BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 12 January, 2015


12 January, 2015

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Alex Santoso: Forget Free Community College, Obama! Here's a Better Plan: Bring Back Vocational High Schools (Neatorama)
"College isn't for everyone," New York mayor Michael Bloomberg noted in his 2008 State of the City address, "education is." And he might be on to something: Northwestern University professor James E. Rosenbaum argued in his book, "Beyond College for All: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half," that the current educations system fails those who do not go to college and those who start college but do not finish by not adequately teaching practical skills that they'd need for getting jobs."

Sean Wilentz: How Philistinism Wrecked 'The New Republic' (Chronicle Review)
The New Republic was begun precisely in order to sustain enlightenment and complexity amid an earlier phase of monopoly philistinism. Its demise signals that its old mission has come round once again.

So what will stay in the national conversation this year? Can America handle a sober discourse on law enforcement without it devolving into anger and distraction? I think it has to, but that's a lot of mountains to move. Body cameras are a good start, but only a start.

M. Asher Cantrell: 7 Awesome Things Lurking In the Code of Famous Video Games (Cracked)
Remember the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas "hot coffee" scandal? It was where people peeking into the game's code discovered an abandoned mini-game where CJ could have clothed, awkward sex with the girls he picked up on dates. As it happens, games have insane and bizarre things left behind in their code all the time. Most of the time, no one notices. Occasionally, though, some bored amateur programmer will find a jackpot, like ...

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz, Fred Colton, Josh Anonymous: "Kids Want to Finger Your Butt: Adventures In Teaching Abroad" (Cracked)
Are you a native English speaker? Do you like money? If so, then countries like China, South Korea, and Japan would like to hire you as an English teacher, even if you have absolutely no prior teaching experience whatsoever. […] The catch is a level of culture shock that is alternately hilarious and mortifying. At least, that's according to veteran educators Fred Colton and Josh Anonymous, who told us about how ...

5 Famous Historical Figures You Didn't Know Were Perverts (Cracked)
We're not assembling a list of famous perverts to shame them or sully their memories -- many of us would have exactly this amount of sex if our positions in life allowed it. But we get so tied up in slut-shaming contemporary celebrities that it's easy to forget how some of history's greatest minds spent most their energy having the nastiest sex they could get their hands on.

AsapSCIENCE: Nice Guys Finish First (YouTube)
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Honest Trailers - Taken (YouTube)
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Trivia Question of the Day

This hour-long adventure TV series that debuted in September, 1967, on NBC, was set in the Indian jungle, and centered on an American boy, his pal Raji, and an elephant. What is the name of this series?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The cast of characters on this animated science fiction adventure TV series that debuted on ABC at 7:30PM, September 18, 1964, included Hadji, a streetwise 11-year-old Calcutta orphan. What is the name of this series?

      The Adventures Of Jonny Quest                                                      Source

Jonny Quest (also known as The Adventures of Jonny Quest) is an American animated science fiction adventure television series about a boy who accompanies his scientist father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems, and created and designed by comic book artist Doug Wildey.

The prime time animated TV series Jonny Quest debuted on ABC at 7:30PM EDT on Friday, September 18, 1964. As comics historian Daniel Herman wrote,

     Wildey's designs on Jonny Quest gave a cartoon a distinctive look, with its heavy blacks [i.e. shading and shadow] and its Caniff-inspired characters. . . . The show was an action/adventure story involving the feature's namesake, an 11-year-old boy. The cast of characters included Jonny's kid sidekick, named Hadji, Jonny's globetrotting scientist dad . . . and the group's handsome bodyguard, secret agent Race Bannon, who looks as if he stepped out of the pages of [Caniff's comic strip] Steve Canyon. . . . The look of Jonny Quest was unlike any other cartoon television show of the time, with its colorful backgrounds, and its focus on the characters with their jet packs, hydrofoils, and lasers. Wildey would work on other animation projects, but it was with his work on Jonny Quest that he reached his widest audience, bringing a comic book sense of design and style to television cartoons.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   I don't even have to look this one up, Marty
  because I was a BIG fan of

  Every week, Johnny and his BFF Hadji and Johnny's dog Bandit

  got to travel with Johnny's dad
  - who was some kind of scientist or something -
  to cool places around the world and have adventures.

  See that? JET-PACKS! And I remember THESE bad-guys:

  ...all these years later I remember that episode
  was something about the Sargasso Sea.
  Weird, hunh?

  I vaguely remember one episode that had these big old
  mechanical spider/eyeball things that really creeped me out:

  JQ was an action-adventure cartoon that I,
  as a young boy, looked forward to every week.
  Who knows, maybe my life-long interest in
  Science-fiction and adventure/fantasy was sparked by

mj wrote:
   The inspiration for the Venture Brothers
  Johnny Quest.

Alan J said:
   Johnny Quest

Charlie responded:
   Jonny Quest

Harry replied:
   Johnny Quest

Adam answered:
   Jonny Quest

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Johnny Quest

Ken said:

Deborah replied:
   Oooh, oooh, I know this one! It's "Johnny Quest." My brother and I enjoyed that show as kids.
  Happy Sunday!

DanD responded:
   Wow, a puff-ball marshmallow test ... this quest(ion) refers only to the one show that all world-travelling wannabe (usually military-dependent boys) had a perpetual wet-dream about while watching it ... in fact it almost turned us all gay!
  I would ulitmately do my Sr. Year of high School in Frankfurt Germany. Notoriety? After my epitomal Flying Tiger ride Across-the-Pond, I was out there (in spirit, if not in abject ignorance) with the Baader-Meinhoff gang! So, do ya' wanna' know what most probably kept me from spending a decade-and-a-half of my potentially most miserable young existence in some hell-hole European prison? Well, during that proceedingly more tale-end era of the Cold-War, I was not too infrequently saved by my Military Dependent I.D. card.
  You see, back then, the dozens of American military bases dotted throughout Western Europe were still considered AMERICAN TERRITORY. This means, if I felt like I was being followed (almost never), all I had to do is pull out my I.D. and enter an American military base, and any more "local authority" that would have wanted to detain me or follow me on was stopped at the entrance ... and if they insisted too hard, the MPs would even stop them dead.
  "What about that kid that just came in? You think he did something? Carrying what? I didn't see nothing ... now go away, or I'll get angry!" The MP cycles a round into the chamber of his M-16. Grumbling, the more local monkey-suit would go away, even while I was finding another gate to strategically exit from.
  Ultimately, because I was an American Military Dependent with that MDID card, I was closer to James Bond than even Montepenny, the only exception being that my license-to-kill was so-much-more passive than aggressive. Also, I was way-too-much like a long-haired, panty-waist scaredy-cat to ever even think about carrying a Walther PPK semi-automatic pistol.
  But what about those several years before my Sr. year breakout when I was a culturally incarcerated, circumstantially dejected prisoner in America's armpit at Shreveport, Louisiana (mostly because my parents had split up and my mother initially had taken my brother and me "back home")? Well, Johnny Quest secretly kept the dream alive. Oh, how I miss the Cold War.
  (DISCLAIMER: the preceding is complete FICTION, and only the names remain relatively the same after the drugs wore off.)
   Oh, by the way ~
  This is a pretty insightful PoV.

Marian answered:
   The Adventures of Jonny Quest

DJ Useo said:
   Johnny Quest! The original was pretty good,
  & the revival was even better. I enjoy a story told correctly.
   Original beginning credits
  Revival opening credits

  Of course there were many a comic book version, also.

MAM   wrote:
   Jonny Quest ~ Jonathan "Jonny" Quest is an 11-year-old American boy unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, brave, adventurous, and generally athletic with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms.

The Quest team. Front row (left to right): Dr. Benton Quest and "Race" Bannon.
Back row: Jonny Quest, Hadji, and Bandit.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, took the day off.

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Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

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BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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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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Last Night

Rain finally cleared out about supper time.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Gordon Ramsay, Adam Devine, St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with a clump o'women who apparently aren't capable of hosting individually (after all, they are women, and it is late night), are Ozzy Osbourne, Retta, and Linda Perry.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 2-hour 'Fluffing T-rump', followed by a FRESH 'State Of Affairs'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kristin Chenoweth, Casey Wilson, and Brandy Clark.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Charlie Day, Jeff Musial, and Darius Rucker.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/17/14) are Lorenzo Richelmy, Rey Pila, and J.C. Chandlor.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Castle'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/8/15) are Joaquin Phoenix, Larry Wilmore, and Frankie Ballard.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Jane The Virgin', followed by another RERUN 'Jane The Virgin'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Gotham', followed by a RERUN 'Sleepy Hollow'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.

A&E has the movie 'Twister', followed by the movie 'Deep Impact', and 'Donnie Loves Jenny'.

AMC offers the movie 'Braveheart', 'Breaking Bad', another 'Breaking Bad', still another 'Breaking Bad', and yet another 'Breaking Bad'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 21 - Firstborn
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 22 - Bloodlines
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 10 - Love & Monsters
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Fear Her
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Runaway Girl
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Davide
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 11
 [3:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 12
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear: At the Movies
 [5:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 1
 [6:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 2
 [7:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 3
 [8:30PM]    Top Gear: Patagonia Special - Season 22 - Part 1 NEW
 [10:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 1
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear: Patagonia Season 22 - Part 1
 [12:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 1
 [1:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 2
 [2:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 5
 [3:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 1
 [4:30AM]    Top Gear: At the Movies    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Friends To Lovers?'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and yet another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Jimmy Carter.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Marc Maron, Jen Kirkman, and John Hodgman.

FX has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by at least 4 hours of old 'Mike & Molly'.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:15AM]    CASANOVA
 [11:00AM]    FLETCH
 [2:45AM]    KILL BILL: VOL. 2

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Dirty Talk and Stolen Identities
 [7:00AM]    Big Night
 [9:30AM]    Cool Hand Luke
 [12:15PM]    Midnight Run
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Out of Control
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Renunciation
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Heaven
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Sunday in the Park With Jorge
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Phobia
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-A Losing Season
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Ego
 [1:00AM]    Babylon-Episode 1
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Whiplash
 [3:00AM]    Martha Marcy May Marlene
 [5:15AM]    The Approval Matrix-Fame Monster    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'.

Conan are Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Blake Anderson, and Wade Bowen.

TCM spends the daylight hours with Luise Rainer, who would have been 105 today.
 [6:00 AM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
 [9:00 AM]      Big City (1937)
 [10:30 AM]      The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [2:30 PM]      Dramatic School (1938)
 [4:00 PM]      The Great Waltz (1938)
 [5:45 PM]      The Toy Wife (1938)
 [7:30 PM]      Luise Rainer - Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2011)

 [8:00 PM]      Roman Holiday (1953)
 [10:15 PM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [12:15 AM]      Rome Adventure (1962)
 [2:30 AM]      The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone (1961)
 [4:30 AM]      Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday   -  01/13/15

TCM spends the night with Robert Redford.
 [6:15 AM]      The Firefly (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      Double Wedding (1937)
 [10:00 AM]      Love is a Headache (1938)
 [11:30 AM]      Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
 [12:45 PM]      The Shining Hour (1938)
 [2:15 PM]      It's a Wonderful World (1939)
 [4:00 PM]      Lady Of The Tropics (1939)
 [5:45 PM]      Pride And Prejudice (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      This Property Is Condemned (1966)
 [10:00 PM]      Barefoot In The Park (1967)
 [12:00 AM]      Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
 [2:15 AM]      The Chase (1966)

 [4:30 AM]      Hell's Highway (1932)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.

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In this image released by NBC, Tiny Fey, from left, Margaret Cho, and Amy Poehler speak at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Responds to Rupert

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is not a big Rupert Murdoch fan.

After Paris was hit by a recent terror attack at satire magazine Charlie Hebdo's offices that left 12 dead, Murdoch tweeted Friday: "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."

The media mogul also added that the world was being threatened by "big jihadist danger" and blamed "political correctness" for people turning a blind eye to it.

Now, the Harry Potter author has fired back at Murdoch on Twitter. "I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate," Rowling tweeted Jan. 11.

She also pointed out that issues have been caused by people practicing Christianity and Catholicism, citing the Spanish Inquisition and televangelist Jim Bakker. "Eight times more Muslims have been killed by so-called Islamic terrorists than non-Muslims," she added.

J.K. Rowling


In this image released by NBC, Prince presents an award at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Washington Concert

Emmylou Harris

The life and work of Emmylou Harris was celebrated in grand style at a tribute concert in Washington featuring a galaxy of folk and country stars alongside the iconic American singer-songwriter herself.

Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Steve Earle, Martina McBride and Mary Chapin Carpenter were just a few of nearly two dozen recording artists who took turns at the 3,700-seat Constitution Hall to salute Harris, who watched from a side balcony when she wasn't on stage herself.

"Those of you who are of my generation may remember that show, 'This is Your Life'," said the 67-year-old winner of 13 Grammy awards as she joined her fellow entertainers for the closing number, her signature tune "Boulder to Birmingham."

Filmed and recorded for future broadcast and DVD release, the 3-1/2 hour show -- featuring 29 songs -- spanned Harris's four decades in music, during which she recorded some 40 albums.

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Feel Free


Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.

"You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," he said, departing from his prepared text.

The written text of his homily had the phrase "give them milk," but he changed it to use the Italian term "allattateli", which means "breastfeed them," and added that they should not hesitate.

Even before he read the homily, at least one mother was seen breastfeeding, perhaps recalling that the pope had used similar words to make mothers feel at ease before.



The Ara Yevi samba school performs with a float showcasing Pope Francis, their homage to the Argentine-born pontiff during carnival celebrations in Gualeguaychu, Argentina, early Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. The group is performing with two other schools during the carnival that continues throughout Feb. 28.
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Speaks Italian

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep has been nominated for 18 Academy Awards and 29 Golden Globes, including one for Into the Woods this Sunday, but she hasn't always been the actress of choice.

On The Graham Norton Show on Jan. 9, the Into the Woods star recalled a time when she auditioned for the 1976 film King Kong with producer Dino De Laurentiis. His son had seen a then-unknown Meryl in a play and brought her in to audition for the role of Dwan.

Since Streep, 65, knew Italian, she understood Dino's words as he asked his son, "Why do you bring me this ugly thing?"

She then responded in Italian, saying, "I'm sorry I'm not beautiful enough to be in King Kong."

Streep can laugh about it now, but as Norton says, "young actors should take solace" knowing that there was a time where even a legendary actress had a bad audition.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible hasn't gone on regular display since President Barack Obama used it while taking his second oath of office two years ago. The public hasn't seen the slain civil rights icon's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal in recent years, either.

Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest - and in many eyes, the ugliest - fight between King's heirs.

The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by Martin Luther King III and his younger brother, Dexter Scott King, asked a judge a year ago to order their sister Bernice to turn over their father's Nobel medal and traveling Bible. The brothers want to sell them to a private buyer.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney could decide the case at a hearing Tuesday or let it go to trial. He said when he ordered Bernice to hand over the Bible and medal to the court's custody that it appeared likely the estate will win the case.

The Rev. Timothy McDonald, who served as assistant pastor at Ebenezer from 1978 to 1984 and sides with Bernice but describes himself as a friend of the whole family, told The Associated Press: "You don't sell Bibles and you don't get but one Nobel Peace Prize. There are some items that you just don't put a price on."



Actresses Jane Fonda (L) and Lily Tomlin arrive at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015.
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Ex-Judge Pleads Guilty


A former Arkansas judge forced from the bench for disclosing confidential information about an adoption by actress Charlize Theron pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge on Friday in an unrelated case.

Michael Maggio of Conway, Arkansas, admitted to accepting $24,000 in campaign contributions from the owner of a nursing home two days before reducing to $1 million from $5.2 million a jury's negligence award against the nursing facility.

"Maggio admitted that his decision to remit the judgment was improperly influenced by the donations that his campaign received from the business owner," Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Harris of Little Rock said in a statement.

"Maggio further acknowledged that he attempted to delete text messages between the campaign fundraiser and himself after the contributions from the business owner were disclosed by the media."

Maggio, 53, was stripped of his judgeship last year by the Arkansas Supreme Court and its Committee on Judicial Responsibility after he acknowledged disclosing on a sports-related website details of an adoption, carried out in an adjoining courtroom, by the award-winning South African actress and texting racially offensive remarks.



Actor Alan Cumming arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


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3-Year Jail Term For Atheism


An Egyptian court has sentenced a student to three years in jail for announcing on Facebook that he is an atheist and for insulting Islam, his lawyer said Sunday.

Karim al-Banna, a 21-year-old whose own father testified against him, was jailed by a court in the Nile Delta province of Baheira on Saturday, lawyer Ahmed Abdel Nabi told AFP.

Banna's name had appeared in a list of known atheists in a local daily after which his neighbours harassed him, said Ishaq Ibrahim, a researcher on religion and beliefs at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

When Banna went to file a complaint against them at a police station, he was accused of insulting Islam and arrested, said Ibrahim, who has been tracking Banna's case.

Banna has been in custody since November.



Salma Hayek arrives for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 11 January 2015.
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War Is Peace

'Nothing Unreasonable'

The lawyer for a Texas police officer fired for using a stun gun on a 76-year-old man says there was "nothing unreasonable" about using that level of force during a traffic stop that was captured on dashboard camera video.

Former Victoria police officer Nathanial Robinson was terminated last week, less than a month after the video from his patrol car on Dec. 11 garnered international attention. Robinson plans to appeal his firing, attorney Greg Cagle told the Victoria Advocate in a story published Sunday.

Cagle said Robinson, 23, acted constitutionally within the law. Robinson stopped Pete Vasquez for an expired vehicle inspection sticker, and video captured Robinson grabbing Vasquez's arm and pushing him onto the police cruiser.

The footage didn't show what happened between the two after falling on the ground. Cagle said Vasquez kicked the officer, and that the level of resistance was a basis for using the stun gun and arresting Vasquez.

"There's nothing unreasonable at all about that level of force," said Cagle, adding that Vasquez "wasn't injured. He scratched his elbow and hurt his feelings, but those aren't injuries in the constitutional sense."

'Nothing Unreasonable'


Actor Bill Murray arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015.
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Measles Outbreak


A measles outbreak started at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., when an infected person visited the park in December. It has now infected at least 20 people in three different states, with two new cases reported in Orange County on Friday, according to the The Los Angeles Times. As the airborne disease rapidly spreads, so too does the debate about the need for vaccinations in America.

While the virus with flu-like symptoms is still common in many parts of the world, measles were declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, owing to a highly effective vaccination program. But the formerly eradicated disease is now increasingly on the rise in the U.S., with a record number of more than 610 cases reported last year. That number is nearly triple of the previous high in 2011, and the majority of those cases involve unvaccinated patients.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, half of the original six cases of Disneyland measles were contracted by unvaccinated children who were all old enough-at least four years old-to be vaccinated in two full doses. Of the three adults who initially contracted the disease, only one was fully vaccinated.

In recent years, measles have resurfaced around the country predominantly in communities that refuse to vaccinate. A 2013 outbreak in Texas was linked to a Christian megachurch whose televangelist minister (Kenneth Copeland) had condemend the use of vaccines, comparing them to injecting a child with a sexually transmitted disease.

In 2014, parents who refused to vaccinate their kids were attributed to an outbreak of potentially fatal whooping cough in unlikely places: the wealthy, elite neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, Calif., where up to 70 percent of parents filed "personal belief exemptions" from vaccinations to their children's schools, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As a result, their vaccination rate was as low as that of Chad or South Sudan, The Atlantic concluded.



In this image released by NBC, Jennifer Lopez, left, and Jeremy Renner present an award at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Effort To Keep Grizzlies Protected


Leaders of American Indian tribes in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains have joined an effort to retain federal protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide this year whether it will move to lift protections for the roughly 1,000 grizzlies that scientists say live in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

The campaign to enlist tribal backing for continued protections is being coordinated in large part by wildlife advocates. Organizers say more than two dozen tribes have signed on with resolutions and other declarations of support.

"Any move to delist the sacred grizzly bear on this ancestral landscape must involve consultation with the affected Tribal Nations," wrote Ivan Posey, a member of the Eastern Shoshone and chairman of the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, in a letter last month.



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'Taken 3'

After three weeks atop the box office, "The Hobbit" has been taken down by Liam Neeson.

"Taken 3" nabbed the top spot at the weekend box office in North America with $40.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The third installment of the 20th Century Fox thriller series stars Neeson as a vengeance-seeking retired CIA operative with "a very particular set of skills."

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" slid to fourth place with $9.4 million following three straight weeks in first place. The total domestic take for filmmaker Peter Jackson's Middle-earth finale now stands at $236.5 million. "The Hobbit" also earned $21.8 million internationally this weekend, pushing the worldwide total to $545.3 million.

"Into the Woods" milked $9.7 million in third place in its third week at the box office, bringing the total haul of Disney's Broadway musical adaptation to $105.3 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Taken 3," $40.4 million ($41 million international).
    2. "Selma," $11.2 million.
    3. "Into the Woods," $9.7 million ($7.6. million international).
    4. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," $9.4 million ($21.8 million international).
    5. "Unbroken," $8.7 million ($5.7 million international).
    6. "The Imitation Game," $7.6 million ($5.5 international).
    7. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," $6.7 million ($46.2 million international).
    8. "Annie," $4.9 million ($14 million international).
    9. "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death," $4.8 million ($1.5 million international).
   10. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," $3.7 million.

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In Memory

Anita Ekberg

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, known for one of cinema's most sensual performances in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita", has died in Italy at the age of 83.

The voluptuous actress, immortalised by her performance as the dream woman who tempts Marcello Mastroianni in the Fellini classic, died on Sunday in hospital outside the Italian capital.

Ekberg, who was born and brought up in Sweden, had reportedly been in a wheelchair for several years after being knocked over by one of her pet Great Danes and breaking her hip.

She spent most of her adult life abroad, first in the United States, where she quickly emerged as one of a 1950s generation of pin-ups and starlets, and then in Italy.

The sixth of eight children, Ekberg was born in 1931 in the Swedish port of Malmo where her father was a docker.

She first attracted attention as a teenager, winning a beauty contest to become "Miss Sweden" in 1950.

Both her mother and her friends had encouraged her to enter beauty contests, and her success quickly took her to the United States, with hopes of becoming Miss Universe.

Although she did not win, she was noticed by, among others, the cult film director Russ Meyer, the eccentric millionaire businessman and producer Howard Hughes and the actor-producer John Wayne.

In addition to becoming a pin-up for magazines such as "Confidential" and "Playboy", she appeared in a series of comedy films including "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" (1953), "Artists and Models" (1955) and "Hollywood or Bust" (1956).

In each case Ekberg's spectacular physique was made part of the plot, often to comic effect.

When in 1954 she visited a US base in Greenland with the actor William Holden and the comedian Bob Hope, the latter quipped that her parents had been given the Nobel Prize for architecture.

It was for the director King Vidor that Ekberg first arrived in Italy, to act in his 1956 film of "War and Peace" along with Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

She was then noticed by Fellini, known for having an eye for beautiful women.

In the famous scene in "La Dolce Vita", she cavorted in Rome's Trevi Fountain, exhibiting her curvaceous charms to an urbane Mastroianni.

The film won Fellini the Golden Palm award at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival of the same year, and the fountain scene rapidly became one of the most famous images in cinema history.

Ekberg was to star in several other major Italian films, including "Boccacio 70," (1962), co-directed by Fellini and Vittorio De Sica and also starring Sophia Loren, plus Fellini's circus film "I Clowns" (1970) and his "Intervista" (1987), also featuring Mastroianni.

Her many romantic liaisons reportedly included spells with Gianni Agnelli, head of the Fiat auto company, as well as with Mastroianni, Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra.

Ekberg was married twice, firstly to the British actor Anthony Steel between 1956 and 1959 and then to the American actor Rik Van Nutter between 1963 and 1975. Both marriages ended in divorce and there were no children.

Anita Ekberg


In Memory

Robert Stone

Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works as "A Flag for Sunrise" and "Dog Soldiers," died Saturday at age 77.

A lifelong adventurer who in his 20s befriended Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady and what he called "all those crazies" of the counterculture, Stone had a fateful affinity for outsiders, especially those who brought hard times on themselves. Starting with the 1966 novel "A Hall of Mirrors," Stone set his stories everywhere from the American South to the Far East and was a master of making art out of his character's follies, whether the adulterous teacher in "Death of the Black-Haired Girl," the fraudulent seafarer in "Outerbridge Reach," or the besieged journalist in "Dog Soldiers," winner of the National Book Award in 1975. "A Flag for Sunrise," published in 1981, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award and had the unusual honour of being nominated twice for a National Book Award, as a hardcover and paperback. In 1992, "Outerbridge Reach" was a National Book Award finalist.

Stone's face - well-lined, framed by a sharp stare and weathered beard - was a testament to a life fully and painfully lived. He was a neglected and traumatized child who learned early not to trust reality, a lapsed Catholic consumed by questions of sin and redemption. Inspired to write novels after re-reading "The Great Gatsby" in his 20s, he identified so strongly with his characters he once broke down sobbing, at a college library, while working on "Dog Soldiers."

Stone's books also included the novel "Damascus Gate," another story of a wayward journalist, this time in the Middle East; "Children of Light," the fictional saga of a drunken screenwriter in Mexico; and a memoir about his years with Kesey and friends, "Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties." He helped write screenplays for adaptations of "Hall of Mirrors" (retitled "WUSA" and starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) and "Dog Soldiers" (released as "Who'll Stop the Rain" starring Nick Nolte and Tuesday Weld).

A native of New York City, he was abandoned at birth by his father and ended up in a Catholic orphanage after his mother, who suffered from schizophrenia, was institutionalized. He remembered himself as a loner and fantasizer, ambling through Central Park as a boy and pretending he was detective Sam Spade. Desperate to break away, he left high school and joined the Navy at 17. By his mid-20s, he was living in New Orleans, dropping acid when he should have been working on a book and selling Collier's Encyclopedias.

After New Orleans, he moved to the Bay Area, met Kesey and friends and, like so many of his peers in the '60s, went out to "discover America." Stone would begin sharing what he had seen and done with "A Hall of Mirrors," a surreal tale of corruption, decadence and breakdown in New Orleans.

Stone is survived by his wife, Janice, with whom he had two children.

Robert Stone



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