BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 18 January, 2016

Monday

18 January, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1572 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: TINA and the ACA (NY Times Blog)
That's why Obamacare opponents really had to stop it before it happened. As long as it was just a plan, they could insist that it was unworkable - that it would not, in fact, cover the uninsured, that costs would soar, that it would cripple the economy. And the official GOP position is indeed that the law has failed; who you gonna believe, us or your lying eyes? But none of the bad things that were supposed to happen, did. And the repeal-and-replace crowd cannot come up with an alternative, because there isn't one.


Paul Krugman: Liber8 BB-8! (NY Times Blog)
Think about the droids [in The Force Awakens]: they're obviously sentient, are depicted as having emotions, form friendships. They are, in effect, people. Yet they're treated as indentured servants at best, even by the good guys: Poe is referred to as BB-8's "master". If the movie had put a flesh-and-blood creature in that kind of position, the unacceptable connotations would be obvious. So what's with the assumption of organic privilege?


Paul Krugman: Oil Goes Nonlinear (NY Times Blog)
When oil prices began their big plunge, it was widely assumed that the economic effects would be positive. Some of us were a bit skeptical. But maybe not skeptical enough: taking a global view, there's a pretty good case that the oil plunge is having a distinctly negative impact. Why?


HENRY ROLLINS: BOWIE'S BLACKSTAR IS ON THE LEVEL OF LOW AND HEROES (LA Weekly)
For those who have not listened to David Bowie beyond his singles or the inescapable Let's Dance album, I hope you allow yourself to do so. I can't think of any other single artist who not only covered so much ground but broke it (and himself) as well. The entire time, he kept just out of reach, even at his most radio-friendly pop moments - those perhaps being his biggest put-on of all. As good as music gets can be found on any number of his albums.


Deborah Orr: Lemmy gambled and won - but kids, don't try this at home (The Guardian)
As the New Year's honours list shows, the conventional route to success is the same as it ever was, even as the mainstream sends off rebels with a wry smile.


Alison Flood: Philip Pullman resigns as Oxford literary festival patron over lack of pay for authors (The Guardian)
Bestselling writer says organisers 'expecting authors to work for free' conflicts with his role as president of society that campaigns for author wages.


Michele Hanson: Another lost lunch club, another activity for older people gone (The Guardian)
Thanks to government cuts, services for the elderly have dwindled, which has meant goodbye to social life and exercise for thousands, leaving them less happy, less healthy and lacking a much-needed community.


Oliver Burkeman: Is our destiny in our own hands? (The Guardian)
Maybe it's too awful to admit we're stumbling mapless among the trees, or that our choices don't make much difference.


RandR-ArtGroup (DeviantArt)
DeviantArt Gallery of Russian Cosplayers Rei-Doll and Ryoko-Demon.


Rei-Doll and Ryoko-Demon: Signed Posters
Buy Signed Posters or Photo Cards of Photos from the DeviantArt Gallery of Russian Cosplayers Rei-Doll and Ryoko-Demon.



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Trivia Question of the Day


"Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" by Harry Houdini was a short story published in Weird Tales in 1924. Who was Houdini's ghostwriter?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


Outside of Japan, this Emperor is known by his personal name, but in Japan, he is referred to primarily as Emperor Showa. By what name do we know him?


       Hirohito                                                      Source


Emperor Showa (April 29, 1901 - January 7, 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death on January 7, 1989. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Emperor Akihito, upon his death. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan, he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name Emperor Showa. The word Showa is the name of the era that corresponded with the Emperor's reign, and was made the Emperor's own name upon his death. The name Hirohito means "abundant benevolence".        Source






Stephen F was first and correct with:
   Hirohito



Alan J wrote:
   Akihito.



Adam answered:
   Hirohito.



Deborah said:
   Hirohito.
  Haven't seen the sun in these parts in about 4 days, maybe 5. Nice to have seasonal weather.




John I from Hawaii says,
   "Hirohito."



Marian replied:
   Hirohito



Robert responded:
   The original "Axis of Evil"



DJ Useo said:
   I know of him as Hirohito. Scorned & punched in many an old World War 2 comic book. Lol.





MAM   wrote:
   Hirohito ~ Born on April 29, 1901, in Tokyo, Japan. Made crown prince at age 15, he was Japan's longest-reigning monarch, 1989. Reportedly was buried with his microscope and a Mickey Mouse watch.





"Lefty" Lois Of Oregon responded:
   Apparently, Japanese Emperors get nicknames, much like American Gangsters and U.S. Presidents! Hirohito's was Emperor Showa, because he didn't believe what anyone told him and was always shouting, "I don't beereeve you! You showa me!", which was actually a better nickname than John Adams' ( His Rotundity ), or John Tyler's ( His Accidency ), or Tricky Dick, Slick Willie, and Dubya. Just goes to show our similarities outnumber our differences.





Joe S     answered:
  



Jim from CA, retired to ID, took the day off.
  



mj took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfuckcali took the day off.
  



Randall took the day off.
  



Charlie took the day off.
  



Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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Middle Class Political Economist

Champion Tax Avoider GE Gets Subsidized Relocation to Boston




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Stonekettle Station



In Greenland, ZachariŠ Isstr°m glacier has come undone and is flowing into the Atlantic



The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story | Television & radio | The Guardian



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Saudi Aramco - the $10tn mystery at the heart of the Gulf state | Business | The Guardian



This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins' latest Twitter controversy



Netflix and kill public ed: Silicon Valley leads the charter school crusade - Salon.com



We have always been good haters: Our Donald Trump problem goes all the way back to the Founding Fathers - Salon.com



The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion



23 Wild Vending Machines You'll Wish Were Still Around




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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS WRONG!

NO MORE WAR!

"...HYPERBOLE IN A DEBATE THAT LOST RELEVANCE LONG AGO."

THE STUPID "JESUS FREAK" REPUBLICANS!

WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING BABE?

FEEL THE BERN!

FEEL THE BERN! PART TWO.

FEEL THE BERN! PART THREE.

THE EVIL REPUBLICANS!

THE WELFARE QUEENS!

FOOTBALL SUCKS!

GOD, THIS IS AWFUL!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Comedy Central has finally started listing Larry Wilmore's guests. Finally!



Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Scorpion', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Patricia Heaton, Quincy Jones, Deray McKesson, and Grace.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 12/14/15) are Josh Groban, Justin Long, and Daya.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'Telenovela', then a FRESH 'The Biggest Loser'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Tracy Morgan, Julianne Hough, and Hank Williams Jr.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Lester Holt, Rob Corddry, Brothers Osborne, and Josh Freese.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/10/15) are Ron Perlman, Ratatat, and "Goodnight Mommy".



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Bachelor Live'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Elton John and Whitney Cummings.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Just For Laughs Starring Howie Mandel',followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.



Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'MasterChef Celebrity Showdown'.



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



A&E has the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the FRESH movie 'War & Peace' (Part 1).



AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Identity', then the movie 'US Marshals'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - Sahara (Part 1)
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 2 - Desert Survivor (Part 2)
 [8:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 3 - Panama (Part 1)
 [9:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 4 - Jungle (Part 2)
 [10:00AM]    ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
 [1:00PM]    HANNIBAL
 [3:30PM]    TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
 [6:00PM]    BATMAN BEGINS
 [9:00PM]    TOP GEAR: BEST OF 09-10 - SEASON 1, EPISODE 1-Part 1
 [10:00PM]    ALMOST ROYAL - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - Beauty
 [10:30PM]    ALMOST ROYAL - SEASON 2, Ep 2 - The Great Outdoors
 [11:00PM]    HANNIBAL
 [1:30AM]    TOP GEAR: THE WORST CAR IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR: BEST OF 09-10 - SEASON 1, EPISODE 1-Part 1
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 9 - Land of Ice (Part 2)
 [5:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Namibia (Part 1)    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules Social', then a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Untying The Knot'.



Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'Key & Peele'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Rembert Browne.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Rich Eisen, Ron Funches, and Adam Savage.



FX has the movie 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted', followed by the movie 'Despicable Me 2'.



History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by the FRESH movie 'War & Peace' (Part 1).



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd Margaret Part 2
 [6:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Decisions of Todd Margaret
 [7:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Part 1
 [7:30AM]    THE JERK
 [9:45AM]    MR. WOODCOCK
 [11:45AM]    BILLY MADISON
 [1:45PM]    THE JERK
 [4:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Doug Becomes a Feminist
 [4:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-House for Sale
 [5:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-You Can Call Me Al
 [5:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Dead Pets
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Dine and Dash
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
 [11:00PM]    THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE
 [1:45AM]    THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
 [4:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
 [4:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
 [5:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Actors
 [7:00AM]    Troy
 [10:30AM]    Dances With Wolves
 [2:30PM]    Unforgiven
 [5:30PM]    The Last Boy Scout
 [8:00PM]    National Lampoon's Vacation
 [10:00PM]    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
 [12:00AM]    Stripes
 [2:30AM]    Fight Club
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-New Girl    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has themovie 'From Dusk Till Dawn', followed by the movie King Kong'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Megan Mullally, Gus Kenworthy, and Brantley Gilbert.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Broken Strings (1940)
 [7:00 AM]      Miracle In Harlem (1948)
 [8:15 AM]      Midnight Shadow (1939)
 [9:15 AM]      The Duke Is Tops (1938)
 [10:30 AM]      Harlem Rides the Range (1939)
 [11:30 AM]      Spirit Of Youth (1937)
 [12:45 PM]      Swing! (1938)
 [2:00 PM]      Hallelujah (1929)
 [4:00 PM]      The Green Pastures (1936)
 [6:00 PM]      Cabin In The Sky (1943)
 [8:00 PM]      The Learning Tree (1969)
 [10:00 PM]      Sounder (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      Cooley High (1975)
 [2:00 AM]      Black Girl (1972)
 [4:00 AM]      Bright Road (1953)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #18 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Tuesday   -  01/19/16

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Hell Harbor (1930)
 [7:30 AM]      China Seas (1935)
 [9:00 AM]      Treasure Island (1934)
 [10:45 AM]      The Spanish Main (1945)
 [12:30 PM]      Captain Kidd (1945)
 [2:00 PM]      Captain Blood (1935)
 [4:00 PM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
 [9:45 PM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [12:00 AM]      Sombrero (1953)
 [2:00 AM]      Teresa (1951)
 [4:00 AM]      The Devil Makes Three (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 04/24/84) - Martin Mull, Jerry Seinfeld, and Scot Morris.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Bruce Springsteen, right, performs with Jake Clemons and the E Street Band in the first stop of his River Tour 16 concert on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Pittsburgh.
Photo by Keith Srakocic

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Pavement Bowie: 20 Street Art Tributes to David Bowie | Urbanist

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Finally Tops US Chart

David Bowie

David Bowie's final album on Sunday hit number one in the United States, his adopted home, with the British music legend posthumously achieving a feat he never managed in life.

"Blackstar," which was released two days before Bowie's January 10 death from a secret battle with cancer, debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart for the week through Thursday.

Amid the outpouring of grief, Bowie not only scored his first US number one album but became among the rare artists to have two in the top five, with his greatest hits collection "Best of Bowie," released in 2002, hitting number four.

"Blackstar" -- which came out on Bowie's 69th birthday -- had immediately won critical acclaim for its experimentalism as the long-reinventing artist developed a dark, hard jazz sound.

"Blackstar" also opened at number one in Britain, where it was Bowie's 10th chart-topping album.

David Bowie

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Cast member Zach Galifianakis and executive producer Louis C.K. participate in a panel for the FX Networks series "Baskets" during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Cable Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 16, 2016.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian

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Top 10 Best Horror Movies Of 2016 | Movie Moron

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First Flower Blooms

International Space Station

For the first time ever, a flower has bloomed in space, aboard the International Space Station. This brings cosmic explorers one step closer to growing other flowering plants in space, like tomatoes, which NASA says it hopes to do in 2018.

On Saturday, American astronaut Scott Kelly, who has been working since March 2015 on the space laboratory and has become its resident gardner, gleefully announced on Twitter that he successfully coaxed the brightly colored Zinnia to blossom, a big accomplishment, as less than a month ago, the plants were moldy and shriveled.

But even the space mold held some interest to researchers, so it was collected and frozen so it can be returned to Earth for study.

For scientists back on Earth, the flowering experiment, called "Veggie," will allow them to better understand how plants grow in microgravity. For the astronauts in space, growing the quick-sprouting Zinnias is important practice for growing fresh food on longer space missions in the future.

Astronauts eat mostly food that has been freeze-dried for long storage. Fresh fruits and vegetables do show up occasionally at the space station with other supply deliveries, but they run out quickly.

International Space Station

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Cosmic Particles Collected In Pyramid

Egypt

An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure.

Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, said that plates planted inside the pyramid last month have collected data on radiographic particles known as muons that rain down from the earth's atmosphere.

The particles pass through empty spaces but can be absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces. By studying particle accumulations, scientists may learn more about the construction of the pyramid, built by the Pharaoh Snefru.

"For the construction of the pyramids, there is no single theory that is 100 percent proven or checked; They are all theories and hypotheses," said Hany Helal, the institute's vice president.

"What we are trying to do with the new technology, we would like to either confirm or change or upgrade or modify the hypotheses that we have on how the pyramids were constructed," he said.

Egypt

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Diane Warren arrives at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Photo by Jordan Strauss

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vintage everyday: Music in Victorian Era - Vintage Pictures of Women Playing Musical Instruments in the 1800s

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NYC Deal Reached

Horse-Drawn Carriages

New York City officials announced Sunday that a deal has been reached to keep some horse-drawn carriages in Central Park and build a new in-park stable for the horses rather than ban them altogether.

The horses currently live in private stables on Manhattan's West Side, and animal rights advocates have been fighting to get the carriages banned entirely, calling it inhumane to keep horses in loud, car-clogged Manhattan. The Democratic mayor also pledged when he was sworn in two years ago to end the popular carriage rides through the park. But that was met with public and political opposition.

City officials Sunday said the deal would eventually reduce the number of licensed horses from about 180 to 95 when a permanent home is built for them in Central Park by Oct. 1, 2018. The agreement also limits the operation of horse-drawn carriages, with the exception of travel to and from their existing stables to Central Park beginning June 1.

Once the stable is complete, all travel and operations will be inside Central Park, providing space for 68 carriages and 75 horses, officials said. Horses not at work must be on furlough outside the city.

The number of hours per day a carriage may operate will be limited to 9 hours in any 24-hour period beginning Dec. 1 and carriages will be able to charge an extra $5 for trips after 6 p.m. between Nov. 15th and Jan. 5, and on Valentine's Day or Easter, officials said. Also, pedicabs will not be permitted to operate in the park south of the 85th Street Transverse, beginning June 1.

Horse-Drawn Carriages

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Wake-up Call


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MLK Holiday

Arkansas

U.S. civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil War Confederate commander General Robert E. Lee will share a common holiday on Monday in three southern states, but perhaps for the final time in one of them, Arkansas.

The state's Republican governor is pushing to separate the joint celebration after critics said it is an insult for the man who fought to end racial segregation to share a day with a man who fought to preserve slavery.

Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama for years have observed a joint holiday for King and Lee, whose birthdays are just four days apart.

Arkansas in the 1940s set up a day in mid-January to honor Lee and created a holiday for King in 1983. Two years after that, it combined the two for a joint day marked on the third Monday in January.

Arkansas

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Mexican actress and producer Salma Hayek blows a kiss while posing for pictures during a news conference to promote her new movie "The Prophet," in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Hayek produced and voices a character in the animated film adaptation of Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran's 1923 book of prose poetry.
Photo by Marco Ugarte

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22 Most Vibrant Light Festivals You Should See | When On Earth - For People Who Love Travel

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Dodging Judgments

Cleveland

David Ayers says he feared for his life during the nearly 12 years he spent in a prison for a murder that evidence showed he didn't commit.

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voided Ayers' conviction in 2010, and he was freed nearly a year later. A federal court jury in 2013 awarded him $13.2 million, a verdict upheld by the appeals court.

But Ayers hasn't received a dime, and it's unclear if he will.

Cleveland says it owes him nothing and the judgment was against the two homicide detectives who helped convict him, not the city. It further argues the judgment was erased in a bankruptcy filed by one of the detectives.

It appears Cleveland is planning a similar strategy over a $5.5 million verdict returned in September against a police officer who fatally shot Kenny Smith outside a nightclub in 2012. That verdict has been appealed, but the city in November hired a bankruptcy attorney for the officer.

Cleveland

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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, smiles after presenting the Vivienne Westwood men's Fall-Winter 2016-2017 show, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.
Photo by Luca Bruno

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I Shoot Squirrels In My Backyard, And I Can Almost Make A Living From What I Love | Bored Panda

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Mobster Posed As Rancher

Idaho

A Boston mobster who posed as an Idaho rancher for more than a decade goes to court in Boise next month.

Enrico Ponzo, 47, is representing himself and plans to argue that he suffered from a mental defect, reported the Idaho Statesman. His court filing did not give details on his mental condition, but noted that the judge who oversaw his 2013 Boston trial ordered treatment for a "mental defect."

Ponzo went by the name Jeffrey John "Jay" Shaw while living in Idaho. He is charged with the unlawful possession of firearms, identity theft and possession of documents with intent to use them fraudulently.

He was arrested in February 2011 after authorities were tipped off about his true identity. They found 22 rifles, eight handguns and 34,000 rounds of ammunition at his home near Marsing.

Authorities also found forged driver's licenses and ID cards with the names of at least 10 people Ponzo impersonated during his 16 years on the run. He hid out in five different states before moving to Idaho.

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British actor Tom Courtenay poses for photographers at the 36th London Critics' Circle Film Awards in London, Britain January 17, 2016.
Photo by Neil Hall

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Jaw-Dropping Christian Ephemera From The 20th Century - Flashbak

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Loses Hope

GOP Establishment

After months of predicting a comeback for their preferred candidates, Republican establishment leaders now concede the first two contests of the presidential race, in Iowa and New Hampshire early next month, are Donald Trump's (R-Wichser) and Ted Cruz's (R-Pendejo) to lose.

That leaves many GOP traditionalists, who fear each candidate would be a disaster in the November general election, pinning their White House hopes on a feat no Republican has pulled off in modern political history: securing the nomination without winning at least one of the first two states on the calendar.

It's a risky strategy at best, and party officials are hoping that weaker candidates will drop out before the South Carolina primary that follows New Hampshire, allowing voters to more easily coalesce behind an alternative to the billionaire real estate mogul and the Texas senator.

Trump and Cruz are atop the field in Iowa, where voters caucus Feb. 1. Preference polls find Trump with a commanding lead in New Hampshire, which votes Feb. 9, and Cruz in the mix for second place.

The nine others in Republicans race are fighting to emerge from the pack; there's little sign anyone will drop out before voting begins.

GOP Establishment

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Participants carry a portable shrine as they parade through the sea during a mid-winter festival at Enoshima beach in Fujisawa, west of Tokyo, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. The annual festival is held to celebrate youths coming of age this year as well as to pray for the safety of the portable shrines.
Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi

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10 Strange And Controversial Biblical Prophets - Listverse

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Turning Ex-Concentration Camp Into Luxury Hotel

Montenegro

Montenegro has defended its decision to allow an island fortress and wartime concentration camp to be transformed into a luxury resort, a move that has sparked anger among relatives of its former prisoners.

Situated on Mamula island in the Adriatic sea in the popular Bay of Kotor, the 19th century fort was run by fascist Italian forces during World War II as a concentration camp where dozens of inmates are believed to have died.

Now the Balkan country has granted a 49-year lease to Swiss-Egyptian company Orascom to invest 15 million euros ($16 million) to build a high-end hotel with a spa and marina jetty.

Relatives of some of those detained at Mamula during the war have however come together to oppose the project, which they say is inappropriate given the island's dark past.

Montenegro

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GIFs Make You Feel Like You're On Acid - RYOT News

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In Memory

John B. Mansbridge

John B. Mansbridge, the two-time Oscar-nominated art director known for his work on such films as Tron, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and many other Disney films, has died. He was 98.

Mansbridge, who did everything from Citizen Kane (1941) to Frankenweenie (1984) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild in 2006, died Monday, his family announced. He was a resident of La Quinta, Calif.

Mansbridge spent more than two decades at Disney as a designer and supervising art director for live-action features and received his Oscar noms for the studio's Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and The Island at the Top of the World (1974).

In addition to Tron (1982), his lengthy list of Disney credits as an art director/production designer includes The Love Bug (1968) and its sequels, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), Freaky Friday (1976), The Shaggy D.A. (1976) and the Tim Burton short Frankenweenie (1984).

Mansbridge also won an Emmy Award in 1988 for outstanding art direction for his work on the CBS series Beauty and the Beast.

A native of Geddes, S.D., Mansbridge served as an uncredited draftsman on Citizen Kane for director Orson Welles and worked in the RKO art department under six-time Oscar nominee Van Nest Polglase.

He was brought to Disney in the 1950s by Polglase's frequent collaborator, production designer Carroll Clark, a seven-time Oscar nominee known for such films as Notorious, Mary Poppins and The Absent-Minded Professor. He would prove to be Mansbridge's mentor.

Mansbridge also worked on the 1950s TV show Adventures of Superman and the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone.

Survivors include his son Mark Mansbridge; also an art director and production designer, his credits include The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and, in a nice bit of synergy, Tron: Legacy (2010).

John B. Mansbridge

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