Michele Norris takes new role at NPR
NPR says Michele Norris is returning to the network in a new role after a leave of absence from the afternoon news show “All Things Considered.”
Norris stepped down from the show in October 2011 when her husband took a senior role in President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. NPR says Norris will return to the network as a host and special correspondent. She will focus in part on fostering conversations about race with “The Race Card Project,” which she has developed while on sabbatical.
NPR says Audie Cornish will remain as co-host of “All Things Considered,” replacing Norris. Rachel Martin will be the permanent host of “Weekend Edition Sunday,” replacing Cornish.
Norris joined NPR in 2002 to host “All Things Considered.” She will return to the air in February.
Rare Stephen King book up for auction
A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter’s emergency home- heating fund.
The copy of the “The Regulators,” written by horror writer and Maine native King under the pen name Richard Bachman, was donated by a customer of Scottie’s Bookhouse in Hancock.
Owner Michael Riggs says there are only 550 copies of the book in a special collector’s box.
Auction proceeds will go to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter’s emergency-fuel fund in Ellsworth.
Emmaus director Sister Lucille MacDonald tells WABI-TV it’s an “ingenious” way to help people struggling to buy heating oil.
The book is on display at Scottie’s, and bids are being accepted by email, phone and in person until Jan. 31.
Court dismisses case against pro-gay play
A Ugandan court has dismissed a case against a British national arrested for staging a pro-gay play.
Frank Mugisha, a gay- rights activist, said Thursday that the dismissal of the case was a sign that the rights of sexual minorities will be respected by Uganda’s courts even though homosexuality is banned in Uganda. Draft legislation that once contained the death penalty for some gay acts created an outcry from rights groups around the world.
The court dismissed the charge of disobedience against David Cecil Edward Hugh on Wednesday. Hugh’s play showed the dilemma an openly gay man is confronted with in a country with anti-gay laws.
Hugh said he won’t show the play in Uganda again but may show it in Washington D.C., Kenya, South Africa and the U.K.
Vindicator wire services