ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
78°
Few Clouds
H 93° L 70°
  • cloudy-day
    78°
    Current Conditions
    Few Clouds. H 93° L 70°
  • clear-day
    88°
    Afternoon
    Sunny. H 93° L 70°
  • clear-day
    87°
    Evening
    Mostly Sunny. H 93° L 70°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb news on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb traffic on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb weather on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Entertainment

    We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that. The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.” 'All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable,' the band said in a statement. >> Read more trending news  KISS hasn’t yet announced dates for this final run, but will update fans in the next few weeks on www.kissonline.com.  In 2000-01, KISS embarked on “The Farewell Tour,” which, in fairness, turned out to be the final tour with the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. But the band returned in 2003 for a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith and has remained steady road warriors. The band’s current members are Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Read more here.
  • A suburban New York judge has dismissed charges against Liev Schreiber for allegedly attacking a local photographer while the actor was filming the popular Showtime series 'Ray Donovan.' The 50-year-old has been hit with a harassment violation after photographer Sherwood Martinelli claimed Schreiber damaged his camera when he tried to photograph him on June 7. The Journal News reports that a Nyack (NEYE'-ak) village judge on Wednesday dismissed the charges. At an earlier court appearance, Schreiber said he 'never touched' the photographer and he that was just very angry. Martinelli said Wednesday he is 'greatly disappointed' in the judge's decision. ___ Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com
  • Donald Trump Jr.'s attack tweet this week showing CNN's Anderson Cooper waist-deep in flood waters has driven home the point that politics — not just weather — was an important subtext of the media's coverage of Hurricane Florence. 'Stop lying to make @realDonaldTrump look bad,' the president's son admonished Cooper, triggering a harsh response from the CNN journalist, who was part of his network's team covering Florence's landfall in North Carolina. 'I didn't see him down in North Carolina in the last few days helping out, lending a hand, but I'm sure he was busy doing something important besides just tweeting lies,' Cooper said on his show Monday. Ever since President George W. Bush's administration was crippled by its response to Hurricane Katrina, politicians and news organizations have been acutely aware of the stakes raised by big storms. Some Republicans never forgave former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for being photographed with President Barack Obama after Sandy struck just before the 2012 election. 'A storm and responding to it the right way can make or break a political career,' said Gary Lackmann, a professor of atmospheric science at North Carolina State University. Florence formed in the Atlantic just as President Donald Trump's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico returned to the news with a revised estimate that nearly 3,000 people died in that storm and its aftermath. Since Trump vigorously disputed the report, calling his administration's response 'an incredible, unsung success,' it led some media figures to question whether he would be responsive to Florence. Three days before Florence struck, the Washington Post editorialized that Trump was complicit in damage caused by extreme weather. 'He plays down humans' role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks,' the newspaper said. That drew a predictably fierce response from the president's defenders. 'The left will not skip any single moment to condemn this president,' said Pete Hegseth on the Fox Business Network. 'In this case, it's a hurricane.' When a news organization infuses hurricane coverage with political infighting, it sends a message to people in the path of a dangerous storm that its reporters don't necessarily care about them, said Gabriel Williams, a professor of atmospheric physics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. 'It's unnecessary,' Williams said. 'It defeats the purpose. It distracts from what you actually want to happen, which is to get people prepared for the storm.' With a hurricane bearing down, 'politicos think 'this is going to be the dominant story this week. How can we get our spin into this?'' said Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center. A natural disaster 'should be a time when we should all be Americans,' and put such differences aside, he said. Still, the conservative media watchdog that Graham works for was not above getting its own licks in, criticizing Sunday morning network hosts, who it said 'harangued' federal disaster relief officials with questions about Trump's response to Hurricane Maria. It also attacked MSNBC's Katy Tur for introducing the issue of climate change to Florence coverage. And it reposted an infamous decade-old video of an NBC News reporter covering a hurricane from a rowboat, as a wider view captured men nearby sloshing through water that barely topped their ankles. The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel similarly became a meme victim during Florence for video that depicted him struggling to stay vertical in the storm's winds, while men walked behind him seemingly unbothered; his network said Seidel had a hard time keeping his footing because he was on wet grass. For the people who spread the videos, the idea is to undermine reporters covering the story, to depict them as people more interested in seeking attention than in keeping viewers informed about what's going on. That was the thinking behind Trump Jr.'s tweet of the Cooper photo. It showed him in water much deeper than his own camera technician, who stood a few feet away in water that didn't reach his knees. On Monday, Cooper said the picture wasn't even from his Florence coverage, but rather from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Texas in 2008. He said he was trying to stay off a road where the water was shallower to not get in people's way, and to convey that there was still a lot of deep water creating dangerous situations. Climate change and its impact on hurricanes is a third-rail topic for media covering the storms. Many conservatives get mad when it's brought up at all, while liberals believe it is not discussed enough. In the days before Florence struck, four scientists posted a study they said illustrated how forecasts of the storm's intensity were worse than what a similarly situated hurricane would have been in the days before climate change. It got some media attention, but apparently none among the cable news networks that spent several days in near-constant coverage of Florence's approach, said Kevin Reed, a professor at Stony Brook University in New York and one of the authors. He said it's important to discuss the impact of climate change during extreme weather events because that's when the public is focused on it. But North Carolina State's Lackmann said that releasing such information before the storm makes landfall is 'pushing it.' It's better to wait until after the storm when data could be closely studied, particularly since Florence's wind intensity dropped off from what was predicted, said Lackmann, noting that early indications show that hurricanes may be less frequent in a time of climate change but the strong storms are even stronger. While the storm is bearing down, climate change is 'not the most important thing people should be thinking about,' Williams said.
  • Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Mitchell died Wednesday at a New York City hospital according to his niece, Juli Mills-Ross. She said the death came after renal failure led to heart failure. Born in Harlem, Mitchell started dancing with the New York City Ballet in 1955 under famed choreographer George Balanchine. Balanchine put him in several leading roles, including one pairing him with a white female dancer in 'Agon' in 1957. In a January interview with The New York Times, Mitchell recalled the daring of that choice. 'Can you imagine the audacity to take an African-American and Diana Adams, the essence and purity of Caucasian dance, and to put them together on the stage?' he said. In 1968, impacted by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Mitchell started a dance school that grew the next year to include the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Anna Glass, the executive director of the Dance Theater, told The Associated Press that Mitchell 'truly was a visionary.' 'He believed in a world where all people could have access to this beautiful art form,' she said. 'He really sought to ensure that all people saw themselves in' ballet. Among those recognizing his impact following his death was Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. In a post on Instagram, she wrote, 'You gave me so much, through our conversations, your dancing and by simply existing as a brown body in ballet. But you were so much more than a brown body. You're an icon and hero.' Choreographer and television producer Debbie Allen tweeted, 'The world has lost another visionary' with Mitchell's death. 'Arthur Mitchell claimed ballet as an American art form,' she said. 'His legacy lives through all of us.' Mitchell was born in 1934, and grew up with four siblings. He started formal dance training in high school, and upon graduating, took the offer of a ballet scholarship with the School of American Ballet, founded by Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. His dancing years also included choreographing his own works, performing on Broadway, and working with dance companies in other countries. The Dance Theatre of Harlem performed internationally and has been artistically acclaimed even as it went through some periods of financial upheaval. He stepped down as director almost a decade ago. Glass said Mitchell had most recently spent time at the company last month, during a two-week residency in which he restaged one of his older ballets to be performed next April as the company marks its 50th anniversary. 'This was a moment that all of us were looking forward to,' Glass said. 'I know we will miss him tremendously.
  • Black Panther' director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James and the 'Space Jam 2' team. James' production company SpringHill Entertainment tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.' animated characters. 'Random Acts of Flyness' creator Terence Nance will direct James, and Bugs Bunny, in the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter which first reported the news, production is tentatively slated to being in 2019 during the NBA off season. ___ This story correct spelling of Coogler's name in the second paragraph.
  • A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford threw out the lawsuit Monday, saying many of the claims were frivolous or filed after the statute of limitations expired. Stamford-based WWE denied the lawsuit's allegations. Bryant also criticized the wrestlers' lawyer, Konstantine Kyros, based in Hingham, Massachusetts, for repeatedly failing to comply with court rules and orders and ordered him to pay WWE's legal fees, which could total hundreds of thousands of dollars. Kyros strongly disagreed with Bryant's ruling and vowed to appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. He said the allegations were not frivolous and Bryant was wrong about the claims being filed too late, because many wrestlers' ailments — including dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — were diagnosed years after they left the ring or after they died. 'I stand for professional wrestlers who face the prospect of losing their identity and consciousness to the effects of a latent occupational disease that robs them of their sanity, comfort of their families and memories of everything they achieved entertaining the millions of people who love them,' Kyros wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Among the plaintiffs were Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Joseph 'Road Warrior Animal' Laurinaitis, Paul 'Mr. Wonderful' Orndorff, Chris 'King Kong Bundy' Pallies and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr. Fuji. Snuka and Fujiwara died in 2017 and 2016, respectively, and were diagnosed with CTE after their deaths, Kyros said. Other plaintiffs have dementia and other illnesses. The lawsuit, which also named WWE chairman Vince McMahon as a defendant, said the organization knew the risks of head injuries but didn't warn the wrestlers. Bryant, however, said there was no evidence that WWE knew that concussions or head blows during wrestling matches caused CTE. Unlike other sports including football and hockey where players have suffered similar injuries, WWE matches involve specific moves scripted and choreographed by the WWE — thus making the company directly responsible for wrestlers' injuries, the lawsuit said. The National Football League and National Hockey League were also sued by former players who suffered concussions and other head injuries. The NFL settled for $1 billion, while the suit against the NHL is pending.
  • A federal judge has thrown out part of a lawsuit Ashley Judd filed against Harvey Weinstein that alleges he deliberately derailed her career when she turned him down sexually. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez on Wednesday dismissed the sexual harassment allegation in the lawsuit, ruling that the California law Judd was suing under does not apply to the professional relationship she and the movie mogul had at the time. Gutierrez gave Judd a month to amend and attempt to revive that section of the lawsuit, which her lawyer Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. says they intend to do. The judge kept alive Judd's defamation claim against Weinstein, which alleges he falsely called her a 'nightmare' to work with. Weinstein's attorney Phyllis Kupferstein didn't immediately reply to an email seeking comment. ___ This story corrects the spelling of Judge Philip S. Gutierrez's first name.
  • Days before sentencing, Bill Cosby's trial judge denied a defense motion to step down from the sex assault case because of what Cosby's team called a long-ago grudge with a pretrial witness. Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill has seen the case through two trials, hard-fought pretrial hearings and 15 defense lawyers since Cosby's arrest on Dec. 30, 2015. Cosby's two-day sentencing hearing is set to start Monday. A jury this spring convicted him of drugging and molesting a woman friend at his home in 2004. The actor, now 81 and legally blind, faces a guideline sentence of about one to four years, but O'Neill can choose anything from probation to a 30-year prison term. Camille Cosby filed a state ethics complaint this week accusing O'Neill of bias against her husband because of what she called his feud with a former prosecutor who testified in an early 2016 pretrial hearing. O'Neill had competed against the witness, Bruce Castor, for a political post years ago. 'The fact that this court sought a party nomination for the office of District Attorney nearly 20 years ago is a fact of public record that could easily be uncovered in the exercise of due diligence by no less than 15 attorneys (and their private investigators),' O'Neill wrote in an opinion issued Wednesday, noting that Castor has litigated cases in his court for years. 'No 'grudge,' animus, bias or prejudice can be claimed because it simply does not exist,' the judge wrote. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele opposed the defense motion.
  • The editor of The New York Review of Books has abruptly left his post following an outcry when the magazine published an essay by a former radio host accused of sexual misconduct that many deemed self-serving. Ian Buruma, who was appointed to lead the magazine last year, is 'no longer the editor,' according to Nicholas During, a publicist for The New York Review of Books. It was unclear if Buruma was fired or resigned. The magazine came under fire last week for publishing 'Reflections From a Hashtag,' an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, who has been accused of sexual assault and punching and choking women without their consent. Critics say the 3,400-word essay had inaccuracies, minimized Ghomeshi's actions and was an egotistical attempt to rehabilitate himself. Farrah Khan of Ryerson University wondered why the magazine gave Ghomeshi such a platform while many people affected by sexual violence are not. Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. He also apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn. Buruma later defended publishing the essay in an interview with Slate, saying he was 'no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation' and that the specifics of Ghomeshi's past misconduct were not his 'concern.' Buruma contributed to the Review for more than 30 years. His books include 'Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War' and 'Year Zero: A History of 1945.' Buruma also taught at Bard College. ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits
  • Milan Fashion Week launched Wednesday on a note of optimism with news that sales have reached pre-crisis levels. The Italian Fashion Chamber says sales are expected to reach 90 billion euros ($105 billion) this year, matching levels of a decade ago, with exports driving growth of 3 percent. More numbers: The September spring-summer womenswear previews are the highlight of the Milan fashion calendar, and the fashion chamber boasts that the 60 runway shows, 80 presentations and 44 collateral events this time around make it the biggest in the world. Highlights from Wednesday's shows, including Jil Sander, Arthur Arbesser, Moncler and Annakiki. ___ SEEKING SUSTAINABILITY AT ARTHUR ARBESSER Milan-based Austrian designer Arthur Arbesser takes eco-sustainability seriously in fashion and life. Italian ceramics inspire the swirling patterns and textures on garments, like a pleated skirt with a swirling pattern worn beneath a masculine check jacket belted at the side. For Arbesser, the world of ceramics represents 'rawness and a certain glamour. It is also the process of ceramic, to go from something basic like clay and turn it into something beautiful, like a shiny sculpture.' So he combined basic, raw textiles, like an unfinished linen, with more showy sequins arranged in a print. He said he wanted to give a signal about the importance of sustainability in fashion by incorporating organic textiles — while also conceding how difficult it is in this era to remain sustainable. 'I tried this summer to live without plastic,' Arbesser said. But he had to give in to plastic water bottles while traveling for work with collaborators in Tuscany in the 40 degree Celsius (104F) heat. 'It is not easy.' ____ JIL SANDER'S MANTLE Lucie and Luke Meier have taken up the Jil Sander mantle, literally and figuratively. The designers presenting their third womenswear collection for the fashion house have shown their mastery of the Sander minimalist aesthetic but have developed the confidence to imbue it with some nostalgia. Hitting the target: A long crocheted white dress with slits for arms like a yesteryear mantle, over a sheer white skirt. There was no inspiration beyond the simple line. The looks were clean, bearing the codes of uniforms with tunics, trousers and big shirts, but with feminine touches, like pleats, layered body-hugging knitwear and crocheted pieces that portrayed both power and delicacy. On shirts and dresses, the designers created oversized, arched cuffs that gave an architectural whimsy to the looks. Denim was set off by trailing sheers. Fringe gave weight and movement to a light skirt. The colors were basic, whites, gray, blue, browns and sage. Extreme platforms finished the looks, or flat booties with slightly gathered toes. Handbags were practical square purses or oversized shoppers, held impractically sideways. ____ ANNAKIKI'S FASHION GLITCH Chinese designer Anna Yang's Annakiki's collection popped with youthful energy. The young designer founded her brand in 2012 and was showing in Milan for the fourth time, drawing a dedicated crowd to the temporary exhibition space La Permanente. Yang has her finger on the youth pulse. Her looks were fun with a hint of rebellion. In her notes, she said her style was the result of a 'fashion glitch' giving way to innovation. An off-shoulder pink dress with a shiny finish suggests party. She employed blurred prints with her name to great effect, including a shirt-brief combo in black and white enhanced by a big green ruffle, which could have been a skirt but instead was worn across the shoulders. A pink anorak appeared to be covered with candy dots. Yang plays with luxury, employing PVC as a liquidy textile on puffy-sleeved blousons worn with pleated skirts. And she has tapped into the younger generation's love of streetwear, with athletic trousers worn with a cropped jacket, or knit briefs and bra top under a silvery overcoat. The color palette of bright pinks and greens, contrasting with black and neutrals, including denim, but never plain, decorated with beads. ___ N.21 PARTY GIRL Alessandro Dell'Acqua's party girl looks for N.21 are black, essential and elegant. And then the palette changes to camel, coral, pink and greens — emerald and lime. But the constant throughout the collection: dresses. She may start off with a straight dress. But then she dresses it up with a beaded dress of repeating triangles. Or a feathery overlay that give the looks movement. Or a glimmering rhinestone accent piece. Silhouettes were disciplined and tailored, from pencil skirts, to pretty cocktail dresses with long ribbons flowing like streamers from the back, to fuller dresses with big ruffle hems and modern racing backs. Dell'Acqua said this season marked a purposeful turn away from streetwear that has dominated runways in recent seasons. 'I wanted to return to real dresses, because it is also our duty to provide an education in creativity,' he said.