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Visitors Flock To See David Sculpture After Florida Uproar

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FLORENCE, Italy — Following an uproar over a Florida school’s decision to force the principal’s resignation over complaints about a lesson depicting the Renaissance masterpiece, visitors flocked to see Michelangelo’s David sculpture in Florence on Tuesday.

Tourists posed for photos in front of the massive marble statue, which depicts the Biblical David, naked with a sling over his shoulder and a rock in his hand, ready for battle with Goliath.

The sculpture is housed in Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia, which reopened Tuesday after its weekly Monday closure, and both tourists and residents couldn’t get over the controversy.

“It’s part of history,” said Isabele Joles, an Ohio high school student learning French and Italian art. “I’m not sure how you can call it porn.”

She and other visitors were reacting to the Tallahassee Classical School board’s decision last week to pressure Principal Hope Carrasquilla to quit after an image of David was shown to a sixth-grade art class.

Carrasquilla believes the board targeted her after three parents complained about not being informed that a nude image would be shown, and a third called the famous statue, considered the pinnacle of Renaissance sculpture, pornographic. The school has a policy that requires parents to be notified about “controversial” subjects that will be taught.

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Principal Hope Carrasquilla quit after an image of David was shown to a sixth-grade art class.

Over the weekend, Florence’s mayor and the museum head expressed surprise at the uproar and invited the ousted principal and the school community to see the sculpture for themselves.

“We’re talking about the roots of Western culture, and ‘David’ is the pinnacle, the pinnacle of beauty,” museum director Cecilie Hollberg said in an interview Tuesday, as tourists snapped photos with the statue in front of her.

The controversy was more than just a subject of discussion in Florence. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that a large audience attended a school board meeting in Tallahassee on Monday night, with public comment on the David statue controversy lasting more than an hour. Some parents and instructors chastised the board, even asking chairman Barney Bishop to resign.

“Given all of these parents’ dissatisfaction with your leadership, would you be willing to lead us with integrity by resigning?” inquired instructor Ben Steigner.

Bishop refused, stating that he plans to serve as chairman until the end of his term in May, followed by another year on the board, according to the newspaper. The five trustees, who serve three-year terms, are chosen by themselves rather than the parents. The school’s new principal, Cara Wynn, informed the school board that nine students had left since the David controversy started, but three had enrolled.

Tallahassee Classical is an independent private school. It is taxpayer-funded and tuition-free, but it functions almost completely independently of the local school district and is sought after by parents looking for an alternative to the public school curriculum. The three-year-old institution, now in its third principal, serves 400 pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade. It follows a curriculum designed by Hillsdale College, a conservative Christian school in Michigan that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis regularly consults on educational matters.

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On the other hand, the Florida Department of Education has distanced itself from the debate and the school’s choice.

“The Statue of David is both artistic and historical in nature.” “Florida encourages classics and classical art instruction and would not prohibit its use in instruction,” the department said. “The dispute at Tallahassee Classical School is between the school and an employee, and it has nothing to do with state rule or law.”

On Tuesday, visitor Brian Stapley from Seattle, Washington, expressed sympathy for the school’s students.

“It’s one of the most incredible parts of our history,” he said as he entered the museum. “I feel terrible for the kids who won’t see it.” ___

Contributors included Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nicole Winfield in Rome.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

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Taylor Swift feels that being “Instagram official” with Travis Kelce isn’t enough.

Swift went one step further on Sunday, according to social media videos from the event, bringing Kelce on stage with her during her Eras Tour concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

The football star’s big moment occurred amid a shift in Swift’s “Tortured Poets Department” setlist. He was greeted with boisterous yells and acclaim when he initially emerged on stage, dressed in a top hat and a black tailcoat and holding Swift in his arms.

Kelce fanned himself with a hand fan, twirled around, and grinned at Swift while her dancers assisted her with an onstage outfit change.

Swift looked to blow Kelce a kiss before walking away to sing “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart.”

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

Swift introduced the skit into her act in May after she altered her Eras Tour setlist to include some songs from her most recent album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which was released in April.

Swift uploaded a photo on Saturday of herself and Kelce posing for a selfie with Prince William and his two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who came to her concert to honor the Prince of Wales’ 42nd birthday.

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

The snapshot is the first Kelce Swift uploaded on her regular Instagram profile, marking their “Instagram official” post.

Swift and the three-time Super Bowl champion first became romantically involved in September.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

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Los Angeles — Taylor Wily, a former sumo wrestler best known for his role as confidential informant Kamekona Tupuola on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I,” died on Friday, according to a friend and a “Hawaii Five-0” producer. He was 56.

“Hawaii Five-0” executive producer Peter M. Lenkov announced his death to The Associated Press and posted numerous condolences to the actor on Instagram, adding, “I am devastated. “Heartbroken” was the caption for a photo of the two.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

KITV 4 in Honolulu was the first to report Taylor’s death on Thursday. Additional data concerning the cause are unknown. Lina Girl Langi, a TV and radio personality, said on the show “Island Life Live” that she broke the news “with a heavy heart,” because Wily was a friend.

Taylor’s longtime friend and partner, Lenkov, uploaded a second post later on Thursday with a video montage of images and clips with him. He commented, “You charmed me into making you a regular on the show and my life.” You were a family member. I’ll miss you every day, brother.”

In an extra statement to the AP, Lenkov said it was difficult to characterize Wily’s “special” qualities and praised the actor’s abilities.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

“Even though a lot of his ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘Magnum’ scenes featured his comedy skills, he was also an incredible dramatic actor,” Lenvok pointed out. “I wrote a script for him a few years ago and hoped to cast him in my next production. I wanted to keep him near, both as a friend and as an artist. I’m devastated that I won’t get the opportunity.

Taylor played Kamekona on “Hawaii Five-0” from 2010 to 2020 and became a fan favorite. He reprised his role in the reboot of “Magnum P.I.” and had a noteworthy performance as a hotel worker in the 2008 comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

Before becoming an actor, Taylor, born Teila Tuli, was a well-known sumo wrestler and UFC 1 competitor. In 1993, he became the first knockout victim in UFC history after opponent Gerard Gordeau’s kick knocked a tooth out of Wily’s mouth, ending the bout in 26 seconds.

Wily is survived by his wife, Halona, and two children.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

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When will Jeff Bezos confront the crisis in his newsroom?

The Washington Post’s owner and Amazon millionaire has yet to take any meaningful action to address concerns at his newspaper, which continues in disarray while explosive reports are published on a daily basis, calling the outlet’s new publisher, Will Lewis, into severe question.

Staffers at The Post are losing patience with Bezos, whose only response to the Lewis disaster so far has been to send a 138-word, single-paragraph memo from his Mediterranean yachting vacation to a few leaders at The Post, assuring them that he wants standards to remain “very high.” That is the root of the problem, according to The Post staff. They, too, want standards to stay “very high” and are concerned that Lewis constitutes an active threat to that common goal.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

More drama occurred Friday when Lewis said that Robert Winnett, whom he had identified as the paper’s incoming editor, would not be coming to manage the Post. This comes after The Post published a 3,000-word front-page exposé this week, revealing that Winnett had previously utilized documents from a self-described “thief” for reporting.

Frustrations and concerns are so severe at the outlet that two of the institution’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have chosen to come out publicly, pushing for a change in leadership, an unprecedented move at the venerable newspaper. David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Post for nearly 50 years, said he doesn’t “know a single person at the Post who thinks the current situation with the publisher and the supposed new editor can stand.” Scott Higham, who has been with The Post for over two decades, concurred and urged for Lewis’ dismissal.

“Will Lewis needs to step down for the good of The Post and the public,” Higham posted on Facebook. “He has lost the newsroom and will never win it back.”

To summarise, Maraniss and Higham express what many in the newsroom believe. In meetings with more than a dozen people inside and close to The Post this week, it became evident that Lewis, in his brief six months on the job, has completely alienated personnel and now confronts insurmountable odds in regaining the employee base he hopes to lead. Whether or not he has strong business ideas is irrelevant. He has lost the respect of his staff. And any successful leader will tell you that without the credibility to lead, it is impossible to accomplish anything, let alone perform a Herculean company revolution.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

Bezos’ spokeswoman did not reply to demands for comment on Thursday. But certainly, the millionaire realizes the grave predicament that has gripped The Post. And it’s hard to imagine he truly feels his brief memo to The Post’s leadership was sufficient to quell the worries that have sparked the extraordinary outrage at the newspaper. In fact, it’s worth noting that Bezos has not expressed support for Lewis recently, providing him options as he assesses the deteriorating situation and decides how to stop the bleeding.

Staff at The Post are eagerly awaiting Bezos’ action. Since Lewis’s fury flared earlier this month, CNN employees have repeatedly warned the outlet that the ongoing turmoil has diverted attention away from the newsroom’s essential job. With a high-stakes election just months away, it is far from ideal to have the attention of one of the country’s leading news organizations diverted by internal strife.

It’s “a massive distraction,” one Postie told me Thursday, adding that The Guardian’s eye-catching story accusing Lewis of allegedly advising then-U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “clean up” his phone amid the so-called “Partygate” controversies is “the talk of the newsroom.” (Both Lewis and Johnson refuted the story.)

“I don’t think the mood will change until something else changes,” the employee explained.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

In Bezos’ absence, reports questioning Lewis’ ethical integrity continue to emerge. According to the Financial Times, Lewis “retains links” to a public relations agency that advises powerful corporate and political figures on negotiating difficult circumstances. While the FT reported that Lewis had sold his ownership part in the company, it also stated that the firm had “continued to distribute regular emails from Lewis,” producing “confusion among people in contact with the agency.”

While the FT’s Thursday story lacked the weight of other news outlets’ recent reports, it did raise new questions about Lewis’ past and entanglements.

Meanwhile, as The Post and other sources, including The New York Times, continue to investigate Lewis’ past, many more concerns will arise. And as the inquiries continue, those at The Post will undoubtedly have one in particular for Bezos: What are your plans for restoring your newspaper’s reputation and status?

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