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‘Music can go places words cannot:’ Mobile Symphony takes the stage

Working through a measure of George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings,” conductor Scott Speck cautions members of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra to think about the cues they take from one another: “You have to watch as much as listen, with this distance,” he says.

It is the evening of Friday, Oct. 16. The streets and sidewalks outside the Mobile Saenger Theatre bustle with the traffic of downtown’s monthly art walk: People enjoy meals and drinks at outdoor tables, browse the arts and crafts offered by vendors, drift in and out of galleries, enjoy music in the street. It is a crisp fall evening, and this is the first time since the onset of COVID-19 that art walk has had it’s full pre-COVID vibrancy.

On the stage of the Saenger, where the symphony is preparing for its first performance since March, things do not look normal at all. In the months of

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  • October 19, 2020

‘We Don’t Endorse Those Words’

Tucker Carlson on Monday night shared his thoughts on the resignation of Blake Neff, his Fox News program’s top writer, who was revealed to have penned racist and sexist messages using a pseudonym.

“What Blake wrote anonymously was wrong,” Carlson said towards the end of the hour on Monday. “We don’t endorse those words. They have no connection to the show.” He acknowledged that Blake “fell short” of the standards of human decency, “and he has paid a heavy price for that.”

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Carlson then directed his ire to the “ghouls now beating their chest in triumph.” To those celebrating Neff’s exit, Carlson said, “righteousness also has its costs. When we pose as blameless in order to hurt other people, we are committing the gravest sin of all.”

He then announced that he will be going on a pre-planned vacation. Watch the embattled anchor’s full address below:


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