Sam Smith announces 2018 tour, new album release

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

Singer Sam Smith performs with Guy Lawrence  of Disclosure during the Disclosure show on day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Singer Sam Smith performs with Guy Lawrence of Disclosure during the Disclosure show on day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)(Kevin Winter)

It’s a major return for Sam Smith in 2018.

The Grammy magnet will release “The Thrill of It All,” his much-anticipated follow-up to his 2014 breakthrough, “In the Lonely Hour,” on Nov. 3.

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In June 2018, he’ll launch a tour to support the album, kicking off in Toronto and wrapping up in Calgary, Alberta, on Sept. 13.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at www.axs.com. A 24-hour pre-sale for fans will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at http://samsmithworld.com. Each ticket purchased online will include a copy of the new album. Tickets are $35-$125.

Smith’s new album is available for pre-order now at http://samsmith.world/TTOIAUSThose who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the song “Pray,” plus the first single, “Too Good at Goodbyes.”

The “Stay with Me” singer will perform on “Saturday Night Live” Oct. 7.

The Thrill Of It All Tour – 2018 U.S. Tour Dates

 

6/22 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

6/23 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

6/26 Boston, MA TD Garden

6/27 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

6/29 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

7/3 Washington, DC Capital One Arena

7/4 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

7/6 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center

7/7 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

7/10 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center

7/11 Orlando, FL Amway Center

7/13 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena

7/14 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena

7/17 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center

7/18 Houston, TX Toyota Center

7/20 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

7/21 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

7/25 Monterrey, MEX Arena Monterrey

7/27 Mexico City, MEX Palacio de los Deportes

8/14 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

8/15 Chicago, IL United Center

8/17 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena

8/18 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

8/21 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

8/22 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena

8/24 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center

8/28 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

8/29 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

8/31 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena

9/1 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center

9/4 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

9/5 San Jose, CA SAP Center

9/7 Portland, OR Moda Center

9/8 Seattle, WA KeyArena

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Georgia teacher’s request for funeral: Backpacks with school supplies

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Georgia Teacher Asks For School Supplies Instead Of Flowers At Her Funeral

After decades of service to her students, one metro Atlanta teacher had one final lesson to impart.

Tammy Layne Waddell died June 9 at Northside Hospital Forsyth after a prolonged illness. At her funeral June 12, dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies lined the pews.

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The donated supplies were Waddell’s last request to honor her lifelong passion for helping children in need, according to her family.

“My cousin, a teacher, wanted backpacks with supplies brought to her funeral instead of flowers for needy students,” Brad Johnson said on Twitter. “Serving others to the end.”

Johnson shared photos of the backpacks and of Waddell’s fellow teachers, who served as honorary pallbearers at the funeral, he said. 

Over her career, Waddell worked as a paraprofessional and a teacher at Sawnee Elementary, Cumming Elementary and Haw Creek Elementary in the Forsyth County school district, according to her family.

Johnson’s initial tweet has since been shared more than 2,500 times, garnering praise for Waddell and her legacy as an educator.

Former students who left condolences on an online guestbookdescribed Waddell as a compassionate and inventive teacher who encouraged students to do their best. 

“The best teacher ever I’ve ever had,” one student wrote.

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Jimmy Carter: What to know about the former president and humanitarian

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

What You Need to Know about Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States, from 1977 to 1981, but before that, he was the 76th governor of Georgia and a member of the Georgia State Senate. 

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Although he’s had a lengthy career in politics, Carter has  worked as a diplomat and humanitarian. He’s also authored dozens of books.

Here are some things to know about President Carter.

Naval Academy graduate

Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, at the top of his class in 1946. He started a Navy career soon after, spending five years on submarine duty.

Related: Photos: Jimmy Carter through the years

Father of four

Carter married Rosalynn Smith, who became Rosalynn Carter, in 1946, soon after graduating from high school. They had four children: Jack Carter, born in 1947; James Carter, born in 1950; Donnel Carter, born in 1952; and Amy Carter, born in 1967.

Photos: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's 70-year marriage

Rebuilt family’s peanut warehouse

In his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Carter’s parents, Earl and Lillian Carter, owned a peanut farm, warehouse and store. When Earl Carter died of cancer in 1953, Carter resigned from the Navy, came back home and worked to rebuild the business. Despite a drought in 1954 and a boycott against integration, Carter made the business profitable by 1959.

Related: How Jimmy Carter changed the world

Devoted to humanitarianism

The Carter Center opened in 1986, and its mission, in partnership with Emory University in Atlanta, is to resolve conflicts and improve human health through a commitment to human rights. Part of that work led Carter to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Cancer survivor

Carter was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in August 2015. While teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, he said he had surgery on a mass on his liver and had radiation treatment on four melanoma spots in his brain.

Despite the diagnosis, Carter remained active in his humanitarian work, helping build a Habitat for Humanity house in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Related: Carter: Cancer is gone

By December 2015, Carter said, “My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones.”

In May 2016, Carter Center director of communications Deanna Congileo confirmed that Carter did not need any more treatments but would “continue scans and resume treatment if necessary.” 

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Rosalynn Carter: Things to know about the former first lady

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter pictured in 2004.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter pictured in 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Rosalynn Carter is most well-known as first lady of the United States, a role she served in from 1977 to 1981 as the wife of President Jimmy Carter.

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Her time in the White House is notable for her work advocating for the senior citizen welfare and mental health, which she continued well after leaving Washington, D.C.

Here are some things to know about Rosalynn Carter.

Graduate at top of class

Born in Plains, Georgia on Aug. 18, 1927, Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was the oldest of four children. She worked as a shampoo girl at a hair salon when her father, Wilburn Edgar Smith, died in 1940. Her mother, Allie Murray Smith, picked up various jobs to support the family.

Despite balancing a job, Carter graduated as valedictorian of Plains High School. She started dating Jimmy Carter around that time and enrolled in Georgia Southwestern College. The two married on July 7, 1946, when she was 18 and he was 21.

Mental health advocate

Carter’s work as an honorary chair on the President's Commission on Mental Health led to the Mental Health Systems Bill, which aimed to protect those with mental illness from discrimination. Carter testified about the bill before Congress in 1979 and the bill was passed as the Mental Health Systems Act in 1980. Her work in the White House and as co-founder of The Carter Center with former president Jimmy Carter has earned her multiple honors and awards.

Senior citizen advocate

As first lady, Carter put together a task force to look into federal programs for senior citizens. She lobbied Congress for the passage of the Age Discrimination Act, which removed the mandatory retirement age in the public sector and raised the age to 70 in the private sector.

Related: Jimmy Carter: What to know about the former president and humanitarian

In 1977, she hosted the White House Conference on Aging, which sought to resolve issues older citizens brought to President Carter.

Book author

Five books have been written by Carter. The first was an autobiography called “First Lady from Plains,” was published in 1984. “Everything To Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life,” published in 1987, was co-written with Jimmy Carter. Three other books have been published since then, tied to her advocacy work: “Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers,” published in 1994; “Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers,” published in 1998; and “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis,” published in 2010.

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Firefighter killed, 2 injured in shooting after fire at California retirement home

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Shooting at California Retirement Home

One firefighter died and two other people were injured Monday morning after shots were fired after a reported fire was at Covenant Manor, a senior housing community in Long Beach, according to authorities.

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Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 25: A firefighter who suffered critical injuries Monday morning in a shooting in Long Beach has died, KTTV reported.

One other firefighter was in stable condition after the attack, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said earlier Monday. A civilian was also shot.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 10:45 a.m. EDT June 25: Firefighters found sprinklers going off at Covenant Major after they were called just before 4 a.m. local time to a report of a fire at the retirement home, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said. 

Officials had also gotten reports of an explosion in the building and found multiple windows had been blown out, although authorities couldn’t immediately confirm that an explosion had taken place, Heflin said.

Firefighters put out a small fire at the scene. It was while officials were checking to make sure all the fire had been put out that two firefighters were shot, Heflin said. Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson said one civilian was also shot.

One firefighter suffered critical injuries. The second was in stable condition with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

“Firefighters, they do a tremendous job and they deal with fire -- they don’t deal with bullets,” Johnson said Monday morning at a news conference. “It’s a sad time in Long Beach’s history today if you have firefighters injured responding to just doing their job.”

Johnson said a resident of the senior living home, who was not injured, was in custody after the shooting.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 10:07 a.m. EDT June 25: Two firefighters who were injured Monday morning at Long Beach’s Covenant Manor suffered gunshot wounds, fire officials confirmed.

One firefighter was in critical condition after the shooting, KNBC reported. The other firefighter suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the news station.

Officials told KTLA that a civilian was also injured. 

Update 9:35 a.m. EDT June 25:  Fire officials told KTLA that two firefighters and a civilian were injured Monday morning at a California retirement home where shots were heard early Monday.

The extent and cause of their injuries were not immediately known.

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT June 25: Long Beach police confirmed to KCBS-TV that officers were responding to reports of a shooting Monday morning at Covenant Manor on E. 4th Street.

“All I can confirm at this time is that there has been a shooting,” Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson told KCBS-TV. “(It’s) not an active shooter situation. (The) investigation is ongoing.”

Update 8:55 a.m. EDT June 25: Authorities continued Monday morning to search the retirement home, identified by KCBS-TV as Covenant Manor. 

The news station reported authorities were called just after 4 a.m. to a report of an explosion and shooting at the building, however, officials did not immediately confirm the report.

Two people told KTLA they heard what sounded like gunshots in the area early Monday.

 

Update 8:05 a.m. EDT June 25: According to KCBS-TV producer Mike Rogers, an “active shooter and 3rd alarm fire” were reported early Monday in Long Beach. 

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez reported that the incident occurred “at a retirement home near the area of 4th and Atlantic.”

“Suspect is still possibly in the building,” he added.

One woman told KTLA that she heard gunshots.

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