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Thousands expected to attend funeral for El Paso shooting victim

first_imgdragana991/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — Antonio Basco will say goodbye Friday to his wife, who was killed in the El Paso, Texas shooting, but he will not be alone.Nearly two weeks after Margie Reckard, Basco’s wife of 22 years, was killed in the massacre, thousands will join the grief-stricken widower at her funeral to say goodbye.He welcomed strangers to attend the service because he had no family nearby.Reckard was an employee of the Walmart where she and 21 others were killed and more than two dozen were injured when a gunman opened fire on Aug. 3.The response to Basco’s invitation was so overwhelming that the funeral staff relocated the service to a bigger venue in El Paso, Texas.“The outpouring and amazing response from all over, not just our city, but the country is gonna be more than the capacity of the venue that we have,” Harrison Johnson, director of the Perches Funeral Homes, told ABC News on Friday.“I’m sure it’s gonna be thousands,” he added.The service was originally scheduled to be held in a chapel that seats 250 people, but Perches had “more than 250 calls” from well-wishers all over the country so they were moved to La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center, a facility owned by Perches.La Paz seats 500 people.“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years and I’ve never seen this … for, I guess so to speak, a non-high profile person,” Johnson said. “I’ve never experienced such an outpouring of love and support and caring for what you would say is pretty much just an ordinary citizen, you know a loving person.”Since Perches posted on Facebook that Basco “welcomes anyone to attend his wife’s service” because he had no nearby family, people from as far away as California have expressed interest in attending Reckard’s funeral, Johnson said.He said Basco has been “overwhelmed” by the response. After speaking with Basco Friday morning, Johnson said he seemed to be “doing well.”Basco could not immediately be reached.Reckard’s two sons and her daughter arrived in El Paso Thursday to attend their mother’s funeral, Johnson added.The FBI El Paso Division and its Victim Service Specialists will be in attendance at Reckard’s funeral Friday.“As part of this community, we won’t let anyone so severely hurt by this tragedy go through this alone,” the department tweeted Thursday. “Mr. Basco, we stand with you.”Services for Reckard will begin at 6 p.m. local time. She will be buried Saturday morning. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Watch Brendan Bayliss Stunning Solo Piano Rendition Of Umphrey’s McGee’s “Push & Pull”

first_imgThis year has been huge for Umphrey’s McGee. The band released their highly anticipated new album, it’s not us, in January, cleverly surprising fans with a thank-you follow-up record this summer, it’s you. After an explosive three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the band has been proving that they’re more dialed in as ever as they continue with their summer tour plans.Today, Umphrey’s Mcgee has released a special video, treating fans to a stripped-down, intimate version of “Push & Pull”, off it’s you. Featuring Brendan Bayliss solo and stationed behind a baby grand piano, the song takes on dramatic new heights. Bayliss’ vocals are impeccable during the rendition, while the simple piano additions make this version of “Push & Pull” all the more emotive.Written and performed by Brendan Bayliss, this new music video was filmed and edited by C.J. Strehlow, recorded and mixed by Shane Hendrickson, and produced by Kevin Browning. You can watch this stunning solo piano rendition of it’s you‘s “Push & Pull” below.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: This Is Us Star Chrissy Metz Set for Fat Pig Reading & More

first_imgChrissy Metz(Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Chrissy Metz Tapped for Fat Pig Benefit ReadingChrissy Metz, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her breakout performance in This Is Us, will headline a benefit reading of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig for MCC Theater. The one-night-only event, which will feature a new ending from the playwright, is set for March 5 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. MCC presented the world premiere of the play, about a young professional and a plus-sized librarian navigating their relationship amidst ostracization from their friends, in 2004.More Details for Supergirl / The Flash Musical EpisodesMark your calendars for singing superheroes. The previously announced two-part musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash will premiere on March 20 and 21, respectively. The two series from The CW feature several musical theater and screen favorites who have been confirmed to lend their pipes, including its stars Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin (both Glee alums), Jeremy Jordan, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, Carlos Valdes and John Barrowman.Idina Menzel Still Wants to Be GreenBlazing supernova Idina Menzel and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom stopped by the Watch What Happens Live Clubhouse on January 19 to chat with Andy Cohen. Conversation topics included the upcoming Beaches remake, stalking exes online and in coffee shops, and who Idina Menzel would cast as Elphaba in the Wicked movie. When Kristin Chenoweth stopped by in October, she said she’d love to see Beth Behrs take on the role of Glinda. But Menzel’s not ready to give up the green yet, (probably) joking that despite being told she’s too old, she’s still actively campaigning to defy gravity on the big screen. Watch her throw her own name in below.center_img Pinocchio Musical Set for U.K. PremiereHe’s got no strings holding him down. A stage adaptation of Pinocchio, featuring songs from the Disney animated film, is slated to hit the National Theatre stage this holiday season. The show, to be helmed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany, was first announced in 2015; at the time, the Disney Theatrical and National Theatre collaboration was eyeing a premiere around Christmas 2016. The Daily Mail now reports that Dennis Kelly, who won a Tony for writing the book of Matilda, has been brought on to pen the script, taking over for Once scribe Enda Walsh. An official announcement regarding the National Theatre’s 2017 programming is set for January 27.Complete Cast Set for London’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?In more London news, the cast is now complete for the West End revival of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?. Joining the previously announced Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo will be Jason Hughes (BBC’s This Life) as Ross and newcomer Archie Madekwe as Billy. The Ian Rickson-helmed production will run from March 24 through June 24 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Opening night is set for April 5.last_img read more

As worries over deadly virus rise, gasoline prices fall

first_imgDES MOINES — There’s an apparent upside to all the fears about coronavirus, as it’s bringing a drop in gasoline prices in Iowa and across the U.S.With tens of millions of people quarantined in China, fuel consumption has dropped dramatically there, sending demand falling on world markets. Rose White, at AAA Iowa, says crude oil prices have dropped $9 a barrel in the past two weeks.“With that, we’ve seen prices tumble across the nation and in Iowa,” White says. “In fact, just over the weekend, price dropped another five-cents a gallon with unleaded averaging $2.27 across the state.”China is one of the world’s top petroleum users, so with much of that nation grinding to a halt, global demand for gas has dropped significantly.“U.S. stock levels are high right now, up about 1.4-million barrels above what we had seen just a year ago,” White says. “Typically at this time of year, we do see prices fluctuate a bit as refineries shut down operations for those mandatory inspections.”White says it’s entirely possible we’ll see prices continue to trend lower in Iowa.“I think it’s going to last a long time because I don’t know if we’ve seen the full impact yet of the coronavirus,” White says. “Certainly, OPEC is very concerned about the situation to the point that they are debating whether or not they should curb production an additional one-million barrels per day.”Crude oil futures this morning were trading at just under $46 a barrel. Iowa’s current average of $2.43 a gallon is 16-cents below the national average. Iowa’s cheapest gas is in the Quad Cities at $2.21 a gallon while Iowa City has the most expensive gas at $2.38.last_img read more

‘Overtime:’ Michael Jackson was and still is ‘The King of Pop!’

first_imgIn this May 31, 1997 file photo, U.S. Popstar Michael Jackson performs during the opening concert of his “HIStory Tour Part II” across Germany and Europe at the Weserstadion in Bremen, North Germany. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, file):10 ~    Ok, so you do know Michael . . . “The King of Pop” Jackson is dead . . . right? So I guess you also know he, well kinda he, has the #1 song in the land, but somehow you can’t understand why he was and still is “The King”! Even you haters gotta love that!:09 ~    And while I have you haters’ attention, let me put you on Front Street. If you’re over        “50”, don’t act like you didn’t do the robot to “Dancin Machine”. Don’t pretend like you         didn’t want to know who “Billie Jean” was, and for goodness sake, don’t even think about trying to tell me you didn’t sing “I Want You Back” after your girl walked out on you for      the fifth time. Yeah, you cried over “Ben” the rat . . . we all did. You marveled at the  dance routine of “Smooth Criminal”. You thought “Remember the Time” was super cool.  You ran to the dance floor the first moment you heard “You Rock My World”. And if  you open your mouth to try and convince me that you have never done the entire       “Thriller” dance at a wedding reception at least five times, I’ll smack all the taste out your    mouth! (Go ahead, put the C.D. in . . . nobody’s watching).Bill Neal:08 ~    So this bears repeating. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol, a cigarette, or a drug in my life. Anybody that really knows me will confirm that. Now, that being said, that moral value   statement and five bucks will get you a Big Mac meal. Point being, I am no saint and I  am not looking for a pat on the back. So yes, Bell and Blunt (get it “Blunt”?) should be      held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the Mike Tomlin and Rooney family and NFL law. But if you want to believe that with all the people and cars and trucks and fumes on McKnight Road that the police officer pulled them over because he smelled weed and not because they were “driving while Black” wwweeelll, have I got  a bridge to sell you. C’mon man!:07 ~    See, it’s like I told you before. Right now you give less than a damn about soccer.:06 ~    You could write a book on Alvin Byrd, literally. But let me say this. Nicest guy in the  world. mooth as silk . . . all the time. A leader – trend setter – talented – highly  intelligent man – and as you all know, wrote the book on G.Q. Rest in Peace “Byrd”.  You were, in fact, The Man!:05 ~    I don’t know what you’re getting all upset about. The Pirates have “35” more games to play. Watch what happens when everybody gets healthy. As my good Brother Jerome   Flint would say, “Don’t worry. Don’t worry”.:04 ~    Yes boys and girls, “The Steelers have problems and they are many.” Quote the emperor   Chuck Noll.:03 ~    By the time you read this, Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cav. Then I guess he and King James are going to cure cancer and save the world from destruction. Cleveland . . .   Miami . . . Cleveland. I just don’t like LeBron. Sorry Zik!:02 ~    Football season is here. No more lonely days. No more lonely nights. And you won’t  say it out loud, but now you don’t care what your women say or do till February.:01 ~    So you know how when you pass by the Giant Eagle in East Hills and you’re going down   Verona Road past the Dairy Queen, then you go a little further, well, right next to Bonus Tire is “The Lounge on Verona”. Well, that’s where the Par-tay is on Saturday,  August 30th – 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. – free parking – cash kitchen and the best fried  chicken in town – cash bar – 50/50 and The Legend Sly Jock breaking you down. We’re   gonna be Dancin . . . Eatin . . . and Drinking with or without you. ($10 to get in . . . the    good times are free!!!)last_img read more