Danielle PartisNews EditorFriday 23rd April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRiot GamesRiot Games has raised over $7 million for charity with a premium character skin inside League of Legends.Players were able to purchase the Elderwood Ornn charity skin between December 2020 and January 2021.Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games The proceeds from all sales were donated to the Riot Games’ Social Impact Fund, a venture fund set by Riot to invest in numerous nonprofits and games-centric initiatives across the globe.The fund, founded in 2019, is a separate entity from Riot’s development and publishing arms. According to the company, the fund has generated over $15 million for various causes.Last year, the company generated $6 million with a different charity skin, Dawnbringer Karma. Players were also able to nominate nonprofits in their local areas to receive a percentage of the funding.
RELATED: Race results | Detailed breakdownNEWTON, Iowa — Last week, a blink-of-an-eye moment weighed heavily on William Byron.Saturday, the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet lifted his head and shouted out a pent-up yelp that formed the suitable soundtrack the rookie’s first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.“I feel it all kind of comes around in racing and last week we were so close,” said Byron, who finished a mere .012 seconds behind Joe Gibbs Racing veteran Denny Hamlin last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. “You’ve got to have a little bit off luck to win every race that we win and I feel like we got one back for last week.”The final restart with 10 laps to go came just 11 laps after the previous one during which Byron pitted and capped off fuel while taking tires.Good fortune finally found Byron again, who never was seriously challenged down the stretch, but only had four or five laps of fuel left before his last pit stop helped set the stage for victory.“We definitely got a huge break the way the caution fell right there,” Byron’s crew chief, Dave Elenz, told FS1 pit reporters during a caution period with 15 laps to go.Byron made the most of it. He won last year at Iowa, but in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.“It’s awesome just to kind of come this far,” said Byron, who received a congratulatory call from Rick Hendrick after the win.The ninth caution of the night also benefitted some less familiar top-10 finishers, including Ryan Sieg, who ran second to notch his fourth career top-five finish in 117 series starts. Tyler Reddick took third.“It was fun racing with Tyler at the end,” Sieg said. “We had a little bit of a battle.”RELATED: Sieg finishes career-best secondChristopher Bell — in the second leg of his first double-duty weekend — started on the pole and remained on point the entire first stage, fending off an early challenge from teammate Kyle Benjamin, and a late charge from Sam Hornish, Jr., who made his first start in nine months.Hornish led 183 laps while winning last season at Iowa, but misfortune struck 19 laps into stage two as Bell made contact with his rear fender — an encounter that sent Hornish careening into the wall.RELATED: Sam Hornish Jr.’s day ends earlyIt also ended the veteran stock car and open-wheel racer’s first night back with Team Penske.“He came up pretty hard when he got loose and hit me,” said Hornish, who is slated to run a limited schedule this season. “Of course, we got the brunt of it. I’m disappointed. This is one of my favorite places to come to.”Points leader Elliott Sadler shares that sentiment — even though mostly bad luck plagued his night.He qualified fourth, but was sent to the rear after an unapproved pre-race adjustment was made on his car. No matter. He’d ascended to fifth by the end of the first stage and ended up eighth.Bell settled for 16th after he was collected in an incident involving Brennan Poole and Ryan Reed — the very caution that benefitted Byron and others.RELATED: Leader Bell taken out on final cautionBell led 152 laps to Byron’s 78, but as both drivers know, it’s the last lap that counts.Especially Byron, who vocally and visually celebrated this week after enduring quiet disappointment the last.“To get second last week kind of hurt, just because we were that close,” Byron said. “But I feel like it gave us extra motivation, and I feel like last year the beginning of the summer was when I kind of hit my stride and I think we won back-to-back, so to now have a second and a first feels really good.”— By Rob Gray, NASCAR Wire Service
KXXV-TV News Channel 25 – Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen | WHITNEY, Texas (KXXV) – A couple dozen workers are out of a job and this weekend Whitney is relying on ambulance service miles away. They’ve been working for 42 years and on Friday afternoon, the Lake Whitney Medical Center EMS closed its doors. Director Jimmy Hoskins even gave his final call just after 5 o’clock while his fellow workers and family fought back tears in the background.
Lilli Cooper (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) In the 1982 film Tootsie, Jessica Lange played Julie Nichols, an soap star desperate for true human connection, and earned her first Oscar win. The role of Julie Nichols must be good luck, because Lilli Cooper, who is currently playing the character in the musical of the same name based on the film, has received her first Tony nomination. “It still feels so weird,” Cooper said to Ryan Lee Gilbert in a recent interview on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive about her nomination. “It’s truly cuckoo bananas. I will never take it for granted, and I will never look at it smaller than it is. I have worked my butt off, so I’m really proud of myself. The biggest compliments I’ve gotten is when people say, ‘You deserve this.’ I think it’s a rare thing for people, women specifically, to say, ‘Yes, I deserve this accolade,’ and I’m really proud to say I believe I do.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 24:19Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -24:19 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Cooper stars alongside fellow Tony nominee Santino Fontana, who brings both Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels to life. “The most important thing to me was developing the relationship between Julie and Dorothy and have that be the most honest and real relationship,” Cooper said. “This show is hilarious; however, we’re telling a story that we want people to relate to. We have amazing one-liners and brilliant comedians on stage, but if you don’t care about the relationship and stories we’re telling, we’re not doing our job. Obviously, Julie has a different relationship with Dortothy than she does with Michael. The thing is, Santino’s Dorothy is so lovable. You want to be around her and know her, and I see that in Santino as well. He is such a great leader in this pack we have.”When it came to updating the show’s plot to be more timely, Cooper knew exactly what she wanted to talk to the show’s Tony-nominated scribe Robert Horn about. “I think we all knew that lifting the film and putting it on stage wouldn’t work. It’s problematic,” she said. “I felt really safe in the hands of this creative team. What I was most passionate about was that [Julie] was a lovable, true, multi-dimensional character that we cared about and understood. I sing this song in Act I called, ‘Then There was John,’ and it’s about the sacrfices Julie made for the thing she loves, which is acting. [During the pre-Broadway Chicago run] there was a period where the song was more about her relationship with this man than with her craft. It was a small lyric shift, but it really tranformed the storyteling of this song and made it so much more powerful. You see how passionate she is about the things she’s wiling to sacrifice and risk in her life.” View Comments Tootsie Santino Fontana and Lilli Cooper in Tootsie (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Tootsie marks Cooper’s fourth Broadway show, and it’s her third time originating a role on stage, having previously starred as Elphaba in Wicked and originating the roles of Martha in Spring Awakening and Sandy Cheeks in SpongeBob SquarePants. “Thinking about all the roles I’ve played on Broadway, I’m so happy to realize that they’re all so strong,” Cooper said. “I feel really lucky to have played all those roles and that I can represent that type of woman on stage. And the type of woman I’ve represented on stage has really run the gamut: From German teenager to squirrel to a literal witch, all those different kinds of women can all be strong, awesome ladies.”Catch Cooper in Tootsie, now playing at the Marquis Theatre.Watch the full #LiveAtFive episode below! Lilli Cooper
The Johnson County Election Office says mailers that many voters are receiving asking them to send in a pre-printed form to apply for mail-in ballots for November’s general election are legitimate but also have the potential for confusion amid unprecedented interest in voting by mail this election cycle.The mailers come in a spare white envelope addressed to individual voters. On the envelope’s front is a printed box in all-caps: “VOTE AT HOME BALLOT REQUEST FORM DO NOT DISCARD.” The return label says the mailing is from The Center for Voter Information, a nonprofit that, according to its website, is a “non-partisan and non-profit organization that works to provide even-handed and unbiased information about candidates and their positions on issues.”The Center’s website also says it provides voters with “tools and resources to register and vote in upcoming elections,” including forms to make it easier to apply to vote by mail.“This is a legitimate organization trying to get people to register and apply to vote,” said Nathan Carter with the Johnson County Election Office. “This is not uncommon. Every year organizations and non-profits will send out these calls to try to get people to vote. It’s just creating more confusion this year because there is so much more interest than usual in voting by mail.”Carter said the Johnson County Election Office was fielding “quite a few” calls from voters who had received the mailers from the Center for Voter Information. This November’s election is expected to see an unprecedented number of ballots locally and nationwide cast by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Johnson County Election Office tweeted earlier Thursday that voters who have not already applied for a mail-in ballot this November can use the Center for Voter Information form but should ensure the pre-printed information on the form is correct.If Johnson County voters have already applied for main-in ballots for the general election, then they do not need to mail in the Center’s form.Carter said as of Thursday, more than 100,000 Johnson County voters had already applied for mail-in ballots for November. That’s after roughly 80,000 voters cast ballots by mail during the Aug. 4 primary, which set an overall primary turnout record for the county with nearly 150,000 votes cast.“A lot of people are getting this [Center for Voter Information] form and probably thinking, ‘Hmm, I thought I already applied for my mail-in ballot.’ That’s okay, you don’t need to apply again,” Carter said.The Center for Voter Information lists itself as a 501(c)(4), a type of tax-exempt nonprofit that is not required to disclose its donors.On its website, the Center does address its mailings. It says, “We are sending voter registration forms to people who may not be registered at their current address. These are valid voter registration forms, tailored to each state, and accepted by state and local election authorities.”“We have included a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope so you can send your voter registration form directly to your state or local election office. Election officials are the only people who will see the information entered onto the forms the Center for Voter Information sends out.”Johnson County voters can request advanced mail-in ballots up until Tuesday, Oct. 27, a week before Election Day. Carter encouraged voters to not wait until then, though, and apply well before Oct. 14, when the county election office will begin mailing out ballots.Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Night, Nov. 3 and received by the Johnson County Election Office by Friday, Nov. 6.
Credit: TLA ReleasingLucas (Paulo Sousa) lives with his religious aunt Lourdes (Juliana Zancanaro) and he helps her run religious meetings with the local ladies. Introverted, Lucas doesn’t have any friends apart from his student Julia (Duda Esteves) who is slowly becoming obsessed with him. Lourdes agrees to house another nephew Mario (Thiago Cazado), who is fresh out of prison and in need of a roof over his head to get back on the right path. At first Lucas is wary of his distant cousin but soon the attraction between the two boys becomes too strong.Cousins is written, co-directed and stars Thiago Cazado, and it’s a lighter look at what coming-to-terms with your blossoming sexuality can be like. The story is set in the middle of a religious community, which automatically makes its subject matter contentious. Add in that the film is made in Brazil given the current climate there for the LGBT community, and you have all the ingredients needed for conflict and matters of the heart.Credit: TLA ReleasingInterestingly Cazado and his co-director Mauro Carvalho don’t go down the well-trodden misery and tears route that so many coming-of-age films do. Instead they inject a sense of fun into the proceedings and the whole film has a zippy pace and wide-eyed optimism. There’s a wonderful moment where Lourdes checks on the boys and finds them in bed together asleep. At first it looks like she may have rumbled their secret love affair but instead she writes it off as a special love between cousins.Mario’s arrival brings Lucas out of his shell and gives him a purpose and enthusiasm for life he was missing before. As Lucas falls for Mario, he has to fight off the advances of Julia who goes to extreme lengths to be constantly around him. That storyline gets a little too far-fetched but the eventual comeuppance that you know she’ll get, is actually worth waiting for. There’s a random detour into witchcraft, which I presume was added for comedic affect, but the film really didn’t need it.Credit: TLA ReleasingIt’s actually pretty refreshing to watch a film like this and end with a smile on your face. While the final moments may leave you feeling that things were tied up all too quickly and conveniently, there’s something quite nice about a gay film that leaves you feeling happy rather than bawling your eyes out.The chemistry between Cazado and Paulo Sousa is electric. From the moment their two characters meet, you know it’s only a matter of time before their clothes come off and they give in to their desires. The sex scenes are surprisingly lengthy and if titillation is what you’re after than there’s plenty to be found here.Cousins is a light, fun and entertaining coming-of-age drama with a lot of heart and plenty of laughs. It’s not a perfect film but it breezes by nicely and will leave a smile on your face. As a gay man, I find it refreshing to watch a gay film that isn’t about the struggle and instead just embraces the passion between two boys (even if they are distant cousins!).Cast: Thiago Cazado, Paulo Sousa, Duda Esteves, Juliana Zancanaro Directors: Mauro Carvalho, Thiago Cazado Writer: Thiago Cazado Certificate: 18 Duration: 83 mins Released by: TLA Releasing Release date: 1st November (US) 9th December (UK) Buy Cousins
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – WLAF’s Jim Freeman (L) and Big Josh Etter are sporting their Team Jack Shirts today. Shirts will be available tonight at the gate at Dossett Stadium before the Campbell home game. More than 1,500 have been sold with proceeds benefitting leukemia patient Jack Price’s family. Five hundred shirts will be for sale this evening. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/23/2019-7AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
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