Rock – Eric Johnson Web Tue, 05 Jul 2022 01:41:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rock – Eric Johnson Web 32 32 ‘This is not freedom’: 4th of July shooting shakes Chicago and shocks the United States | Chicago Tue, 05 Jul 2022 01:41:00 +0000

The shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park that left at least six people dead and 24 injured rocked the small, affluent community in suburban Chicago and shocked the United States as a whole.

It is the latest in a string of mass murders that have recently included a Texas school shooting and the racist massacre of black shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

But this latest mass murder took on a particularly symbolic note as the shooter took aim at a parade of flags celebrating the country’s National Day and – once again – has forced Americans to wonder how and why their nation is so often hit. by such bloody attacks.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said: “This morning at 10:14 a.m. our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to the core. Our thoughts are with the victims at this devastating time. On this day when we have come together to celebrate community and freedom, we instead mourn the tragic loss of life and struggle against the terror that has been inflicted on us.

People run as gunshots are heard during 4th of July parade in Chicago – video

Video capturing the parade showed members of a marching band fleeing as gunfire was heard nearby. The suspect, described as a black-haired white man in his late teens or twenties, has still not been found.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill called the shooting a “horrific, senseless and random act of violence”.

the entire Highland Park community. Law enforcement is working hard to bring the shooter into custody. If anyone has any information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know.

— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 4, 2022

Giffords Courage, the gun advocacy organization led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot at a public event in Tuscon, Arizona, in 2011, responded to the shooting in the Illinois: “A mass shooting has people running for their lives at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Several people are reported dead or injured. It is not normal. We should be able to live without fear of being shot down.

A mass shooting has people running for their lives during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

Several people are reported dead or injured.

It is not normal. We should be able to live without fear of being shot down.

— Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) July 4, 2022

Shannon Watts, founder of gun reform group Mom’s Demand, said: ‘The media reported that the shooter – a white teenager or young male – had a rifle and was in a ‘sniper position’ on a rooftop as he picked up people below at the Highland Park parade. It is not freedom; it is terrorism.

American singer and 80s pop-rock icon Richard Marx, from Highland Park, tweeted: “My heart is still broken by this constant mass shooting no matter where it happens, but today I even more heartbroken. And even more angry at the absurdity.

Local politicians also weighed in and pledged to take action to end gun violence in the United States – although such sentiments are often expressed in the wake of these tragedies and there is rarely significant progress. to gun reform.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said: “Grief will not bring back the victims and prayers alone will not end the terror of gun violence rampant in our country…we must and we will end this scourge of armed violence.”

Shortly before the tragedy, the National Rifle Association gun lobby shared a message on Twitter in honor of Independence Day: “We are a country because of brave souls with guns that enjoyed and fought for freedom and freedom.”

A bald eagle was depicted in the video associated with the tweet, accompanied by a voice-over: “The only reason you celebrate Independence Day is because the citizens were armed. Happy 4th of July from the National Rifle Association of America.

The week in theatre: Rock/Paper/Scissors; The stock market | Theater Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:30:00 +0000

A a year before the lockdown, Chris Bush, artistic associate at Sheffield theatres, penned a searing tribute to the city, fueled by music from Richard Hawley. Standing at the edge of the sky, which will make its delayed appearance at the National Theater next year, has proven that the more local and particular it is, the more reach and resonance it has. Now, Bush and Sheffield Artistic Director Robert Hastie is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Crucible with another Steel Town subject – the contested future of a former scissor factory. With an extra wheeze.

Three theaters occupy a Sheffield Square. Three plays, all written by Bush, produced simultaneously on each stage with the same cast. The plays are intertwined, telling the same story in the same time frame from a different point of view: a minor character in one might become the lead role in another, with actors trotting down sidewalks to insert in different dramas. Alan Ayckbourn had intertwined two pieces in Accommodation & Garden (first at Scarborough, then at the National); three would be even more of an adventure.

Rock, Paper and Scissors look at history and families (a factory owner died leaving competing claimants to his business) and how change happens, in individuals and society. Tribute is paid to the industrial past but there is no consecration. The dialogue constantly refers to transformation, the second law of thermodynamics and Ecclesiastes. Do not panic: there is also a formidable discourse that castigates the whole notion of metaphor.

The total interweaving of characters and plots became evident the afternoon I saw Paper, when a stage manager suddenly shows up to drag two actors off stage. About five minutes later, while I was still trying to figure out if the lull was part of the action, she reappeared, explaining that the interruption was due to the characters being needed in the plaza in another room. . Things got out of sync because of a small fire: “If you saw Scissors you will understand.

And you do. There are real sparks in Scissors, the crown jewel of the trilogy, where apprentices sharpen, polish and grind blades that shine like sources of light. Elin Schofield’s production is Fleet. Four terrific young actors – Dumile Sibanda, Jabez Sykes, Maia Tamrakar and Joe Usher – are uptight, hidden, fierce. The character of Sykes, a mardy who claims to have no subconscious, is one of the most fascinating creatures I’ve seen on stage this year.

Denise Black in Rock. Photography: Johan Persson

Other games have less attack. Anthony Lau’s production of Rock – in which a former rock chick aims to turn the factory into a concert hall – often feels too small for the big Crucible, despite some great features. Denise Black clad in leather struts around brilliantly; Ben Stones’ huge iron design is imposing and evocatively lit by Richard Howell with shimmering fluorescence and dusty rays of daylight. In Hastie’s staging of Paper, Natalie Casey and Samantha Power play closely together as lovers who, wanting to convert the place into apartments, find themselves examining their own semi-detached lives. Subplots involving a photographer and a dippy singing duo falter, but seen together the pieces become something ample. The characters accumulate secret aspects; when they disappear from your scene, you know they are playing nearby; when they come back, they are old friends with hidden stories.

Natalie Casey and Samantha Power in Paper.
Natalie Casey and Samantha Power in Paper. Photography: Johan Persson

Roy Williams, author of Sucker Punch, has regularly dealt knockouts at the idea that British drama is necessarily white and wordy. More strongly recently with its two Death of England pieces written with Clint Dyer. Williams’ new play, centering on two sisters whose parents belonged to the Windrush generation, is more expansive and less incisive.

The association addresses the interesting question of whether it makes sense to talk about a “black community” (you don’t hear many commentators talking about a white community), and what does it take to feel treacherous in their midst. A sister, who became a lawyer and has a filthy white boyfriend, is considered by relatives to have sold out; the other, in the best speech of the play, a kind of coming out, lists his white guilty pleasures, which include thinking Phil Mitchell is a sex god. Her son accuses his mother of racism when she calls his girlfriend ‘white trash’.

These are not scenes likely to end cleanly. The association had to drag sometimes, especially since it is full of additional plots. What matters is that he lacks dynamism. Paulette Randall’s production is disconcertingly paced: often slow, then wavering in volume. The evening seems to have no natural arc: 20 minutes before the end, half the audience (myself included) started to applaud, thinking that it was all over.

Yasmin Mwanza and Cherrelle Skeete in The Fellowship by Roy Williams.
Yasmin Mwanza and Cherrelle Skeete, ‘both strong’ in The Fellowship at the Hampstead Theatre. Photography: Robert Day

The production had some bad luck, requiring last-minute casting replacements due to illness. Both Cherrelle Skeete and Yasmin Mwanza are strong in their new roles. Neither is helped by Libby Watson’s oddly corporate design, which floats a circle of neon lights above the waiting room furniture. As if it weren’t a play about individual struggle and family taste.

Star ratings (out of five)
rock Paper Scissors
The association ★★★

Rock-up Covid vaccination clinics will be back Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:23:51 +0000

ROCK-up vaccination clinics are due to return this month, the government has announced.

Islanders aged five and over who are yet to receive a first, second or booster shot will be able to be vaccinated at select church halls, starting with St Helier tomorrow.

In addition to getting vaccinated, Islanders can ask health care staff any questions they may have.

The government said the locations and times make the clinics more accessible to school-aged children, especially those aged 5 to 11, who are eligible for their second dose provided 12 weeks have passed since the first. . The guidelines follow the latest advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).

The government also reminded islanders traveling overseas this summer that some destinations require proof of Covid status, which may include vaccination records, and said rock-up clinics were “another opportunity” to avoid any potential border issues during the journey.

Emma Baker, the island’s immunization program manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to offer islanders once again the opportunity to prepare for their vaccine. We’ve seen how popular they were initially, and it’s encouraging to see Islanders, young and old, taking the opportunity to protect themselves and others.

“It is important to keep up to date with your vaccination schedule and in some countries it is compulsory to travel. I urge people over the age of five who have not yet received their first Covid-19 vaccine or who are due for a second or third dose to take advantage of these dynamic clinics and protect themselves as best they can during the summer. Your vaccine is waiting for you.

The Fort Regent Vaccination Center is still available for Islanders to receive a vaccine. Anyone wishing to make an appointment can do so online at or by calling the coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.

Church halls holding rock-up clinics:

Saint Helier:

Tomorrow, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saint Pierre:

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

St. Saviour :

Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Friday July 8, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saint Helier:

Saturday July 9, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Arrow Rock, Missouri, will host a three-day 50th anniversary celebration of an American musical classic of literature and film, Tom Sawyer July 2-4.

In the summer of 1972, Arrow Rock was cast as the 1840s Hannibal “replacement” for Mark Twain’s musical production. Tom Sawyer. The village and its historic buildings were used as scenery, and dozens of local and regional residents appeared as Hannibal’s denizens.

Two of the film’s star actors will return to Arrow Rock to celebrate. John Whitaker (“Tom Sawyer”) and Joshua Hill Lewis (“Cousin Sidney”) will join several panel discussions and appearances. Writer and documentarian Jeffrey Sherman will screen his film about his father and uncle, and wrote the screenplay with music by Tom Sawyer.

The 50th anniversary of the filming of this classic musical includes events, special visitors, film screenings and a citywide commemoration Tom Sawyer and one of its biggest stars, the village of Arrow Rock. Admission to all events and activities is free.

A traveling exhibition on the making of Tom Sawyer and How He Was Brought to Arrow Rock opens the week of June 27 at the Small Gallery at Arrow Rock State Historic Site, located at 39521 Visitor Center Drive in Arrow Rock. The expo is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day weekend.

Several events are also scheduled for July 2-4 at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The calendar of events includes:


10:00 am – First Saturdays: “Adaptation of Twain” – A round table

11am-2:30pm – MRBO KnowLedge Nest

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Host Paul Fotsch

12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Games on the lawn of the tavern

2 p.m. – Guided tour of filming locations

5 p.m. – Screening and questions and answers “The boys: the story of the Sherman brothers”


11am-2:30pm – MRBO KnOWLedge Nest Open

11 a.m. – Guided tour of filming locations

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Host Paul Fotsch

12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Games on the lawn of the tavern

2 p.m. – Tom Sawyer: An Arrow Rock Family Reunion

7 p.m. – Made in Missouri: the production of Tom Sawyer


11 a.m. – Guided tour of filming locations

12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Games on the lawn of the tavern

1pm-3pm – Violinist Raoul Brcu, Live musical performance in the Village

3 p.m. – Impromptu Parade

6 p.m. – Sharing picnic

9:00 p.m. – Exterior screening of Tom Sawyer

Event activities and participants are subject to change. For more information on the celebration and events, visit

Joe Rock solid for seven years, Spokane Indians bounce back to beat Hillsboro 3-1 Sun, 19 Jun 2022 04:48:32 +0000

The Spokane Indians took one on the chin Friday night, a 12-3 loss in which they allowed four home runs and 19 hits.

They needed a stoppage effort on Saturday, and that’s exactly what they got.

Starter Joe Rock allowed a run in seven solid innings, Julio Carreras and Bladimir Restituyo both homered in the seventh inning and the Indians beat the Hillsboro Hops 3-1 in Game 5 of a six-game series. the North West League at Avista Stadium.

“The way they came out today after yesterday was a really tough night for us, especially with the pitching,” Indians interim manager Julio Campos said. “The way we bounced back…we came, we competed. We find a way to win this game.

Rock (6-3) allowed four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The 21-year-old southpaw, No. 68 overall in the 2021 MLB Draft, threw 89 pitches, 64 for strikes.

“I felt good,” Rock said. “I had all three pitches working for me. It’s been a big priority for me throughout this year, so it was good to come in and have three pitches to work on.

“We just have to warm up here, to try to win the first half. Coming here and getting a win is a good feeling.

“Oh man. Throwing strikes, pounding the area. He was awesome,” Campos said of Rock. “Not afraid to throw anywhere, any court, any count. A great outing for him.

The Indians went up the board in the first as Eddy Diaz started with a single, stole second, went to third on one pitch and headed home on a sacrifice fly by Colin Simpson.

Hillsboro equalized in the fifth as Caleb Roberts doubled up, went third on a pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Shane Muntz.

It stayed that way until the seventh, when Carreras activated a 1-2 pitch and bludgeoned it over the wall to left center for his eighth of the season. Two batters later, Restituyo ripped one down the line for his third of the season and a 3-1 lead.

“I just try to do my best to help the team win,” Carreras said. “That’s what we’re here for, you know, to help the team win and win games. If we lose two in a row, it doesn’t matter. We will have them tomorrow.

“I mean, focus, you know, try to dominate somehow,” Campos said. “We tried to find a way early in the game, using speed, doing different things. But if that doesn’t happen, the solo shots, we take them.

The Hops ranked the runners second and third with one out in eighth. Tim Tawa flew to middle left field and Robby Martin Jr’s pitch to the plate caught Danny Oriente to complete the end-inning double play.

Anderson Pilar made a save, his first, with two shutout innings.

Game Notes

• Web nuggets: Cristopher Navarro made a few sparkling plays at third in the third, first diving to his right to make a backhand stab and hard throw, then crossing the infield on a high chop to get the runner from a half -not.

In the fourth, Simpson played a line drive to the left field wall and fired a strike to second to catch Ryan Bliss trying to stretch a doubles single for third out of the inning.

“The whole group works hard every day,” Campos said. “They show what they are capable of. They have fun outside. I’m sitting in the dugout watching these guys play and it’s really fun.

• Scary show: In the sixth inning, Indians catcher Ronaiker Palma went down to block a pitch in the dirt and it bounced back and hit him in the throat area.

Palma was down for several moments and was taken care of by the coaches of both teams. He was eventually helped off the field and replaced in the lineup by Drew Romo.

Campos said Palma was hit more on the side of the neck and was able to speak as he ran off the pitch. Palma was taken to hospital as a precaution and observation.

The Rock surprises WWE Raw Superstar with a new home (video) Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:38:50 +0000

The Rock’s generosity knows no bounds.

A week after surprising his mother with a new home, The Rock did the same for WWE Raw Superstar Tamina on Thursday. As seen in the video below, Tamina was introduced to her new home by The Rock, and she got emotional once she realized what her cousin had done for her.

Through a lengthy note on Instagram, The Rock would also prop up Tamina for earning “her respect in pro wrestling” and for being an inspiration to her two daughters.

Hard to explain those emotions for all of us as I led @saronasnukawwe through her new door.
This one felt good.

Surprise because – enjoy your new home!! ❤❤🥳🏠

I’ve known my cousin Sarona since we grew up together.
Man, this girl has been through some tough times, but no matter what life throws at her, she was ALWAYS determined to break the cycle and become an example of a strong and inspiring single mom to her two biggest inspirations – her daughters,
Milaneta & Maleata ❤❤

It’s so hard to become a professional wrestler.
And it’s even harder to do if you’re a woman.
Sarona (like many amazing women in pro wrestling) decided a long time ago that she was going to walk and earn her respect in pro wrestling and make sure the tough times she went through were still her REASON to WORK HARDER and never let it become the EXCUSE to GIVE UP.

And that’s what she did.

And that’s why my heart is proud.

I love you because we always support you.

Welcome home and we’re taking out baby @Teremana!!!

A very special THANK YOU to our @bianca.a.aubrey & her company @beyond_estates for helping me create this magical moment.
You are the best B!!

Tamina’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka, entered The Rock‘s legendary Anoa’i family tree when he married his second wife, Sharon Georgi, whose father was a Samoan chief who was also brother to blood with Reverend Amituana’i Anoa’i. Tamina’s younger brother was also a WWE Superstar for a few years, first as Deuce and then briefly as Sim Snuka.

In recent months, Tamina has been actively involved in the image of the 24/7 title on the red brand.

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Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Biden should do the unthinkable Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:14:38 +0000

President Joe Biden and his administration have faced an internal dilemma for months now. With inflation and gas prices being the main concerns of voters, there is an urgent need to show voters that they care about the issue and are doing everything they can to thwart the problem. Biden’s approval ratings are historically poor, and much of that has been attributed to these issues. The administration is aware of the uncomfortable reality that there is virtually nothing Biden can do to combat inflation and high gas prices. They have unfortunately tried what they can, releasing oil reserves for example, but there really is no executive solution, and any makeshift attempt to fix the problem would simply have worse consequences.

That leaves Biden with two options, both of which are terrible. First, he can admit that he can do next to nothing to reverse what are, indeed, global problems. Or, at the risk of sounding inattentive, Biden can continue to assert that he can and will drive down gas prices and inflation. Biden should pick the former.

It’s never good to give the American public a false sense of security, or deceive them of their abilities, especially given Biden’s promise to be candid with the American people. Instead, he should explain to the public how rising gas prices, as well as inflation, are global issues. For example, the UK is experiencing its highest inflation rate in 40 years. Explain that the bulk of the problems are the result of the pandemic (which has damaged supply chains), Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, big oil companies insisting on maximizing profits, and an increase demand for oil and other commodities as the pandemic recedes.