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Saturday: Weekend

James Taylor, wife, donate $1M to Boston hospital

By The Associated Press From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, hereís a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly ...

DJ D-Nice unites during pandemic, one beat at a time

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK — When DJ D-Nice decided to start playing music live on Instagram amid countless closures due the worldwide pandemic, he did it in part to ease his loneliness and boredom given his own gigs had dried up. At first, the audience for his ...

Staying hopeful

The sun is shining, the air seems to hold the promise of spring and I find myself smiling at the sight of a couple walking a pair of large, shaggy dogs along the newly dry roads and sidewalks. It almost seems like a regular day in late March until I notice the empty streets, parking lots and ...

Ice watcher carries on 165-year tradition on Madison lakes

By CHRIS HUBBUCH Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — It’s 48 degrees, and Ed Hopkins is looking for ice. There’s no shortage of it here along the shore of Maple Bluff, but a pair of eagles perched several hundred yards out hint at open water. According to custom, the lake is ...

Full circle food

By HANNAH YANG Associated Press SLEEPY EYE, Minn. — As brewers siphoned a new batch of beer into kegs at the new Sleepy Eye Brewing and Coffee Co., Craig Fischer waited patiently off to the side. He’s there every week when they fill the kegs. But the liquid gold wasn’t what ...

Words in crisis

Everything has changed in unimaginable ways over the past week. Schools closed, businesses and organizations shuttered, events and gatherings canceled, seemingly endless new changes and losses with every passing day. It’s hard to accept the strange new reality, especially when social ...

Downton Abbey creator turns to beautiful game

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — With global soccer shut down these days, fans desperate for a fix of the beautiful game may find it from a rather unlikely source — the creator of the stately ìDownton Abbey.î Julian Fellowes has created and co-written the new Netflix ...

Historian Niall Ferguson warns of contagion, online and off

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Historian Niall Ferguson has a knack for timing his TV projects. He debuted his examination of the global financial system in ìThe Ascent of Moneyî just as the 2008 economic crisis was hitting. Now he has returned with a series ...

Traditional archers have their day in the Wisconsin woods

By FRANK SCHULTZ The Janesville Gazette TOWN OF CENTER, Wis. (AP) — Dale Moore remembers when it was tough to find a traditional bow. That was in the 1970s, when compound bows — more accurate, more stable and with greater range — took over the market. Moore tried a ...

Kindness is key

We all endure challenges and hardships that we don’t share with others. Sometimes because we feel ashamed of our struggles. Sometimes because we feel like others might not understand. Sometimes because we just can’t bear to talk it. Regardless of the reason, most people carry burdens that ...

Sugar shacks fired up for maple syrup boils

By CHRIS GOUDREAU Associated Press HADLEY, Mass. — The sweet aroma of fresh maple syrup wafted through the air inside the North Hadley Sugar Shack last weekend as white smoke filled the room during a recent maple syrup boil. For Joe Boisvert, owner of the North Hadley Sugar ...

Returning to acting, Jagger plays man of wealth and taste

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — Itís been nearly 20 years since Mick Jagger last acted, but as the new film ìThe Burnt Orange Heresyî shows, his chops have gathered no moss. In the film, which Sony Pictures Classics will release Friday, Jagger co-stars alongside Claes Bang ...

A blossoming understanding

For me, the beginning of March always represents hope. The days are noticeably longer, there’s usually at least a hint of light when I’m going to work in the morning and heading home at night; the air starts to take on that incredible early spring scent; patches of dry pavement, exposed ...

Matthews was inspired by his daughters to write a novel

NEW YORK — For his debut novel, Dave Matthews found inspiration close to home. He was recording music in New Orleans years ago when he started imaging the story of ìIf We Were Giants.î His twin daughters were 6. While they played in the trees, the singer-songwriter was overwhelmed by ...

Mystery Solved

By JENNY BERG St. Cloud Times ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — When Chuck Owen spent a summer in St. Cloud by happenstance in 1952, he stayed in a house with a wide front porch on a tree-lined street. Although some of his memories of that summer are fuzzy, Owen distinctly remembers ...

Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, Maren Morris among top ACM nominations

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. In the nominations ...

Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in ìCasablancaî and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its ...

Hidden stories

There’s quite a bit to love about secondhand items: The mysteries, the stories, the joyful coincidence of just the right object somehow finding its way to you, the chance to give something another use, a new life. Whether an item comes from a thrift store, a yard sale, an estate sale, a ...

Moving into the digital economy

MARQUETTE — Ray Johnson, CEO of Innovate Marquette SmartZone, is retiring. But the mission continues. Innovate Marquette SmartZone was created to help accelerate the creation and growth of technology-based start-ups and jobs in Marquette. Johnson was hired in September 2015 as its ...

Photographic memories

Albums. Boxes. Hard drives. Discs. Social media. The cloud. While all of these methods of storing photos have their relative benefits and drawbacks, I find nothing quite compares to flipping through an album or box of photo prints. For one, there’s the tactile experience of looking ...