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Barbara Smith Conrad, singer who overcame discrimination in celebrated operatic career, dies at 79

Barbara Smith Conrad, an acclaimed mezzo soprano who died May 22 at 79, sang on the most illustrious stages of the world, from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to the Vienna State Opera. But it was the stage upon which she did not perform — as a 19-year-old student at the University of Texas at Aus
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For ‘The Beguiled,’ Coppola turns again to Dunst and Fanning

CANNES, France — “Sorry, we just really girled-out on you,” Kirsten Dunst says with Sofia Coppola and Elle Fanning by her side.Dunst is apologizing for a tangent in conversation about the annoyances of period-accurate, braided hair. But she could just as well be talking, with comic understatem
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TV highlights: ‘Red Nose Day’ takes over NBC

(All times Eastern). American Ninja Warrior (NBC at 8) Celebrities including Erika Christensen, Derek Hough and Mena Suvari tackle a demanding obstacle course in the name of charity in a special Red Nose Day edition of the competition show. Running Wild With Bear Grylls (NBC at 9) Julia Ro
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Depression-era outlaws come shooting back to life in Stephen Hunter’s latest thriller

“Man, I bet that bad boy has a story to tell,” a man says after a demolition crew finds a pristine .45 automatic under an old house.Indeed, that .45 has a mean story to tell, as do other guns, guns and more guns in Stephen Hunter’s ambling saga, “G-Man.”Hunter follows the story behind the
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Two feminist plays ponder modern lives

One play borrows from the Theater of the Absurd. The other opts for naturalism — except that its characters include mermaids. Two mettlesome productions from feminist-leaning companies are pondering hard realities in the lives of modern women. The plays take drastically different approaches, but e
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How the Midwest went from the idealized to derided

Last week I was reading The Washington Post’s obituary of conservative power broker Roger Ailes and paused at this sentence about the disgraced head of Fox News: “He told a biographer that his dream for America was that it be allowed to return to its best self, which he put in the Midwest in abo
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From fame to shame: Playmate to do time scrubbing graffiti

LOS ANGELES — Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.The firestorm of criticism that erupted after the Playboy model post
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The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed ‘sophistication’

MANCHESTER, England — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night raised the nation’s threat level and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events, saying another attack “may be imminent” following a bombing Monday night that left 22 people dead.
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Father and brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya

CAIRO — The father and younger brother of the suspect in the Manchester concert bombing have been detained in Libya, where anti-terror authorities said the brother confessed to knowing “all the details” of the deadly plot.Hashim Abedi, the 18-year-old brother of alleged British-born bomber Sal
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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 trailer has arrived and ‘the great war is here’

The Season 7 “Game of Thrones” trailer is here and you know what that means: Fans are losing their minds. Not that the teaser tells us anything we don’t already know. Here are some of the highlights, most of which could have appeared in any of the season’s trailers:The whole thing ends with
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