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Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by WLRH News

"Seventh Symphony," a new play by Bob Baker, will open May 27 and run through June 5 at Renaissance Theatre on Meridian Street in Huntsville. This play is about the siege of Leningrad during World War II, and the name is inspired by the Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose music was a severe commentary on the situation. Information about this play is at 256-536-3117 or on Facebook. Beth Norwood talked with Mr. Baker and Art Walthall about this play, and their interview follows.

  • In this 2014 photo, prisoners are closely guarded at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe. According to state media, at least 200 male inmates were freed from this prison as a result of President Mugabe's pardons.

    Posted Friday, May 27, 2016 by NPR News

    The move by President Robert Mugabe has reportedly emptied one women's prison of all but two inmates serving life sentences. All juveniles are said to have been pardoned.

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