Tony Award-Winning ‘Tootsie’ Writer Robert Horn Signs With Verve

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Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari is scheduled to speak at a public health forum Wednesday hosted by  the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Kashkari will be joined by Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, David Williams, Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as Margaret Hamburg, Foreign Secretary at National Academy of Medicine and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The event is part of the "When Public Health Means Business" series that "virtually convenes luminaries from the realms of finance, industry and health to map a new path forward and ensure a better, safer future for all."

The coronavirus, which was first confirmed in the U.S. about eight months ago, has killed more than 200,000 people across the country as of Tuesday as U.S. officials rush to approve and manufacture a vaccine. 

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Volunteers in the UK will reportedly be exposed to the coronavirus to speed up vaccine development

London is set to host the first human coronavirus "challenge trials," where volunteers are deliberately exposed to Covid-19 in order to test whether vaccines work, according to a report in the Financial Times. 

The government-funded trials are due to be announced next week, the report said which cited several anonymous sources involved in the project, and are expected to begin in January in a quarantine facility in east London. 

Volunteers in the challenge trials would first be given the experimental vaccine and then receive a dose of the virus around a month later. 

Around 2,000 people in the U.K. are said to have volunteered for the study so far through the organization 1Day Sooner, with 37,000 volunteers signed up globally. In July, the organization published an open letter addressed to Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S., which called for the trails and included signatories from 15 Nobel laureates. 

The FT report said 1Day Sooner is launching a campaign this week to get public funding for a biocontainment facility for the studies, big enough to quarantine 100 to 200 volunteers. 

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Body found in vehicle in Denver being investigated as a homicide.

The discovery of a body inside a vehicle in southeast Denver is being investigated as a homicide, police said.

The body was found Tuesday night in the 2800 block of South Locust Street, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call @CrimeStoppersCO at 720-913-7867 (STOP).


Five-Year Note Auction Attracts Average Demand

After announcing the results of its two-year note auction on Tuesday, the Treasury Department revealed Wednesday that its auction of $53 billion worth of five-year notes attracted average demand.

The five-year note auction drew a high yield of 0.275 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.52.

Last month, the Treasury sold $51 billion worth of five-year notes, drawing a high yield of 0.298 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.71.

The bid-to-cover ratio is a measure of demand that indicates the amount of bids for each dollar worth of securities being sold.

The ten previous five-year note auctions had an average bid-to-cover ratio of 2.49.

Looking ahead, the Treasury is due to announce the results of its auction of $50 billion worth of seven-year notes on Thursday.

Disney delays release of Black Widow movie until May 2021

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Walt Disney postponed the release of Marvel superhero movie Black Widow by six months until May 2021, the company said on Wednesday (Sept 23).

The movie studio also pushed the release date for the new movie version of West Side Story to December 2021 from its previous December 2020 date.

Tony Award-Winning ‘Tootsie’ Writer Robert Horn Signs With Verve

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Horn, the Tony Award-winning book writer of the Broadway musical Tootsie, has signed with Verve for representation in all areas.

Horn, who began his career as a writer for TV’s Designing Women and Living Single before going on to create CBS’ High Society and FX’s Partners, currently is writing the stage musical adaptation of Hercules for Disney Theatricals, and the film adaptation of 13: The Musical for Netflix.

And last November, Deadline reported that Horn and and Tootsie director Scott Ellis were collaborating on a Fox multi-camera comedy project called Football Book Club inspired by the experiences of former New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. The Mitchell-inspired character is a pro wide received sidelined by injury who joins an all-female Southern book club.

Read Deadline’s Broadway review of Tootsie here.

Also coming up for Horn is an original musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by country stars Brandy Clark and two-time Grammy winner Shane McAnally.

In addition to his TV series and stage credits, Horn wrote the screenplays for the Disney Channel Original Movies The Suite Life Movie, Teen Beach, Teen Beach 2 and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, and the 2001 Charlie Sheen comedy Good Advice.

Horn continues to be repped by A.B. Fischer at Literate and attorney Ryan Nord.