BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 18 March, 2016

Friday

18 March, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1632 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Tom Danehy: "Tom declares Bill Clinton would win this next election (he's voting Hillary)" (Tucson Weekly)
The circus rolls into Arizona next week as the Republican and Democratic parties hold their respective presidential preference polls. As a means to selecting delegates to the national party conventions, it's not as stupid as the caucus method employed in Iowa and Hawaii, but neither is it as straightforward as the primary held in Mississippi last week. Wow, we suck worse than Mississippi in both election and education. The dolts in the state Legislature should put that in their re-election campaign literature.


Andrew Tobias: Calculating Your Tariffs
TPP [TransPacificPartnership] will eliminate more than 18,000 tariffs placed on Made-In-America exports. (Donald Trump, needless to say, would have eliminated far more than 18,000. A little baby could have eliminated more tariffs than that. [Sarcasm Alert!] If there's anything Mr. Trump has the patience, skill, and nuance to do, it's negotiate multinational trade deals. He doesn't say much; but what he does say is so carefully considered he has already won the respect of most world leaders.)


Patrick Barkham: When doves cry - why using animals at your wedding is a bad idea (The Guardian)
Animal sanctuaries are concerned that white doves are going missing after being used in celebrations. Still, that's a better fate than befell the Rolling Stones' butterflies


Emma Briockes: I don't exactly love Pacino and De Niro. I'm not quite sure why everyone does (The Guardian)
But one suspects that they are loved less for their acting ability than for their roles as men who pound heads into tables.


Frank Sinatra Jr dies unexpectedly on singing tour (Associated Press)
Superstar's son who had a successful career in his own right suffered a cardiac arrest in Florida where he was due to perform, according to family.


Philip Ardagh: "My hero: Louise Rennison (1951-2016)" (The Guardian)
Philip Ardagh remembers the author who died this week. 'Her laughter will live on through the pages of her very funny books. She was a class act.'


Jonathan Coe: My hero: Umberto Eco" (The Guardian)
The author of Name of the Rose was a model European intellectual who anticipated the Da Vinci Code.


Catherine Shoard: "Indiana Jones and the Tide of Ageism: why such a reaction to the fifth film?"(The Guardian)
The announcement of a new Indiana Jones movie, to be released when the lead actor is 77, has revealed an attitude to old age out of sync with society.



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Trivia Question of the Day


In May 2010, what breakfast cereal commercial led to a lawsuit by Hulk Hogan?

                                  



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


What is the name of this cartoon character?


       Wimpy (J. Wellington Wimpy)                                                      Source


J. Wellington Wimpy, generally referred to as Wimpy, is one of the characters in the long-running comic strip Popeye, created by E. C. Segar and originally called Thimble Theatre, and in the Popeye cartoons based upon the strip. Wimpy was one of the dominant characters in the newspaper strip, but when Popeye was adapted as an animated cartoon series by Fleischer Studios, Wimpy became a minor character; Dave Fleischer said that the character in the Segar strip was "too intellectual" to be used in film cartoons.

Hamburgers are Wimpy's all-time favorite food, and he is usually seen carrying or eating one or more at a time - e.g. in Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor he is seen grinding meat or eating burgers almost the entire time - however, he is usually too cheap to pay for them himself. A recurring joke involves Wimpy's attempts to con other patrons of the diner into buying his meal for him. His best-known catchphrase started in 1931 as "Cook me up a hamburger. I'll pay you Thursday." In 1932, this then became the famous "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today". This phrase is now commonly used to illustrate financial irresponsibility and still appears in modern comedies such as The Drew Carey Show and The Office.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   Didn't even have to look it up...
  been a Popeye fan for a long time, and that's
  J. Wellington Wimpy





mj wrote:
   Part of Popeye's posse
  That's Wimpy.




Alan J answered:
   Wimpy.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   J. Wellington Wimpy from Popeye



Stephen F said:
   Wimpy



Lois Of The Cosmos responded:
   That is none other than J. Wellington Wimpy, famous for his signature expression: "I'd like to invite you over to my house for a duck dinner. Oh no, wait, that wasn't it. What I REALLY meant to say was, 'FUCK YOU, you son of a whore!'". Oh, and he also was heard to say he would eventually repay any sucker who would by him a burger. Like THAT ever happened. And then he endorsed Donald Trump for president. So fuck Wimpy. Wimpy will go to the HELL of the DISAPPEARING HAMBURGERS!





Gene wrote:
   To give his full name as named by Elzie Segar, it is J Wellington Wimpy. The name which goes with the 'J' is unknown to me.



Adam answered:
   Wimpy.



Deborah replied:
   I want to say Wimpy (Whimpy?) from Popeye cartoons.
  Sunny and 70* yesterday - late NorCal winter is quite spring-like. I'm not complaining.




Marian responded:
   Happy St. Patrick's Day!! His name is Wimpy, of the Popeye cartoon fame.



Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   It's Popeye's pal, Wimpy.



John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Wimpy."



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Wimpy





DJ Useo replied:
   That burger eating gent is Wimpy from Popeye cartoons.
  He has an even better "food theft success rate" than Barney Rubble does on Fred Flintstone. Lol.





MAM   wrote:
   J. Wellington Wimpy ~ Generally referred to as Wimpy, soft-spoken, very intelligent, and well educated, but also cowardly, very lazy, overly parsimonious and utterly gluttonous.





Joe S     answered:
   That's my favorite Popeye character, Wimpy. When I was a kid I hadn't had a restaurant hamburger, and Wimpy was always eating them. I had it in my mind exactly what they tasted like, and when I finally got a real restaurant hamburger I was very disappointed. It tasted nothing like I imagined it would. It tasted like hamburger. But I still liked Wimpy although I was very envious of him because he was eating those hamburgers that tasted like what I imagined they would taste like.



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
  


  





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Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Why does Starbucks hate you? - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



Surge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions | Environment | The Guardian



Justin Trudeau: when I call myself a feminist, Twitter explodes | World news | The Guardian



King Tut's tomb: '90%' chance of hidden chambers - CNN.com



GOP Congressman Says Elizabeth Warren Needs To Be 'Neutered'



Did California Figure Out How to Fix Global Warming? | Mother Jones



Guardian to cut 250 jobs - POLITICO



Portland votes unanimously to sue Monsanto for contamination




Thanks, Michelle!


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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


CRIMINAL CAPITALISM!






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

What started out like allergies turned out to be a cold. Ack.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 3/8/16) are Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, and DMA'S.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/9/16) are Von Miller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joe Manganiello, and Glen Hansard.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 3/8/16) are Ray Romano, Mitt Romney, and the Wild Feathers.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/3/16) are Tina Fey, John Stamos, Jay Pharoah, and Patrick Carney.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/24/16) are Grace Helbig, Luna, and Caity Lotz.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are John Krasinski, Melissa Benoist, and Mike Posner.



The CW offers a RERUN 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a RERUN 'The Originals'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Sleepy Hollow', followed by a FRESH 'Second Chance'.



MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.



A&E has 3 hours of old '60 Days In' and 'The First 48'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Bourne Identity', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 - Episode 2
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR: POLAR SPECIAL
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Sebastian's
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Giuseppi's
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Seascape
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-Birthright (Part 2)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Starship Mine
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Lessons
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-Q Who
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Samaritan Snare
 [8:00PM]    HOOK
 [11:00PM]    HOOK
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by the movie 'Coyote Ugly', then a FRESH 'The People's Couch'.



Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Tower Heist', then the movie 'The Change-Up'.



FX has the movie 'The Counselor', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.



History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Restoration', then a FRESH 'Million Dollar Genius'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John
 [6:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
 [6:45AM]    THE JERK
 [9:00AM]    DEALIN' WITH IDIOTS
 [11:00AM]    BROKEN LIZARD'S CLUB DREAD
 [1:15PM]    THE JERK
 [3:30PM]    VAN WILDER: FRESHMAN YEAR
 [5:30PM]    GET SMART
 [8:00PM]    WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
 [10:15PM]    DAZED AND CONFUSED
 [12:30AM]    WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
 [2:45AM]    VAN WILDER: FRESHMAN YEAR
 [4:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    Little Miss Sunshine
 [10:15AM]    Say Anything
 [12:30PM]    Groundhog Day
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-DNR
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Merger
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Justice
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Marathon
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Patsy
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Money
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Loco Parentis
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Mother's Milk
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Entitled
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Trade This
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-The Dive
 [3:00AM]    Groundhog Day
 [5:30AM]    Rushmore    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'The Cabin In The Woods', followed by the movie 'Silent Hill'.



TCM spends the night with Merle Oberon
 [6:00 AM]      Wide Open (1930)
 [7:15 AM]      But The Flesh Is Weak (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      Lonely Wives (1932)
 [10:15 AM]      Roar of the Dragon (1932)
 [11:30 AM]      Sing and Like It (1934)
 [12:45 PM]      Smarty (1934)
 [2:00 PM]      The Night Is Young (1935)
 [3:30 PM]      Young Man With Ideas (1952)
 [5:00 PM]      Gypsy Colt (1954)
 [6:15 PM]      Moonfleet (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      First Comes Courage (1943)
 [9:45 PM]      A Song to Remember (1945)
 [11:45 PM]      That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
 [1:15 AM]      Lydia (1941)
 [3:00 AM]      'Til We Meet Again (1940)
 [4:45 AM]      Over the Moon (1940)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Saturday   -  03/19/16

TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      The Giant Behemoth (1959)
 [7:45 AM]      The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
 [9:15 AM]      The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)
 [10:30 AM]      Angels In Disguise (1949)
 [12:00 PM]      Fort Apache (1948)
 [2:15 PM]      Escape From Fort Bravo (1953)
 [4:00 PM]      Back From Eternity (1956)
 [6:00 PM]      Breaking Away (1979)
 [8:00 PM]      The Great Escape (1963)
 [11:00 PM]      A Man Escaped (1956)
 [1:00 AM]      Bon Voyage (1944)
 [2:00 AM]      The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III (1998)
 [3:30 AM]      Over the Edge (1979)
 [5:15 AM]      Tear Gas In Law Enforcement (1962)
 [5:15 AM]      The Trouble Maker (1959)     (ALL TIMES EDT)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 03/18/83) - Louis Gossett Jr., Argus Hamilton, and Richard Kline

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


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Kris Kristofferson gives a thumbs up after the show finale that included all his guests including Willie Nelson, left, Dierks Bentley, second from right and Jennifer Nettles, right, among many others at The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.
Photo by Sanford Myers

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Beyond Record Hot

February

Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures as "astronomical," ''staggering" and "strange." They warned that the climate may have moved into a new and hotter neighborhood.

This was not just another of the drumbeat of 10 straight broken monthly global heat records, triggered by a super El Nino and man-made global warming. February 2016 obliterated old marks by such a margin that it was the most above-normal month since meteorologists started keeping track in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The old record was set just last December and the last three months have been the most above-normal months on record, said NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden. And it's not just NOAA. NASA, which uses different statistical techniques, as well as a University of Alabama Huntsville team and the private Remote Sensing System team, which measure using satellites, also said February 2016 had the biggest departure from normal on record.

NOAA said Earth averaged 56.08 degrees (13.38 degrees Celsius) in February, 2.18 degrees (1.21 degrees Celsius) above average, beating the old record for February set in 2015 by nearly six-tenths of a degree (one-third of a degree Celsius). These were figures that had federal scientists grasping for superlatives.

"The departures are what we would consider astronomical," Blunden said. "It's on land. It's in the oceans. It's in the upper atmosphere. It's in the lower atmosphere. The Arctic had record low sea ice."

February

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Emmylou Harris, left, and Rosanne Cash attend "The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson" at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.
Photo by Sanford Myers

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Will Burn His $7 Million Punk Collection

Joe Corre

In honor of the 40th anniversary of punk, Joe Corre (son of punk goddess Vivienne Westwood and the late Malcolm McLaren) is planning to burn his 5 million (roughly $7 million) punk memorabilia collection in London's Camden district.

Corre's move is a response to Queen Elizabeth II declaring 2016 as the "Year of Punk."

"The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I've ever heard," the British businessman said Wednesday in a release, according to Crack magazine.

"Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream," he continued. "Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a f-ing museum piece or a tribute act."

Should you want to join Corre, the burning is taking place on Nov. 26 - the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K."

Joe Corre

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Burial Chamber Shows Hidden Rooms

King Tut

Radar scans of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, a tantalizing discovery that could resolve a mystery as old as the pyramids: What was the fate of Egypt's beautiful Queen Nefertiti?

At a packed Cairo news conference Thursday to announce the find in King Tut's tomb in Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty declined to comment on whether any royal treasure or more mummies might be inside the rooms.

But he said the unexplored chambers could hold some kind of organic or metal objects.

Most experts say that while the scans might reveal another tomb behind the false walls, it's unlikely to be crammed with solid gold and a royal mummy like Nefertiti, whose 3,300-year-old bust on display in Berlin is one of the most famous symbols of ancient Egypt and classical beauty.

Still, the discovery has ignited massive interest, and el-Damaty cast the discovery as potentially huge. He said the radar scans of the chamber, taken last year and analyzed in Japan, will be repeated at the end of the month.

King Tut

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Paul Reubens attends the world premiere of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday" during the South by Southwest Film Festival on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Jack Plunkett

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'Moral Cowardice'

T-rump

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday accused the House and Senate Republican leadership of "moral cowardice" for failing to stand up to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

In a speech on GOP policies and Trump's success, the Nevada Democrat said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Koch., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Koch., have tried to have it both ways, saying they intend to support the eventual nominee while assailing Trump for his call to bar Muslims from the United States and his slow disavowal of the support from white supremacist groups.

"Giving Trump a slap on the wrist each time he says something detestable, but always committing to support him at the end of the day," Reid said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "This is precisely the kind of moral cowardice that enabled the rise of Trump."

"Trump has made disgusting, sexist statements," Reid said. "He has insulted veterans, immigrants and people with disabilities. Americans are being assaulted and taunted with racial slurs at Trump's rallies. Violence is being threatened and committed against African-Americans with disturbing regularity. And Trump encourages it all.

"There is no gray area here. It is time for Sen. McConnell and Speaker Ryan to find the backbone to say: "Enough!" the Democrat said.

T-rump

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Faces More Charges

Rolf Harris

Jailed television entertainer Rolf Harris has appeared in a London court to face seven more indecent assault charges, including one on a girl under 14 at BBC headquarters.

The 85-year-old artist-musician is serving a six-year sentence for sex offenses against four girls.

The seven new assaults were allegedly committed between 1971 and 2004. Three of the alleged victims were under 14, and one charge alleges Harris assaulted a disabled woman outside a London hospital in 1977.

Harris appeared Thursday at Westminster Magistrates' Court by video link from prison and denied all the charges.

Harris was a fixture on British and Australian screens for years and once painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Rolf Harris

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Mark Mothersbaugh attends the world premiere of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday" during the South by Southwest Film Festival on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Jack Plunkett

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Trial Adjourned

Vatileaks

The Vatican's controversial trial of journalists and others was adjourned Thursday until next month as a new account emerged of an alleged night of sex and secrets between two of the accused.

The adjournment until April 6 was announced by the Vatican after one of the five accused, PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui, who is six months pregnant, was advised to rest by doctors.

Chaouqui, a former member of an economic reform commission established by Pope Francis, is accused of conspiring with Spanish Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda and his assistant to leak documents which revealed serious irregularities in Vatican spending.

Chaouqui, who is married, has categorically denied having sex with the cleric.

In her version of the night in Florence, published on her Facebook page on Wednesday, she implies Vallejo Balda had confided in her about a previous gay encounter or relationship.

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Thao Nguyen, left, and Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson attends the world premiere of "A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story" during the South by Southwest Film Festival on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Jack Plunkett

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US To Declassify Records

Argentina

President Barack Obama will move to declassify U.S. military and intelligence records related to Argentina's "Dirty War," the White House said Thursday, aiming to bring closure to questions of U.S. involvement in a notorious chapter in Argentina's history.

Obama's visit to Buenos Aires next week coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup that started Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship. Little is known about the U.S. role leading up to that period, in which thousands of people were forcibly disappeared and babies systematically stolen from political prisoners.

Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, said Obama would use his trip to announce a "comprehensive effort" to declassify more documents, at Argentina's request. She said Obama would also visit Remembrance Park in Buenos Aires to honor victims of the dictatorship.

The announcement was sure to have a big impact in Argentina, where even today what happened during the dictatorship is often a part of the national discourse.

The U.S. has previously released 4,000 State Department documents related to that period, but those documents tell only part of the story. Notes from a 1976 meeting between Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (R-Unindicted War Criminal) and Argentina's foreign minister, for example, seemed to show Kissinger urging his new counterpart to clamp down on dissidents they referred to as "terrorists."

Argentina

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Actors Cecily Strong, left, Melissa Rauch and Haley Lu Richardson attend a special screening of "The Bronze" at Metrograph on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini

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Newspaper Deal

California

Tribune Publishing announced Thursday it won a bankruptcy auction for the Orange County Register, but US antitrust authorities swiftly responded with a lawsuit seeking to block the deal.

Tribune Publishing, which owns a group of 11 metropolitan dailies that includes the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, said it agreed to pay $56 million for the assets of Freedom Communications.

That would give Tribune -- the publishing unit broken off the larger Tribune Co. conglomerate in 2014 -- the Orange County Register and the Press-Enterprise, along with real estate assets.

The Justice Department within hours of the announcement said it filed a civil antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the takeover.

The complaint said the Los Angeles Times and the Register together account for 98 percent of newspaper sales in Orange County and that the Times and Freedom's newspapers together account for 81 percent of English-language newspaper sales in Riverside County.

California

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Hindu devotees laugh as they watch the religious festival of Lathmar Holi, where women beat the men with sticks, in the town of Barsana in the Uttar Pradesh region of India, March 17, 2016.
Photo by Cathal McNaughton

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Surprise Announcement

SeaWorld

After years of pressure, SeaWorld made a surprise announcement on Thursday: It no longer breeds killer whales in captivity and will soon stop making them leap from their pools or splash audiences on command.

Surrendering finally to a profound shift in how people feel about using animals for entertainment, the SeaWorld theme parks have joined a growing list of industries dropping live animal tricks. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is retiring all of its touring elephants in May. Once-popular animal shows in Las Vegas have virtually disappeared.

"Society's attitude toward these very, very large, majestic animals under human care has shifted for a variety of reasons, whether it's a film, legislation, people's comments on the Internet," said SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby. "It wasn't worth fighting that. We needed to move where society was moving."

SeaWorld's 29 killer whales will remain in captivity, but in "new, inspiring natural orca encounters," according to the company. SeaWorld's orcas range in age from 1 to 51 years old, so some could remain on display for decades.

SeaWorld

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In Memory

Larry Drake

Larry Drake, who earned back-to-back Emmy Awards for his sensitive portrayal of mentally challenged character Benny Stulwicz in "L.A. Law," has died. He was 66.

Drake's body was found Thursday in his Los Angeles-area home by a friend, said Charles Edward Pogue, himself a longtime friend and collaborator of Drake's.

The cause of death was not immediately known. The heavyset actor had suffered from health issues related to his weight, said Steven Siebert, Drake's manager for 30 years.

Drake was proud of a career that spanned TV, film and stage, including the 1990 movie "Darkman," Siebert said. He earned Emmys in 1988 and 1989 for playing office worker Benny on the "L.A. Law" drama series.

Drake, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, recently had focused on teaching acting, Siebert said.

Larry Drake

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