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Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Opens At Universal Studios Hollywood

Springfield, Home Of ‘The Simpsons,’ Opens At Universal Studios Hollywood

June 11, 2015


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By Martin Miller Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Springfield, the mythical city that serves as Anytown, USA for “The Simpsons,” is enjoying some urban sprawl in the real world. Home to America’s favorite screaming yellow TV characters, the town becomes bicoastal on Wednesday when Uni...

Asher Vollmer, Creator Of The Elegant ‘Threes,’ Turns Cynical With ‘Royals.’

Asher Vollmer, Creator Of The Elegant ‘Threes,’ Turns Cynical With ‘Royals.’

June 9, 2015


Filed under Entertainment

By Todd Martens Los Angeles Times (TNS) Asher Vollmer helped make one of the most popular games of 2014. “Threes” has been downloaded more than 1 million times and was blessed by Apple as the mobile game of the year. It’s the puzzle game at its most elegant, owning an invitingly crisp design and requiring little more...

Cleveland State Transfer Anton Grady Signs With Wichita State

Cleveland State Transfer Anton Grady Signs With Wichita State

June 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

By Paul Suellentrop The Wichita Eagle (TNS) Wichita State needed one more big man. Anton Grady needed a place with top-level guards who could help him get to the NCAA Tournament. Easy fit. Grady, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, signed a financial aid agreement with Wichita State on Friday. He is...

Gil Lebreton: Power Five Conferences All Have It Wrong On Title Games

Gil Lebreton: Power Five Conferences All Have It Wrong On Title Games

June 2, 2015


Filed under Sports

By Gil Lebreton Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) Being competitive dudes and manly men, the football coaches and athletic directors of the Big 12 Conference convened in Phoenix last week to reassert their collective place in the post-BCS world. And this is what they came up with: Tiebreaker rules. ...

Britney Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

Britney Spears Cancels Concerts After Foot Injury

May 5, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her “Piece of Me” concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when, aft...

Fourth Man Pleads Guilty In Slaying Of Former NFL player

Fourth Man Pleads Guilty In Slaying Of Former NFL player

April 30, 2015


Filed under Sports

By David Ovalle Miami Herald (TNS) The fourth man involved in the slaying of former University of Miami and Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor will serve 30 years in prison. Charles Wardlow pleaded guilty Wednesday, eight years after he and four other young men from Fort Myers, Fla., broke int...

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

April 30, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Music

By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) She is named after a Welsh mythological spirit. She calls a guy named T Bone her “fairy godfather.” And she just led a singalong at the White House with Barack and Michelle. Rhiannon Giddens has been on a roll since hip producer T Bone Burnett ca...

Kirk Gibson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Kirk Gibson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

April 28, 2015


Filed under Top Stories

Former Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he said Tuesday. "I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles," Gibson said in a...

Kurt Cobain Documentary Gets Emotional Reception In Seattle

Kurt Cobain Documentary Gets Emotional Reception In Seattle

April 28, 2015


Filed under Entertainment

SEATTLE — Director Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Crossfire Hurricane”) brought his new documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” to Seattle recently. The HBO film makes use of home movies from Cobain’s childhood, his time with his wife, Courtney Love, and later...

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

April 7, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) When Jay Z described his goals for Tidal, he stressed that “as we grow along to become a bigger company ... by time the size of the pizza is growing ... everybody’s sharing in that upside.” Now Jay Z is taking one very significant slice of that pie away f...

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

April 2, 2015


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By August Brown and Devon Maloney Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES—Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell fainted Tuesday and is still hospitalized, but she is “doing fine,” her spokeswoman said. A 911 call was made after Mitchell lost consciousness, her representative told the Los Angeles Times on ...

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

February 26, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Music

By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The stage was a witness box barely 3 feet wide, but Robin Thicke sang, played the piano and even danced a little in his seat during his testimony Wednesday for his copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s children. Thicke took the stand in a...

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