PHILADELPHIA — “LOVE” is back in Philadelphia, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The famous 1976 Robert Indiana sculpture returned to its namesake park Tuesday after making a number of stops in a parade around Philadelphia before the reinstallation.
School children cheered and those gathered spontaneously sang the fight song for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as a forklift placed the sculpture atop a pedestal.
The sculpture was temporarily installed at nearby City Hall in 2016 while Love Park was going through a renovation.
It was taken out of view a year ago for repairs ahead of the park’s reopening.
The perennial tourist attraction looks a bit different. It’s been repainted to the original colors of red, green and purple that the artist originally used. At some point over the decades, the purple had been repainted blue.
Herrington covers Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
LOS ANGELES — Danielle Herrington is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model for 2018.
The magazine revealed its swimsuit edition cover Tuesday. Herrington is the third black woman to appear on the cover of the annual issue that launched in 1964.
Beyonce appeared on the cover in 2007. Tyra Banks was the cover model in 1996 and 1997.
Herrington first appeared in the magazine’s swimsuit issue last year.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day says that even though the issue was conceived and shot before the #MeToo movement heated up last fall, it’s about more than just women in swimsuits. Day says the magazine is “creating and giving platforms to these women” and presenting them as multidimensional people.
2 journalists jailed in Myanmar will receive PEN award
NEW YORK — Two reporters imprisoned in Myanmar are receiving an award from PEN America.
The literary and human rights organization announced Tuesday that it was giving the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The two Reuters journalists were detained last December on charges of violating a British colonial-era secrecy law that a former military junta once used to muzzle freedom of speech. Authorities said the reporters received “important secret papers” from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where security forces are blamed for mass killings, rapes and arson.
The Freedom to Write Award was established in 1987 and honors those who have risked adversity in the cause of free expression.
Egypt bans SNL Arabia over ‘sexual expressions’
CAIRO — Authorities in Egypt have ordered a ban on airing the Arabic version of the hit U.S. satirical show Saturday Night Live for allegedly using “sexual expressions,” an official said Tuesday.
An investigation of the show’s content by the Supreme Media Regulatory Council showed that SNL Arabia has consistently used inappropriate “sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,” Ahmed Salim of the council told The Associated Press. The show’s entire content “violates ethical and professional criteria,” he said.
SNL Arabia was first aired in Egypt two years ago. It follows an identical format to its U.S. namesake, featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, musical performances, videos and parody news. It has stayed well away from politics.
The show is produced by the United Arab Emirates’ pay-tv network OSN and has been aired most recently by Egypt’s ON ENT. The station’s chief, Mustafa el-Saqa, told the AP they have stopped airing the show’s promos since the ban was announced late Sunday. He did not say whether Saturday’s episode would be aired or not.
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