Jim Ross Discusses Bobby Heenan’s “Outspoken” Nature In WWE Creative Meetings

During the Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross covered the career of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Throughout the show, Ross mentioned how Heenan and a couple other WWE Hall of Famers pushed to get him hired in 1993. He also said when he first got hired, having the role of replacing Gorilla Monsoon was one of the toughest things to experience because he was replacing one of the greatest announcers of all time.

“Bobby Heenan, Gorilla Monsoon, and Mean Gene [Okerlund] were the three talents that really embraced me coming to WWE in 93′,” Ross said. “They were the vast minority because I was still looked at as the voice of WCW, the enemy. When I had got to WWE in 93′, I had been in the business for 19 years. I wasn’t some new kid on the block.

“I was replacing one of the most beloved characters behind the scenes

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Walton Arts Center gets creative to help local musicians survive pandemic

Unique performance opportunities give musicians a chance to keep playing.

Fayetteville, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Local musicians now have some extra help surviving the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zac Archuleta and his band Arkansauce had a big summer planned.

“We were booked out through this whole year,” he said.

All those shows are now canceled or postponed.

“We were actually two days into an east coast tour when we heard the news about everything shutting down so essentially just long enough to drive out there and drive straight back,” Archuleta said.

Those shows are how bands like Arkansauce make most of their money. So The Walton Arts Center started Hearts to Homes; an online variety show.

“The whole idea was to keep our audience engaged in the arts during this time period when

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Rosas makes another creative front office hire

The Minnesota Timberwolves have made yet another outside-the-box front office hire.

More than 16 months into Gersson Rosas’ tenure, the Minnesota Timberwolves front office continues to get more diverse and unique.

The hiring of 247Sports analyst and scout Josh Gershon is the latest such move by Rosas and his team.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Rosas makes another creative front office hire

Only a few weeks into Rosas’ time as president of basketball operations with the Wolves, he hired Sachin Gupta to be his righthand man. Gupta was the brainchild behind the ESPN Trade Machine, and while he had been in several front offices including Houston, Detroit, and Philadelphia, was seen as a bit of an outside-the-box hire.

Later that same offseason, Rosas hired Robby Sikka to be Vice President of Basketball Performance and Technology. Even though Sikka had a strong background consulting with virtually every pro sports league in the United States,

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UVA Creative Writing program hosts virtual poetry reading by Rick Barot : Augusta Free Press


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The UVA Creative Writing program hosts Rick Barot for a virtual poetry reading on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7-8 p.m.

Barot is the 2020 Rea Visiting Writer in Poetry and UVA and the author of the poetry collections The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, Want (2008), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, Chord (2015), and The Galleons (2020).

His poems and essays have appeared in the New Republic, Poetry magazine, the Kenyon Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and others.

Barot lives in Tacoma, Wash., where he

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Madison libraries get creative to help voter registration

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The City of Madison wants to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday by getting as many people as possible registered to vote all week.

With less than two months to Election Day, the city is partnering with public libraries to bring voter registration to everyone who needs it.

“Typically, when our libraries are open, we’re having those events inside our libraries,” said Tana Elias, Madison Public Library marketing manager. However, Elias added, “A lot of the usual resources are closed, or people don’t know if they’re closed or open.”

Usually, people can register to vote at any Madison library, but with libraries open by appointment only, staff got creative to help people cast a ballot—using the Dream Bus.

“We thought, let’s bring the service to them,” Elias explained.

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Musician Appears in GES-Approved Creative Arts textbook

– Shatta Wale has been featured in the Creative Arts textbook approved by the Ghana Education Service (GES)

-He occupies lesson 4 of the textbook which has a short biography of him

– At the end of the lesson, the pupils are encouraged to sing and dance to one of Shatta Wale’s songs

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Ghanaian superstar Shatta Wale has appeared in the Creative Arts textbook approved by the GES and published by Alpha and Omega series for Primary 4 pupils.

He has been featured in lesson four of the textbook which describes him in a short biography.

The page talks about his date of birth, his most popular song as Dancehall King, through which he became famous.

Shatta Wale featured in GES approved Creative Arts textbook

Lesson four of the Creative Arts textbook featuring Shatta Wale. Photo credit: Supplied

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Villagers get creative to preserve letterbox legacy

a man standing in a garden: Idris Mohammad with another entry, a helicopter-shaped letterbox. -- Pix: Bernama

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Idris Mohammad with another entry, a helicopter-shaped letterbox. — Pix: Bernama

BATU PAHAT: In the good old days, the petite, red-coloured, square letterbox was an important component in every household, but its importance diminished over time as we began adopting digital technologies in our lives.

However, residents of Kampung Belahan Tampok in Rengit here have found a novel way to preserve its legacy by organising a competition to design the most creative letterbox.

Mohd Azrai Ahmad, who initiated the competition in 2013, said the contestants were given time from September to the middle of December to complete their creations.

From around 200 entries received each year, only 30 best letterboxes were selected for the next round before the final judging by a group of postmen and members of the Kumpulan Penduduk Kampung Belahan Tampok Facebook group.

“I never thought that the villagers would be

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No WiFi at home? One Virginia school district has a creative solution for students

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Most kids in coastal Virginia will start their school year from home, meaning internet access is critical for classroom participation. That access, though, is out of the realm of possibility for some families in rural areas, a challenge that school districts began struggling with long before the pandemic forced learning online. 

Suffolk Public Schools Director of Technology John Littlefield says he doesn’t have an exact count of the number of students who live in unserviceable areas, since some access the internet by traveling away from home, but estimates it is between 100 and 250 students. 

“I think everybody should be connected,” Littlefield said. “We should do our best to provide that resource to every student in SPS.” 

To that end, SPS distributed more than a thousand hot spots to help students who don’t have internet at home.  

Although service provider maps show that the cellular devices

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Women of the Year: Ginger Ewing strives to keep Spokane’s creative energy alive and vibrant

For Ginger Ewing, art is not only expression – it’s about creating a sense of place, sparking conversation and connecting the community.

Ewing is the executive director and co-founder of Terrain, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant arts community through events and programs.

Ewing founded Window Dressing in 2014, Terrain’s storefront gallery program that fills vacant spaces with art installations. She also serves as a commissioner for Spokane Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission.

Earlier this summer, Ewing collaborated with two local digital design agencies, 14Four and Seven2, and recruited 16 artists of color to create a Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Spokane. Each artist painted a block letter in the mural that shares their voices and stories.

“I would love for Terrain to do more of that. It’s just such an important way to start conversations and to start hard conversations,” Ewing said. “I think that

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Brad Pitt, Eddie Murphy Among Nominees; Creative Arts Emmy Awards

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA — The five-day Creative Arts Emmy Awards will conclude Saturday with what the Television Academy describes as a virtual ceremony where “an eclectic mix of awards across all genres” will be presented, including in four guest acting categories.

Nominees in the guest acting categories include Brad Pitt, Eddie Murphy, Bette Midler and the late Fred Willard.

Emmys for outstanding unstructured reality program and made-for-television movie are also among the 30 that will be presented.

Pitt is nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy for his portrayal of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci in the cold open to the April 25 “Saturday Night Live at Home” episode.

The Emmy nomination is Pitt’s second as a performer. He was also nominated in the category in 2002 for an appearance on “Friends.” Pitt has two nominations as a producer.

Murphy is nominated for

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