing person’s remains will ever be seen!

  • If you’re a serial killer like Jack the Ripper or Jeffrey Dahmer, it may take years before you are found.
  • If you’re haunting the Paris Opera House, Andrew Lloyd Webber may be your undoing.
  • If you’re a demon barber named Sweeney Todd, chances are the remains of your victims will never be found.

Two missing person mysteries recently took center stage in San Francisco. One was a contemporary drama making its debut as part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere program (with future productions scheduled at the Cleveland Public Theatre and the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego).

The other was a notorious musical comedy flop that was pronounced dead on arrival after its opening night on December 8, 1991. The theatre critic for The New York Times (Frank Rich) ended his review by stating that “We can look forward to hearing a lot more from Ms. Prince. In the meantime, there is no escaping the unfortunate fact that the liveliest thing in Nick and Nora is a corpse.” Potential ticket buyers quickly said “Asta la vista!”

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Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the San Francisco Playhouse presented the world premiere of In A Word (a new play by Lauren Yee) as part of its Sandbox Series. As Yee explains:

“In this play, objects have a life of their own. Objects come up again whether you want them to or not. Words also come up again, and sometimes the characters realize this or not. Time is very fluid.”


Jessica Bates as Fiona in a scene from In A Word (Photo by: Fei Cai)

The action focuses on a couple marking the two-year anniversary of their young son’s disappearance. Nothing seems to make sense to the mother, Fiona (Jessica Bates), who is still clutching at straws. With the case about to be closed by the local police, Fiona has even thought it could be helpful to present the detective from the missing persons bureau with a cantaloupe that might have recently had the kidnapper’s fingerprints on it. Needless to say, he’s more interested in eating the cantaloupe.

Fiona’s husband, Guy (Cassidy Brown), is trying to get Fiona out the door so they can at least enjoy dinner at a fancy restaurant and start to rebuild their lives. But with his wife’s ongoing depression, distraction, and lack of logic, dinner seems a long way off.


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The third (and, by far, most interesting) actor (Greg Ayers) keeps popping up as part of a game of Whac-a-Mole that is playing out in Fiona’s mind. At any given moment he might be the photographer who snapped her son’s school portrait, the principal (who was also her boss), or the kidnapper who stole her son while her car was parked at a gas station. He could also be the detective working the case, her husband’s best friend, or her missing seven-year-old boy, Tristan (who might have Asperger syndrome).


Jessica Bates and Greg Ayers in a scene from In A Word
(Photo by: Fei Cai)

Despite its relatively short running time (80 minutes), it takes a while for Yee’s play to gain momentum as the audience tries to follow what’s going on in Fiona’s extremely cluttered and confused mind. As a result, a great deal of attention is siphoned off to the actor inhabiting multiple roles, whose versatility at times may seem far more interesting than Yee’s script. Thankfully, Yee steers the story to a touching resolution.

Working on a unit set designed by Catalina Nino, Sardelli’s three-actor ensemble did a fine job of bringing Yee’s script to life. Unfortunately, I still can’t figure out the symbolism of the tree which haunts Fiona and Guy’s home.

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Nearly 25 years have passed since Nick & Nora (a musical written and directed by Arthur Laurents with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.) met a sudden demise on the Great White Way. Based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett for The Thin Man (and with a cast headed by Joanna Gleason, Barry Bostwick, Christine Baranski, Faith Prince, Debra Monk, Remak Ramsay, and Chris Sarandon), the show would seem to have been blessed with many tried and tested Broadway talents.

To understand what went wrong, perhaps it’s best to follow the money. Nick & Nora was apparently underfunded and, in a misguided effort to save money, the producers decided against an out-of-town tryout (opting instead to run the show through 71 preview performances). Without the perverse appeal of a vehicle like Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (which racked up 182 preview performances prior to its opening), the money needed for marketing during Christmas season ran out. Faced with fierce competition for entertainment dollars (and having exhausted advance ticket sales from theatre parties), the producers would have been hard pressed to fill the cavernous 1,611-seat Marquis Theatre during the holidays. With the traditional January box office doldrums on the horizon, a mercy killing was the obvious solution.

San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon (which specializes in re-examining “lost” musicals) recently revived Nick & Nora in a production directed by Greg MacKellan, with choreography by Staci Arriaga. While the show is nowhere as bad as some of the Broadway stinkers I’ve seen (Something More! Maggie Flynn, Georgy, Her First Roman, I Had A Ball), it’s a weak and fairly mediocre vehicle that lacks the musicality of Jennie, the sophistication of No Strings, or the sentimentality of Here’s Love! Even Bajour was more exciting.


Nora (Brittany Danielle) and Nick (Ryan Drummond) are asked
by Tracy (Allison Rich) to investigate a murder in Nick & Nora
(Photo by: David Allen)

With Dave Dobrusky as music director (and sets and costumes by Hector Zavala), 42nd Street Moon’s cast handled the material with aplomb, enabling the crooked bookkeeper, Lorraine Bixby (Nicole Frydman), to rise from the dead (an especially nifty trick for an Easter Sunday matinee) on numerous occasions in an effort to explain why a wealthy, bitchy actress’s husband had gone missing.

As the famous Nick and Nora Charles, Ryan Drummond and Britanny Danielle were a visually appealing couple (although I doubt the audience cared very much about their relationship or Nora’s determination to prove herself as a female detective). Allison Rich scored strongly as the narcissistic Tracy Gardner whose Japanese butler, Yukido (Reuben Uy), proved to be the loyal villain. Megan Stetson drew laughs as Lorraine’s lesbian girlfriend, Maria Valdez, who was hoping to break into motion pictures.

Justin Gillman (Spider Malloy), Brian Herndon (film director Max Bernheim), William Giammona (as a social-climbing former felon), and Michael Barrett Austin (as Lieutenant Wolfe, with an “e”) provided sturdy support in smaller roles. Michael Kern Cassidy (as the missing Hollywood producer, Edward J. Connors) and Cindy Goldfield (as his overprotective wife, Lily) brought an added touch of Boston flavor to the proceedings.


Brittany Danielle (Nora Charles), Ryan Drummond (Nick Charles),
Allison Rich (Tracy Gardner), and Nicole Frydman (Lorraine Bixby)
appear in Nick & Nora (Photo by: David Allen)

42nd Street’s production of Nick & Nora proves that the show is far from a total dud. It’s reasonably entertaining and features some pleasant songs (“Is There Anything Better Than Dancing?” “Everybody Wants To Do A Musical,” “People Get Hurt,” “Men,” and “Look Who’s Alone Now”).

One of the show’s bigger problems is that the crucial relationship between Nick and Nora doesn’t seem to generate much interest or sympathy (primarily serving as an excuse for the rest of the script’s hijinks). Thankfully, Arthur Laurents (a veteran of Hollywood and Broadway) peppered his script with some zingers.

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Overview Whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist, Photoshop Elements is an ideal image-editing tool once you know your way around. This bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects. The important stuff you need to know: Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick fixes with ease. Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos. Add pizzazz. Use dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects. Share photos. Create online albums, email-ready slideshows, and web-ready files. Find your artistic flair. Use tools to draw, paint, work with blend modes, and more. Use your words. Make text flow along a curved path or around an object or shape. Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, greeting cards, calendars, and collages. Make yourself comfortable. Customize Elements to fit your working style. Product details Isbn-13: 9781449316136, 978-1449316136 Author: Barbara Brundage Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc, USA Publication date: 2012-10-05 About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK’s largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children’s books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Wordery offers Free Delivery on all UK orders, and competitively priced international delivery. #HappyReading

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This New Take on Traditional Plaid Is Exactly What Your Closet Has Been Missing!


It all started with Chloe’s pre-fall presentation. Bright whites and deep blacks formed a pattern we vaguely recognized as plaid but wasn’t quite the tartan of our past. A few months later, a similar geometric pattern covered everything from long-line blazers to menswear trousers in the 3.1 Phillip Lim fall show. It wasn’t until Rosie Assoulin’s presentation that same season that our love solidified as we watched a model walk out in the most gorgeous cream, navy, and white sweater we STILL have on our wish list. Yes, we are talking about windowpane plaid, and, yes, we are officially obsessed.

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If only every problem had a simple solution! Just think:

  • Wars would not need to be fought.
  • Diseases could be cured overnight.
  • New technologies could instantly develop dazzling solutions to seemingly impossible challenges.
  • Everyone could just forget all their troubles and and live happily ever after.

Those who live in a reality-based world understand that life’s challenges tend to be more complex in nature. As people mature and learn new skill sets, their problem-solving techniques broaden, expand, and help them to understand more complex issues. Alexander Miller’s article entitled ‘Shock And Kill’ Approach Cures Mice Of HIV In World First points to the complex interrelationships inherent in developing a vaccine which can cure AIDS.

During the 2014 SFDoc Fest, a curious, low-key documentary entitled Wicker Kittens focused on a group of people who form teams to compete in jigsaw puzzle-solving competitions. While they share a friendly sense of competition, the film makes it pretty obvious that most contestants are there for the camaraderie and the sheer joy of working on jigsaw puzzles. However, Mike Scholtz (the film’s producer and co-editor) notes that because good puzzles can cost as much as $ 30 apiece, “the revelation that there is a used jigsaw puzzle store [Duluth’s Second Look Books] was like a nuclear bomb in the jigsaw-puzzling community.”

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Down in Mountain View, TheatreWorks recently presented the regional premiere of Water By The Spoonful, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes. The action takes place in 2009 (six years after Elliot left for Iraq) and bounces around between locations in Philadelphia, San Diego, Japan, Puerto Rico, and most importantly, Cyberspace. As Hudes notes:

“Unlike the first play in this trilogy (Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue), which is very micro and very finely crafted, Water By The Spoonful is big and sprawling. It doesn’t have neat edges and there’s a lot of overlap. It’s not an easy play to produce, nor is it an easy play to understand on first read or on first viewing. It’s a challenging play — a big work that has a wide lens.”


Yazmin (Sabina Zuniga Varela) and Elliot (Miles Gaston Villaneuva)
in a scene from Water By The Spoonful (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

As directed by Leslie Martinson, Water By The Spoonful deals with two sets of overlapping families in which one woman plays a pivotal role. In the reality-based world, the audience meets the following characters:

  • Elliot (Miles Gaston Villaneuva), a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq War who, having returned home to Philadelphia, is attending Swarthmore College while working in a Subway sandwich shop. An aspiring actor with a leg wound, Elliot has one commercial to his credit (in which he uses his dazzling smile to great effect).
  • Yazmin (Sabina Zuniga Varela), Elliot’s cousin who is an adjunct professor of music at Swarthmore.
  • Odessa (Zilah Mendoza) a recovering addict who is Elliot’s biological mother. When Elliot was a child, his younger sister (Mary Lou) died as a result of Odessa’s neglect. As a result, Elliot was raised by his aunt Ginny (Yazmin’s mother) who was the anchor personality for their family as well as for most of the people in her neighborhood.


Odessa (Zilah Mendoza), Fountainhead (Patrick Kelly Jones), Yazmin
(Sabrina Zuniga Varela), and Elliot (Miles Gaston Villaneuva) meet up in
a Philadelphia coffee shop in a scene from Water By The Spoonful
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Meanwhile, in a chat room in Cyberspace, Odessa is the maternal figure (Haikumom) in an extended family of recovering crack users who are trying to stay clean. Among the people in her support group are:

  • Orangutan (Anna Ishida), an impulsive and frequently angry young woman who has been teaching English in Japan while obsessing about visiting her birthplace to see if she can connect with her birth mother.
  • Chutes&Ladders (Anthony J. Haney), an African American government worker in his fifties who is based in San Diego and tries to avoid any kind of risk that could cause a relapse. Chutes&Ladders is quick to call out other members of the group for their weaknesses, imperfections, and hypocrisy.
  • Fountainhead (Patrick Kelly Jones), a new addition to the chat room who, like Haikumom, lives in Philadelphia. A successful, married computer programmer who has managed to hide his crack use from his wife, Fountainhead is newly unemployed and still not ready to accept the fact that he’s a crackhead.


Anna Ishida (Orangutan) and Anthony J. Haney
(Chutes&Ladders) in a scene from Water By The Spoonful
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Ginny’s death after a long illness provides the trigger which impacts Odessa’s real and online families. Elliot and Yazmin show up as Odessa is trying to counsel Fountainhead in a local coffee shop. When they pressure Odessa to chip in for the flowers for Ginny’s funeral, she loses her grip and overdoses on crack cocaine. The only contact number the emergency medics can find on Odessa belongs to Fountainhead, who rushes to the hospital and suddenly finds himself forced to care for a woman he hardly even knows.


Fountainhead (Patrick Kelly Jones) takes on the care of Odessa
(Zilah Mendoza) in Water By The Spoonful (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Erik Flatmo’s multi-level unit set provides numerous playing areas for the drama’s emotionally damaged characters (I kept wondering how the bathtub hidden under one platform was going to be used). However, what gives the production the fluidity it needs for storytelling purposes is the work of Erik Scanlon, whose powerful video projections allow locations to shift in the blink of an eye. As Scanlon explains:

“Projections are very integral to the story of Water by the Spoonful because of the plot element of technology (or, more specifically, the characters in the story living in various locations around the world and using the Internet as a way to connect with each other). Projections are also needed to differentiate the two vastly different worlds shown throughout the play: the ‘real’ world to the online ‘cyber chat room’ world, which will be represented (when the characters are online) as motion graphics of profile pictures with their screen names projected onto the set in a cyber universe. For Water by the Spoonful, every projection design element was pretty much mapped out and discussed weeks prior to starting tech. We discussed Leslie Martinson’s vision of the show and what aesthetic every projection element should have (whether it be a literal translation of a location or a more artistic interpretation of a scene).”


Erik Flatmo’s set for Water By The Spoonful shows the center
panel being used to project the Internet avatars for its characters
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

“I assisted on projections for the revival of Brigadoon at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago earlier this year and instead of just painting a stagnant Scottish forest onto a set, we used projections to not only show a forest but an animated forest that we could move through for transitions, with the help of motion graphics. On the same set dressing, we could then change to a field of heather or a 1940s New York ballroom with the push of a button. Projection design really made an older show like Brigadoon not only more alive and exciting but practical as well. Erik Flatmo, the scenic designer, has given us a beautiful two-story set that ultimately serves as a blank canvas to project the various locations onto. In the show, projections will help represent everywhere from a Subway sandwich shop to a college campus, a church to a Japanese train station.”


Erik Flatmo’s unit set is transformed into a lush Puerto Rican
rainforest by Eric Scanlon’s projections in Water By The Spoonful
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Scanlon’s projections become especially appealing when Elliot and Yazmin travel to Puerto Rico to scatter Ginny’s ashes by a waterfall in a tropical forest. With Elliot deciding to head for Los Angeles so he can try his luck at becoming an actor — and Yazmin temporarily standing in for Odessa as the chat room’s moderator — one looks forward to seeing the final part of the Elliot trilogy (The Happiest Song Plays Last).

TheatreWorks put together an exceptionally strong ensemble with powerful performances coming from the always impressive Anna Ishida as well as Zilah Mendoza, and Sabina Zuniga Varela. As Fountainhead, Patrick Kelly Jones continued to impress with his deep emotional commitment and stunning versatility. Miles Gaston Villaneuva delivered an impassioned, muscular performance as Elliot while giving new meaning to the phrase “arms and the man.”

Hudes (who wrote the book for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, In The Heights) is very much reflected in the character of Elliot’s cousin, Yazmin. She was also deeply influenced by jazz in her structuring of Water By The Spoonful. In the following clip, she explains how John Coltrane became a powerful force in her creative process.

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What Awesome Conservative Cartoon Death Is America Missing out On?

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Conservatives are always outraged about something. A few weeks ago, we told you about the right-wing umbrage being tossed around — not because of Obamacare — but because of good old comic books. Well, for the conservative Comic-Con set, it’s getting worse.

Conservative comic book writers have already complained that illustrated heroes have become too complicated. Superman is “less patriotic.” Batman is too “dark and ambiguous.” Moral relativism is ruining our cherished American medium, and the real villains are those crazy liberals conspiring to keep conservative cartoonists from telling their wholesome stories!

There’s only so much that conservative comic fans can stand before they corner the market on Kryptonite and hold the world hostage, they cried!

All this yammer was before Marvel Comics thwakked conservatives this week with a double-whammy. First, we learned that the hammer-wielding Marvel character Thor will be reintroduced to readers as a woman. And the new Captain America will be black! Holy agenda, Batman!

This might have been enough to send these folks over the cliff. But then we read some incredible news, this time from Archie Comics: Archie Andrews, beloved white-bread icon since 1941, will be killed off in a storyline that has him taking a bullet for a gay gun-control advocate.

Yes, you read that right. “Life With Archie,” a progressive Archie Comics spin-off that imagines Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead as adults dealing with cancer and money troubles, first made news when it introduced an openly gay character, Kevin Keller. Keller is portrayed as a military veteran turned U.S. Senator who later went on to get gay married and take a firm stance in favor of gun control.

And now there’s this: The four-year-old spin-off series will conclude when Archie gets in between the gay gun-control Senator Keller and his would-be assassin.

If conservative comic book fans were sock-hopping mad before, this news is going to have them lining up at the Acme Corporation for a stockpile of instant holes and dynamite plungers.

Speaking of dynamite plungers, comic book characters do die. Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luther and even Hercules are pushing up daises along with hundreds of others.

So, back to those conservative writers who are complaining that comic book publishers don’t let them tell their stories. Are they of the opinion that everything should always stay the same, thank you very much, and let’s stop messing with things? Or would they take the side of killing off cherished characters?

We’d like to think these writers would rise to the challenge. No good writer, conservative or not, could forever resist the opportunity for a bold story move — even if that meant killing off an important character.

But how would they do it? If Archie Andrews is taking a bullet for homosexuals and gun-control advocates, how would these conservative writers put their spin on the inevitable death of a cherished character? And, more important, who would they kill? And how would they do it? Tell us what YOU think!

“What awesome conservative cartoon death is America missing out on?”


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With a redesigned iOS 7 operating system, the iPad and iPad Mini are jam-packed with new features–including iTunes Radio, multitasking, and Lock-screen access to settings and apps. But to tap your iPad’s potential, you need a trustworthy owner’s manual. This bestselling book shows you how to import, create, and play back media; sync and shop wirelessly; keep in touch over the Internet; and even take care of business. The important stuff you need to knowTake your media with you. Fill your iPad with music, photos, movies, TV shows, games, and podcasts. Swipe up. Access controls and apps–such as WiFi, Airplane mode, music, the calculator, and camera–from anywhere, including the Lock screen. Swipe down. Go straight to the Notification Center from any screen for new mail, missed calls, to-do lists, and more. Go online. Surf at warp speed with the streamlined Safari browser and the iPad’s ultrafast WiFi connection or 4G LTE network. Multitask the smart way. Move between apps quickly and learn how iOS 7 works behind the scenes. Get the whole picture. Use new camera formats and filters to take photos and videos the way you want them. Share info quickly. Send photos, videos, contacts, or documents to someone right next to you with the new AirDrop. Turn on iTunes Radio. Listen to hundreds of Internet radio stations, build your own personalized station, and track everything you hear. Find an app near you. Get a collection of popular apps relevant to your current location.

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