The day has come. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is open.
Almost ten years in the making, this stage treatment of the Marvel Comics superhero has become famous for going awry. Director Julie Taymor's vision was so complex that she needed $65 million to realize it, and when previews began late last year, her elaborate flying sequences resulted in gruesome actor injuries. Meanwhile, the script (by playwright Glen Berger) and the score (by U2's Bono and the Edge) were widely derided as a confusing mess.
It's a pity that the 19th-century Austrian novelist Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachwas not still around this week to witness a spectacular vindication of her most famous aphorism: Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Bruce Springsteen says that E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons "will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again," but "all initial signs are encouraging" as he recovers from a serious stroke suffered over the weekend.
Deputies in Johnson County, Kansas, are being equipped with micro video cameras. The Kansas City Star says the cameras are attached to helmets or earpieces. The company that makes the cameras says people behave when they know they're on video.
The hottest story of the morning so far is The New York Times' report that "Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials."
New York City recently made it legal for residents to keep bees, and that has led to swarms of them. Earlier this week, police had to divert traffic in Manhattan's Chinatown when 15,000 honey bees swarmed the area. They've also covered a mailbox in Little Italy and buzzed a fire escape Uptown.
Several parties are investigating an alleged act of discrimination in Hazard, Kentucky. The two men, who also have developmental disabilities, say they were told to leave the public pool in the Hazard Pavilion because they were a couple. Others, however, say the two were making public displays of affection, which aren’t allowed at all in the pavilion.
The influential group, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, held a meeting Tuesday that featured heavy-hitters from the economic world, including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. They warned that the budget crisis is worse than many people assume, and fixing it will be very painful.