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Houston museum apologizes for questionable email subject line

A Houston museum issued a public apology for using a subject line that could be construed as racially offensive, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science used the term “Party with spooks” in the subject line of its bi-weekly electronic newsletter, the newspaper reported.

While the word "spook" is a synonym for "ghost," it is also a derogatory slur for black Americans.

"It's a tie to our annual Halloween party, which we've been doing for 10 years,” museum president Joel Bartsch told the Chronicle. “The word was meant to be a riff on the word spooky. That was the intention."

Bartsch said that when his employees saw the subject line, they addressed it by sending an explanation, the newspaper reported.

"Internal eyes noticed the subject line directly after it was sent,” Bartsch told the newspaper. 

The explanation reads:

"HMNS is committed to diversity and inclusion. We deeply regret that the subject line in this newsletter included a word with an offensive connotation, and sincerely apologize to everyone who received it. We are revisiting our internal policies and editorial review procedures to ensure this does not happen again."

No place like home: Stolen ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers recovered

For 13 years, one of the most famous pairs of shoes were missing, stolen from a museum that honored actress Judy Garland, but finally the FBI has cracked the case and announced that the ruby slippers Garland wore as she portrayed Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” have been found. 

The red sequin-covered heels from the iconic movie were stolen on Aug. 28, 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, The New York Times reported.

There was no security camera video of the heist and whomever stole the shoes left no fingerprints and few clues. 

The Plexiglass box that held the shoes was smashed and nothing was left except for a single red sequin.

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The FBI made the announcement Tuesday that the shoes were recovered, but did not say who was responsible for taking them, The Times reported.

The shoes were a focus of not only federal law enforcement, but also local police and private investigators. There was a $1 million reward for finding the location of the shoes. The reward expired after 10 years, ABC News reported.

They were on loan to the museum, owned by a collector in North Hollywood, California. Michael Shaw bought the shoes in 1970 for $2,000 from Kent Warner, a costumer who found them at an MGM movie lot, The Times reported

Shaw also owned Dorothy’s dress, the hat worn by the Wicked Witch of the West and a Munchkin outfit. The museum wasn’t the only time the shoes were lent out for display. Shaw would allow other museums display them for a fee of several thousand dollars, which would be donated to children’s charities.

The shoes were insured for $1 million, Newsweek reported in 2015.

An insurance company paid Shaw $800,000 and is the official owner of the shoes, The Times reported

Garland wore several different pairs during the filming of the 1939 movie.

One pair is in the possession of the Smithsonian American History Museum and are on display there. 

Another pair is jointly owned by Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg and is in the collection at the Academy Museum of Motion PicturesABC News reported.

 

More dates announced for Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour

Taylor Swift is headed across the world as part of her “Reputation” tour.

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Tickets for the North American leg of the tour go on sale Dec. 13.

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale date in North America via Taylor Swift Tix powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, according to a news release.

Shows in Australia and New Zealand have been added to previously announced dates.

General ticketing and sale information is currently available at TaylorSwift.com.

Here are the dates and cities that have been announced so far: 

5/8 -- University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

5/12 -- Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

5/19 -- Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

5/22 -- CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

5/25 -- Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

6/2 -- Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

6/30 -- Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky

7/7 -- Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

7/10 -- FedEx Field, Washington, D.C.

7/14 -- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

7/17 -- First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

7/21 -- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

7/28 -- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

8/4 -- Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

8/7 -- Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

8/11 -- Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

8/14 -- Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

8/18 -- Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida

8/25 -- Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

8/28 -- Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

9/1 -- U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

9/8 -- Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

9/15 -- Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

9/18 -- The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Missouri

9/22 -- Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

9/29 -- NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

10/6 -- AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

10/19 -- Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia

10/26 -- Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

11/2 -- ANZ Stadium. Sydney Olympic Park Australia

11/6 --The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia

11/9 -- Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland New Zealand

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