Ms. Pac-Man clears path to World Video Game Hall of Fame
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — (AP) — More than 40 years after blazing a trail for female video game characters, Ms. Pac-Man was inducted Thursday into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, along with Dance Dance Revolution, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sid Meier's Civilization. Inductees are recognized for their popularity and influence on the video game industry or pop culture over time. The Ms. Pac-Man arcade game was released in 1981 as Midway's follow-up to Pac-Man, which entered the hall as part of the inaugural class in 2015. It is the eighth class to be inducted since the World Video Game Hall of Fame was established at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. “Altogether — and given the extraordinarily long periods of play the game afforded — players have engaged with the Civilization series for more than a billion hours.”Anyone can nominate a game for the World Video Game Hall of Fame.wftv.com
Chicago’s Northerly Island weather station knocked out of commission
The weather station at Northerly Island broke down Wednesday, just a week after it started working again following a previous shutdown on March 30, but after initially saying it could take weeks to repair, the National Weather Service said the equipment should be back up as soon as later Thursday.chicagotribune.com
Dozens of playwrights, actors join 'Period Piece' monologues
Hecht, Joseph, Moore and dozens of other actors are teaming up to talk about something rarely mentioned on stage: periods. "Period Piece" will consist of 36 monologues by 36 different playwrights performed over three different performances in April. (AP Photo)Mandy Moore, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Beth Leavel, Jessica Hecht and dozens of other actors are teaming up to talk about something rarely mentioned on stage: periods. “Period Piece” will consist of 36 monologues by 36 different playwrights performed over three different performances in April. A portion of the proceeds from Period Piece will benefit I Support the Girls, providing period products and bras to homeless and those in need.
EXPLAINER: What's happened so far at China's annual congress
BEIJING – Midway through its annual session, China’s ceremonial parliament is focusing on boosting the economy, building self-reliance in technology and further squeezing room for political opposition in Hong Kong. SETTING AN ACHEIVABLE GROWTH TARGETThe party set a growth target of “over 6%”, as the world’s second-largest economy shrugs off the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. AdBEEFING UP THE MILITARYThe government announced a 6.8% rise in military spending to 1.4 trillion yuan ($217 billion), continuing a tradition of roughly tracking the economic growth target. WHAT'S NEXTThe annual session, which has been reduced from two weeks to one because of the pandemic, finishes on Thursday. Li will give the premier's annual news conference after the congress closes.
A special delivery for neighbors in this small community
It’s a tiny community that’s easy to miss. Every Thursday Lisa Green and a handful of neighbors gather at the Midway Safe Harbor Community Center to distribute food to nearby residents. Green and her cousin Emory Green started the Midway Coalition to address the needs of the small community. “I love my community,” Lisa Green said. “To know that someone in the community cares enough to bring the food to you, that’s amazing that’s awesome,” Berry said.
How a New Nick Jonas Movie Is Bringing the Battle of Midway to Life
The forthcoming film Midway explores a World War II battle that changed the course of history. It tells the story of the Battle of Midway, which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor and Doolittles Raid. In the spring of 1942, just months after the Pearl Harbor attacks, the United States intercepted transmissions from the Japanese. The Battle of Midway was a massive blow to Japanese forces and an event from which the country could not recover. Wreck of World War II Navy Ship Found, 76 Years After Sinking With 5 Brothers on Board
Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows
"There isn't a bird that doesn't have some (plastic)," said Athline Clark, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's superintendent for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which Midway is part of. They "fill their bellies up with plastics instead of food and eventually either choke or just don't have enough room for actual nourishment and perish."chicagotribune.com