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Pride Month may be done, but we’re certainly not! Billboard Pride is proud to present the latest edition of Queer Jams of the Week, our roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.

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From Anohni’s long-awaited new album to MORGXN’s new summer anthem, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below:

Anohni and the Johnsons, My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross

Seeing the face of LGBTQ activist and icon Marsha P. Johnson stare back at you on the cover of Anohni’s new album comes as something of a jolt to the system — especially when you read its title just below her smile. My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross, the singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album and first full-length project in seven years, serves as nothing short of an album in protest of the various calamities plaguing our world. Wielding her pen as a weapon in her crusade for change, Anohni fights back against nihilism (“Why Am I Alive Now”), inaction (“It Must Change”), hatred (“Scapegoat”), all through the lens of her gorgeously-composed, experimental soul-meets-rock sound.

MORGXN, “Young & In Love”

There’s something about longer days and warmer weather that makes you look for that shimmering, peppy anthem to blast through your speaker all summer long. Alt-pop singer MORGXN is happy to help you with “Young & In Love,” his latest single. Through big drums, bigger guitars and his biggest vocal to date, MORGXN belts about the simple prospect of finally feeling happy with his relationship, as chanting voices congratulate him on finally arriving at this watershed moment. It’s a fun, warm song that’ll help you soundtrack brighter times ahead.

CHIKA, “Demigod”

If you are somehow still sleeping on CHIKA, she’s here to remind you why that is a catastrophic mistake. The rising rapper’s latest single “Demigod” sees her enter full flex mode, proving herself to anyone who will listen while shaming them for not knowing that she was The One in the first place. Over a glossy, otherworldly beat, CHIKA even makes it clear that she’s not interested in your adoration: “I’m already great, I’m not waiting on flowers, that s–t is a scam,” she spits.

Gia Woods, “Gia Would”

Don’t tell Gia Woods that there’s something she can’t do, because she’ll tell you that she can, and more importantly, she will. With her latest electropop banger “Gia Would,” the singer delves into her darker side as she gives in to every impulse that the little voice in the back of your head tells you to do. Follow someone home? Start a fight? Write a pop banger? These are all things that “Gia Would” do.

AMAARA, Child of Venus

Up-and-coming dream-pop singer-songwriter Amaara is ready to reconcile her past on Child of Venus. Throughout this gloriously nebulous debut LP, Kaelen Ohm (the artist behind the Amaara moniker) examines their own adolescence, their relationships, and the bigger picture of what it’s all supposed to mean in the end. Standout single “Still” perfectly encapsulates the thesis put forward, as she establishes that “when pain speaks the truth, one single cut makes a scar.”

Um, Jennifer?, “Girl Class”

With their official debut single, Brooklyn indie-rock duo Um, Jennifer? would like to talk about being girls, and why there’s so many weird unspoken rules about it. “Girl Class” sees bandmates Fig and Leah trying to figure out what the hell it means to be a girl, especially a trans girl, before ultimately realizing that there is no one way to be a girl. It’s a secretly empowering message about the social “norms” around gender expression — and more importantly, it’s just a really good song.

Check out all of our picks on Billboard’s Queer Jams of the Week playlist below:



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The 3rd Annual White Hall Music Event is this

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On July 8 from noon to 10 p.m., the Town of White Hall hosts its 3rd Annual Community Music Event at Middletown Commons featuring a special performance by Becky Sanders, New Diesel Trio, System Buckers, Top Shelf, Empty, Marshall Lowry Band and The Davisson Brothers Band. There will also be a cornhole tournament, food, and activities for the kids, as well as a fireworks display to cap off the evening.

The Town of White Hall 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament will be held July 8 at 1 p.m. in the drive through at Middletown Commons. There will be metals and cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners who paid the $30 entry fee per team. To register call 367-1687 or go to http://scoreholio.com. On site registration starts at 12 noon the day of the event.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to White Hall Town Councilmember Tim Ridenour.

Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Members of the Valley Volunteer Fire Department made a trip to Thomas, W.Va. in Tucker County on Saturday, July 1 to showcase Engine 122 and Utility Truck 128 for their 4th of July Parade. Engine 122 brought home a trophy for “Best Custom Pumper.” The Valley Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the Thomas VFD for their hospitality and for making them feel at home.

Things to do this weekend

July 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Public Safety Building, 118 Tygart Mall Loop, White Hall Farmers and Artisans Market

Upcoming events

Red Bull Pit Stop Challenge Tour, Walmart in White Hall, July 14 at 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Do you have what it takes to beat the Red Bull Racing pit stop crew? Come on out to your local Walmart for high-energy fun on the Red Bull Pit Stop Tour and test your pit stop skills for a chance to win the Ultimate Red Bull Racing Experience.

Cars and Coffee, July 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Middletown Commons.

Marion County Rescue Squad First Aid & CPR Class, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the public and 1-4 p.m. for health care providers. Call 304-363-6246 extension 201 to register.

White Hall Town Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 118 Tygart Mall Loop. Schedule may vary with holidays.

Contact

If you have news, birthdays, or anniversaries, call Lori at 304-367-1687. Please leave a brief message with your contact information or email Lori at lriffee@townofwhitehallwv.org.

All news should be submitted to Lori Riffee by Wednesday for Friday publication. Thank you for sharing your White Hall news.

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What’s News, Breaking: Friday, July 7, 2023

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POP-UP RAINBOW HOUSES ON MONTAGUE STREET

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Montague Street’s Open Streets program this weekend is featuring a collaborative art project suitable for little hands — the opportunity to create a colorful village of singing houses in the middle of the street. The project will be guided by art teachers from Le Meraviglie Art Studio and is expected to be messy; other kid-friendly returning favorites include the pop-up giant flower park and free chicken meals for ages 1 to 10 at Mad for Chicken, along with fun and games offered by the Montague Street BID.

The village creation project will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, while Open Streets runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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NEW PRATT-AFFILIATED HIGH SCHOOL TO FOCUS ON DESIGN, SOCIAL JUSTICE

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A new high school affiliated with the Pratt Institute is set to open this fall in downtown Brooklyn, reports Chalkbeat, offering a curriculum focused on the arts and design, as well as with a focus on social justice and social equity. Students will choose from one of three specialties — housing equity, tech equity and design equity — and will spend time in their courses working on creative solutions to problems within those spheres, ultimately preparing for careers in urban planning and software and interior design; the school is also planning to partner with other Brooklyn arts institutions, such as BAM, to offer further artistic programming for their students.

“When CUNY is holding a big talk about water, and how safe water is an equity issue, we want our young people to not just be invited to come to see the talk but to be able to go toe-to-toe with those experts,” the school’s project coordinator Corinth Hunter told Chalkbeat; the school already has a waitlist over 200 students long.

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SUNY DOWNSTATE AMONG THREE MEDICAL SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE CANCER INSTITUTE FUNDING

EAST FLATBUSH — SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Central Brooklyn, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Columbia University — in a collaborative effort — were among five entities nationwide to receive a $9.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to target disparities in specifically-identified communities, as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Cancer Moonshot priorities. The five-year grant will spearhead two projects focused on multigenerational cancer awareness, prevention and control, follow-up care, survivorship, and closing health equity gaps among Black/African American, Caribbean American, and Hispanic communities in North-Central Brooklyn, Washington Heights, Western Queens, and the South Bronx.

The first project will examine the impact of a six-week cancer education and social justice curriculum engaging students in ten New York City public schools. The second project will focus on a tobacco cessation trial using federally qualified health centers.

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SPACE POTATOES AT FUTURISTIC ART EXHIBIT OPENING IN RED HOOK

RED HOOK — A new exhibit by multimedia artist Xin Liu, Seedlings and Offsprings, is opening at Pioneer Works in Red Hook this Friday, with works exploring themes of futurism, mutation, and immortality. Highlights include a series of frost-covered sculptures inspired by cryonics and egg freezing technologies, as well as the search for life in Antarctic lakes and icy moons; a multi-part visual project that juxtaposes a recorded dance performance by the artist on a zero-gravity plane flight with a virtual reality experience starring a crystalline robot carrying the artist’s wisdom tooth on a journey to the International Space Station; and, a collaboration with fellow artist Lucia Monge, where potatoes grown from seeds sent into Earth’s lower orbit are cast as subjects that call for a diversified imagination of what the future and space exploration can look like — and, a selection of these spacefaring potatoes will be grown and harvested in Pioneer Works’s garden.

Seedlings and Offsprings will be on display from July 7 to Sept. 10 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

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SOUL SUMMIT MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO FORT GREENE PARK

FORT GREENE — The beloved Soul Summit music festival is returning to Fort Greene Park this weekend, offering up a program of soulful house music for attendees all summer long at the Sunday concert series. Begun by DJ Sadiq Bellamy in 2002 as a callback to the free-spirited music culture of NYC in the ‘70s, the Soul Summit DJ collective have spun tunes for park-goers for more than 20 years, celebrating Fort Greene’s Black renaissance and bringing the community together.

Soul Summit will take place on Sunday, July 9, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a documentary on the festival, ‘Soul Summit: Doin’ It in the Park,’ was produced by Black-Owned Brooklyn in 2020 during the pandemic when the festival was put on hold, and can be viewed on YouTube.

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PARK SLOPE BARNES AND NOBLE VOTES TO UNIONIZE

PARK SLOPE — Employees at the Park Slope location of bookstore giant Barnes & Noble voted overwhelmingly to unionize on June 29, following a vote by the store’s flagship Manhattan location to do the same, and will now be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, reports Publisher’s Weekly. The store workers say that they struggle with low pay and poor working conditions, such as unstable scheduling practices, harassment and favoritism, and will demand action from management during contract negotiations later this year.

The store’s unionization is part of a recent surge in labor organization; union organizers have achieved successes at Amazon’s NYC area warehouses and the city’s powerful nurses’ union went on strike last winter in protest of poor working conditions, while UPS workers are threatening to stop work later this year if their own contract demands are not met.

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ASSEMBLYMAN VISITS SETH LOW PARK, PRAISES ATTENDANT’S CLEANUP EFFORTS

BENSONHURST — Responding to cleanliness complaints from locals, Assemblymember William Colton (D-47) visited Seth Low Park in Bensonhurst on Wednesday July 5, and found that the park is the cleanest he has seen in some time. Praising the Parks Department attendant, Mr. Henry, Colton declared, “The good news is that the park was at its cleanest. Many seniors approached us and were very grateful for the park’s condition. The only complaint I heard from the constituents is that they wish that bathrooms would stay open longer hours.” Colton pledged that his office will follow up on that request.

Seth Low Park in Bensonhurst, which was named for a prominent citizen who was mayor of Brooklyn 1881-85, as well as of Columbia University, is on a strategically-situated triangle at the intersections of several roads: Bay Parkway, Bay Ridge Parkway (75th St.), Avenue P, Stillwell Avenue and West 12th St.

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POLICE OFFICERS RESCUE MAN FROM SUBWAY TRACKS

BED-STUY — Two police officers saved a man who had fallen onto the subway tracks at the Utica Avenue A train station on Wednesday, reports Fox News, after the man suffered a medical episode and collapsed off the platform. Video from a body camera released by the NYPD shows the officers jumping onto the tracks and lifting the unresponsive man back onto the platform with the aid of other passengers.

There were no further updates on the man’s condition; the camera footage showed that he appeared to have been using a cane.

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FORMER BUILDING SUPER SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS FOR MURDERING HIS REPLACEMENT

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A Bushwick man has been sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for a 2017 murder in which he fatally strangled a building superintendent in Bushwick who had been hired to replace him and who would have been given the super’s apartment. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez identified the defendant as Keith Floyd, 44, at whose sentencing Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Ziomaida Tomlinson presided. A jury had convicted Floyd in February of second-degree murder, first-degree hindering prosecution, and concealment of a human corpse.

On Oct. 5, 2017, the New York City Police Department received an anonymous tip that there was a dead body buried in the backyard at 54 Himrod Street. The next day, detectives found Rivera’s body, wrapped in plastic trash bags and buried in a shallow grave. The NYC Medical Examiner ruled from an autopsy that the cause of death was homicidal asphyxia.

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DEPT OF PLANNING TO HOST INFO SESSION ON ‘CITY OF YES’ INITIATIVE

CITYWIDE — Department of City Planning Director Dan Garodnick on Wednesday announced a public information session on Mayor Adams’ City of Yes for Economic Opportunity proposal, which is a set of zoning changes designed to develop lively commercial corridors, help small businesses and support economic recovery from the pandemic. The proposal, which will be considered during a formal public review process this fall, involves 18 reforms, focused on making it easier to start or expand businesses and on reducing storefront vacancies; examples include removing zoning restrictions that limit dancing in certain commercial areas, facilitating the growth of the life sciences sector, allowing for clean manufacturing — for industries such as ceramics makers or coffee roasteries — in commercial areas, and removing restrictions on building corner stores.

This info session will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m.; New Yorkers can register online to attend and ask questions.

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COMPTROLLER LANDER: CITY’S EMERGENCY PROCUREMENT WAS BOTH SUCCESSFUL AND WASTEFUL

CITYWIDE — A new audit from City Comptroller Brad Lander’s office reveals that while New York has dealt well with multiple emergencies including COVID and the refugee influx, there is room for improvement, particularly in curbing wasteful spending. While acknowledging that “emergency procurement” — an expedited purchase method that eliminates the bidding process — is a critical city procedure, Lander recognized a paradox: the same actions that resulted in successfully establishing testing and vaccination services in communities most affected by COVID-19 involved wasteful spending and a lack of effective cost controls in the City’s emergency contracting.

Moving forward, Comptroller Lander’s office sent letters to city agencies recommending “5 Best Practices” to deal with future emergencies. These include maximizing competition to the extent possible, ensuring strong, specific and clear contract terms, establishing a “robust” compliance and enforcement oversight, holding vendors accountable, and documenting expenditures.

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LABOR LAW STRENGTHENED TO RESTRICT MANDATORY OVERTIME FOR NURSES

STATEWIDE — Updates to the Labor Law restricting mandatory overtime for nurses have now taken effect, the NYS Department of Labor announced on Thursday, July 6. The updated law prohibits health care employers from requiring nurses to work more than their regularly scheduled hours except under limited circumstances, including a health care disaster, a declaration of emergency, or when required for safe patient care such as during an unforeseen emergency. A health care employer must notify NYSDOL when exceptions to limitations on mandatory overtime are in use, with additional reporting required to NYSDOL and the Department of Health when exceptions are in use for 15 days or more in a given month, and 45 days or more in a consecutive three-month period.

The updated law also establishes new monetary penalties for violations and expands coverage to include nurses employed by facilities licensed or operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, among other provisions. Overseeing the compliance as Enforcement Officer will be Jeanette Lazelle, Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection.

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PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER PACKS RECALLED AFTER A UNIT CAUGHT FIRE ABOARD PLANE

NATIONWIDE — Amazon customers in Brooklyn and around the U.S. are alerted of a recall for a model of portable chargers that caused a fire on a commercial aircraft, although none of the news reports breaking this story mentioned the airline involved as of press time. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall involves about 190,000 VRURC portable chargers that are shaped like cell phones and that were sold exclusively via Amazon from July 2021 through this past May, bearing the model number “OD-B7,” and with built-in cables and built-in wall plug. The model number is on the back of the recalled chargers, which were sold in black, blue, green, orange, pink, red and white color options. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable chargers and contact VRURC for a free replacement product.

VRURC has received one report of fire during a commercial flight, causing four flight attendants to be hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. According to both aviationdisasterlaw.com and Consumer Reports, this week’s charger fire was not the first to erupt on airplanes. A similar incident happened in February aboard a United Airlines flight.



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I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince Anime’s

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Gear up, fellow anime enjoyers, because the official website for the anime adaptation of the light novel series “I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince So I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability” has just dropped an exciting teaser trailer!

This sneak peek treats us to a blend of fresh footage featuring the anime’s characters Tao and Ren, along with scenes released in the previous November 2022 teaser. And that’s not all, because we finally have a premiere date of April 2024! The teaser also revealed that R.O.N (Stereo Dive Foundation) will be composing the music for this animated series. 

Another day, another isekai, but are we really complaining? The announcement of yet another isekai in the making stirred up mixed feelings from the anime community. Isekai is where fantasy and reincarnation collide, and so it’s not surprising “I was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince” involves, you guessed it, fantasy and reincarnation. I mean, it’s in the series’ name! 

Also Read: How to watch Sweet Reincarnation Episodes? Streaming Guide

Everything We Know About The 7th Prince

Penned by the talented Kenkyo na Circle and brought to life by the illustrations of Meru, I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability, or I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince, was originally published on the user-generated novel platform Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was later published by Kodansha, leading to a six-volume release under their Kodansha Ranobe Bunko imprint.

The manga adaptation, illustrated by Yōsuke Kokuzawa, was serialized on Kodansha’s Magazine Pocket website and app in June 2020. The manga has collected 11 volumes as of 2023. It also ranked 8th on the Next Manga Awards in 2021 and sold over 2 million copies. 

Jin Tamamura is directing the anime, and Tsumugi Akita Animation Lab is producing it. Information on other staff members remains unknown for now. 

The Plot and Characters 

Meet Prince Lloyd, the magical prodigy who can cast any spell to exist, even as a 10-year-old! In “I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince,” this sorcerer-turned-prince finds himself forced to reincarnate into a new world but refuses to let that slow down his study of magic mastery.

Fully remembering his past life, he has to conquer every challenge thrown at him in this new world, but how will he do that if he’s focused on his studies?! 

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Key Visual for The 7th Prince Anime (Credits: Anime News Network)

Only two cast members have been revealed to date; Fairouz Ai voicing Grim and Makoto Koichi voicing Lloyd.

Review of the Light Novel

To tell the truth, reading reviews on this series did not hype me up for this anime adaptation. It made me never want to watch it. Harsh, but it’s the truth. Yes, the main character is overpowered right from the womb, and yes, he’s into the sexy women he’s surrounded by because he likes magic more; but other than this, nothing about the light novel is entertaining. 

To talk about the positives, the fight scenes are well- choreographed, and what sets these battles apart is the use of mana as radiant auras, giving the protagonist an intimidating and otherworldly presence. And unfortunately, that’s all the positives there are. As you read the chapters, your release plot lacks a lot of elements. 

Now, what completely ruined the series for me was the uncomfortable adult women hitting on this 10-year-old MC. “He isn’t even drawn in a way where he looks like a teen. He is drawn specifically to look like a little boy and is like half the height of everyone else,” said a review, and after reading this, I wasn’t excited about the anime. Oh, and negative points for fan service!

Also Read: Reaching New Heights: Soaring Sky! Pretty Cure Anime’s 2nd Ending Sequence Clean Version Streamed.

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“The band is playing really well and we’re having probably the most fun we’ve ever had.”

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7:30 p.m. Friday, RBC Stage, with PUP at 6:00 p.m. and Weezer at 9:30 p.m.
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Canadian rockers Billy Talent have been touring Europe regularly for two decades but this year’s post-pandemic excursion was especially sweet, according to singer Benjamin Kowalewicz. 

“It was absolutely, mind-blowingly amazing,” he said of the May-June hop across the pond that saw them play festivals from England to Italy, a precursor to the band’s festival run in Canada this summer. 

“I think there’s something about festival season that feels so much different than when you’re just playing club shows or headline stuff. When you get to stand outside and there’s 70,000 people there and everyone is singing and dancing, it’s amazing,” the 47-year-old said in a recent interview, taking a break from between-tour chores such as laundry and yard work. 

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“And also coming off the heels of the last couple of years of not being able to do that, there’s just something a little bit more. From our end, there’s always been a tremendous amount of gratitude and appreciation for being able to do what we do but now it just seems like it’s been accented more. When you’re standing there, you’re feeling, ‘This is beautiful.’”

It’s a magic that’s captured on the band’s latest release, Live at Festhalle Frankfurt, their first live album since 2007’s 666. Recorded last November in Germany’s historic domed venue, it’s available on streaming services, CD and vinyl, and includes a soon-to-be-released full-length concert film, despite Kowalewicz having misgivings about the whole idea. 

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“When you do something in a live setting, there’s always the variable of live. That’s something I was always a little bit hesitant about,” he said. “But the thing I came to quite quickly is that everybody who comes to the show has a video recording device in their pocket. It doesn’t matter if you’re having an off night or whatever, it’s there anyways so you might as well shoot it in the highest quality that you can and make it something special.”

Germany has long been a key market for the band, which was formed in Mississauga by Kowalewicz with bassist Jonathan Gallant, guitarist-producer and chief songwriter Ian D’Sa, and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk, who’s on hiatus with multiple sclerosis. For 20 years, they’ve been playing to growing crowds of enthusiastic German fans, with MTV Europe helping to spread the word to nearby countries, too.

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“It’s just something that (came from) hard work and a lot of people sticking up for us and giving us great opportunities,” Kowalewicz says. “It’s truly wonderful.” 

Making a splash is more of a struggle in the United States, which Kowalewicz believes is the plight of every Canadian band. “When we were growing up, there was always the allure of the big hit in America,” he says. “But you’re bewildered by this dream, and so we ended up spending a lot of time in Europe and the U.K. and Canada.” 

That’s not to say they’ve given up on the U.S. Their first shows there in seven years are on the schedule this fall. “We’ve never matched the success we’ve had elsewhere but we’ve had some amazing times there and met some great bands there,” Kowalewicz said. “And if 500 people come and see us play in New York City, I’m beyond happy.” 

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Meanwhile, the quartet is gearing up for a summer of shows in Canada, starting with Quebec City’s Festival d’été on July 6, Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest on July 7 and Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on July 8.

“The band is playing really well and we’re having probably the most fun we’ve ever had,” Kowalewicz says. “We’re excited to get out there and play.” 

The Ottawa and Quebec City dates mark a full-circle moment for Billy Talent, the singer adds, because they’re sharing the stage with Weezer, a U.S. band that was a big influence in the early days. 

“One of the reasons we started a band back in the early 90s was to cover Weezer songs at basement parties,” Kowalewicz said. “So it’s going to be a beautiful, full-circle moment for us. We’re really excited.” 

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“We had just decided that we were going to do something different instead of putting a record out, tour-rinse-repeat,” Kowalewicz explained. “Our intention was to just release the songs as they were done, but after about three or four songs in that vein, the pandemic hit and then we weren’t in the same room for a year and a half but the rest of the songs were almost finished. So we decided to just put it out as a record.” 

Around the same time, Kowalewicz became a father, a factor that added to the challenges of the pandemic. 

“It was the most difficult time of my life,” he said. “Not being able to work is very scary. Our daughter was six months old when it hit so everything my wife and I did was to protect her and take care of her and love her. Now having a bit of space between that time and now, that was the silver lining through the whole thing. I got to be home with her every single day.” 

lsaxberg@postmedia.com

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Daily News Brief | July 6, 2023

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Give us about fifteen minutes a day, and we will give you all the local news, local sports, local weather, and local events you can handle.

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Today…

Glen Burnie man shot his girlfriend in her sleep after an argument. The Annapolis Police arrested a man for illegal fireworks and assaulting a police officer. The Compass Rose Theater has a new Executive Director and the Annapol;is Symphony Orchestra has a new Chair of their Board; plus they have scheduled two Pops in the Park free performances over Labor Day weekend. The Boatyard Beach Bash tickets are flying off the shelves–get them now if you want to go on September 9th. The Tides and Tunes Concert is tonight. Our free daily email news newsletter is still on fire and if you are not on the list, you are missing out! And we have some podcast news about the local business spotlight and some bonus pods coming up!

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I hope I am not jinxing myself but it looks like a slow news week–which is a good thing. And an update on our newest free offering, the Daily News Recap email. It is free and every night you will get the top local news stories sent right to your inbox at 7 pm. Want to be the 6,913th subscriber? I’ll drop a link right here in the show notes! OK, we have a little bit of news so we probably ought to get into it. So, shall we?

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I can honestly say that I have never had a fight with my girlfriend that was so bad, I felt the need to shoot her while she slept. And unfortunately, a 39-year-old Glen Burnie man cannot say the same. On the fourth, the Anne Arundel County Police responded to BWMC for a shooting victim. The woman said she and her live-in boyfriend had argued earlier that night, she fell asleep and awoke to a loud bang and a searing pain. Her boyfriend fled the house and he drove herself to the hospital. Police did locate him and he was charged with attempted first-degree murder and several other charges. The victim is expected to survive. 

Here in Annapolis, a man was arrested after a verbal altercation with a police officer escalated. Personally, I think there should have been some de-escalation training at work here but apparently not. On July 4th at 10:15 pm, Annapolis Police observed the suspect starting to light an illegal firework in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive in the Woodside Gardens community. When told to not light it, the suspect responded with profanity. The officer went to arrest him (and here’s where I think it went off the rails–it is not illegal to yell profanity at anyone..sure it’s rude but… and the suspect had not lit the firework). So, as the officer was attempting to arrest him, he pushed the officer causing him to lose his balance. More officers came to assist in the arrest and a struggle ensued. A crowd of residents began to form and the police called for backup. This is what many saw on Tuesday evening when they saw all sorts of police responding. They got the suspect handcuffed and while taking him to the police car a female attempted to grab an officer’s gun and when she was blocked, she ran back into the crowd. At some point, that same female returned and punched an officer and again disappeared into the crowd. In all this, police say another officer was assaulted by a male bystander. Police are attempting to identify the male and female assailants and the initial suspect was charged with not having a permit for the fireworks, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a reasonable order. He was released on his own recognizance. To me, this seems like an incident that did not need to escalate to this level at all. 

Barbara Weber has been named as the new Executive Director for the Compass Rose Theater. An Eastport resident, and all-around good person, Weber has 20 years of non-profit experience which will help her guide the company that currently is housed at Maryland Hall. So look for some great things to come of Compass Rose as they make their triumphant post-COVID return. Learn more at compassrosetheater.org

And in other artsy news, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has named Shelley Row as the new Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. The symphony is nearly as old as I am and has made gigantic strides through and post-COVID so Shelley and her 22 other Board colleagues will undoubtedly keep that organization steaming ahead. They are still looking for an Executive Director after the exit of Edgar Herrera earlier this year. And speaking of the symphony– if you are not sure about them, you have a chance to see them for free. Yes, Pops in the Park will return to both Downs and Quiet Waters Parks over Labor Day weekend. Saturday, September 1st at 11 am will be at Downs Park. And Sunday, September 2nd at 5:30 pm will be Quiet Waters’ turn. So put those dates on the calendar and learn more– annapolissymphony.org

Yeah, yeah, yeah, more artsy news. Remember that tickets for the 18th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park are dwindling.  The date is  September 9th, and new for this year; instead of two drink tickets, it will be an open bar for general admission tickets.  Great food, drink, music, all for a great cause.  Go get those tickets at amaritime.org. And remember, tonight at the museum it is Tides and Tunes–technically free, but drop a ten-spot to help out!

OK, that’s all I got news-wise!  Podcast stuff–  Up this weekend on the Local Business Spotlight The Put Away and following that is the Ballet Theater of Maryland! And depending on my motivation level, I do have some bonus pods for you from a looper and from the Baysox!

And that IS a wrap.  As always, thank you all for being you. And a thank you to the sponsors for today’s Daily News Brief- Annapolis Subaru, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, Solar Energy Services, Alpha Engineering, and Hospice of the Chesapeake.

OK, so now you need to hang tight because we have George from DCMDVA Weather with the only locally forecast weather report you will find. And, of course, Trevor, from Annapolis Makerspace, is here with your Annapolis Makerspace Maker Minutes. All of that is coming right up, so hang tight! 



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Music With AI Qualifies for Grammy Nomination:

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Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr says music with content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) will be eligible for a Grammy nomination, provided it has human input.

A song whose lyrics AI wrote won’t be eligible for the Songwriter category, while a track whose vocals are synthetic cannot win a Performance of the Year award.

Grammy Boss Says AI Music Must Have Human Element

Mason Jr confirmed the new rules three days after Paul McCartney confirmed the last Beatles record used John Lennon’s voice from an old demo.

While the CEO couldn’t confirm or deny whether the project would qualify, he said that early reports suggesting human involvement would qualify the work for nomination, according to revised Grammy rules, which state,

“A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any category.”

The Academy developed new guidelines from robust research and tech industry consultations. The rules agree with guidance the US Copyright Office issued in March. The department asserted that the content AI creates without human input cannot enjoy copyright protection under the US Constitution.

Accordingly, the CEO stressed the importance of preserving human creativity amid the hype around new generative technologies.

“We want to make sure technology is enhancing, embellishing, or adding to human creativity.”

Congress uses the US Constitution’s definition of an author to enforce copyright laws. However, the Copyright Office’s authorship guidelines have not been tested in court, warns Harvard intellectual property guru Louis Tompros.

Can the Academy Recognize Fake Songs?

The Recording Academy’s challenge lies in how to enforce the new rules. Not many companies know how their large-language models generate responses to prompts. Hence, unlike sampling, which is a direct copy of an artist’s work and may be covered under fair use rules, AI can create music that includes elements of copyrighted work more subtly.

How AI music can include different genres, but still need human input to qualify for Grammy's.
Music Clip Dataset Google Used Train its Music Language Model, Broken Down by Genre | Source: Cornell University

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman recently suggested code audits of its Generative Pre-trained Transformer language model to promote transparency. Given AI’s potential for abuse, UK Labour spokesperson Lucy Powell suggested that only licensed companies should train AI models.

Learn about AI-based cryptocurrencies here.

Google said its early attempts to identify unreal content include appending metadata describing a file’s original context. The company will also test embedding resilient watermarks in digital files.

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Community news briefs — July 5, 2023

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PC community education sets youth summer camps

Peninsula College Community Education is offering a variety of summer camps for youths of ages 5-17 throughout July and August.

Explore the diverse landscape at Nature Camp, learn tabletop game Marvel Crisis Protocol in Game Camp, play Caribbean Steelpan styles and rhythms in Music Camp, practice theater and improv in Improv Olympics Camp, or create a film in Film Camp.

Sign up at pencol.edu/ce. For more information, email to communityed@pencol.edu or call 360-417-5683.

Sale set for library Friends group

The Friends of Sequim Library’s monthly sale is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Rock Plaza, 10191 Old Olympic Highway.

Of interest this month are a large selection of cookbooks, books on Alaska, audio books, student textbooks/workbooks, and several collections by various authors.

Sherwood to host RC Aeronauts

The community is invited to “Soaring over Sherwood,” a pop-up museum event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Sherwood Assisted Living, 550 W. Hendrickson Road.

The free, all-ages event features RC Aeronauts’s model airplanes and helicopters, as club members showcase their collection of remote-controlled (RC) aircraft along with models in various stages of construction. Pilots will tell the tales of RC flying. Free ice cream bars will be available.

“People often dream about flying from childhood, and this RC aircraft gives tremendous levels of excitement without risk of injury ” club president Terry Myers said. “You get the intangible reward that comes from learning to control an aircraft from takeoff to landing.”

The club has been a part of the Sequim community for over 25 years and fly at the Sequim Valley Airport.

Fore more about the event, contact Janaye Birkland at marketing@sherwoodal.com or Christine Springer at smactivities@sherwoodal.com or 360-683-3348.

Commissioners select county administrator

Clallam County commissioners have made a conditional employment offer to Todd Warren Mielke of Spokane to be the new county administrator.

The offer is conditional upon a background check, which is expected to take about two weeks.

Mielke was one of five candidates considered by the commissioners in a job search that began May 9. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration finance and operations management and accounting plus a master’s degree in business administration.

Mielke has served in various positions in Spokane County, including CEO of the Greater Spokane Chamber of Commerce, three terms as county commissioner and his most recent position as the Chief Administrative Officer with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

While Mielke was a Spokane County Commissioner, he was elected president of the Washington Association of Counties.

Elections tests set

The Clallam County Elections Division will perform the county’s official logic and accuracy testing on the Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, and the voting tabulation system test at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 7. Both tests will be held in the election center in room 072 at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

Elections staff conduct the testing each year to ensure the AVUs and tabulation (hardware and software) functions properly and are accurately programmed for each election.

The testing is open to the public, with limited in-person observation space available. The test will also be broadcast via livestream at clallamcountywa.gov/elections.

Primary election ballots will be mailed to registered voters on Wednesday, July 12, with the primary election set for Aug. 1.

Free legal clinic slated

Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers will offer a virtual legal aid clinic, a free program offering legal advice for members of the public, from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 15.

Consultations will be offered via telephone or Zoom.

Legal aid clinics are geared to help those who are financially unable to otherwise access a lawyer. Attorney volunteers to answer legal questions pertaining to civil matters, direct people to local services that might be able to assist them, and to explain the legal process to them.

Clients must pre-register for this event by calling 360-504-2422 or emailing to probonomary2@gmail.com. Attendees are asked to register no later than Friday, July 7. Once registered, additional directions for the event will be provided.

Attendees are also encouraged to have relevant legal documents with them during consultation(s).

For more information, contact Shauna Rogers McClain at 360-504-2422 or probonolawyers@gmail.com, or Mary Margolis at 360-504-2422 or probonoMary@gmail.com.

‘Tea to Die For’ session set in July

Death Café “Tea to Die For,” sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, is set 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in Sequim and Wednesday, July 26, in Port Angeles.

The Sequim discussion will be held in the KSQM-FM Community Room, 609 W. Washington St., No. 17, while the Port Angeles talk will be held in the craft room upstairs at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. The groups are free and open to all.

Conversations are held every second Monday in Sequim and every fourth Wednesday in Port Angeles. They are meant to foster relaxed and informal discussions surrounding death and dying and open to anyone curious or apprehensive about death. Call VHOCC at 360-452-1511.

Soul Speaker Series starts July 12

Beverly Tryk of People’s Memorial Association will present “Funeral Practices & Consumers’ Rights,” on Wednesday, July 12, from noon-1:30 p.m. on Zoom as a part of the ongoing Soul Care Speaker Series sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC).

Tryk will give an overview of various funeral practices and information about consumer rights in the funeral industry. People’s Memorial Association has been the thought-leader for funeral choice, education, and advocacy in Washington state for more than 80 years.

While preparing an end-of-life plan for a stint in the Peace Corps, Tryk discovered People’s Memorial Association. She has lived all over the world and is passionate about community health outreach.

For more information about People’s Memorial Association, visit peoplesmemorial.org or email to info@peoplesmemorial.org.

The talk is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, call the VHOCC offices at 360-452-1511 or email to office@vhocc.org.

All grange dessert auction set

The Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, is hosting the third-annual All Grange Dessert Auction on Saturday, July 15, from 1 p.m. until all the desserts are gone.

The event that was created a few years ago during the COVID-19 pandemic to help raise money for the five struggling county granges. The public has a chance to bid on all different types of homemade desserts.

The public is welcome to donate their own homemade desserts. Bring dessert items to the grange on July 15, between 10 a.m.-noon. The bidding begins at 1 p.m..

Last year’s auction raised several thousands of dollars that was divided among the granges, but so much more is needed to help keep the bills paid, organizers say.

For more information, call Dave McDaniels 360-797-4777.



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Rosie O’Donnell recently took to social media to provide concerned fans with an update on Madonna‘s health. O’Donnell responded to inquiries on Instagram, assuring followers that the pop icon is “good” and currently recovering at home. She added, “She is recovering at home – she is very strong in general.” This positive news brings a sense of relief to fans who have been worried about Madonna’s well-being.

Guy Oseary, Madonna’s longtime manager, took to Instagram as well to shed some light on the situation. He revealed that the music legend had spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) before being moved to a recovery unit. The severity of the bacterial infection she suffered led to the postponement of her highly anticipated “Celebration” tour, which was initially scheduled to begin in Vancouver in mid-July.

While Madonna herself has yet to address her health crisis publicly, reports have surfaced detailing the challenges she has faced during her recovery. Sources suggest that despite returning home, she has remained bedridden and experienced episodes of uncontrollable vomiting. These complications have undoubtedly made her journey to full recovery more challenging.

In response to the news, fans expressed their support and well wishes. One Instagram user commented, “God bless her hope she’s ok, I don’t care about the tour.” O’Donnell replied, “She’s good,” reaffirming Madonna’s improving condition.

Madonna has been surrounded by her family

Throughout this difficult time, Madonna has been surrounded by the love and support of her family. Her sons Rocco Ritchie and David Banda have been seen coming and going from her Upper East Side residence, providing her with much-needed emotional strength and encouragement.

Fans worldwide have expressed their concern and continue to send their well wishes to the iconic singer. Madonna’s resilience and determination, along with the unwavering support of her loved ones, will undoubtedly contribute to her healing process. As the world eagerly awaits further updates on Madonna’s health, the outpouring of love and support serves as a reminder of the impact she has had on countless lives throughout her legendary career.



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