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The play's the thing! Dr. Chad Thomas is an expert on both acting and directing Shakespeare. R & J, a new interpretation of Romeo and Juliet by Joe Calarco, will open February 21st at the Wilson Hall Theater on the UAH campus. Dr. Thomas talked with Beth Norwood about some of the fascinating psychological dynamics of this work. Their conversation follows.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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As the climate warms, a new report finds that low-snow years like this one can cost the U.S. winter sports industry up to $1 billion. That can bring economic pain well beyond ski resorts.

The group's annual report claims that increasingly world leaders are "undermining the rights of millions." It sees a "feeble response" to crimes against humanity from Syria to South Sudan.

It's the first gold medal for the Olympic Athlete from Russia team. The three Americans in the field — Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen, and Bradie Tennell — fell short of the podium.

The first-term Republican governor is alleged to have photographed a semi-nude woman with whom he had an affair and threatened to publish it if she exposed their relationship.

The speedskaters face public outrage for their unsportsmanlike behavior in a race, that left one member sobbing on the sidelines. A petition demands that they be expelled.

The president held another meeting on the subject of school safety after last week's after 17 people were killed last week in a shooting at a Florida high school.

Teachers formed picket lines and descended on the state Capitol to demand higher salaries and better insurance. The state has some of the lowest teacher pay in the country.

The move, announced by a government official in a tweet on Wednesday, raised fears of rogue states using virtual currencies to evade sanctions.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel says he is "devastated" by video footage of his armed deputy standing outside the school doing "nothing" during the shootings of students and faculty members.

It is a rare distinction bestowed on only a handful of civilians. For two days Americans will be welcome to pay their respects to the beloved Evangelical pastor. He will be buried in North Carolina.

Not long after the big tax cut bill passed, Disney joined other corporations in promising bonuses for its workers. In Disney's case, the bonus was set at $1,000, but for 36,000 unionized workers at Disney, it turns out there's a catch. They must agree to the wage offer on the table in contract negotiations before they can receive their bonuses.

The United States women's hockey team is an Olympic gold medal winner once again. The U.S. beat four-time defending gold medalist Canada in a thrilling game that went into overtime and then a shootout.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has long been a gun rights supporter. But in a televised town hall with victims of the Parkland, Fla. shooting, he backed down on some restrictions on gun ownership.

Schools closed across West Virginia Thursday as teachers there walked out to demand higher pay and improved benefits.

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