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Howard Kurtz

Born: August 1, 1953

UPDATE: Kurtz’s Fox News show ‘Media Buzz’ to challenge CNN head-on For those who formerly tuned in on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. to watch Howard Kurtz discuss the media on CNN, there’s good news: He’ll be doing essentially the same thing at the same hour in his new post at Fox News. A release on the new Fox News show, titled “Media Buzz,” includes this description, which sounds exactly like his former show, CNN’s “Reliable Sources”:
“The one-hour show will focus on the state of the news media in addition to the media’s shaping of current events and their role in politics while also featuring interviews with leading journalists and commentators.”

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Washington Star Building - Ceiling Collapses During Opening Gala for “Go-Go Swing” Exhibit

Part of a ceiling in an art gallery run by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities collapsed tonight during a gala opening for "Go-Go Swing," an exhibit focused on the legacy of D.C.'s signature post-funk sound. Seven or eight people—depending on whether you believe WUSA or NBC4—were injured and transported to a hospital.
The incident occurred about an hour and half into the event, according to attendee Chelsey Rodgers, during a set by the band Black Alley. The ceiling collapse, Rodgers tells Arts Desk, took place about 10 feet from the stage, but the audience couldn't hear it because of the volume of the music. "You just saw it," she says. The event took place inside the arts commission's 200 I Gallery space, inside the agency's 200 I Street SE headquarters.
 Rodgers, a former Miss District of Columbia, says the crowd quickly moved away from the area, with three or four people looking like they'd been stunned and blocking their faces from the debris. Within five or 10 minutes, Rodgers says, the room was evacuated. Once the police arrived around 9 p.m., several  people were loaded in stretchers into ambulances, Rodgers says. Attendees were allowed to go back inside to collect their things, but the event did not continue, Rodgers says. NBC4 reports that none of the injuries was serious.
Messages to the Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities were not immediately returned. The arts commission has occupied the space, located in the former Washington Star printing plant, for less than a year.
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Attribution:, Jonathan L. Fischer