Stephen Sondheim, master of musical theater, dead at 91

The newspaper, quoting his lawyer and friend F. Richard Pappas, said that he died suddenly. Pappas told The Times that Sundem had just celebrated Thanksgiving with dinner and friends the day before. Rick Miramontez, publicist for the current Broadway company Sondheim, confirmed the death to The Washington Post. As a lyricist, songwriter, conceptual artist, and … Read more

Durham, NC: At least one person shot at Southpoint mall, city council member says

At least one person has been shot on The Streets at Southpoint, according to City Councilor Mark Anthony Middleton, who spoke with Police Chief Patrice Andrews, who was on his way to the scene. “I can confirm that at least one person has been injured at Southpoint Mall,” he said. “We know there are a … Read more

Omicron, a new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations, sparks travel bans and worries scientists

It appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of southern Africa and scientists are concerned that the unusually high number of mutations may make it more transmissible and lead to immune evasion. A WHO statement said the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2 (TAG-VE), an independent group of experts, met Friday to … Read more

A gunshot victim finally got to thank the medical student who saved him 25 years ago

Now, 25 years later, earlier this month Baltimore resident Damon Walker met a medical student who drove into chaos rather than escape from it. “I constantly think about that moment when I’m in rock bottom and have no hope of living, you know, knowing death was imminent,” Walker told CNN on Friday. “I said a … Read more

Brian Laundrie’s family didn’t want to set off a public ‘frenzy’ by revealing gun was missing, attorney says

Laundry’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundry, were turning in their guns to law enforcement on September 17 — the same day they reported the loss of their son — when they discovered one gun was not in his case, Bertolino told CNN Friday. He said the FBI and Northport Police, Florida, were present at the … Read more

Biden restricts travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday

On the advice of the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The decision to restrict travel comes while the federal government is still trying to learn more … Read more

Fauci: New Covid-19 variant is ‘red flag’ but US needs to learn more

South Africa’s health minister announced on Thursday the discovery of the variant that appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. Then on Friday, the World Health Organization classified the variant as a “variant of concern,” calling it Omicron. Currently, there is “no indication” that B.1.1.529 is present in the United States now … Read more

Chief Charles Moose, the face of the DC sniper investigation, dies at 68

Citing his wife, the department said the 68-year-old died on Thanksgiving. “He was a great leader and led our department through the DC Sniper investigation, one of the most difficult crimes in our nation’s history. We send our condolences to his wife Sandy and all of his family and friends.” Leader Marcus Jones said in … Read more