×

Saturday: Weekend

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 ...

‘Anatomy of a Start-Up’: NMU alumnus talks about business experience

MARQUETTE — Martin Heikel drew from his personal experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds to give business advice to Northern Michigan University students on Tuesday at the Northern Center. Heikel, a former Verizon vice president and founder/CEO of Flatiron Apps Company in ...

Kirk Douglas rose from poverty to become a king of Hollywood

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — He was born Issur Danielovitch, a ragman’s son. He died Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood king. Douglas, the muscular, tempestuous actor with the dimpled chin, lived out an epic American story of reinvention and perseverance, from the riches ...

Curling up with a good book

Someone from a much warmer locale recently asked me what people here do to get through the winter. I told them about the wealth of winter recreation opportunities, such as fat tire biking, skiing, snowshoeing and winter camping. And although it hardly seems as exciting by comparison, I also ...

Kidman, Nyong’o, Peele talk 1st Oscar moment

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX Associated Press LOS ANGELES — It happens in an instant: The envelope is opened, a name is called and the Oscar winner’s life and career are changed forever. To some, the first moments after an Academy Award win felt like an out-of-body experience — it came a ...

Key still making people laugh, flexing drama chops

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK — Keegan-Michael Key is transitioning out of over-the-top comedies to focus more on dramatic films, and for him, itís no laughing matter. “We’ve been moving in a little bit of a new direction, where it’s a Keegan with a little ...

A day in the life of a snowplow driver

By RYAN PATTERSON Leader-Telegram EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — David Gotlibson remembers his first day plowing snow for Eau Claire County. A winter storm dumped 14 inches of fresh powder, so the newcomer had his hands full. “I learned what to do and what not to do,” Gotlibson ...

Winter blues?

It’s not exactly breaking news that it’s already been a long winter here in the Upper Peninsula. But still, a long winter — or any winter in the U.P. — is one of those topics that seems to always merit discussion. Maybe it makes the months of bitter cold and seemingly endless snow a ...

10 ads to watch on Super Sunday

By MAE ANDERSON AP Business Writer NEW YORK — This year’s Super Bowl won’t be a politics-free zone, as both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will air campaign ads during the game. But most other advertisers will offer escape from ...

One hit no more: Persistence pays off for Billy Ray Cyrus

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most people would say that Billy Ray Cyrus has been lucky to keep finding himself in the middle of massive pop culture moments over this three-decade long career in music and television. Between his auspicious 1992 debut with ...

Older actors find a Minnesota stage where age is no problem

By PETER COX Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. — On a Monday night, the start of the second week of rehearsals, a group of actors gathered in a circle, stretching and working through vocal exercises. They’re like actors putting together a show at any other theater, ...

A little bit of an introduction

Do you ever find yourself wondering about the lives and backgrounds of the writers you read? I know I do. Whether they're a best-selling fiction author, a journalist or an academic writer, I usually find myself curious about the lives they led, as understanding who a writer is can lend ...

Taylor Swift shakes Sundance with revealing documentary

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah — The normally private Taylor Swift premiered an intimate documentary last week at the Sundance Film Festival in which the pop star discloses a past eating disorder, chronicles her inner battle over speaking forthrightly about politics and says ...

Cosby prosecutors defend accusers

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors who won a conviction in Bill Cosbyís sexual assault case defended their work as they fight the imprisoned actor’s latest appeal. Cosby, 82, has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review trial rulings that let five other accusers testify for the ...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of Jan. 22, 2020: TOP 20 GLOBAL ...