Dolly Parton: Singer, Songwriter, Pandemic Savior?

first_imgShe wrote “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” on the same day and built a theme park around herself. She has given memorable onscreen performances as a wisecracking hairstylist and harassed secretary. She even helped bring about the creation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”Now, Dolly Parton’s fans are crediting her with saving the world from the coronavirus. It’s an exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek claim, to be sure. But for legions of admirers, Ms. Parton’s donation this spring to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with the drugmaker Moderna to develop a coronavirus vaccine, was another example of how the singer’s generosity and philanthropy have made her one of the world’s most beloved artists.- Advertisement – “Shakespeare may have written King Lear during the plague, but Dolly Parton funded a Covid vaccine, dropped a Christmas album and a Christmas special,” the author Lyz Lenz said on Twitter.In April, Ms. Parton announced that she had donated $1 million to Vanderbilt after her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery at the university, in Nashville, told her about the work researchers were doing to come up with a vaccine. Dr. Abumrad’s son, Jad Abumrad, is the creator of “Radiolab” and host of the podcast “Dolly Parton’s America.”last_img read more

Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson has been healthy through first month

first_imgBut the one area that Anderson has been steady has been his health.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talk about Brett Anderson’s healthy April“He’s been that, that’s for sure,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s encouraging probably for him and for us. It’s been a normal spring training, normal like any other pitcher. I know he’s had injuries in the past, but it’s been a really clean spring training.“In the season, he’s been throwing regular ‘pens and doing regular work. He’s not been on the rehab table. It’s been good.”Anderson has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, including a UCL tear and ensuing Tommy John surgery (a la Brandon McCarthy). He also has experienced a stress fracture in his foot and a broken finger after being hit by a pitch last season. In fact, his season ended last season after undergoing surgery for a bulging disc in his back.“I did a bunch of rehab stuff with my back,” Anderson said. “I did a lot of proactive stuff to keep everything healthy and a ton of Vitamin D to keep my bones from breaking hopefully.“My training wasn’t focused to one part of my body. It was more total body and making sure everything was as healthy as I could possible be. And I feel good.” Injury roll callDodgers closer Kenley Jansen began a rehab assignment Friday night at single-A Rancho Cucamonga, recording a scoreless inning with one strikeout. He threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen following his inning and is schedule to take the mound again today against Inland Empire. Jansen has missed the entire start of the season due to offseason foot surgery.Mattingly said Hyun-Jin Ryu would begin throwing to live hitters on the upcoming roadtrip, but did not specify whether that would come in the four-game series against Milwaukee or a three-game set against Colorado.Mattingly also reiterated that Yasiel Puig will begin a rehabilitation assignment this week, but once again declined to provide when and where.Around the hornDodgers third baseman Juan Uribe sat for the third consecutive game despite being in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, and Mattingly said it was “nothing physical.” …. Mattingly, on rookie Joc Pederson hitting a grand slam after teammates switched his walkup song to Hanson’s “MMMBop” song: “I would use that music again. If you hit a grand slam, you take it back up there with you.” … Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of the Guggenheim Group officially taking ownership of the Dodgers with a group that includes controlling partner Mark Walter and owners Magic Johnson, Todd Boehly, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten.VIDEO: Watch Don Mattingly react to Joc Pederson hitting a grand slam to the walkup song of “MMMBop” by Hanson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While Anderson is still searching for consistency, his injury-free April is noteworthy for an organization whose pitching depth has been tested in the first month.Dare we say Anderson has been beacon of health?“That’s the first time that’s ever been said, but I’ll take it,” Anderson said. “Obviously the results could be a little better and I’d like to pitch deeper into ballgames. But as far as being able to go out and pitch, I’ve been happy with that aspect.“I feel good. I feel healthy. The velocity and everything else will hopefully come later as the season progresses.”Anderson is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers in today’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and starter Chase Anderson (no relation), and Brett Anderson is hoping for quality and length. Anderson has pitched past the fifth inning just once. He is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA, 11 strikeouts and four walks in 19.6 innings with a high 1.53 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched). center_img It was a bold and ambitious move, part of a aggressive offseason for the Dodgers’ revamped front office.The decision to sign oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract despite a slew of injuries and ailments certainly was the kind of high-risk signing that could have a major payout or blow up in their faces.The 26-year-old left-hander has been effective when healthy, but had not pitched more than 100 innings in the regular season since 2010.Yet through the first month of the season, Anderson’s health has held up.last_img read more