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European deep freeze serves up fun, frustrations and danger

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Three workers in a boat hacked away at ice Thursday to create a watery barrier around the Dutch prime minister’s office, while others in the Netherlands tentatively tested the frozen surfaces of lakes and canals to see if they were safe to skate on. The deep ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Books for babies and books for young children just learning to read are so important! They help distil a love of books and reading that will hopefully remain with children throughout their lives. Here are some brand new books great for the baby in your life, and the little one just learning how ...

Hunting ‘90s killers again in ‘The Little Things’

Even before the pandemic, “The Little Things” would have been a throwback. Star-laden thrillers, with studio scale and high-priced craft, are one of those genres that’s been mostly squeezed out by the mega-sized movies that crowd Hollywood’s assembly lines. A movie directed by John ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Many new films originate from the storylines of very old books. Other books have the film rights scooped up as soon as they are published. Check out some of these pairings from PWPL’s newest DVD acquisitions. The books may be found in various library collections, but the “New” DVDs will ...

Dry January is moist for some at the rocky start of 2021

NEW YORK — A raging pandemic, tumultuous presidential election and deadly Capitol insurrection have combined to make the annual tradition of Dry January more moist than air-tight for some. Not Sarah Arvizo. She considers it her easiest yet. As much as the 32-year-old Manhattanite would ...

Tom Hanks heads special celebrating Biden’s inauguration

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, with performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons. "I was left speechless ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Currently I am finishing the last book, “Empire of Gold,” in the Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty. The series, which reads like any classic fantasy, is set in the Muslim world. The main characters are Djinn or Daeva and represent factions of a magical subculture with settings that ...

Neil Young becomes latest artist to sell stake in his songs

NEW YORK — Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold with his song catalogue, selling a 50 percent stake in his music to a British investment company in a deal announced on Wednesday. The Hipgnosis Songs Fund said it had acquired half of the copyright and income interests in ...

Winter walks: New snowshoe trail opens at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MUNISING — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has a new trail for snowshoe users. The trail has been a year in the making, and travels through a variety of habitats of beech, maple and conifer forests. The trail offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the quiet and solitude of the ...

Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it’ll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous. After five consecutive years of North American revenues exceeding $11 billion, this year they’re expected to cap out at an almost 40-year low of around $2.3 billion. ...

Trebek’s last new ‘Jeopardy!’ episodes airing with a tribute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final new “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Alex Trebek will air this week, with highlights that promise to be memorable. The first of the five episodes will air today and start with Trebek’s “powerful message about the season of giving,” producer Sony Pictures ...

A message of love: Man named ‘Teacher of the Year’ shares experiences

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — At first glance, Anthony Swann’s fifth grade classroom is no different from any other. Students sit at their laptops on a recent December morning, completing reading assignments as the Rocky Mount Elementary teacher walks around the room answering questions. A white ...

Author’s rail trailer tiny house stars in children’s book

LAS VEGAS — When Hannah Doss bought an old railroad trailer about three years ago, she figured she could convert it into an affordable, cozy place to live — a tiny house, one of the downsized, mobile domiciles that are so popular these days. A few months later, while transporting it to ...

Taking note: Dreaming big

The final days of 2020 seemed to dwindle quickly. But the last little bit of the year offered up a few incredibly bright winter days. Sunshine had returned, sparkling upon the all-encompassing blanket of pure white snow. It was a powerful sun, bold and bright, against a pure blue backdrop of ...

Being Judy Garland won Zellweger an Oscar. Is a Grammy next?

NEW YORK — Renee Zellweger is known for acting but you could easily write a thesis about her love for music. The entertainer won her second Academy Award for portraying Judy Garland in last year’s “Judy,” for which Zellweger did her own singing in front of live audiences. She was ...

A record 39 holiday songs dominate Billboard Hot 100 chart

NEW YORK — Tis the season to be jolly: A record 39 holiday songs have dominated this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, including nine holiday tunes in the Top 10. Mariah Carey’s ubiquitous hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” leads the pack at No. 1 — marking the tune’s fifth ...

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ debuts with pandemic-best $16.7M

NEW YORK — Despite premiering simultaneously by streaming service, “Wonder Woman 1984” managed the best box office debut of the pandemic, opening with $16.7 million over the Christmas weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s only a faint glimmer of typical business during ...

From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Star Wars,’ Patty Jenkins’ rise continues

Years ago, Chris Pine turned “Wonder Woman” down. Then Patty Jenkins came on board and suddenly without even much of a script he found himself under a kind of spell listening to her vision for the film over a hamburger in Los Angeles’ Silverlake neighborhood. His no turned into a yes on ...