Near the end of his comprehensive look at one of Britain's great acting clans, Donald Spoto quotes its most famous -- or notorious -- member, Vanessa Redgrave, speaking with characteristic plainness: "Interviewers continue to ask about the Redgrave dynasty. 'But we are not a dynasty,' Vanessa replies quietly. 'We are a family.'"
Playwright Shelagh Delaney, best known for her 1958 play "A Taste of Honey," has died of cancer, her agent said Monday.
Now it can be said with certainty: Get ready for some football! NFL players voted to OK a final deal Monday, days after the owners approved a tentative agreement, and the sides finally managed to put an end to the 4 1/2-month lockout, the longest work stoppage in league history.
After months of public nastiness and private negotiations, of court filings and rulings, of players and owners squabbling over more than $9 billion a year, NFL fans finally saw the handshake and heard the words they awaited: "Football's back."
Frantic. Chaotic. Ragged.
With training camps set to open in another month, NFL owners and players will resume negotiations next week, hoping to build on recent talks, two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.
Round 4 of the "secret" negotiations is over. Round 5 is coming soon _ perhaps to a suburban locale near you.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners met with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland to try and work out a new labor deal.
The NFL and its players went back to court Friday for a pivotal hearing before a federal appeals court on the legality of the lockout, now nearly three months old with no sign of a new collective bargaining agreement that would save the 2011 season.