Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth will soon be seen on screen in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and she stopped by The Tonight Show on November 21 to chat about taking on the role of Velma Von Tussle. “I’m scared to death,” she admitted to host Jimmy Fallon, although baton twirling was already a special skill on her resume. Check out below as she then went on and sang in a way you’ve never heard her sing before…The live broadcast on December 7 will also star Harvey Fierstein, who is set to reprise his Tony-winning performance as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Derek Hough as Corny Collins and newcomer Maddie Baillio.
Montpelier, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas announced that Homeland SecuritySecretary Tom Ridge is making a total of $4,963,000 of fiscal year 2003grant funds available for local and state homeland security preparedness inVermont. The money is for domestic preparedness equipment, training andplanning.Governor Douglas said that Vermont’s Homeland Security Unit (HSU) would workwith all response organizations in the state to ensure that grant fundsreach the largest number of participants in the most effective manner.”Over the next 30 days we will be working closely with representatives fromthe U.S. Department of Homeland Security to finalize the details of thisgrant,” Douglas said. “These additional resources will allow our localfirst responders and state public safety units to be more prepared for avariety of public safety scenarios.”The Governor said that the Homeland Security Unit would be reaching out toall first responder departments to notify them of the availability of funds.The allocation is part of nearly $600 million that has been made availablenationwide by the Bush administration for local homeland security efforts.Vermont’s emergency responders will receive nearly $3.5 million forequipment. “Eighty percent of the equipment allocation must be passeddirectly through to local communities. The state’s twenty percent will beused to purchase, among other things, a hazardous material response trailerfor Southern Vermont,” Douglas said.The grant also includes $ 861, 000 for exercises, $261,000 for training and$348,000 for planning.The Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Unit, will managedistribution of grant funds at the state level.Information will also be posted on the HSU website atwww.vthomelandsecurity.org(link is external) .
In the final five minutes of the University of Wisconsin’s nail-biting loss to the Washington Huskies Friday night, Victor Diaz was tripped by a Washington defender, flipped over hard, and was left facedown on the turf.Diaz was motionless for a moment, and then slowly tried to turn over. It was obvious that he was not going to get up on his own, and the Badger training staff rushed to the end of the field, where Diaz still lay on the ground.After a few minutes of examination, the coaching staff helped Diaz to his feet and examined his shoulder. One of the trainers was heard to say, “It’s probably a sprain, but it’s going to hurt bad.”Diaz sat out Sunday’s game against Creighton, in which Wisconsin lost 0-1 in overtime. On Monday, UW head coach Jeff Rohrman was asked about the effect of Diaz’s absence. “It didn’t help our attacking game much, but we certainly have some guys who can fill in, and I’m sure that they can do some pretty good things. So even without Victor, we can still field a pretty good team.”But on Sunday, I thought that we should have been a little bit more dangerous in the final third, but for whatever reason we didn’t create a whole lot of opportunities,” Rohrman continued. “We had a couple of half-chances, but nothing we created was really of extreme danger,” Rohrman said.Diaz went in for X-rays Monday night. He said beforehand that he was in a lot of pain, but hoped to be back in the game on Sunday.”My shoulder hurts really bad, but at least it got a little bit better since Friday night. Today, I’m going to get X-rays, so we’ll see,” Diaz said. “Yesterday, the doctor told me that it might take four or five weeks to heal completely, but if it feels OK, I’m going to try to play Sunday.”Diaz’s X-rays revealed that his shoulder is not broken. “The doctor told me that whenever I can tolerate the pain, I’ll be able to play,” said Diaz, who added that his shoulder was separated. “But I have to be careful landing on my shoulder again.””If it’s ligaments, and it’s a sprain or a strain, certainly our medical staff is going to work on him through the week to try to get him back for Sunday,” Rohrman added. “It’s kind of nice that we have the whole week off to nurse a couple of injuries.”Rohrman said that the team will take caution in the decision to play him against Big Ten foe Michigan at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Sunday. If Diaz is in the lineup, healthy or not, the Wolverines will need to pay special attention to the Badgers’ star player.”I think there are some things we can do in case he falls on it or gets bumped. The hard part is you can’t really hide Victor,” laughed Rohrman. “You know, he’s going to demand attention, wherever he is on the field, because of the player he is. So we’ve just got to ask him to try to avoid some of those things. And we’ll do our part as far as protecting him too — whether it be some padding or a brace of some sort.”