Star Files Jonathan Groff View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Sienna Miller Eyes B’way ReturnAmerican Sniper star Sienna Miller, currently winning critical acclaim as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, is eyeing a return to Broadway sooner rather than later. According to Showbiz 411, she may come back in spring 2016 in an as yet unidentified project. How perfectly marvelous!Transatlantic Honor BestowedPulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet) and Zinnie Harris (A Doll’s House) are the U.S. and U.K. recipients, respectively, of the second Berwin Lee Playwrights Award. Created to foster and promote the craft of playwriting on both sides of the Pond, the pair will each receive $25,000. Congrats to both!Special Olivier Award AnnouncedSylvie Guillem, one of the world’s most celebrated dancers, will be presented with a Special Award at the 2015 Oliviers on April 12 at London’s Royal Opera House. The gong celebrates Guillem’s many achievements over the course of her 39 year career, over which she has performed all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with companies including The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.Shed Gleek Tears Over Lea Michele & Joanthan GroffBroadway faves Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, Matthew Morrison, (a slightly perplexed) Darren Criss and more Glee stars recently answered the question: “What does Glee mean to me?” Check out their answers, which will (probably) make you tear up, in the ET video below, and then the two-hour March 20 series finale on FOX.
Kelly LoftusPublic Information OfficerVermont Agency ofAgriculture(802) 828-3829www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external) The violations were discovered during routine inspections conducted byinspectors from the Vermont Agency Agriculture’s Food Safety and ConsumerProtection Division. In all the stores assessed a penalty, inspectors found thatprices at the registers were higher than prices advertised on shelves forcertain items. Those discrepancies ranged from 4 percent error to 12 percent.Rite Aid Vermont alone had a range of scanner discrepancies from 4% error to 8%error with over $15,000 in penalties assessed. “Even the slightest inaccuracy in pricing can have enormous cost impactto the consumer. This is especially true during times of economic strain whenfood and transportation budgets are squeezed even further with rising costs,”said Henry Marckres, Chief of the Division of Consumer Protection for theagency. “Our goal is to work cooperatively with Vermont businesses and to takecorrective action when necessary to make sure the problem doesn’t happen againto protect consumers.” You can protect yourself, as well. Keep track of the price of items,especially items marked on sale, as you go through the store. Monitor theseitems as they are rung up at the check out. Also, it’s important to check yourreceipt before you leave the store and notify an employee of any discrepancies.For more information contact the Consumer Protection Division of the VermontAgency of Agriculture at 802-828-2436 or visit www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external). Retailer Penalty Dollar General,Colchester $420.00 GU Markets of VT, S. Burlington $1,235.00 GU Markets of VT, Swanton $3,105.00 Kinney Drugs, Lyndonville $820.00 Kinney Drugs, S. Burlington $1,305.00 Mac’s Market, Essex $3,510.00 Mac’s Market, Essex Junction $200.00 Mac’s Market, Woodstock $1,305.00 Natural Provisions, Williston $970.00 Rite Aid, St. Albans $1,305.00 Rite Aide, Derby $1,605.00 Rite Aid, Lyndonville $4,255.00 Rite Aid, Colchester $1,035.00 Rite Aid, Essex $1,305.00 Rite Aid, Enosburg $1,905.00 Rite Aid, St. Johnsbury $2,070.00 Rite Aid, Randolph $2,140.00 Rite Aid Pharmacy, Burlington $1,035.00 Shelburne Supermarket, Shelburne $890.00 The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food andMarkets recently assessed penalties to numerous retail establishments forviolating Vermont retail pricing laws. The Dollar General Store, Rite Aid ofVermont, Kinney Drugs, and Mac’s Market are among the retail outlets that havebeen assessed penalties ranging from $420.00 to $4,255.00 for overchargingconsumers for items purchased in their stores. This year to date, 134inspections were completed that resulted in no corrective action or assessmentof penalties. “Laser scanner checkout systems fall under the state’s weights andmeasures laws which come under the jurisdiction of the Agency of Agriculture,”commented Mike Duane, assistant attorney general, who serves as the agency’sgeneral counsel. “In most instances the charges are not contested and the storeshave paid the penalties assessed. There was no evidence of any intentional wrongdoing in any of these cases,” Duane said.
Two former USC women’s soccer players were selected on Tuesday in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. Forward Morgan Andrews was selected as the second pick in the second round by the Seattle Reign, while goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme went to the Houston Dash as the sixth pick in the third round.Former USC goalkeeper and NCAA National Champion Sammy Jo Prudhomme was drafted by the Houston Dash in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. Daily Trojan file photo.The draft took place after the Boston Breakers, one of the league’s founding teams, announced that it would cease operations on Sunday. All of the players who were under contract or whose rights were owned by the Breakers were eligible for selection in the draft, along with any members of the team’s Discovery List. Andrews and Prudhomme graduated in 2017 and played integral roles in the Trojans’ championship run in the 2016 NCAA College Cup. The duo were both part of head coach Keidane McAlpine’s early success with building his roster through transfers — Prudhomme left Oregon State after a stellar season with the Beavers in 2013, while Andrews left Notre Dame for the Trojans at the start of the 2015 season.In her two years with the program, Andrews scored 47 goals for the team, including the team’s first ever hat trick in the College Cup in 2016. She went on to become a captain that season, scoring one of the three goals in the 2016 national title game against West Virginia.Andrews was selected by the Breakers with the third overall pick of the 2017 NWSL Draft. A native of Milford, N.H., the selection was a homecoming for Andrews, who grew up dreaming of one day playing for the Boston program. She made 18 appearances for the Breakers. She also made several appearances for the U.S. U-17 and U-20 national teams, notching 2 goals.Now, Andrews heads to the Seattle Reign, a program that has defined itself as one of the most stable in the league in both success and in fan support. The team finished first in the regular season in both 2014 and 2015, and finished fifth overall last season. On her new team, Andrews will join a roster stocked with international superstars such as midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Prudhomme only allowed 27 goals during her two years as a keeper for the Trojans, becoming the core of the “brick wall backline” that defined the defense-first national championship team in 2016. She made 106 saves and only allowed 11 goals in that season’s run to the national title, earning distinction as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.In her solo season with the Breakers, Prudhomme made five appearances in the net. She now heads to the Houston Dash, a team that has struggled historically. In past seasons, the Dash has finished at the bottom of the league almost every year, failing to ever qualify for the playoffs.However, off-season trades and re-signings mean that Prudhomme will have the chance to play behind names such as striker Christen Press and forward Rachel Daly. In goal, she will be jockeying for playing time with Stanford alumni Jane Campbell, an up-and-coming star for the U.S. national team.The dispersal draft consisted of five rounds of nine picks, with teams choosing in an order selected by a weighted draw based on last season’s results. Most teams chose to defer their selection to the fourth round, leaving several younger players off the roster of any team for the foreseeable future.
There is good news on the horizon for fans of Tekken 7 after Twitch and Bandai Namco announced a new tournament series.The two companies have teamed up in an effort to create a series of tournaments for the upcoming Tekken 7 game. The Tekken World Tour will last for a total of six months, feature a $200,000 (£156,140.22) total prize pool and is expected to start on June 16.Image courtesy of Bandai Namco“TEKKEN 7 is the latest chapter from one of BANDAI NAMCO’s marquee fighting game franchises and Twitch is home to the fighting game community; it made perfect sense for us to join forces and produce TEKKEN World Tour, a hard-hitting tournament series for our fans to enjoy,” Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO America also stated.“Our collective goal with the TEKKEN World Tour is to create an unparalleled competitive tournament experience and share the bone-crushing excitement of TEKKEN 7 through Twitch’s social video platform so that TEKKEN fans around the world can enjoy and participate in the action.”The official World Tour website has some dates set in place with many still being TBA. According to the website, the tour’s first destination will be the CEO Fighting Game Championships in Orlando, Floria from June 16-18. The Tour will hit several more US locations like DreamHack Atlanta and the EVO Championship Series in Vegas, in addition to Asian and Middle Eastern places like the Rev Major in Manila and the GCC Majors in Qatar.According to a BusinessWire press release, Twitch Program Manager Richard Thiher had the following to say:“The Fighting Game Community on Twitch features some of our platform’s most vibrant players and fans, with the TEKKEN World Tour created to celebrate their enthusiasm.Image courtesy of Bandai NamcoWe’ve also witnessed how the Fighting Game genre has grown from local tournaments in arcades and living rooms to global attractions filling convention centers and stadiums. TEKKEN has been a major franchise and influence during this evolution. Our partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America for this new tournament series will help keep Fighting Games at the forefront of esports, while building toward a sustainable ecosystem for all of the players, fans, and organizers involved.”Esports Insider says: The fighting game community deserves more attention from the world of esports and this new tournament could help to accomplish just that. With the biggest streaming service, Twitch, partnering up with one of the most popular fighting game developers, Bandai Namco, this World Tour could grab the attention and money of other investors interested in the scene.