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  • 10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them) (science fiction/fantasy)

    08/01/2015 1:29:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 237 replies
    io9 ^ | July 30, 2015 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books--but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them. From Asimov to Pynchon, science fiction contains some fantastic, ambitious works of genre fiction. But a lot of us get overwhelmed. And it's not that hard to fake a first-hand knowledge of these books, because they're everywhere, and we've heard people talk about them so...
  • What the Guy Who Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil Can Learn from Guy Who Paid $350,000 to Kill Black Rhino

    08/01/2015 10:07:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Full title: Here's What the Guy Who Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil the Lion Can Learn from the Guy Who Paid $350,000 to Kill a Black Rhino Done right, paid hunts for endangered animals can be a huge boon for conservation ... the problem isn't that Palmer paid a lot of money to hunt a lion, it's that he didn't pay enough money, he paid it to the wrong people, and he killed the wrong lion ... American Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia under the auspices of the Dallas Safari Club...
  • Does this man have the most dangerous job in America? (aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker)

    07/31/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Thom Patterson and Nick Scott
    Until you get to know Sean D. Tucker, it's hard to understand why he chooses to make a living by risking his life. But take a moment to watch what he does. It's magical. Watch him fly hundreds of miles an hour and thousands of feet high -- twirling, tumbling and twisting his airplane in ways you never thought possible ... Tucker is an aerobatic pilot -- among the best in the world. He calls it a form of art ...
  • MSNBC Spikes Three Hours of Afternoon Lineup

    07/30/2015 6:51:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Variety ^ | July 30, 2015 | Brian Steinberg
    MSNBC is canceling three more hours of daytime programming as it works to rechristen itself as a place for hard news, not progressive views, in the hours leading up to the early evening. Gone are “The Cycle,” “Now With Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” as of Friday, MSNBC president Phil Griffin told network staffers in a memo Thursday. Wagner is expected to stay with MSNBC and cover the politics beat as coverage of the 2016 election increases. Ari Melber of “The Cycle” will continue as the network’s chief legal correspondent. Other hosts — Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman...
  • After 20 Years, Naugles Is Open Again in Southern California

    07/30/2015 12:18:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    CNN Wire via KTLA ^ | July 29, 2015
    After a 20-year hiatus, Naugles, a popular Mexican restaurant that once had a cult-like following, reopened Tuesday in Southern California ... Naugles merged with Del Taco in 1988, and by 1995 all of its locations had been shut down and replaced with Del Taco restaurants ...
  • Mark Steyn: Queer Theory meets African Studies

    07/29/2015 10:42:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia. Certainly, Africa is not terribly gay-friendly. But nor are other parts of the planet. In his ardent wooing of Iran, for example, he doesn't seem to have been perturbed in the least by his new best friends' executions of homosexuals, anymore than he is by the brutalization of gays elsewhere in the Muslim world. You might deduce in...
  • The Worst Heisman Winners to Ever Play in the NFL

    07/28/2015 1:33:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Worthly ^ | February 3, 2015 | Nick Dimengo
    The Heisman Trophy might just be the most prestigious individual award in all of sports. It’s a symbol of everything that stands for college football, with one player each year joining an exclusive fraternity for his on-field success. And, over the years, we have seen some great players go on to win the award and make a name for themselves in the NFL. Unfortunately, having the stiff-armed statue doesn’t always lead to that kind of pro career, and these 20 of the players who found that out, as they’re the worst Heisman Trophy winners to ever play in the NFL.
  • Pianist Ivan Moravec has died

    07/27/2015 12:14:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Gramophone ^ | July 27, 2015 | James Jolly
    Born November 9, 1930; died July 27, 2015 Born in Prague, Ivan Moravec enjoyed a loyal following among piano buffs thanks to his recordings and relatively rare concert appearances.
  • On Sunday, Donald Trump Showed Why His Campaign Is Doomed

    07/26/2015 1:51:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 109 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | July 26, 2015 | Rob Garver
    For the past six weeks, an overarching concern for the Republican Party has been the impact that Donald Trump might have on the GOP primary election – particularly the damage he could do on the debate stage by turning an already unmanageable 10-candidate forum into a full-on circus. On Sunday, though, Trump himself gave one of the clearest examples yet of why his candidacy is doomed to fail, and why, if handled properly, the debate stage could be his Waterloo. Trump has staked much of his campaign on his promise to solve what many of his supporters see as a...
  • The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows Ever

    07/25/2015 11:07:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 157 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 4, 2013 | Jordan Hoffman
    From the whiz-bang and cheesy to the far-out and prematurely cancelled, sci-fi and TV have had a nice run. We locked ourselves in the basement with several milk crates of VHS tapes, laser discs, and back issues of Starlog to come up with the top 50 science-fiction television shows.
  • Trump Suggests He May Be Open to Amnesty

    07/23/2015 7:12:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 100 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 23, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    At a campaign event today at the U.S.-Mexico border, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump left the door open to amnesty. He did so at a press conference on the border: ...
  • Ted Cruz Is More of a Spider-Man Guy (interview)

    07/23/2015 9:12:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 23, 2015 | Ana Marie Cox and Ted Cruz
    Your new book is called ‘‘A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America.’’ A few months ago you were in the news for warning a little girl that ‘‘the world is on fire.’’ Do you believe setting things on fire is good or bad? Both. I am a passionate believer in the fire of liberty. Indeed, I have encouraged young people to become arsonists, spreading the fire of liberty. Now that said, the world being on fire is not a good thing.
  • Chicago Sinfonietta founder Paul Freeman (1936-2015)

    07/22/2015 8:56:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 22, 2015 | Hedy Weiss
    Maestro Paul Freeman who, for 24 years was the Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta – a post he held since his founding of the orchestra in 1987 – died Tuesday night, July 21. He was 79 and, according to a statement issued by the orchestra, he had been fighting a number of physical challenges over the last few years.
  • Vin Scully on life and lessons from his rookie year with the 1950 Dodgers

    07/20/2015 7:12:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | July 20, 2015 | David J. Halberstam
    In 1950, an unfussy, callow rookie tiptoed into the Dodgers broadcast booth and never left. Vin Scully was just 22 and a year removed from his graduation at Fordham when he suddenly found himself alongside veterans Connie Desmond and the legendary Red Barber in calling Brooklyn Dodgers games on radio and television. Sixty-five years later, Scully and the Dodgers are both in Los Angeles and both still together. Throughout a career in which he has called the NFL, golf, tennis and, of course, baseball for a national audience and even did college basketball in his early days, he remains a...
  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 3:27:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Cass R. Sunstein
    When Americans think about the Confederacy, they often think about Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic, Gone With the Wind. Inspired by recent debates over the Confederate flag, I decided to give the book a try. I confess that I did not have high hopes. I expected to be appalled by its politics and racism, and to be bored by the melodrama. (Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, and Ashley Wilkes? Really?) About twenty pages, I thought, would be enough. I could not have been more wrong. The book is enthralling, and it casts a spell. Does it make a plausible argument for continuing...
  • New York Times Columnist David Brooks Blasted for White Privilege Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates

    07/17/2015 12:07:18 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    New York Times columnist David Brooks was slammed on Twitter Friday after he wrote a column — in the form of a letter to The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates — about Coates’ new book about the African-American experience and white privilege. Brooks’ “Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White” compliments Coates’ “searing contribution to the public education,” but then switches gears to criticize the book, “Between the World and Me.” ... Salon, which has made a sport of Brooks bashing, wrote a review of Brook’s column, and opined that “the Times columnist displays more white privilege in one column than some white...
  • David Brooks: Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White

    07/17/2015 11:58:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | David Brooks
    ... the disturbing challenge of your book is your rejection of the American dream. My ancestors chose to come here. For them, America was the antidote to the crushing restrictiveness of European life, to the pogroms. For them, the American dream was an uplifting spiritual creed that offered dignity, the chance to rise ... Your definition of “white” is complicated. But you write “ ‘White America’ is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies. Sometimes this power is direct (lynching), and sometimes it is insidious (redlining).” In what is bound to be the...
  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2015 | Joseph Pimentel
    They were supposed to be in Mexico that day, not at the opening of some amusement park. But 7-year-old Michael Schwartner persuaded his parents to take a detour. And then his cousin Christine Vess tripped and skinned her knee. And that’s how Michael and Christine became the very first official guests in Disneyland 60 years ago this week and unexpectedly received a lifetime of privileges. That’s how they were escorted past 15,000 people, how they met Walt Disney, and how they posed with Disney for a photograph beamed around the world.
  • Texas Judge James R. DePiazza Has Bizarre New Wedding Requirement

    07/14/2015 11:40:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 14, 2015 | Ed Mazza
    A Texas judge is so opposed to same-sex weddings that he wants every couple he marries -- straight or gay -- to sign a document acknowledging his views. The agreement required by Judge James R. DePiazza, of The Colony, which is just north of Dallas, states that he doesn't want to perform same-sex weddings but will do so if asked ... "I think it's an interesting innovation in trying to hold your nose and do your job by making everybody else hold your nose as well," Katherine Franke, the director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia University's law...
  • The Destruction of a Black Suburb (Lincoln Heights, Ohio)

    07/13/2015 10:42:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 13, 2015 | Alana Semuels
    ... When it incorporated in 1947, this village, called Lincoln Heights, was the first primarily black self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon line. (Today, the city has one of the highest concentrations of African American residents in the state of Ohio—according to the Census, 95.5 percent.) Lincoln Heights thrived for a while, producing poet Nikki Giovanni, songwriters the Isley Brothers (who wrote “Twist and Shout”), and scholar Carl Westmoreland, who now helps run the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Hundreds of residents worked at the nearby Wright Aeronautical Plant, manufacturing the B-29 bomber, and at a chemical plant a few...
  • Exclusive trailer debut of Syfy's Arthur C. Clarke series 'Childhood's End'

    07/12/2015 7:26:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2015 | Tracy Brown
    We're exclusively premiering the new trailer for Syfy's miniseries "Childhood’s End," which just debuted at Comic-Con on Saturday morning. Get a good look at what Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi novel will look like in real life, right now. Set in a world that's already been conquered by aliens, this trailer actually shows the big "first contact" moment. "There’s no need to be afraid," says the alien voiceover. "We've come to help mankind. We are not conquerors."
  • WHINOS: On the Martyrdom of the Holy, Holy Base

    07/12/2015 12:22:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | July 12, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ... You know the RINO — Republican In Name Only — but you may be less familiar with the WHINO. The WHINO is a captive of the populist Right’s master narrative, which is the tragic tale of the holy, holy base, the victory of which would be entirely assured if not for the machinations of the perfidious Establishment. Never mind the Democrats, economic realities, Putin, ISIS, the geographical facts of the U.S.-Mexico border — all would be well and all manner of things would be well if not for the behind-the-scenes plotting of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and their enablers,...
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Comic-Con Trailer [HD]

    07/11/2015 11:51:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 11, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures
    Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - in theaters August 14th.
  • Bill Cosby Accuser Fires Back at Whoopi Goldberg: ‘He Raped Me’ (Lili Bernard)

    07/10/2015 8:59:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 9, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    Lili Bernard fired back at Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday over “The View” co-host’s defense of Bill Cosby on the grounds that he’s innocent until proven guilty ... “He met with me under the pretense of meeting with producers who would further my career, and he surreptitiously, clandestinely slipped drugs into my blood and he raped me,” she said ...
  • General Nathan Bedford Forrest Versus the Ku Klux Klan

    07/09/2015 8:19:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 6, 2015 | John A. Tures
    Think that if he were alive today, General Nathan Bedford Forrest would embrace Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine blacks in a Charleston Church who hoped to start a race war? Think again. In fact, toward the end of his life, General Forrest would have likely sought to exterminate those who would kill blacks in his name, or for his "cause," like Roof.
  • Will Carnival's cruises to Cuba spoil everything? Maybe not

    07/08/2015 4:14:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 9, 2015 | Mary Forgione
    Just what you didn't want to see happen in Cuba: the coming of cruises disgorging thousands onto the shores of the island nation. But hold the phone. The announcement Tuesday that Carnival Corp. will begin sailing to Cuba in May may have raised the "that-will-spoil-everything" alarm, but Carnival is deploying its new Fathom brand, using a relatively small (710-passenger) ship that parts ways with the concept of cruises that party hearty ... Fathom cruises are designed to provide "cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens," Carnival said. Americans are allowed to travel to Cuba under these...
  • What happened to Baby Alpha Beta? Did the newborn found behind a grocery find her birth mother?

    07/06/2015 11:31:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 6, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    Kayla Tovo paced next to her parked car, not sure what to expect. "Mom, what are you doing?" her little boy called out the window. "Give me a minute," she answered. A decade ago, Tovo manned a machine gun for the Army in Afghanistan. Yet the meeting she was about to go to, at a park in Huntington Beach, spooked her. On the drive over she'd stopped to buy a yellow rose. A yellow rose means friendship. A yellow rose means starting over. A yellow rose would express three words to someone she'd be meeting for the first time –...
  • The Wright Brothers: Even More Badass Than You Thought

    07/05/2015 12:51:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 2, 2015 | Matt Goulet
    For his new book, The Wright Brothers, ­Pulitzer Prize winner David ­McCullough pored over newspaper articles, photographs, and more than 1,000 letters to create a gripping account of Wilbur and Orville's quest to fly.
  • A Superman comic just took on police brutality and left me breathless

    07/02/2015 11:56:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 2, 2015 | Joshua Rivera
    One of the biggest changes to come out DC Entertainment's big comics revamp this summer turned Superman's world upside-down: Lois Lane revealed his identity to the world, and then he lost almost all of his powers ... Now that he's been outed, Superman's relationship with everyone around him has completely changed. Some are supportive, and grateful, surprised to learn that he's been living among them all along. Others, however, have a chip on their shoulder, resenting all the supervillains that he has attracted. Unfortunately for him, most of the angriest folks are cops. This quickly escalates into open conflict by...
  • Cruz: Cuba embassy a 'slap in the face' to Israel

    07/01/2015 3:36:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed Obama's decision to reopen the U.S. embassy in Cuba, suggesting that it was a "slap in the face" to Israel. The administration announced on Wednesday that it has told lawmakers that a deal has been reached to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and reopen embassies. Cruz, who is running for president, called Obama's announcement "unacceptable and a slap in the face of a close ally that the United States will have an embassy in Havana before one in Jerusalem."
  • Cruz calls Cuba move 'a serious mistake'

    07/01/2015 2:59:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rebecca Elliott
    Sen. Ted Cruz criticized the Obama administration's decision to reopen U.S. and Cuban embassies in the countries' respective capitals Wednesday, calling the move "a serious mistake." Cruz's comments followed President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the United States formally will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba.
  • So You Think That Rainbow Makes You Look Cool? (contains profanity)

    06/30/2015 8:50:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 97 replies
    christophercantwell.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Christopher Cantwell
    I have an important public service announcement for everyone who changed their Facebook and other profile photos to a rainbow recently. Absent some massive desire for more color in your life, you probably did this to celebrate the United States Supreme Court magically creating a constitutional "right" to a marriage license for gay people. Didn't you? I suppose you think this makes you quite tolerant, and forward thinking, but it doesn't. I imagine you think you're advancing freedom, but you're not. You probably feel really good about yourself for helping gay people gain acceptance in society, but that's not even...
  • Jack Carter, Brash Comic, Dies at 93

    06/29/2015 7:04:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sue Manning
    Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills, California, home, a family spokesman said. Carter turned 93 just four days before he died Sunday, Jeff Sanderson said. In 1948, when network television was beginning, Carter starred in a series of variety shows on ABC. In 1950, Pat Weaver, the visionary NBC programmer who fostered the "Today" and "Tonight" shows and other innovations, scheduled two hours of programming called "Saturday...
  • Ann Coulter has fallen from grace — and the reason why is terrifying

    06/29/2015 12:28:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | June 29, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    ... [Ann Coulter] was riding high, perhaps the most famous polemicist of her day, the scourge of liberals everywhere and the fantasy of young conservative men's dreams. And then suddenly, she was nowhere. After having been relegated to a "debate" with her friend Mickey Kaus the year before, she was excluded from CPAC in 2015 where she'd been featured for 17 years. It seems that conservative organizations have been trying to have her dropped for a while but friends in high places had intervened. But the planners had had enough. She was very bitter about it, telling the Washington Examiner,...
  • Cartoonists Commemorate the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision

    06/28/2015 9:25:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 27, 2015 | Polly Mosendz
    After the Supreme Court on Friday ruled gay marriage bans were unconsitutional, opening the door to gay marriage in every state, thousands of people rushed to courthouses to get married and even the most conservative states started issuing marriage licenses (though some were still fighting it). Others celebrated by heading to the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a newly landmarked site for its role in the fight for gay rights, and to the Supreme Court itself. Meanwhile, amateur and professional cartoonists around the nation commemorated the day in their own way: ...
  • U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

    06/27/2015 12:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Trotta
    Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans.
  • After Gay Marriage Decision, Mississippi May Stop Issuing All Marriage Licenses

    06/27/2015 12:09:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 265 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 26, 2015 | Polly Mosendz
    Mississippi is considering pulling the plug on issuing marriage licenses altogether after the Supreme Court struck down bans on gay marriage Friday morning. As the state's governor and lieutenant governor condemned the court's decision, state House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson began studying ways to prevent gay marriage in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant said he would do all he can "to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi." To Bryant's point of doing "all" the state could do, Gipson, who is a Baptist minister, suggested removing marriage licenses entirely.
  • Conservative Lawmakers and Faith Groups Seek Exemptions After Same-Sex Ruling

    06/27/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | Erik Eckholm
    Within hours of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, an array of conservatives including the governors of Texas and Louisiana and religious groups called for stronger legal protections for those who want to avoid any involvement in same-sex marriage, like catering a gay wedding or providing school housing to gay couples, based on religious beliefs. They demanded establishing clear religious exemptions from discrimination laws, tax penalties or other government regulations for individuals, businesses and religious-affiliated institutions wishing to avoid endorsing such marriages.
  • Clarence Thomas invokes comparison to slavery in raging gay-marriage dissent

    06/26/2015 11:25:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 26, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday wrote a fiery dissent in response to the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.
  • Gay Marriage Won't Be Controversial

    06/26/2015 9:54:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    Bloomberg View | June 26, 2015 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Link only per agreement with Bloomberg
  • New ABC series features Mormon character wearing nothing but temple garments (Quantico)

    06/24/2015 2:36:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Scott D. Pierce
    There's a Mormon character in one of ABC's new fall series. And viewers will learn this when they see him wearing nothing but his temple garments. That's just one of the reasons that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may not be particularly pleased with that character in the pilot of "Quantico," which is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. on ABC/Ch. 4. The series is about a bunch of new recruits who arrive at the FBI training base in Quantico, Va., for training.
  • Yes, You're a Racist -- And a Traitor

    06/23/2015 11:56:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 137 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 23, 2015 | John E. Price
    <p>Gone With the Wind is Birth of a Nation with less horses. The movie, and its position among the American cinematic pantheon, has done more to further the ahistoric Lost Cause bullshit than any other single production. Because that's the fundamental problem with the Lost Cause narrative: it's not true.</p>
  • "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel passes away at age 53 (professional wrestler)

    06/22/2015 8:48:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Wrestling Observer / Figure Four ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dave Meltzer
    William Ansor, who was once on the verge of becoming one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling in the mid-80s as "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, passed away Monday at the age of 53.
  • Plane Registered To Film Composer James Horner Crashes North Of Santa Barbara

    06/22/2015 7:27:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | June 22, 2015
    The pilot of a small aircraft, which is believed to have been registered to famed film composer James Horner, was killed when the plane crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether or not the pilot was Horner himself.
  • Gunther Schuller Dies at 89; Composer Synthesized Classical and Jazz

    06/22/2015 8:33:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Allan Kozinn
    Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.
  • Guinness record set for most surfers riding wave

    06/20/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 20, 2015 | Laylan Connelly
    Long-time Huntington Beach surfer Gary Sahagen had a prediction about how the world record attempt to get the most people riding one wave would go down. "It's either going to be spectacular, or a spectacle," Sahagen said, before joining 66 other surfers crammed onto a 42-foot board on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Turns out, it was a lot of both.
  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer Danny Villanueva dies at age 77

    06/20/2015 5:15:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 19, 2015
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77. Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week. Born to migrant missionary workers in eastern New Mexico, Villanueva went on to attend New Mexico State on a football scholarship. After graduating in 1961, he played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was nicknamed "El Kickador." Bullfighting music was played...
  • End of an era: U-T presses cease (San Diego Union-Tribune)

    06/20/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 15, 2015 | Michele Parente
    They were a part of history, bringing the biggest news events — from Watergate, to the 9/11 terror attacks and raging local wildfires — to San Diegans’ doorsteps. And now, the presses at The San Diego Union-Tribune are themselves history, with the final print run in Mission Valley coming to a close at 1 a.m. Sunday. Starting with Monday’s paper, the Union-Tribune is being printed in Los Angeles, a byproduct of the U-T’s sale last month to the Tribune Publishing Co., parent company of the Los Angeles Times.
  • 'Surf City' singer Dean Torrence, minus Jan, still rides the wave in his adopted hometown

    06/20/2015 9:46:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 20, 2015 | David Ferrell
    Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Ride the Wild Surf” and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” joining with their younger friends, the Beach Boys, in writing the anthems of the California coastal lifestyle. Skip forward more than...
  • 'Civil War' & 'Endless Trauma': What Opponents Predict Will Happen If Marriage Equality Is Legalized

    06/17/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 17, 2015 | Jacob Kerr and Amanda Terkel
    Full title: 'Civil War' And 'Endless Trauma': What Opponents Predict Will Happen If Marriage Equality Is Legalized The Supreme Court will issue its decision this month in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that could affirm that same-sex couples around the country have the constitutional right to marry. Same-sex marriage is already legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia. But in the remaining states, gay couples are prohibited from marrying, and couples who were legally married in other states are barred from having their unions recognized in these non-marriage equality states. If the Supreme Court affirms that same-sex couples...