‘Squid Game’, ‘Abbott Elementary’ up for Emmy nominations

“Succession” and “Ted Lasso” are seeking Emmy nominations to add to their previous trophies. But they are faced with hungry newcomers. When the deals are announced on Tuesday, “Succession” could face a showdown with “Squid Game.” Netflix’s South Korean hit about a brutal survival contest is in the running to become the first non-English speaking Emmy nominee. The Emmys were once dominated by broadcast networks and then cable, but the rise of streaming services is changing the balance of power. Other possible dramatic contenders include modern western “Yellowstone” and workplace thriller “Severance.” “Ted Lasso” contestants could include newbie “Abbott Elementary.”

Georgia’s Abrams attempts to edge Kemp in payout callDemocratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is calling for a new round of payments to Georgia taxpayers. She suggests Republican Gov. Brian Kemp should use $2.4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds to act now. Abrams wants payments of $500 to married couples who jointly file income taxes, $375 for singles with dependents and $250 for singles without dependents. It’s the same structure as a tax refund paid this spring that Kemp has championed. Kemp’s spokesperson, Tate Mitchell, mocks Abrams for his “proposed imitations” of Kemp’s ideas. Mitchell says Kemp will consult with legislative leaders on spending what could be more than $7 billion in state surpluses, plus federal money

Ada Limón Named 24th Poet Laureate of the United StatesThe country’s next Poet Laureate, Ada Limón, has long considered her work a form of public art. “I grew up with poetry in the community,” says Limón, originally from Sonoma, California. “It wasn’t meant to be just something read on the page; it had to be read aloud. I remember attending poetry readings at the bookstore where I worked when I was 16. It is the oral tradition. This part of poetry has always remained faithful to me. On Tuesday, the Library of Congress announced that Limón, 46, had been named the 24th American Poet Laureate, officially called Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Her one-year term begins Sept. 29 with the traditional reading in the library’s Coolidge Auditorium, one of the honoree’s few formal obligations. Limón, who succeeds Joy Harjo, is an award-winning and exceptionally popular poet, her acclaimed collection “Bright Dead Things” selling over 40,000 copies. She has published six books of poetry, including the most recent “The Hurting Kind,” and also hosts “The Slowdown” podcast.