Placido Domingo gets

warm concert welcome

Placido Domingo received a warm reception Wednesday at a concert in Szeged, Hungary, to inaugurate a new soccer stadium for a Catholic diocese, the second of the opera star's European engagements since he was accused of sexual harassment in an Associated Press report.

Domingo, who shared the stage with his son, Placido Domingo Jr., and Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez, faced allegations of sexual harassment from nine women in the report that was published Aug. 13.

The audience in the Saint Gerard Forum, as the stadium is called, applauded respectfully when Domingo appeared on stage during a ceremony before a concert. But the welcome seemed more measured than the standing ovation awarded to him Sunday by the opera crowd at the Salzburg Festival, his first performance since the publication of the allegations.

 

Jim Mattis says bitter

politics threaten US

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning that bitter political divisions threaten American society, saying he views "tribalism" as a greater risk to the nation's future than foreign adversaries.

The retired Marine general, who resigned in December 2018 in a policy dispute with President Donald Trump, said he worries about the state of American politics and the administration's treatment of allies.

"We all know that we're better than our current politics," Mattis wrote in an essay adapted from his new book and published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal. "Unlike in the past, where we were unified and drew in allies, currently our own commons seems to be breaking apart."

 

Stedman Graham visits

prison for leadership talk 

Before meeting his longtime partner, megastar Oprah Winfrey, Stedman Graham worked as a guard in a Chicago prison — and on Wednesday, for the first time in about 40 years, he entered prison again to speak to inmates about finding your purpose no matter where you are.

Graham spent nearly three hours inside one of South Carolina's most troubled penitentiaries with about three dozen inmates. He spoke within shouting distance of the wing at maximum security Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville where seven inmates were killed and 22 others injured during a riot in April 2018.

"If you get out and you don't know who you are, you have no direction," Graham said. "You have your freedom, but that will keep you a slave for the rest of your life." It's a similar talk to one he makes around the nation about discovering what you love and who you are and respecting yourself and others.