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June 20, 2018: Munchkin Musings: June 2018

As I write this, summer has officially hit Austin. It's way too hot to be outside, so let's stay indoors and talk about Munchkin ! First, I want to thank the 485 people who backed the Munchkin Christmas in July Kickstarter .

Seeing double as The Nutcracker gets cracking at two York theatres on one night

The Vienna Festival Ballet presents one Nutcracker at the Grand Opera House, while the Russian State Ballet and Opera House performs another Nutcracker at York Barbican simultaneously at 7.30pm. The Vienna Festival Ballet invites you to be "swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time", with its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable Tchaikovsky music making this fabulous ballet "a Christmas treat like no other".

Group asks Trump to commute former Va. delegate's prison sentence

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is leading the charge, asking President Donald Trump to release former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton from prison. He is serving a nine year sentence for bribery and extortion.

The FBI said I was my parents' stolen baby - but I found the truth

When a one-day-old baby, Paul Joseph Fronczak, was stolen from a Chicago hospital in 1964, the terrible story made headlines across America. Then, two years later, an abandoned boy was identified as the missing baby and handed over to the relieved parents.

'Cold and calculating' North Shields man murdered blind woman and tried to kill parents

Mark Smith has pleaded guilty to murdering Jillian Grant and attempting to kill Graham and Linda Smith in an arson attack A cold and calculated murderer will be jailed for life after he admitted killing a blind woman whose body was discovered on Christmas Day. Mark Smith pleaded guilty to taking vulnerable Jillian Grant's life in a violent attack, having previously admitted trying to kill his parents in an arson attack.

I hope historical shows will become family institution, benefactor says

The benefactor behind the spectacular Kynren outdoor historical shows said he hopes it will become a family institution like Christmas or Star Wars as it begins its third season. The live action night-time show rattles through 2,000 years of English history and is performed by hundreds of trained volunteers in Bishop Auckland, County Durham though the summer.

Christmas Comedy And Sun-Soaked Summer Shows Come To The Belgrade Theatre

Sun-soaked summer musical Club Tropicana and kids' comedy Billionaire Boy headline a hot new line-up of shows heading to the Belgrade Theatre for 2018-19. Joining an already exciting programme for the coming months, the newly announced shows also include two Christmas productions and the world premiere tour of Leo Butler's All You Need Is LSD.

America's tipping culture is out of control - why should visitors be forced to reward bad service?

"Tipping is not optional." My heart sank a little as I read the section on gratuities in my guide to New York.

Wellesley family's parting gift: Holiday decorations in search of a good home

If you have ever gone past the Wellesley Farms train station at Halloween or Christmas you know the "Holiday House". It started after 9/11 when everyone was so down.

4 Turning Points In 'Pose' As A Colorful Heartwarming Christmas Takes Place

It's now Christmas time for the Pose gang. Blanca, who was freed from prison in the last episode, is now on a mission to give her children a holiday filled with love and pensive presents.

Adventure Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Professional Season

Adventure Theatre MTC , recipient of 8 Helen Hayes awards, including its most recent win for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation, 2018, brings to the stage familiar friends, new and old, as they learn to navigate the world in its action-packed 67th season. A season of classic and beloved stories featuring the wonderful imaginations of children, this season promises to be one of Adventure Theatre MTC's biggest adventures yet.

[TN] Officer Oister's domestic charge dropped despite wife's injuries

No reason is being shared with the public about why the 2017 domestic assault charge against Chattanooga Police Officer James Oister has been dropped by the District Attorney. He has been and continues to be on paid administrative leave.

The 29 most rewatchable movies of all time

They are the movies that you stop everything to watch, can get sucked into even if it's halfway through, and know every single line of. From Steven Spielberg classics, like "Jaws" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," to romantic comedies, such as "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Hitch," to classics, like "The Godfather" and "Toy Story," these are the titles that keep us in love with movies.

Kids: Can Christmas Be That Far Behind?

Back in my newspaper days, I could always expect to receive some warm and fuzzy family Christmas cards from a politician preparing for the next election with a photo of a happy gathering of wife and kids to prove that the candidate would be driven by the highest moral code as a public official. Last Christmastide, I got a card with the full assembly of feel-good familyfrom State Sen. Frank LaRose with his wife, Lauren, three young daughters, and the ever-present dog squeezed among them.

Why kindness on this Father's Day shows real class

The shops around this country town are full of everything I might need this Father's Day; from cards to books and wrapping paper. All I'm missing is my Dad.

A drink-driver stole the life of beloved Gail Brown - and her family want things to change

Gail Brown died days before Christmas at the hands of a reckless driver wasted on a cocktail of booze and drugs. As Gail was killed her husband Ian was delivering Christmas cards to neighbours.

Tucker reflects on Fathera s Day -

Father's Day is bittersweet for WGHP anchor and Stokes County native Chad Tucker.

Back in Black: Harvest Noir returns to Ottawa for a final feast

After a two-year hiatus, the team behind Harvest Noir announced Friday that the pop-up picnic and monochrome dance party will return to Ottawa for a final encore in September, under the harvest moon. Co-organizer Greg Searle described the fundraising event as a "renegade picnic," modelled after the famed Parisian "Dner en Blanc" with an edge.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Thomas Farragher From his grandfather's knee, lessons of love

Mary, 8, and her sister Bernadette, 9, laugh as their brother Bartholomew, 5, plays with hay while they watch as Raphael is swung upside-down by their dad Gerard Beirne as their other brother Anthony, 2, giggles. BERLIN - He is the father of 12 and his children cling to him now, a small riot of laughter beneath ponytails and crewcuts, conjuring for him the simple pleasures he enjoyed as a boy in County Roscommon, Ireland.

Exposures: There Are Good Men Out There

When I was a child, my mother had a simple mantra: "Do not expect too much from men and you won't be disappointed." She expected very little.

'More bids mean more bulbs' for this year's Christmas lights display in Axminster

Axminster residents are beiA ng urged to support a Grand Auction this month, to pay for a bigger and better Christmas lights display in December. Light Up Axminster, the five-strong organisation who took over the Christmas illuminations last year, say they want to light up more streets with the proceeds from the auction on June 23rd The lots include champagne, hampers, beauty treatments, matchday tickets for Yeovil Town, luxury hospitality at the Exeter Chiefs, and donations from various local businesses.

How Donald Trump is making China, not America, great again

I'm still picking my jaw up off the floor over what happened in Singapore this week. I can understand how the cultists in tinfoil hats who worship US President Donald Trump are convinced he has saved the world through that purported denuclearisation agreement he signed with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un , but surely the rest of us can see past the bombast and facade.

She thought her dad was her mom's high school boyfriend. a Dna test said she's Armenian

Tiffany Dow, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, found the dad she didn't know she had after taking a DNA test. She learned her real dad is likely Doug Davidian of Fresno, CA.

Driver denies killing passenger in Christmas Day crash in Rosemead

Justin Hansen, 25, of El Monte was killed Dec. 25, 2017 when the car he was riding crashed into a tree in Rosemead. Authorities last month filed a murder charge against the driver, Adam Chacon, 34, of San Gabriel.