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Saturday: Weekend

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 ...

COMPRENEW Nonprofit keeps tech out of landfills

MARQUETTE — You’ve just upgraded your television to a brand new flat screen, but now what do you do with the old one? The simple solution would be to put it in the trash like other waste, but electronics pose harmful threats to the environment if not properly disposed of. Comprenew ...

Crafting for critters

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in ...

Stephen King criticized for comments on diversity

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King says he cares “only about ìquality,” not diversityî when deciding on awards. Some are asking why he thinks the two must be different. “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,î” King tweeted this week. “It seems to me that ...

Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. lead field into rock and roll hall

By DAVID BAUDER AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Posthumous inductees Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. will lead a new class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joined by Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T-Rex. The gospel-trained Houston, whose soaring ...

Documents suggest Thomas Markle may testify in Meghan suit

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON — The estranged father of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could be called to testify against the royals in her lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper, court papers reveal. Meghan is suing the newspaper and its parent company, Associated ...

Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK— The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives. Those ...

DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance gives $3M to Australia fire relief

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. The foundation said Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help ...