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A drink to soothe your stomach
Smoothies are often associated with breakfast, but they actually can be enjoyed all day long.

Smoothies have been around since the 1920s, when the first blender was invented by Stephen Poplawski. In 1939, the Waring blender company designed a pamphlet that came with the appliance that included fruit-based drinks.

Saturday, September 26, 2020


Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design
In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic has made home an even more essential space for living, working, studying and more. Also on the watch list: flexible rooms, indoor and out.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Review: Ayad Akhtar's 'fever dream' of a fallen America
An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half century since it welcomed his parents’ generation of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan.
Saturday, September 26, 2020

End of summer slaw
It's officially the end of summer. A change of seasons is always a good time to switch gears and do a little cleaning -- consider it a spring clean, but in the fall -- and nothing too taxing, mind you; we're all under a little stress these days. A simple project will feel like an accomplishment, such as cleaning out your refrigerator. This was my inspiration when I did just that and made this slaw.
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Shedd hosts turtle hatchlings set for DuPage County release
More than 20 endangered Blanding’s turtle hatchlings have a new temporary home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

The 24 hatchlings are part of a partnership between the aquarium and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Siriano puts on a backyard fashion show
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Christian Siriano, who turned his atelier into a mask-making machine, took to his Connecticut backyard Thursday for a cozy fashion show complete with picnic baskets for his small in-person crowd, masks on the faces of his models and a dip in his pool for pregnant muse Coco Rocha.
Friday, September 18, 2020

How frugal fashionistas can stay on trend
(AP) — Nowadays, it’s not just celebrities who wear high-end clothing and accessories. The influencers filling your social media feed likely wear them, too.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Grandson of Warren Harding and lover wants president's body exhumed
The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927.

James Blaesing told an Ohio court that he is seeking Harding’s disinterment as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is the 29th president’s blood relation.

The dispute looms as benefactors prepare to mark the centennial of Harding’s 1920 election with site upgrades and a new presidential center in Marion, the Ohio city near which he was born in 1865. Blaesing says he deserves to “have his story, his mother’s story and his grandmother’s story included within the hallowed halls and museums in this town.”

A branch of the Harding family has pushed back against the suit filed in May — not because they dispute Blaesing’s ancestry, but because they don’t.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Entertainment: Alicia Keys, new prime-time soap and the Emmys
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Macy's plans a smaller but camera-ready Thanksgiving parade
A Macy’s Thanksgiving parade reimagined for the coronavirus pandemic will feature floats, performers and giant balloons along a one-block stretch of 34th Street in front of the retailer’s flagship Manhattan store, Macy’s officials announced Monday.

The spectacle will be broadcast as usual from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern time on NBC and will include both live and recorded elements, Macy’s officials said.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Warm up with a rich, chocolate beverage
Nothing beats sipping a hot, soothing beverage after a day of choosing the perfect Christmas tree or lobbing snowballs in the backyard. Teas, hot toddies, coffees, and mulled ciders certainly can fit the bill, but a mug of rich hot chocolate is a holiday season staple.

Hot chocolate can be whipped up quickly from premade packets, but many such packets are loaded with sugar. Chocolate lovers should have a reliable hot chocolate recipe to lean on when the moment is right. This recipe for "Real Hot Chocolate" from "Chocolate" (Parragon) by the editors of Love Food is sure to please.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

JUST ADD WIND AND RAIN
When summer fades and the season tilts to autumn, my senses heighten. The lower light casts a gauzy glow, stretching the shadows lazy and long. The air turns cool and sharp, tinged with wood-burning smoke and the essence of dew on fallen leaves. Wind gusts grow blustery, and fog bears beads of mist and drizzle. No longer stultified by heat and humidity, my appetite grows and shifts to warmth and comfort, craving steaming bowls of chowder and stews, warm drinks and fortifying libations. This steamy bowl of buttery clams hits the spot.
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Review: Book looks at what it means to be white in America
The African American man whose beating by Los Angeles Police ignited civil upheaval in 1992 famously said later: “Can’t we all just get along?”

The answer to Rodney King’s question, which has taken on renewed importance these past months: Not yet.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Pandemic chases 'Wonder Woman 1984' to Dec. 25
Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” Warner Bros. is delaying its next big release, “Wonder Woman 1984,“ to Christmas.

The postponement of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which had been scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 2, comes on the heels of Hollywood’s strongest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theaters during the pandemic.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return to the stage, here's how
Fabio Luisi never expected his first performance as Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director to be in a mostly empty Meyerson Symphony Center.

“Who could imagine this planetary thing?” the 61-year-old conductor said.

He agreed in June 2018 to a contract with Dallas that starts this season and runs through 2023-24, and his tenure started yesterday with an all-Beethoven program that includes Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman and Symphony No. 8.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom: New novel explores the topic
Even after reading all 338-plus pages of Sue Miller’s new novel, it’s hard to tell if the noun of the title is aspirational or unattainable. And maybe that’s the point.

“Monogamy” stars Annie and Graham, two Cambridge residents devoted to the arts (he co-owns a bookstore, she’s a photographer), happily married for three decades. Miller shifts timelines — a memory in the present sparks a pages-long trip into the past where we learn both of their back stories and get to meet the other people in their lives. They have one child together, Sarah, and Graham has a son from a previous marriage, Lucas. Friends flit in and out of the book just as they do in real life, filling out the main characters and making them come truly alive.

Friday, September 11, 2020

On new album, Chick Corea plays with a piano and with his fans, too
If you’re very lucky, one day Chick Corea will make your portrait. And because he’s a formidable musician, it will be a portrait entirely in musical notes.

Corea likes inviting volunteers onto the stage during solo concerts, sitting them down near his piano and creating spontaneous, entirely subjective tone poems about the person.

“It starts as a game — to try to capture something I see in music,” he says. “While I play, I look at them a couple of times like a painter would. I try to see if, while I’m playing, are they agreeing with what I’m playing? Do they think that this is really a portrait of them? And usually they do.”

Friday, September 11, 2020

'Avengers' and 'Thrones' star Diana Rigg dies at 82
Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82.

Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, said she died this morning at home with her familyat her side. Daughter Rachael Stirling said she died of cancer that was diagnosed in March.

Rigg “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words,” Stirling said.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Suzanne Vega's vibrant live album full of NYC tales
Suzanne Vega has had a symbiotic relationship with New York City since moving there as a toddler and the metropolis is a recurring presence in her tunes.

Her new live album, “An Evening of New York Songs and Stories,” was recorded last year at Manhattan’s Café Carlyle with a small combo, and its 16 tunes, plus some between-songs chatter, form an intimate appreciation of the city and some of its many roles and identities.

Backed by guitarist Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and Jamie Edwards on keyboards, the arrangements are usually stripped-down versions of the originals and take advantage of Vega’s at-ease stage manner, the results of decades of touring.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Fears for cheers: Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House
It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler.

Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK’s embrace of cocktails at White House events.

The letters shed new insight into President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s handoff to Kennedy early in 1961, and the strikingly different attitudes that people held about alcohol at official functions.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Gene Budig, former American League president, dies
Gene Budig, the self-effacing educator and baseball fan from small-town Nebraska who became the head of three major universities and the last president of the American League, died Tuesday. He was 81.

His death was announced by the commissioner’s office and the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league team he co-owned. No cause was given. He had been in hospice in South Carolina.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that Budig was a “friend to many” in baseball and praised his “lifelong connection” to the game. Former Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday he “appreciated his work and his support,” calling him a ”wonderful person.“

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Art dealer known for his treasure hunt has died
Antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn, who gained fame after hiding a treasure chest filled with gold, jewels and other valuables that drove hundreds of thousands of people to search remote corners of the U.S. West for the riches — sometimes with tragic consequences — has died. He was 90.

Police confirmed Fenn died Monday of natural causes at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Police spokesman Greg Gurule said Tuesday that officers were alerted that afternoon and that more information would be released as it becomes available.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' reality show to end in 2021
Who do we keep up with now? After more than a decade, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will be ending its run next year.

“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye“ to the reality show, Kim Kardashian West and other members of the extended Kardashian-Jenner family said in a statement Tuesday.

“We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” said their social media statement, without further explanation about the move.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A look at the history of 'Magnolia Manor' in Cairo, Illinois
Charles A. Galigher, and his wife, Adelia Lippit Galigher, moved to Cairo in the 1850s from Zanesville, Ohio, on the prospect of a risky business venture.

Together with Mrs. Galigher’s brother, they purchased shares of a bankrupt flour mill. Within a year, they had turned the company profitable; the brother sold his shares and returned to Ohio. Under two labels — Superior White and Premium Eagle — the company sold flour around the world, including in the United Kingdom, to Queen Victoria, and on the homestead, to the U.S. government during the Civil War.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Film review: Put down that phone, urges documentary 'Social Dilemma'
“The Social Dilemma” is the first film you’ll watch and immediately want to toss your smartphone into the garbage can. And then toss the garbage can through the window of a Facebook executive.

It’s an eye-opening look into the way social media is designed to create addiction and manipulate our behavior, told by some of the very people who supervised the systems at places like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Tim Kendall, a former president of Pinterest, admitted that years ago he couldn’t get off his phone even when he came home, despite having two young kids. “I am going to work during the day and building something that then I’m falling prey to,” he says in the film. “I couldn’t help myself.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Review: The week Harry Belafonte took over TV
Harry Belafonte made history in early 1968. But it was lost to history.

While the Vietnam War was raging and civil unrest was convulsing American cities, TV talk show host Johnny Carson did something special: He stepped away from “The Tonight Show” perch for a week.

Then something even more special happened: Belafonte took over.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Chef and writer cooks up a kid's book
Pipo is a young girl in a new book for kids who insists that pizza is the best food on Earth.

Prompted by her mom to prove it, Pipo goes across her neighborhood testing alternatives: tagine, red beans and rice, bibimbap and dumplings.

Her new conclusion: Pizza is the best. But there are also a lot of other bests, too.

That’s the charming premise of “Every Night Is Pizza Night“ (Norton Young Readers), the debut children’s book by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, a guru of food science and a new father.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Entertainment this week: 'Mulan,' Billy Ocean, 'Transplant'
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

END OF SUMMER PIZZA
Late summer reaps a kaleidoscope of peppers. It's impossible not to scoop up armfuls of chile peppers with myriad shapes and a rainbow of colors. Some are sweet, some are fiery, and all are rich sources of vitamins A and C, folic acid, potassium and fiber, with the added benefit of beta-carotene in the red and orange varieties. Many recipes specify a certain type of pepper, often the ubiquitous bell pepper, but when it's the height of pepper season, I opt for combining a variety in one dish, bringing a balance of heat, sweetness, flavor and color.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Book Review: Deceit and desire await in White's new novel
There is a lot to appreciate in Edmund White’s “A Saint from Texas:” the artful prose, the vivid storytelling, the darkly whimsical tone.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Artsy Edinburgh, laid low by the virus, hopes for recovery
Francesca Moody is spending August the way she always does: in darkened rooms in Edinburgh, watching some of the best new theater and comedy the world has to offer.

All that’s missing are the hundreds of thousands of other people who usually do the same in Scotland’s capital.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Books: Spencer Kope takes a risk that pays off
“Shadows of the Dead,” the third thriller in Spencer Kope’s “Special Tracking Unit” series, opens with a car crash, the discovery of a bound woman in the trunk, and the subsequent arrest of a seemly deranged driver.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Entertainment this week: Surfing dolphins and 'Love Island' return
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Katy Perry acknowledges missteps in latest album
Katy Perry has two very personal projects being released this summer — the 12-track album “Smile” and a baby. Only one will really make people grin.

“Smile” comes three years after the dismal release of “Witness,” a criminally underappreciated album that’s considered a commercial dud.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Constant dieters might be choosing wrong way to lose weight
Dieters looking for a healthier substitute of their favorite high-fat food – such as a bag of potato chips – typically have two choices in the grocery aisle: a smaller package of the exact same food or a larger portion of a “light” version. In a series of studies, we put this choice to consumers and found that people who frequently try to cut back on their eating or are essentially always on a diet – known as “restrained eaters” – prefer the larger portion size of the light version, even though both contained the exact same number of calories. Participants who indicated that they rarely dieted tended to pick the smaller size with the full flavor.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Entertainment this week: McGraw, films about TV
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

'BE 2.0' presents unified vision of company creation
Million-selling business author Jim Collins is updating his debut book for the 21st century.

The new edition of “Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company” will be released Dec. 1, Portfolio announced Monday. The new book is called “BE 2.0: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company.“ It will include four new chapters and five new essays.

Monday, August 17, 2020

American culture seen new in 'After the Last Border'
In this book we take a journey into American culture through the eyes of Mu Naw from Myanmar, and Hasna from Syria. Mu Naw arrived in 2007; Hasna in 2016, both as refugees and both unwittingly arriving as America is arguing the depth and breadth of immigration.
Monday, August 17, 2020

A new voice from Texas rips it but tests censors
Kolby Cooper could add a fresh voice to country radio — if he could only get past the censors.

The 21-year-old fire breather from the piney woods of East Texas offers relief from the parade of inauthentic junk laden with John Deere tractor references that’s still way too pervasive these days.

He’s edgy, that’s for sure.

Monday, August 17, 2020

COMFORT AND SIMPLICITY
When the world is spinning and things feel out of control, the simplest of rituals are often the most comforting. This includes the manner in which we eat. Uncomplicated and resourceful meals are soothing and rewarding. It's not necessary to deliberately skimp, but to use simple, minimal ingredients with little waste; ingredients that are easily purchased or unearthed in our kitchens.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Did you know?
Foods don't get much more coveted than a scoop or two of delicious ice cream on a hot day. Ice cream comes in scores of different flavors. Just ask Baskin Robbins®, which has long touted its own 31 flavors - a different flavor for every day of the month of July.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Publisher's Weekly Best-Sellers List
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Gardening: How to reach a truce in the war with weeds
If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don’t like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Meyer says more 'Twilight' books are in the works
There is still plenty of life in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga.”

Meyer is planning at least two more books in her mega-selling vampire series, she said during a recent promotional event. Meanwhile, the author’s long-awaited “Midnight Sun” sold more than 1 million copies in its first week, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced Thursday.

While such previous novels as “New Moon” and “Eclipse” were narrated by high school student Bella Swan, “Midnight Sun” is told from the point of view of Bella’s lover, the vampire Edward Cullen.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Film Review: A teenage political experiment in 'Boys State'
Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn’t seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary “ Boys State ” convinced me otherwise.

Perhaps it’s the strange and heightened political times we’re living in or just pure luck on the part of directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine in finding a riveting case study to film. But either way, they scored a home run in taking the audience to a week-long program in Austin, Texas, where 1,100 high school boys attempt to build a mock government.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Rare spotlight role for superb pianist M. Rollings

Rollings earned the shot at center stage with his stellar career as a session pianist. He has performed on hundreds of recordings with artists ranging from Mary Chapin Carpenter to Motley Crue, and won the Academy of Country Music Award for pianist of the year 10 times.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Book review: 'The Story of Gardening' gets a timely update
It’s an opportune time for an update to this lavishly illustrated history of gardening and landscaping. “The Story of Gardening” might sit (heavily) on a coffee table, but it transports the reader out into the yard or the park with some new perspectives and ambitions.
Friday, August 14, 2020

'Living Lively' more than a cookbook
At 19, Haile Thomas has written a book that will flummox bookstore owners whenever they reopen.

“Living Lively” has several dozen vegan recipes, but it’s far more than a cookbook. It also has guidance on relationships and wellness.

Thomas calls it an “empowerment cookbook,” and the fact that it belongs on multiple bookshelves says something about how expansive this Gen Z member’s mind is.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame
Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Announced by the Country Music Association on Wednesday, Williams, who often is referred to as Hank Jr. or the nickname Bocephus, will join his father, country legend Hank Williams Sr., in the Hall of Fame’s rotunda.

“Bocephus has been eyeing this one for awhile. It’s a bright spot during a difficult year,” said Williams in a statement. Williams’ 27-year-old daughter Katherine died in a car accident in June.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Broadway musical 'Diana' to bypass closed stage for Netflix
The Broadway musical “Diana” isn’t waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it’s going to Netflix.

In an unconventional step, the cast and crew will reunite in an empty theater to perform the musical for cameras and put the finished product on the digital platform for broadcast next year, before the show welcomes a live audience again.

“We speak for the entire company when we say that we couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to share our show with theater lovers everywhere. Though there is no substitute for the live theater, we are honored to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide,” the show’s producers said in statement Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Trini Lopez, 1960s singer mentored by Sinatra dies
Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19. He was 83.

Mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra, Lopez became an international star while performing in English and Spanish. Born Trinidad Lopez III to immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico, Lopez grew up in Dallas’ poor, Little Mexico neighborhood. The family’s dire economic situation forced Lopez to drop out of high school and work.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Grilling tonight? How about some grilled bananas
(AP) — In this pandemic summer, who doesn’t want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you’re firing up the grill, don’t forget dessert.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Taste Food by Lynda Balslev
When I buy beets, carrots and turnips at the market, they are often presented as bright bunches, crowned with exuberant stalks sprouting a cascade of green leaves. While it may be tempting to chop off the stems and discard the mountain of greens left behind with the trimmings ... do not do that.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

More supernatural horror from 'The Strain' writers
(AP) — The writing team behind “The Strain” trilogy is back with a new evil incarnate. This time it’s more demonic than vampiric, possessing bodies and driving them to their deaths in all sorts of diabolical ways before exploding out of them in “ecstasy.”
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Film: A sweet fable in Rogen's 'American Pickle'
(AP) — The funniest part of “ An American Pickle ” isn’t even really in the movie. It’s a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen’s Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches “Yentl” with his millennial great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also Rogen).
Friday, August 7, 2020

A superb Rylance lifts up 'Barbarians'
Watching Mark Rylance play a man of basic decency getting swallowed up by an evil world — and a sadistic Johnny Depp — in “Waiting for the Barbarians,“ I absent-mindedly jotted down in my notes: “Nobody does basic decency like Mark Rylance.”

Then I remembered: Nobody quite does INdecency like Rylance, either. Watch him play a villain, a creep, or maybe a scheming Shakespearean king, and you’ll be chilled to the bone.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Low-key 'Secret Garden' still blooms
For more than a century, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden,“ first published in 1911, has endured. It remains one of the great classics of children’s literature, a book that deftly combines the dreams and nightmares of childhood. Its balance of dark and light, death and rebirth is still powerfully moving in its rare harmony.

Mark Mundan’s adaptation, which STX Films will release on-demand Friday, struggles to burrow into the interiors of its characters. It’s sluggish at times and too withdrawn for such a vibrant tale. But it stays nevertheless in tune with the spirit of Burnett’s book, and by the time it reaches its late crescendo, this “Secret Garden” blooms nevertheless.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Entertainment this week: Bryan, Foxworthy, Rogen
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Books: Land channels James Bond with new thriller
Fans of Jon Land's thrillers featuring fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong will be pleased to hear that the new book in the series is a lot like the first 10 as the hero, a cross between Wild Bill Hickok and Wonder Woman, dispatches a series of Bond-villain wannabees with extravagant use of gun play and explosives.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Film: 'Summerland' a sweet WWII tearjerker
" Summerland " might look like something you've seen before: A scenic story about a schoolchild who must leave London during the war and take up shelter with a reluctant caregiver. But while it is comfortingly familiar in many ways, and a little cliche and overwrought in others, it also has a modern edge and bite to it that keeps it novel enough to sustain interest.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Baby elephant dies at St. Louis zoo weeks after his birth
A baby elephant has died several weeks after it was born at the St. Louis Zoo.

Zoo officials said the Asian elephant calf named Avi was euthanized Sunday because he had developmental problems that limited his ability to feed. The zoo said Avi’s condition had deteriorated quickly in recent days despite feeding assistance and intravenous treatments.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Pandemic parody of 'Goodnight Moon' to be released
A popular online spoof of the children’s favorite “Goodnight Moon,” reworked for the coronavirus, will be published by Penguin Random House this fall.

The Penguin imprint Philomel Books announced Monday that “Good Morning Zoom,” written by Lindsay Rechler and illustrated by June Park, is scheduled for Oct. 6. Currently self-published, “Good Morning Zoom” takes Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved bedtime story and turns it into a narrative about Zoom, bread baking, home schooling and other familiar parts of life during the pandemic.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lucky No. 7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No. 1 album with 'folklore'
To no one’s surprise, Taylor Swift’s surprise album “folklore“ is dominating the music charts.

Swift’s eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. 1 title on the chart. According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the album sold 846,000 equivalent albums in the U.S. based on a combination of sales and streams.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Best Sellers List
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Mad for Mezee
Traveling abroad may be on hold right now, but there's no reason why we can't bring the taste and ambience of travel home to our kitchens and gardens with mezze. Mezze is an appetizer tradition essential to the cuisines of the Middle East, Turkey and Greece.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Alan Parker, director of "Midnight Express," dies at 76
Filmmaker Alan Parker, one of Britain’s most successful directors whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said.

Parker’s diverse body of work includes “Fame,” Mississippi Burning, “The Commitments and “Angela’s Ashes.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Los Angeles Zoo's aged African lion couple euthanized
Two African lions that were inseparable companions at the Los Angeles Zoo were euthanized Thursday due to declining health and age-related illness, officials said.

The male, Hubert, and female, Kalisa, were both 21 years old and had lived at the LA Zoo for six years.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000
An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago.

A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for Nintendo's NES console during an auction conducted Friday, July 10, 2020 by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sports Illustrated taps model who is 56 years old and stands just 5-foot-3
Kathy Jacobs says it’s important not to discount people because of their age or height. She should know — the petite 56-year-old is a brand new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model.

Jacobs, from Calabasas, California and who stands 5-foot-3-inches, hopes her appearance in the issue will help change readers’ views of beauty.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Comet providing a spectacular show
A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.

Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — swept within Mercury’s orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even bigger debris tail. Now the comet is headed our way, with closest approach in two weeks.

NASA's Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

'Jaws' boat clone won't hunt sharks, it will save them
The Orca is headed back to the waters of New England, but this time, its mission isn’t to hunt sharks. It’s to help save them.

A group of ocean advocates and movie buffs is turning an old lobster fishing vessel into a replica of the Orca, the boat captained by the grizzled shark hunter Quint in “Jaws.” The work is taking place on Martha’s Vineyard, where Steven Spielberg shot the blockbuster movie in the 1970s.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What is a chef card?
When dining out, people with food allergies may find it difficult or uncomfortable to communicate their allergy concerns with restaurant staff. In recognition of that, the organization Food Allergy Research & Education, which aims to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, provides an interactive "chef card" that outlines the foods diners must avoid.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Layers are for salads, too
While simplicity often reigns when making salads, a little attention to how you put them together can make a difference -- and not just in presentation, but also in flavor. There's certainly nothing wrong with combining all of your salad fixings in a bowl and giving them a good toss. Some salads demand a good jumble, such as cheesy Caesar salads or simple green salads. However, if you have a special standout ingredient that you don't want to submerge in a bowl of greens, or if you prefer a lighter hand in dressing the salad without wilting tender leaves, then layering is the way to go.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers List
Saturday, July 18, 2020

What distinguishes trip insurance from travel insurance?
When planning to travel, would-be vacationers must make a host of decisions. Where to go, how to get there and where to stay tend to garner the bulk of travelers' attention. However, consumers also should pay ample attention to how to protect their travel investments in the event they cannot make the trip due to illness, injury or some other unforeseen consequence.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Learning art of sailing, finding 'canvas miracles' on lake
Back in 1980, Christopher Cross had a big hit with the song “Sailing,” describing the joys of simply messing about in boats.

“It’s not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend,

And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again;

Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see;

Believe me.”

Saturday, July 18, 2020

NYC cleared to open zoos, play ball under reopening plan next step
New York City was cleared Friday to take the next step in its reopening next week, allowing movie and TV crews to film, zoos to welcome reduced crowds, and professional sports teams play to empty seats.

But malls, museums and restaurant dining rooms would stay shuttered in the nation’s biggest city.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Film tracks Rulon Gardner's highs, lows in years since winning Olympic gold
Rulon Gardner is living a quiet life, just the way he likes it.

He is 48 now, sells insurance and has a second job coaching wrestling at a Salt Lake City-area high school.

It’s been 20 years since Gardner, a 2,000-to-1 underdog, beat three-time gold medalist Aleksandr Karelin in the Greco Roman heavyweight final at the Sydney Games in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

For showy blooms, pruning hydrangeas is all about the timing
Hydrangeas are popular shrubs grown for their impressive blooms. Their foliage can also be attractive, particularly oakleaf hydrangeas.

"Pruning hydrangeas can be confusing because each species should be pruned at a different time of the year," says Ken Johnson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "The five common hydrangea can be divided into two groups for pruning purposes: those that bloom on old wood and those that bloom on new wood."

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Review: 'Conspiracy' tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed
Rules, laws and honesty meant little to Alexander McKenzie, a Gilded Age political boss in North Dakota who chummed around with deep-pocketed capitalists and U.S. senators. After gold was discovered in the territory of Alaska at the end of the 19th century, he involved them in his brazen scheme to plunder gold already claimed by miners by secretly rigging the justice system.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Rabbi: Cannon 'genuinely concerned' after apology, meeting
A prominent rabbi who met with Nick Cannon says the television host and producer is “genuinely concerned about the hurt” he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks, and they intend to work together to reject hate.

Cannon apologized to the Jewish community this week for his “hurtful and divisive” words, a day after ViacomCBS cut ties with him for the comments made on a podcast where he discussed racial bias, and following a phone conversation with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Film review: Handsome, broken Aussies connect in sprawling 'Dirt Music'
Everyone is sad in the Australian indie “ Dirt Music,” a sprawling story about a small fishing town, an affair and the dark secrets that tie everyone together. But at least the Western Australia setting is pretty, and the people are, too.

The film stars Kelly Macdonald as Georgie, a former nurse who has taken up with a widower crayfish baron, Jim Buckridge (David Wenham) in White Point. But life in their modern seaside mansion with epic views and two well-behaved little boys doesn’t seem to be enough. Georgie doesn’t fit in among the townies, even with her partner being the local bigwig. She wakes before sunrise to skinny dip in the water and day drinks white wine until she falls asleep on the couch.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Entertainment this week: 'Flannery,' Ellie Goulding, 'Showbiz Kids,' 'Psych'
(AP) — Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Charlie Daniels dies at 83
Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia,“ has died at age 83.

A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died today at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dies
ROME (AP) — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic “Once Upon A Time In America,” died today. He was 91.
Monday, July 6, 2020

Review: Don Bryant expresses deep soul on 'You Make Me Feel'
Don Bryant’s second secular album in decades is like a lost Memphis soul treasure.

Everything on “You Make Me Feel,” from the songs to the sounds to Bryant’s still-astonishing voice, confirms that his 2017 comeback, “Don’t Give Up On Love,” was no fluke.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

USA Today Best Sellers
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Raise a lemon-infused toast
Tart and tangy, lemon-based flavors are hard to pass up. Citrus can help cleanse the palate between courses, but it also can be a refreshing component in beverages.

Anyone who has enjoyed a tall glass of lemonade on a warm day understands how thirst-quenching it can be. Limoncello is a lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, particularly in the region around the Gulf of Naples. Limoncello is made from the zest of lemons, which is then steeped in alcohol, like vodka. The lemon-infused liqueur also is mixed with a sugar syrup.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

COOL OFF WITH FIERY FOOD
It may sound counterintuitive, but when the weather is hot, the spices should be hotter. Think about it: Many cultures that infuse their cuisine with chiles and spice are warm-weather countries. Sure, many of these five-alarm ingredients are native to their environment, but the simple fact is that spicy food is cooling. It makes you sweat, which is your body's sensible method of adjusting its thermostat.

This recipe is my attempt to confront a sweltering day with a plate of fiery food. Chicken thighs are great for roasting and grilling. The dark meat is rich, moist and flavorful, and it can easily handle a wallop of heat and spice. Plus, the juicy meat won't dry out while you cook the thighs to crispy perfection.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Making the most of your outdoor space, no matter how small
Coronavirus quarantine had many people rethinking the interiors of their homes this spring. DIY projects were tackled, and rooms reorganized.

Now that summer’s here, why not give the same mini-makeover to backyards and outdoor spaces?

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hugh Downs, TV presence for four decades, dies
Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.

Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his great-niece, Molly Shaheen.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Music: Paul Weller's shiny 'On Sunset' is a carnival of sounds
Paul Weller’s “On Sunset” is a rapturous collection, filled to the brim with a carnival of sounds that finds inspiration in decades past while occasionally stepping into something new.

Weller’s 15th solo effort has more of The Style Council than The Jam, his two former bands, and clearly feels of a kind with the string of albums he’s been releasing since 2008’s “22 Dreams,” chipping and stretching the mold without breaking it.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Film review: A master class by Catherine Deneuve in 'The Truth'
Family may be the great subject of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, but he doesn’t draw straightforward portraits. In Kore-eda’s hands, family is more malleable. He tends to shift roles around like he’s rearranging furniture, subtly remaking familiar dynamics until he has, without you knowing it, undone everything.

In his delicate, devastating and deeply humane films, family works like a prism, a way to see things often obscured in Japanese society. In “Like Father, Like Son,” a switched-at-birth tale (usually the stuff of melodrama) is used to delicately render class divisions. In “Nobody Knows,” four children of different fathers and one mother for a moment find harmony together. In his Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” a makeshift and impoverished clan are a truer family than most that are bound by DNA.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Beloved creator of 'Dick Van Dyke Show' dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died. He was 98.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sir Patrick Stewart is writing memoir
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearing his 80th birthday, Sir Patrick Stewart is finally ready for the project he once feared taking on — his memoir.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Review: Quartet with Yo-Yo Ma wows
(AP) The success of the first album from this string band in 2011 showed there's a large potential audience for something different.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020









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