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On “The Walking Dead,” Laurie Fortier portrays Agatha, the leader of a new group on the popular series – now in its 11th season. “Agatha is a bada--,” said the actress, who splits her time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. (She’s a) knives expert. So, to prepare for (playing) her, I trained with a Filipino knife expert.” Joking, she added that Agatha would make a resourceful travel companion. “I think I’d like to go camping with Agatha – maybe Yosemite,” she said. “I imagine she’d know how to pitch a tent, fish and make a fire.”

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New Orleans has faced devastating disaster after disaster, first Hurricane Katrina, the coronavirus and now Hurricane Ida. However, among the devastation, the communities have come together. A look at how Louisiana's residents have coped during these hard times.

With his latest movie, “Blue Bayou,” award-winning filmmaker Justin Chon (“Gook,” “Ms. Purple”) explores the plight of Antonio LeBlanc, a New Orleans man who was adopted as a baby and is facing deportation, due to his lack of U.S. citizenship. Based on the real-life cases of adults who literally were sent back to “where they came from,” the movie had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, before its September theatrical release. The Los Angeles-based artist wrote, directed, and acted in “Blue Bayou,” which also stars Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander as his wife.

Yes, it certainly seems like the country is coming out of its long COVID-19 hibernation, likely quickly enough for a lot of you to enjoy something like a normal summer or fall vacation. Here are some key developments you can expect along the way.

The last Hollywood event that “Punky Brewster” actress Jasika Nicole attended was the 2020 Golden Globes. But Nicole said she doesn’t feel secluded at home. “I feel very fortunate that (my spouse and I) have made such a lovely, comfortable home for ourselves,” said the Los Angeles-based actress, whose work includes “The Good Doctor,” “Scandal” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” “It has been a particularly big blessing during this pandemic, because my partner and I have our own spaces to work in, so we don’t feel like we are always underfoot and in the way of each other. Plus, we have outdoor spaces, so we don’t always feel so cooped up. Unexpectedly, the pandemic made us re-discover our home and appreciate it for new reasons.” Nicole stays in touch with her fans on Instagram (@jasikaistrycurious).

If you travel at all this summer, chances are most of you will be confined to the U.S., and many off those will be hitting big cities. Yes, you can find pricey private sightseeing tours almost anywhere, but some U.S. cities offer public transit trips on spectacular routes that are a lot less expensive, offering flexible schedules, and avoiding extended stops at cheap souvenir shops.

Amtrak already has a list of projects to fund if it gets the billions it expects from a big infrastructure bill. And some of its proposals can be put into effect rapidly, which is a big change from many other infrastructure proposals. Typically, even "shovel ready" projects need years to show results, but some of Amtrak's ideas are "service ready." Basically, infrastructure required for many Amtrak needs is already in place: Amtrak just adds trains to existing operational rail systems. So Amtrak can quickly add as many routes as it is able to equip and staff within a short time.

Beginning May 24, Amtrak will resume daily service on its main long-haul routes. Renewing the daily trips returns Amtrak closer to its traditional pre-COVID pattern, as well as its traditional problems. Amtrak says demand has remained high, with resumption made possible by the COVID-19 stimulus package. Full resumption will roll out between May 24 and June 7:

Born in England to Jamaican parents, actor Garfield Wilson currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Known for playing Jackboot Kaffey in TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” the actor’s latest series is Nickelodeon’s “The Astronauts,” which includes Jonathan Frakes (of the “Star Trek” franchise) as an executive producer. Though this pandemic has stalled Wilson’s usual travel plans, he said he’s ready to take his family on another trip when it’s safe. His motto? “To always expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to travel — good and bad,” said Wilson, 51. Fans may stay in touch with the actor via Instagram (@garfieldawilson) and Twitter (@garfieldwilson).

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