BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 12 December, 2014


12 December, 2014

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Caitlin MacNeal: The Conservative Ideas The Koch Brothers Want To Sneak Into Schools (Talking Points Memo)
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction last week encouraged high school teachers to use a history curriculum drafted by a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. The state legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring public schools in the state to offer a history course on the "Founding Principles," which was based on model legislation from the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Paul Krugman: American Evil (NY Times)
About George W. Bush administration: "And it was an administration under which America became a torturer, with the enthusiastic approval of top officials.
This wasn't normal. And if it's going be normal from now on, all the more reason to remember the Bush years with horror."

Jack Monroe: Poverty has left me unable to open my own front door (Guardian)
When I gave evidence about my time on the breadline to the parliamentary inquiry on hunger and food poverty, I was unprepared for the trauma of reliving it, says Jack Monroe.

Joe Queenan: Out of the Furnace and the return of the gangster (Guardian)
In the very first scene in the harrowing new film Out of the Furnace, Woody Harrelson swings opens the car door, tumbles out of the driver's seat and pukes his guts out. He then forces his gabby consort to swallow whole what appears to be a revolting hot dog, beats senseless a well-meaning but overmatched Sir Galahad who unwisely comes to her rescue, and …

Joe Queenan: "Seeing double: are Side Effects and Silver Linings Playbook the same film?" (Guardian)
And what about Argo and Zero Dark Thirty? Joe Queenan on why Hollywood keeps making the same films twice.

Tom Danehy: Danehy's Short Opinions (Tucson Weekly)
Kim Kardashian: Do you have any talent at all? And no, that thing you can do doesn't qualify as a talent. At best, it's a skill.

Chérmelle Edwards: Starbucks wants to be the next fancy hipster coffee shop. And that could be a good thing (Guardian)
Independent speciality coffee purveyors have nudged the biggest player in the industry to rethink its practices.

What are the aliases that Tom Hanks, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Alba and Daniel Craig use to book into hotels? (Guardian)
Computer hackers have broken into Sony's servers and revealed the undercover names that Hollywood stars use to sign into their suites.

"Frozen Christmas Lights (Let It Go) 2014" (YouTube)
This ultra green light display only costs $6 in electricity to run for the entire season.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Steve Roud created an index to give identifying numbers to what art form?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Kiss my grits!" was Flo's catchphrase on what TV series?

      Alice                                                      Source

Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda Lavin in the title role, a widow who moves with her young son to start her life over again, and finds a job working at a roadside diner on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the episodes revolve around events at Mel's Diner.

Flo's catchphrase, "Kiss my grits!", enjoyed widespread popularity at the time the character appeared on Alice. According to Polly Holliday, the line was originally written as, "Kiss my honeydew!", but did not get any laughs. (In the original film, Flo, as played by Diane Ladd, tells Mel in one scene to, "Kiss me where the sun don't shine.") Another of Flo's catchphrases was, "When donkeys fly!" Since her portrayal of Flo, Polly Holliday has refused to repeat her famous "grits" line.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:

Alan J wrote:

mj said:
   The senior waitress at Mel's Diner
  Was a featured character on Alice, a comedy inspired by the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More.

Randall replied:
   I used to watch it often:

  WAYYYYYyyyy back in the late 70's, early 80's
  the TV series ALICE was based on the movie
  "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
  starring Ellen Burstyn.
  The TV series starred Linda Lavin

  The character that used the phrase
  "Kiss my grits" was Flo...

No... not Flo the Progressive Insurance salesgal,
  Florence "Flo" Castleberry, the gum-chewing, wise-crackin',
  take-no-shit, feisty waitress played by Polly Holliday:

  It may be hard to believe now, but back then many, MANY
  women thought it the height of wit and humor, and one
  would very often hear it at work, in the grocery store,
  just damn near every where...

  Maybe that's what finally killed the TV show?
  I don't know - but I DO know that I got really sick and tired of hearing

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:
  Improbably, a sitcom based on a Martin Scorcese movie.

Marian, facing another evacuation, said:

Deborah responded:
   Was it "Alice"? I heard a lot about it but never watched it - didn't own a tv and/or lived overseas in the mid-70s to mid-80s. But that catchphrase was everywhere.
  So far this is a pretty good storm. It may turn out to be a toad-strangler after all.

Dale of Dangerous Diamond Springs, Nortootincali replied:
   "Alice". Those were three ladies that I hadn't even given the slightest thought to in over 40 years. Just another Boob Tube show, not particularly memorable. Gratuitous Olivia Munn.

  The "storm" is heading into my end of the woods. Our leading Sacramento station is warning us about "ponds" forming. I wonder if they're coming with tadpoles and mosquitos? Fucking geniuses! We also must watch out for "cords" across roadways! Power or fallen unbutchered trees? So watch and be wary of juicy, wet distractions!

MAM   wrote:

  Kiss My Grits

DJ Useo answered:
   The classic tv show "Alice", is the answer.
  I tried watching the pilot a few months back, but I found it rather weak.
  They must've gotten better after that one, or it would never have stayed on the air.

Joe S     took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally's got some great news.

BttbBob   returned to semi-retired status.

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Michelle in AZ

'Bay Area's Titanic': 1901 shipwreck near Golden Gate found - SFGate

Florida legislation would make viewing of Dinesh D'Souza movie mandatory viewing for FLA students

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review | Film | The Guardian

Noah's Ark theme park loses tax breaks because of religious hiring policy | US news | The Guardian

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite' : NPR

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from Marc Perkel


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

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

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.
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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Wind followed by rain around 2:30am - it's really mucking with the TV reception.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Jamie Foxx, Robert Klein, and Dan Penn.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Rashida Jones and DJ Qualls.

NBC starts the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then a FRESH 'Constantine'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Martin Freeman, Megan Mullally, and Yusuf.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/25/14) are Jason Sudeikis and Aubrey Plaza.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/5/14) are Isabella Rossellini, the Acid, and Jessimae Peluso.

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 12/3/14) are Sofia Vergara and J.K. Simmons.

The CW fills the night with the movie 'The Librarians'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef Junior', followed by another RERUN 'MasterChef Junior'.

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

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

AMC offers fills the night with the movie 'White Christmas'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 13 - The Wedding of River Song
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Descent (Part 2)
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Liaisons
 [12:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Valley of Darkness
 [1:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Fragged
 [2:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Sontaran Strategem
 [3:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Poison Sky
 [4:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 6 - The Doctor's Daughter
 [5:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 7 - The Unicorn and The Wasp
 [6:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Silence in the Library
 [7:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead
 [8:00PM]    Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
 [11:30PM]    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
 [4:30AM]    The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner
 [5:00AM]    The Captains Close-Up: Sir Patrick Stewart
 [5:30AM]    The Captains Close-Up: Scott Bakula    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', followed by a (F) 'Bravo's First Looks', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker', 'Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger', and 'Chris Rock: Bring The Pain'.

FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down: Part 1', followed by the movie 'Snow White & The Huntsman'.

HBO offers a FRESH Bill Maher.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [12:30PM]    THE MATRIX

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Act as If
 [7:00AM]    Drugstore Cowboy
 [9:15AM]    For Your Consideration
 [11:00AM]    Dragonslayer
 [1:30PM]    Cliffhanger
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Passion
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Past Imperfect
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Terminal
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Thrill
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Denial
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Navy Blues
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Harvest
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Nullification
 [12:00AM]    Basic Instinct
 [2:45AM]    Basic Instinct
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-New Girl    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then the movie 'Robin Hood'.

TCM spends the night with director Charles Walters
 [7:00 AM]      Wonderful World of Tupperware (1959)
 [7:30 AM]      The Widow From Chicago (1930)
 [8:45 AM]      Smart Money (1931)
 [10:15 AM]      Tiger Shark (1932)
 [11:45 AM]      I Loved A Woman (1933)
 [1:30 PM]      Dark Hazard (1934)
 [2:45 PM]      Bullets Or Ballots (1936)
 [4:15 PM]      Kid Galahad (1937)
 [6:00 PM]      The Last Gangster (1937)
 [7:30 PM]      Now Playing December (2014)
 [8:00 PM]      Summer Stock (1950)
 [10:00 PM]      Lili (1953)
 [11:30 PM]      Dangerous When Wet (1953)
 [1:15 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [3:00 AM]      Texas Carnival (1951)
 [4:45 AM]      Girl Crazy (1943)

Saturday   -  12/13/14

 [6:30 AM]      Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
 [8:15 AM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Carry on Sergeant (1959)
 [12:00 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [2:00 PM]      Marnie (1964)
 [4:30 PM]      The Clock (1945)
 [6:15 PM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
 [8:00 PM]      My Fair Lady (1964)
 [11:00 PM]      Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
 [12:45 AM]      Tea For Two (1950)
 [2:30 AM]      The Manitou (1978)
 [4:15 AM]      The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Wake Up Call'.

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Xan Cassavetes, Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, Gena Rowlands attends a Special Screening of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Todd Williamson


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Internet Is Not A 'CIA Project'

Tim Berners-Lee

The inventor of the World Wide Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by U.S. spies in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Putin, a former KGB spy who does not use email, has said he will not restrict Internet access for Russians, but in April he stoked concerns that the Kremlin might seek to crackdown by saying the Internet was born out of a "CIA project".

"The Internet is not a CIA creation," Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989 - the year that the Berlin Wall collapsed - told Reuters when asked about Putin's CIA comment.

Berners-Lee said the Internet was invented with the help of U.S. state funding, but was spread by academics.

"It was the academic community who wired up their universities so it was put together by smart, well-meaning people who thought it was a good idea," he said.

Tim Berners-Lee


13 Years Later...

Carl Levin

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta - the man who led the Sept. 11 hijackers - met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to Sept. 11 to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

"There was a concerted campaign on the part of the Bush administration to connect Iraq in the public mind with the horror of the Sept. 11 attacks. That campaign succeeded," said Levin, who cited opinion polls from that time showing many Americans believed former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks. "Of course, connections between Saddam and 9/11 or al-Qaida were fiction."

He referenced a Dec. 9, 2001, appearance by Vice President Dick Cheney on "Meet the Press." Cheney said: "It's been pretty well confirmed that he (Atta) did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack."

"Far from 'pretty well confirmed,' there was almost no evidence that such a meeting took place," Levin said. "Just a single, unsubstantiated report, from a single source, and a mountain of information indicating there was no such meeting. ... Travel and other records indicated that Atta was almost certainly in the United States at the time of the purported meeting in Prague."

Carl Levin


Television host Jimmy Kimmel, from left, actor Seth MacFarlane, Producer/Director Don Mischer, and President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler, pose at Mischer's new star during the ceremony honoring him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. Mischer is an internationally-known producer and director of television and live events. He has been honored with fifteen Emmy Awards, a record ten Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, Europe's prestigious Gold Rose of Montreux and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.
Photo by Bob Freeman


New Family Tree


Scientists have produced a new family tree for nearly all species of birds alive today, drawing on a massive DNA analysis to gain insights into evolutionary history.

The tree was built by comparing the complete DNA codes, or genomes, of 48 species as varied as the bald eagle, the common cuckoo, two kinds of penguin, the downy woodpecker and the Anna's hummingbird. They were chosen to represent branches that lead to most of the more than 10,000 living species.

Only three of those genomes had been decoded before, so 45 of the DNA codes were new.

Experts cautioned that with just 48 genomes so far, the tree is not complete and that further research could change what it indicates about the history of birds.



Sells For $365,000 At Auction

Original Apple Computer

A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents' garage in 1976 for $600 sold for $365,000 at Christie's on Thursday.

The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs to an individual from the Los Altos, California family home, according to the auction house.

The price fell shy of Christie's estimate of $400,000 to $600,000 and was far less than the $905,000 paid by the Henry Ford organization in October for one of the computers. Fewer than 50 original Apple-1s are believed to be in existence of the few hundred originally produced

Also at the sale, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, with the help of various foundations and private donors, bought a Bacchic figure supporting the globe by 17th-century artist Adrien de Vries for $27.9 million, well in excess of the sculpture's pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $25 million.

Original Apple Computer


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Letter Auction Suspended

Neal Cassady

The scheduled auction of an 18-page letter written by Beat-era icon Neal Cassady that transformed Jack Kerouac's writing style has been indefinitely suspended, according to the auction house.

The 16,000-word, stream-of-consciousness missive was set to be sold off by the auction house Profiles in History on Dec. 17, but spokeswoman Sabrina Propper said the sale would be held off indefinitely "until the ownership of the letter has been worked out."

The letter was missing for decades until it was found among several unopened boxes in a garage in Northern California a few years ago.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Kerouac and Cassady estates have feuded over the ownership of the letter, citing an attorney for Kerouac's camp and Cassady's daughter.

Neal Cassady


Members of the band Queen, guitarist Brian May (L) and drummer Roger Taylor (R), appear with singer Adam Lambert at a news conference in Berlin December 11, 2014.
Photo by Fabrizio Bensch


Time Capsule Removed From Statehouse


Crews removed a time capsule dating back to 1795 on Thursday from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others.

Official plan to X-ray the capsule on Sunday at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to get some idea of the contents and possibly details on their condition, then open it next week.

Originally made of cowhide, the time capsule was believed to have been embedded in the cornerstone when construction on the state Capitol began in 1795. Adams was governor of Massachusetts at the time.

The time capsule was removed in the mid-19th century and its contents transferred to a copper box, Galvin said. Its removal Thursday was due to an ongoing water filtration project at the building. Galvin said the plan is to return it to the site sometime next year.



Wake-up Call


Jethro Files Lawsuit

Max Baer Jr.

The actor who played Jethro Bodine in the 1960s television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" is suing CBS, arguing the broadcaster made inappropriate deals with an Iowa restaurant chain to use the character's name.

Max Baer Jr. filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that he had reached a deal with CBS in 1991 giving him rights to use the TV character to establish a chain of restaurants, hotels and casinos.

The lawsuit contends Baer's rights to the character have been undermined by the Jethro's BBQ restaurant chain, which is based in Des Moines.

Under the agreement between Baer and CBS, the actor has spent up to $1 million in efforts to develop his business, the lawsuit states. Baer also has paid royalties to CBS for merchandise, including revenue from themed slot machines and a brand of BBQ sauce.

Jethro's BBQ opened in 2008. CBS contacted Gerleman saying it owned the rights to the TV character and other themes from the show. The parties reached an out-of-court agreement, and Jethro's BBQ changed certain features of restaurants, including food dishes named after some characters.

Max Baer Jr.


Singer and actress Denise Ho is taken away by policewomen from an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, December 11, 2014. Hong Kong authorities started on Thursday clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city's most economically and politically important district for more than two months as part of a campaign to demand free elections.
Photo by Tyrone Siu


Apologizes For Nazca Lines Stunt


Greenpeace activists stand next to massive letters delivering the message Greenpeace said Wednesday that its executive director will travel to Peru to personally apologize for the environmental group's stunt at the world-famous Nazca lines, which Peruvian authorities say harmed the archaeological marvel.

The group said it was willing to accept the consequences. A senior Peruvian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday evening that his government would seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who allegedly damaged the lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert.

In the stunt at the U.N. World Heritage site in Peru's coastal desert, activists laid a message promoting clean energy beside the famed figure of a hummingbird comprised of black rocks on a white background.

The activists entered a "strictly prohibited" area where they laid big yellow cloth letters reading: "Time for Change; The Future is Renewable." They said after initial criticism that they were "absolutely careful" not to disturb anything.



Ricky Gervais attends the premiere of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen


No Tax Breaks For Noah's Ark Project


Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax breaks for a religious-themed park that would feature a 500-foot-long wooden ark because its organizers plan to screen park employees based on religion.

The planned Ark Encounter park has evolved from a tourism attraction into an outreach for the Christian ministry that is building it, state Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart said in a letter to the group's lawyer on Wednesday.

"Certainly, Ark Encounter has every right to change the nature of the project from a tourism attraction to a ministry," Stewart wrote in the letter. "However, state tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination or otherwise be used to advance religion."

The long-planned attraction is being built by a nonprofit subsidiary of Answers in Genesis, the Kentucky-based Christian ministry that operates the popular and controversial Creation Museum. Foundation work and earth-moving are underway at the site in Grant County near Williamstown.



Italian actor Roberto Benigni poses for photographers before the rehearsal of his show "The Ten Commandments" in Rome, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
Photo by Alessandra Tarantino


Closing Spain's Google News, Blocking Spanish News


In a decision that will reverberate around the globe, Google announced Thursday it will close Google News in Spain and block reports from Spanish publishers from more than 70 Google News international editions due to a new Spanish law requiring aggregators to pay to link content.

Google News in Spain will shut down on Dec. 16 - several weeks before a new Spanish intellectual property law takes effect Jan. 1 requiring news publishers to be paid.

That means people in Latin America, where Spanish news organizations have sought to boost their audiences, won't see news from Spain via Google News in Mexico or elsewhere. Also set to disappear are reports in English from Spanish publishers like Madrid's leading El Pais newspaper.

People who use Google's standard search in Spain and anywhere else around the world will still be able to find articles on their own from Spanish publications, because the law applies only to aggregators and not to individuals who do their own searches outside of Google News.



Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman, left, and Nena Thurman, attend the 12th Annual Tibet House Benefit Auction at Christie's on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


'Molotov', 'Mazel Tov', What's The Difference...


Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he doesn't remember sending a letter about a menorah that is signed, "Thank you and Molotov."

"My guess is it was a typo," Walker said when asked about the slip-up by reporters at the governor's mansion.

Walker presumably meant to write "mazel tov" in the undated letter that was addressed to prominent Milwaukee attorney Franklyn Gimbel. The letter was written when Walker was Milwaukee County executive and was first reported on Wednesday by the Cap Times.

The governor, the son of a Baptist preacher, was re-elected to a second term last month and is considering running for president in 2016. Walker met privately Tuesday with GOP mega-donor and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas. He said Adelson talked with him about issues related to Israel, but did not offer any commitments should Walker run for president.



Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia performs during the ladies short program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating final in Barcelona December 11, 2014.
Photo by Albert Gea


Harvard Professor Apologizes

Benjamin Edelman

A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management.

Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden in Brookline compensate all other customers who might have been similarly overcharged after he said it charged him $1 more on each of the four items he ordered for takeout last week.

But after facing wide criticism, Edelman posted a brief message on his personal website saying he has reached out to apologize to Ran Duan, who helps manage his parent's restaurant business: "Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, it's clear that I was very much out of line. I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future."

A group of Harvard Business School students even sought to "flip the script" and tamp down on what they saw as "negative stereotypes" being generated about Harvard and its elite business school.

The students launched an online campaign asking donors to give $4 to the Greater Boston Food Bank - the amount Edelman was apparently overcharged. As of Wednesday evening, the campaign had raised over $3,300.

Benjamin Edelman


An exhibition staff member poses with Elvis' a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge "Elvis at the O2 : The Exhibition of His Life - Direct from Graceland" exhibition at the O2 Arean in London December 11, 2014. The nine month exhibition is the largest retrospective to have ever been presented in Europe and opens Friday.
Photo by Luke MacGregor


Top 20

Concert Tours

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. (1) One Direction; $4,893,871; $82.46.
    2. (3) Katy Perry; $1,701,152; $100.05.
    3. (4) Britney Spears; $1,414,701; $147.05.
    4. (5) Luke Bryan; $1,208,556; $46.83.
    5. (6) Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull; $1,198,905; $83.87.
    6. (7) Marc Anthony; $1,170,987; $104.43.
    7. (8) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,030,048; $89.45.
    8. (9) Zac Brown Band; $828,619; $47.82.
    9. (10) Motley Crue; $820,432; $63.37.
   10. (11) Linkin Park/Thirty Seconds To Mars; $783,955; $57.13.
   11. (12) Jason Aldean; $752,222; $41.59.
   12. (13) Blake Shelton; $742,548; $44.96.
   13. (14) Alejandro Fernandez; $654,611; $74.26.
   14. (15) Eric Church; $643,138; $50.17.
   15. (16) The Black Keys; $571,322; $60.69.
   16. (New) Bob Dylan; $504,903; $98.46.
   17. (17) Miranda Lambert; $504,214; $35.47.
   18. (19) Rascal Flatts; $482,033; $33.45.
   19. (18) James Taylor; $480,395; $76.54.
   20. (20) Brad Paisley; $468,563; $40.69.

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In this photo released by the San Diego Zoo, a 2-year-old male sloth bear named Sahaasa climbs to the top of a felled log in his new exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in San Diego, Calif. The bear and his sister, Kayla, moved to their new exhibit Thursday morning after completing quarantine at the Zoo's animal hospital.
Photo by Ben Bohn



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