BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 10 April, 2015

Friday

10 April, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1291 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Anonymous, Ryan Menezes: 5 Ways Coming Out To Your Family Can Go Horribly Wrong (Cracked)
Hey, good news, everyone -- it's less than 365 days until the next National Coming Out Day! Let's all come out of the closet! In fact, let's board up our closets entirely and just pile our clothes on that chair by the bed. Once you come out, life is just rainbows (literal and symbolic), and you'll kick yourself for having waited so long. Or you might instead end up penniless and alone with your whole life screwed beyond repair. That's what happened to "Ron." Here's his story.


Adam Tod Brown: 5 Signs Your Life Is In Danger No One Knows To Watch For (Cracked)
Heads up: You're going to die! I mean, we're all going to die someday. What I'm saying is that there's a good chance you're going to die in the immediate future, if not right now. Again, that could still mean all of us, but wouldn't it be nice to have some kind of advance warning, so that maybe you could Final Destination your way out of death and carry on to see another shitty sequel?


Tom Danehy: Tom gets to the heart of who the real heroes are, and it's not politicians (Tucson Weekly)
There are times when I feel I will be emotionally overwhelmed by the pettiness, hypocrisy, and duplicitousness of people in power and those who want to be in power.


Andrew Tobias: Saving on Auto Insurance
The best way to save on auto insurance is not to own a car. With Uber and Lyft, Car2Go and others, that just might be you.


Stephen Moss: Maya Angelou's misquoted stamp - and other famous lines we all get wrong (Guardian)
A stamp issued this week commemorating the American writer Maya Angelou attributes a famous quote to her that she didn't actually say. But she's not the first person to have words put in their mouth.


Oliver Burkeman: How to find time to read (Guardian)
'The web's full of listicles offering tips - Give up TV or Carry a book with you at all times - but in my experience, such methods don't work.'


Alison Flood: George RR Martin says right-wing lobby has 'broken' Hugo awards (Guardian)
Novelist says that group orchestrating readers' votes for conservative 'swashbuckling fun' is trying to take ownership of the science fiction prizes.


Deborah Orr: The image of the sobbing doctor proves that 'professional distance' has its human limits (Guardian)
From medics to lawyers, we often expect people to mask their feelings for the sake of professional distance. But there is no shame if that mask slips occasionally.



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Trivia Question of the Day


On occasion, what American author used the pen name A. M. Barnard?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


What Star Wars character was introduced in an animated segment of a TV holiday special?


      Boba Fett                                                      Source


The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 American television film set in the Star Wars galaxy. It starred the film's main cast while introducing the character Boba Fett, who would appear in later films. It was one of the first official Star Wars spin-offs, and was directed by Steve Binder. The show was broadcast in its entirety only once, in the United States, on November 17, 1978 (the week before Thanksgiving), on the U.S. television network CBS from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (EST), pre-empting Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk; and on the Canadian television network CTV from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time

The only aspect of the special which has been generally well received is the animated segment which introduces Boba Fett, who would later become a popular character when he appeared in the Star Wars films.        Source

Boba Fett Is Born: How a Star Wars Special Reshaped TV - YouTube

Star Wars Holiday Special Part 1 of 7 - YouTube







Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Boba Fett.



Steve said:
   Dale's mystery pic-
  That's Sandy Denny from Fairport Convention.




Charlie wrote:
   The answer to the Star Wars question is Boba Fett (I think).
  The answer to Dale's question is Sandy Denny, closely associated with Fairport Convention (I have lots of their albums). She is also associated with Strawbs, Fotheringay, and she also sang on Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore," giving further credence to the theory that Robert Plant was a closeted folkie.
  She was also overly fond of booze and such, which contributed to her early demise.




Deborah replied:
   I love "Star Wars" and have never watched any of the animated versions, therefore, my answer is: I have no idea.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   It starred the film's main cast while introducing the character Boba Fett, who would appear in later films.



Adam answered:
   Boba Fett.



Randall wrote:
   don't know




Marian said:
   Boba Fett



George responded:
   Marty, I believe that Boba Fett was first introduced in an animated dream sequence on the "Star Wars Holiday Special", which aired on CBS on November 17, 1978. The special was basically about how Luke, Leia and Han - as well as the droids - were doing their best to help Chewie get back to his family to celebrate the Wookie holiday, "Life Day".
  The special was pretty bad, and is not considered within the "Star Wars" canon.
  Fortunately, Carrie Fisher made up for it the next night, when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" - with musical guests, The Blues Brothers.




Lightsaber Lois Of Oregon answered:
   Oh yeah, I KNOW this one. Boba Fett. Never saw the appeal, myself, but then I'm a Trekkie. Always liked Yoda, but then I'm also a Fozzie Bear fan and they of course had the same arm up their butts back in the Golden Years before CG ruined everything. Gonna go play with my puppets now.




DJ Useo replied:
   It's Boba Fett. I know this because I saw the Rifftrax My Favorites from Rifftrax - The Star Wars Holiday Special


  version of that Star Wars special. Rofl!


  My Favorites from Rifftrax - The Star Wars Holiday Special
  You may regard it as heresy, but I regard myself as a Trekkie.




Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   The late Boba Fett.




BttbBob   replied:
   Darth Vader's tool.... the Bounty Hunter - Boba Fett..
  ..who met his doom in the gut of a Sarlacc on the planet Tatooine where he was slowly digested in living torment for over a thousand years - Not fun, that.



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MAM   , wrote:
   Boba Fett ~ 1978 Bounty hunter, voiced by Don Francks. His aura of danger and mystery have created a cult following for the character.

  Cartoon introduces Boba Fett.




mj took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Sally is retired, but paying attention.
  


  






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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest - AOL.com



40 years ago, on April 9, 1975, 'Monty Phyton and the Holy... Photos - SFGate



How to waste a million dollars in 10 seconds - with Ted Cruz! - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



County to pay $3.5 million for botched MCSO probe



Iowa Catholic school denies teacher a job for being gay. Students orchestrate a perfect response



Bombshell video shows Chevron covering up its lethal tracks in the Ecuadorian Amazon!



Maps reveal the bacteria and chemicals lurking on skin - CNN.com



Louisiana plans next anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' bill. It's even worse than the others.



Anti-abortion battleground broadens as US states fight on 'non-medical' grounds | US news | The Guardian



The LA rebellion: when black film-makers took on the world - and won | Film | The Guardian



Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York: 'What's more destructive than Aids, crack or crime? Gentrification'



5 images about being black in America shared after Walter Scott shooting - BBC News



BBC - Culture - Hokusai and the wave that swept the world



Why Does Deepak Chopra Hate Me? | Steven Newton



The Mighty Rio Grande




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David E Suggests

GOT


Game of Thrones Interactive Infographic



David


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

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BadtotheboneBob

From the 'Who da thunk it?' File...


Did Bob Seger influence Prince?

"There's never been any doubt that Detroit music played a role in Prince's sound, from the wider impact of Motown to the influence of George Clinton's far-out funk. But was Bob Seger also a stealthy inspiration for one of Prince's definitive works? For years, former Prince keyboardist Matt Fink has talked about the period leading up to 1984's "Purple Rain," when Prince became fascinated by Seger's popularity. Their tours had recently crossed paths in Florida - Prince supporting "1999," Seger "The Distance" - and the young star was curious what made Seger connect with audiences. In last year's book "Let's Go Crazy" about the making of "Purple Rain," writer Alan Light depicted the scene..."


You'll have to click the link to find out why... I can't think of a more unlikely inspiration for Prince, but here it is... He was right, though, about Bob's ability to connect with his crowds. I remember well in the summer of '70 seeing 'The Bob Seger System', play at a teenage club in Saginaw, Daniel's Den (a converted stand-alone movie theater, now long gone). He rocked the house and had the mainly high school kids going crazy on the dance floor with his Bob Seger - Ramblin' Gamblin Man (1969) (Glenn Frey sang back-up on the studio recording)   Bob Seger And The Last Heard - East Side Story (his first band - and a great tune if'n ya never 'Heard' it - also a great video from the 60's) and   The Bob Seger System - 2 + 2 = ? (a little known, but great anti-war song of 60's)... Bob has frequently started out his tours playing Saginaw first - a small arena now, really, but I think important for him - and for us, too...

BadtotheboneBob



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


HE'S STILL A RACIST AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.

ALUMINUM AND BATTERY.

AMERICA THE UGLY AND IGNORANT!

THE SUICIDE STATE!

"HUNKA HUNKA, BURNING LOGOS!"

THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS! R.I.P. STAN. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN THE "DRAGON-NET!

RIGHT WING CHRISTIANS ARE UPSET. "IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN WE COULD JUST HANG THEM!"

THE "BREEZE" BETWEEN HIS EARS!

AS THEY STUMBLE TO THE STARTING GATE...

THE CONFESSIONS OF A SKIN HEAD!






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Back to sunny and warmer than seasonal.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 3/9/15) are Kevin Spacey, Lily James, and Alabama Shakes.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 4/1/15) are Katie Couric, Jeremy Piven, Emmy Rossum, and Olly Murs.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kevin James, Vanessa Hudgens, and Dan White.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/30/15) are Nathan Lane, Kristen Schaal, and Borns.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/25/15) are Evan Peters, the Re-Licked Project, and Sierra Katow.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Cristela', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/25/15) are Matthew Perry, John Cena, and For King & Country.



The CW offers 1½ hours of RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by a RERUN 'Jane The Virgin'.



Faux fills the night with the movie 'Date Night'.



MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.



A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'Sahara', followed by the movie 'Jaws 2', then the movie 'Jaws 2', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 22 - Bloodlines
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 23 - Emergence
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 24 - Preemptive Strike
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 3 - A Town Called Mercy
 [1:00PM]    Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Walnut Tree
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Luigi's D'Italia
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 22 - Shades of Gray
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Evolution
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Ensigns of Command
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 3 - The Survivors
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Who Watches the Watchers
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 5 - The Bonding
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Booby Trap
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 22 - Shades of Gray
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Evolution
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Ensigns of Command
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 3 - The Survivors
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Who Watches the Watchers
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 5 - The Bonding
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Booby Trap    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks'.



Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.



FX has the movie Ted', followed by the movie 'The Watch', then the movie 'The Watch', again.



History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', then a FRESH 'Hangar 1: The UFO FIles'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ALISON BRIE
 [6:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ZACH GALILFIANAKIS WEARS A ONE-ARMED JACKET
 [6:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-NICK OFFERMAN WEARS A GREEN FLANNEL SHIRT AND BROWN BOOTS
 [7:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CHRIS HARDWICK WEARS A BLACK POLO & WEATHERED BOOTS
 [7:45AM]    KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
 [9:30AM]    LET'S GO TO PRISON
 [11:30AM]    KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
 [1:15PM]    LET'S GO TO PRISON
 [3:15PM]    THE RUM DIARY
 [6:00PM]    NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
 [8:30PM]    NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JACK BLACK WEARS AN EMBROIDERED COWBOY SHIRT AND OX BLOOD SNEAKERS
 [11:30PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KID CUDI WEARS A DENIM SHIRT AND RED SNEAKERS
 [12:00AM]    BURKE & HARE
 [2:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JACK BLACK WEARS AN EMBROIDERED COWBOY SHIRT AND OX BLOOD SNEAKERS
 [2:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KID CUDI WEARS A DENIM SHIRT AND RED SNEAKERS
 [3:00AM]    THE RUM DIARY
 [5:45AM]    WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cry-Baby
 [7:45AM]    The Natural
 [10:45AM]    Entrapment
 [1:15PM]    The Game
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Aria
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Asylum
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Slaughter
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Dazzled
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Foul Play
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Attorney Client
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Oxymoron
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Patriot
 [12:00AM]    The Night Listener
 [1:45AM]    The Edge
 [4:15AM]    The Night Listener    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Outbreak', followed by a FRESH '12 Monkeys', then a FRESH 'Helix'.



TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Parrish (1961)
 [9:00 AM]      A Summer Place (1959)
 [11:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #5 (1955)
 [12:00 PM]      Kathleen (1941)
 [1:30 PM]      The Penalty (1941)
 [3:00 PM]      We Who Are Young (1940)
 [4:30 PM]      Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      On Borrowed Time (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      Test Pilot (1938)
 [10:15 PM]      Boom Town (1940)
 [12:30 AM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [3:00 AM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #5 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Saturday   -  04/11/15

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
 [8:00 AM]      The Story of Mankind (1957)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: Poison Peril (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      After The Fox (1966)
 [12:15 PM]      Footlight Parade (1933)
 [2:15 PM]      A Hard Day's Night (1964)
 [4:00 PM]      The Way We Were (1973)
 [6:15 PM]      The Defiant Ones (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
 [10:15 PM]      The Rain People (1969)
 [12:15 AM]      One Is A Lonely Number (1972)     [AKA: 'Two Is a Happy Number ']
 [2:00 AM]      It's a Small World (1950)
 [3:15 AM]      Macabre (1958)
 [4:30 AM]      Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Actress Edie Falco poses with an adoptable dog at the 18th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball at the Plaza Hotel on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Gaza Police Seize Painting

Banksy

Palestinian police confiscated from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap.

The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels ($175) for the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand, which had been spray-painted on Rabea Darduna's iron-and-brick doorway as it stood among the ruins of his home, destroyed in the July-August war with Israel.

Khaled, 23, told Reuters that police seized the painting from his home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza. They were accompanied by Darduna, a civil servant.

A police spokesman had no immediate comment, but Darduna's lawyer, Mohammed Rihan, confirmed the claims to the Bansky painting were under court review.

Banksy

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xxx, left, and Monica Lewinsky attend The 35 Most Powerful People in Media hosted by The Hollywood Reporter at The Four Seasons Restaurant on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes

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Retiring This Summer

Bob Schieffer

Veteran CBS News "Face the Nation" moderator Bob Schieffer announced Wednesday at the Texas journalism school named for him that he'll be retiring this summer.

It's not his first retirement announcement but, at age 78, looks like it has a good chance of sticking. Schieffer was speaking at an annual symposium that bears his name at TCU's Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Fort Worth, his alma mater.

A former newspaper reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Schieffer joined CBS News in 1969 and has been the network's chief Washington correspondent since 1992. He began at the political affairs show "Face the Nation" in 1991, asking direct questions to politicians in a Texas twang.

His chief competitors are Chuck Todd (R-Tool) at "Meet the Press" and George "Judas" Stephanopoulos at ABC's "This Week."

Bob Schieffer

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Artifacts Lost In Shipwreck Returned

King Kamehameha II

A museum in Hawaii is preparing to open a treasure-trove of artifacts from the shipwreck of a royal yacht sunk off the coast of Kauai 191 years ago.

Richard Rogers, a Hawaii shipwreck chaser, worked with scientists from the Smithsonian Institution to dredge up the findings from the ship owned by King Kamehameha II, aka Liholiho, the second king of Hawaii.

"We found gold, silver, Hawaiian poi pounders, gemstones, a boat whistle, knives, forks, mica, things from all over the world, high- and low-end European stuff. Every bit of it is royal treasure," Rogers said.

Rogers volunteered his time aboard his research vessel, the Pilialoha, over a five year period in four-week intervals from 1995 to 2001 to pull up the treasures.

King Kamehameha II

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Emma Ferrer (L), the granddaughter of late Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn listens as her father, Hepburn's eldest son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer (R) speaks during a press conference in Seoul, on April 9, 2015.
Photo by Ed Jones

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World's Tallest People

The Dutch

The Netherlands is the land of giants: on average, its women stand almost 1.71 metres (5 feet 7 inches) tall, and its men 1.84 metres.

But how the Dutch became the world's tallest people has been somewhat of a mystery. After all, two centuries ago they were renowned for being among the shortest. What happened since then?

The average male height in the Netherlands has gained 20 cm (eight inches) in the last 150 years, according to military records.

By comparison, the height of the average American man has risen a mere six cm over the same period.

The Dutch

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Sues Parent Over Earnings

Mischa Barton

It's a story almost as old as Hollywood - stars taking their parents to court over money they earned as child actors that was pilfered or mismanaged.

A lawsuit Mischa Barton filed against her mother Tuesday is the latest example of a child star sparring with their parent-turned-manager. The actress who rose to fame on Fox's teen drama "The O.C." claims her mother stole money from her and kicked her out of a $7.8 million home bought with her acting proceeds.

The lawsuit links Barton to previous generations of young performers who claimed their parents squandered the fruits of their early careers.

Mischa Barton

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Actress and author Mariel Hemingway poses for a portrait in promotion of her new memoir "Out Came the Sun" on Monday, April 6, 2015 in New York.
Photo by Dan Hallman

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Brownback's Failed Experiment

Kansas

Surviving a tough reelection race, as Sam Brownback (R-Feckless) did in Kansas last year, can often be a cleansing experience for a governor. It should certainly bring relief. After all, Brownback managed to earn a fresh nod of support from voters despite a messy first term marked by a fiscal embarrassment of his own making.

Yet three months later, the humbling in the heartland goes on, much to the frustration of a Republican governor and one-time presidential contender who hoped to make Kansas the national emblem of conservative governance. Brownback's hard-fought victory on election day won him another four years, but it did nothing to fix the problem that nearly cost him his job: the state's finances. Kansas's budget has for months resembled a wallet with a hole in it-every time the state's bookkeepers peek inside, they find less money than the government thought would be there. Just a few days after the November election, the Kansas budget office revealed that revenue projections were off by more than $200 million, bringing the budget gap facing Brownback to $600 million in all.

The yawning deficit is widely blamed on the deep income tax cuts that Brownback, along with a Republican legislature, enacted during his first two years in office. They not only slashed rates, but more importantly, they created a huge exemption for business owners who file their taxes as individuals. By Brownback's own description, the tax plan was a "real live experiment" in supply-side economics, with the idea being that lower taxes would spur investment, create jobs, and refill Kansas's coffers through faster growth. Yet even under the most charitable analysis, revenue has plummeted much faster than the economy has expanded.

"He's lived and died by this philosophy, and it's becoming more and more obvious that it is not going to be successful."

Kansas

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Closes 500 Dispensaries

Los Angeles

Authorities in Los Angeles have shuttered 500 medical marijuana dispensaries since residents voted two years ago to cap the number of pot shops in the city at about 130, officials said on Thursday.

City Attorney Mike Feuer told reporters hundreds of the illegal businesses still operate, highlighting the challenges of reining in the dispensaries in Los Angeles, which is widely believed to have more pot shops than any U.S. metropolis.

To achieve the closures, Los Angeles officials have filed criminal and civil cases against some dispensary owners, and have sent letters threatening legal action against landlords who lease space to dispensaries, officials said.

Los Angeles residents voted in 2013 to cap the number of dispensaries at about 130, or roughly as many as registered with the city in 2007 when city leaders first tried to limit their numbers.

A survey last September by the University of California, Los Angeles, found at least 410 in operation, said Bridget Freisthler, a professor of social welfare at the school.

Los Angeles

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Japanese performance artist Ei Wada performs during a show using musical instruments he created called "Braun Tube Jazz Band" at the Sonar+D music event in Barcelona April 9, 2015.
Photo by Gustau Nacarino

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Giant Mass Over Southwest

Methane

Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

The report that revealed the methane hot spot over the Four Corners region - where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet - was released last year.

Now, scientists from the University of Colorado, the University of Michigan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA are conducting a monthlong study to figure out exactly where it came from.

Last year's study by NASA and the University of Michigan was based on images from a European satellite captured between 2003 and 2009. They showed the methane hot spot as a red blip over the area, which is about half the size of Connecticut.

The study found the concentration of methane detected there would trap more heat in the atmosphere than all the carbon dioxide produced each year in Sweden.

Methane

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Uh-Oh

Clams

The discovery of a contagious cancer spreading among edible clams off the northeast US and Canadian coasts has stunned scientists and raised new questions about marine health, according to research published Thursday.

The study in the journal Cell describes for the first time the unusual kind of leukemia that has been killing untold numbers of clams for years.

"We were pretty amazed," said lead author Stephen Goff, who studies mouse leukemia at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and was asked by a marine biologist in 2009 to look into whether a virus might be responsible for sickening clams.

When Goff and colleagues studied clams taken from Maine, New York and Prince Edward Island in Canada, they found that unlike most cancers, which start when a cell in the body mutates, the leukemia cells did not match the individual clams that were stricken.

However, each case of leukemia was nearly identical, suggesting that it was a cancerous cell line that was transmitting from one clam to another.

Clams

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Prostitutes and sympathizers take to the streets to protest plans to clean up the city's famed red light district by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Prostitutes say that the closures are depriving them of safe places to work.
Photo by Peter Dejong

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Saudis Say No

Swedish Monkeys

Saudi Arabia has blocked the transfer of four monkeys to a zoo in Riyadh from Sweden because of its diplomatic spat with Stockholm, the Swedish zoo where they were bred said on Thursday.

Jonas Wahlstrom, head of the Skansen Zoo, said he had received a call from Riyadh Zoo saying that Saudi authorities would not grant entry to the pygmy marmosets.

At about 12 centimeters long, the pygmy marmoset is the world's smallest monkey. Skansen sends around 10 pygmy marmosets a year from its breeding program to zoos around the world.

In mid-March, Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador to Sweden over criticism of the kingdom's human rights record and after Stockholm ended a long-standing defense cooperation agreement with Riyadh.

Swedish Monkeys

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8th Longest Run

'Mamma Mia!'

"Mamma Mia!," Broadway's dancing queen, will close in September after a 14-year run that included two theatres and made it the eighth-longest running show on the Great White Way.

Producers said Thursday that the frothy musical that uses ABBA songs will close Sept. 5 after 5,765 performances. It has grossed more than $600 million - quite a lot of "Money, Money, Money" - and outlasted over 500 other Broadway productions.

The feel-good show - featuring more than 20 classic ABBA hits, including "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." - has been a hit in dozens of countries, including South Korea, Italy, Denmark, South Africa and Spain.

Producer Judy Craymer conceived of the show in the 1980s and approached members of ABBA. Instead of doing a musical about the band, she insisted their songs help tell an original story.

'Mamma Mia!'

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Colorful souvenir baseballs are on display at a Pirates merchandise store at PNC Park Thursday, April. 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates home opener will be Monday, April. 13, 2015 against the Detroit Tigers.
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