Wright in ‘Folly’ revival

NEW YORK – Robin Wright and Richard Schiff will make their Broadway debut next season in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Talley’s Folly.”

Producers Phil Monat, T. Richard Fitzgerald and Randall L. Wreghitt announced Tuesday that the production will open in spring 2011 at a theater to be announced. Marshall Mason, who originally directed the play some 30 years ago, will direct. Mason also directed such Wilson plays as “Fifth of July” and “Angels Fall.”

Wright is best known for her roles in such films as “Forrest Gump,” “The Princess Bride” and “Hurlyburly.” Schiff played communications director Toby Zeigler in “The West Wing” on NBC.

Cabins raise Palin’s tax  

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Two cabins on a backcountry plot partially owned by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have been appraised for property tax purposes for the first time since their construction began several years ago.

No taxes have been paid on the structures because local officials learned about them last month.

The cabins, a garage-workshop and a sauna have increased the assessed value of the 10-acre site to $111,700, compared with the 2009 appraisal of $12,000.

Officials with the local borough say 2010 property taxes have not been calculated.

The Palin property is near Safari Lake – an undeveloped area near Denali State Park – and owned by the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, her husband Todd Palin, and a family friend, Scott Richter.

Oprah, headmistress settle defamation suit

 PHILADELPHIA – Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by a headmistress she had accused of performing poorly at her South African girls school, where some students claimed they were abused, lawyers said Tuesday.

The lawsuit by former headmistress Nomvuyo Mzamane claimed Winfrey defamed her in remarks made in the wake of the 2007 sex-abuse scandal at the school. The headmistress said she had trouble finding a job after.

A trial had been set to start next week, and Winfrey and several schoolgirls had been expected to testify.

A joint statement released Tuesday by lawyers for both sides said Winfrey and Mzamane met and resolved their differences.

“The two parties met woman to woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction,” said the statement, which didn’t disclose details of the settlement.

A dorm matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls has been charged with abusing six students. Winfrey has called the allegations crushing given her own stated history of childhood sexual abuse.

The dorm matron, Tiny Virginia Makopo, has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges.

When news of the scandal broke in 2007, Winfrey said she had “lost confidence” in Mzamane and was “cleaning house from top to bottom.” Mzamane claimed she didn’t know about any sexual abuse.

Glover brings moral support to workers

BROOKLYN, Ohio – Actor and activist Danny Glover has offered hugs and moral support to Cleveland-area workers at a men’s suit plant that faces a shutdown next month with the loss of 375 jobs.

Workers at the Hugo Boss plant in Brooklyn, Ohio, cheered as the star of the “Lethal Weapon” action movies toured the operation Tuesday.

Glover later held a news conference and appealed to Germany’s Hugo Boss AG to reverse its shutdown decision. Glover led a boycott of Hugo Boss formal wear at the Academy Awards earlier this month.

The company says its shutdown decision stands. The company says the union representing workers rejected concessions at the plant, which it says isn’t globally competitive.


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