BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 23 March, 2015

Monday

23 March, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1273 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Democratic Booms (NY Times)
If politics made any sense, Democrats would be celebrating Clinton in the way Republicans celebrate the blessed Ronald, and they'd be hailing Obama as Saint Bill's second coming. Meanwhile Republicans would be fairly diffident about a pretty good job but not all that exceptional expansion that was mainly Paul Volcker's doing, and was a long time ago.


Delia Ephron: It's a Whole New Paranoid World (NY Times)
THERE is probably nothing about me that is not in the hands of hackers.


AATISH TASEER: How English Ruined Indian Literature (NY Times)
A BOATMAN I met in Varanasi last year, while covering the general election that made Narendra Modi prime minister of India, said, "When Modi comes to power, we will send this government of the English packing."


HANA SCHANK: Writing My Way to a New Self (NY Times)
"I just don't understand it," she said. "In your letter you seemed like a completely different person." Of course I'd been a different person in my letter. I'd been writing.


Gail Collins: A Woman's Place Is on the $20 (NY Times)
You may have heard that there's a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we've got a current event that's not depressing.


HENRY ROLLINS: AMERICA THE NOT-SO-EXCEPTIONAL (LA Weekly)
Several days ago, I was driving on the 15 to Nevada. I was going to visit an old pal of mine who is fighting for his life against cancer. As I was wondering what his condition would be, what would comprise our conversation and if I would be able to see him in this condition without breaking down, I listened to live reportage of the memorial march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.


G. W. Horowitz: 6 Badass Ways Cities Have Co-Opted Outdoor Activities (Cracked)
There aren't too many sports that can be played in the middle of a high-density metropolis, at least not by amateurs. There's basketball, the variant of stickball that old-timey kids are always playing in the middle of the street in gangster movies, and, uh ... competitive car dodging?


Charlie Jane Anders: 18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels (io9)
1) "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov. This is one of the all-time great idea-driven stories, and it's one that manages to be both cosmic and poignant. In 2061, humans create the first truly awesome supercomputer, Multivac, and decide to ask it how the net amount of entropy in the universe could be reduced. This turns out to be kind of a tricky question, and it takes rather a long time to get a satisfactory answer. This story contains all of Asimov's penchant for big-picture storytelling, in one brilliant dose.



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Trivia Question of the Day


Both Michael Keaton and Billy Crystal made their film debut in Joan Rivers' first and only directorial effort. What is the title of this movie?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


On his TV series, he portrayed "Chief Dan Mathews", but this actor was known, with considerable embarrassment, by the California Highway Patrol as "Old 502". What is his name?


      Broderick Crawford                                                      Source


Broderick Crawford (December 9, 1911 - April 26, 1986) was an American stage, film, radio and TV actor, often cast in tough-guy roles and best known for his portrayal of Willie Stark in All the King's Men and for his starring role in the television series Highway Patrol.

Crawford's heavy drinking increased during the filming of Highway Patrol, eventually resulting in several arrests and stops for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), which eventually gained him a suspended driving license. While representing the California Highway Patrol as "Chief Mathews", Crawford was known with considerable embarrassment by the CHP as "Old 502" due to his habit of driving under the influence of alcohol ("Code 502" was the CHP police radio code for drunken driving). According to the show's creator, Guy Daniels, "We got all the dialogue in by noon, or else we wouldn't get it done at all. He [Crawford] would bribe people to bring him booze on the set." The show used their CHP technical advisor, Officer Frank Runyon, to keep the actor sober: "I was told to keep that son of a bitch away from a bottle. I think his license was suspended. Some scenes had to be shot on private roads so that Brod could drive."        Source







mj was first, and correct, with:
   Another blast from my childhood
  A fine actor, all around, Broderick Crawford.




Randall wrote:
   Broderick Crawford


  Man... Broderick Crawford used to be my hero!
  I mean, when I was a little kid and would watch
  HIGHWAY PATROL
  ol' Broderick Crawford could jump into that cruiser
  and squeal his tires like nobody's business.
  I mean - it didn't matter - wet grass, dirt, mud -
  those tires would SQUEAL and Broderick Crawford
  would peel out! Man... we thought that was SO cool...
  squeal your tires no matter what the road surface...
  cool, man! Ladies and gentlemen, my hero
  Broderick Crawford!




Charlie said:
   Broderick Crawford.


  Lois' response yesterday reminded me of a quote by our old friend Paul Erd?s:
  There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Broderick Crawford



Alan J responded:
   Broderick Crawford.



Adam answered:
   Broderick Crawford.



STEPHEN F wrote::
   Broderick Crawford



Deborah said:
   Thanks to IMDb I learned that "Old 502" was Broderick Crawford. I was a babe so never watched that show.



Marian responded:
   Broderick Crawford



George replied:
   Marty, If I remember correctly, Chief Dan Mathews is the late Broderick Crawford, and the series is "Highway Patrol".
  I wouldn't mind having one of the Buick or Dodge cars in the color scheme from the series.
  21-50, Bye!




Lois On The Lam In Oregon answered:
   Oh, I remember Broderick Crawford (at least I think it was him...might have been J. Edgar Hoover or that guy from the Woody Allen movie). Way back in them days the Local Police were friends to the people, here to serve and protect, and beloved by children of all ages! They could use a P.R. rep like Ole' Broderick today. Yeah.
  What I DID NOT know was his CHP nickname "Old 502", or "Old English 800" or in the absence of anything else to drink "Formula 409". That must of been how he lost his looks.
  Dale, lol, thanks. I'd forgotten all about Santorum




MAM   , returning, wrote:
   Broderick Crawford ~ Known as "Old 502" due to his habit of driving under the influence of alcohol ("Code 502" was the CHP police radio code for drunken driving).




Joe S     said:
   Ah, old Broderick Crawford, I remember him well. Remember the theme song?
  Used to watch him every week. He delivered the greatest lines, my favorite is, "We're looking for a dirty, unshaven, disheveled truncheon. My whole family went around reciting that line for weeks.




Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  




Sally has retired, but paying attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  March 23 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 23 | Famous Birthdays



  








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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


A New 3-D Printing Method Is Rising Out Of The Ooze : All Tech Considered : NPR



Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark : NPR



Justice Department Weighs In On Assembly-Line Justice For Children : NPR



On Libel And The Law, U.S. And U.K. Go Separate Ways : Parallels : NPR



As Americans Eat Healthier, Processed Foods Starting To Spoil : NPR
     comments are priceless..



500,000-Year-Old 'Swiss Army Knife' Sheds New Light On Ancient Animal Butchering



Antibiotic Use In Meat Is Soaring



Popular Weed-Killer Is Probably Carcinogenic, WHO Says



Oceana Convenes World's Top Chefs for Commitment to Serving More Sustainable Seafood | Ted Danson



Year-round, locally based precinct organizing is essential for moving the Democratic Party leftward



Bizarro Arizona: Do the opposite



Bureau will cut American River flows to 500 cfs



Anti-Islamic bigots stir up hatred in Texas



Water Week on Pivot | Pivot.tv




Thanks, Michelle!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

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

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

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


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


HE'S DUMBER THAN A TRUCKLOAD OF WHITE SHEETS!

TAKE A WALK SCOTT.

"...WE ARE ON AN UNSUSTAINABLE PATH."

RICK PERRY, LOUIE GOMERT AND TED CRUZ... YOU GET THE IDEA. TEXASS!

"MAZEL TOV" MY JEWISH FRIENDS!

THE DEVILS DANCE TOGETHER!

SCOTT WALKERS' PLAN TO BRING BACK SLAVERY!

THANK YOU, VASYA.

THE PERFECT REPUBLICAN.


"LOONY LOUIE" STRIKES AGAIN!"






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and warmer than seasonal.



Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH 'Mike & Molly', then a FRESH 'Scorpion', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Ben Stiller and Tove Lo.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE are Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are January Jones, Bubba Watson, and Brandon Flowers.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christina Hendricks, and Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Randall Park, Halsey, and Rose McIver.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Chelsea Clinton, Adam Carolla, and Zac Brown Band.



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



Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'The Following'.



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



A&E has 'Bates Motel', another 'Bates Motel', followed by a FRESH 'Bates Motel', then a FRESH 'The Returned'.



AMC offers the movie 'American Gangster', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 6 - True Q
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Rascals
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 8 - A Fistful of Datas
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 10 - Midnight
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Turn Left
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Stolen Earth
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Down City, Classic American, Davide
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Capri
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 2
 [7:00PM]    Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World
 [8:00PM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 1
 [9:00PM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 2 NEW
 [10:00PM]    Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 9 - Carcade NEW
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 1
 [12:00AM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 2
 [1:00AM]    Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 9 - Carcade
 [2:00AM]    Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 2
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 5     (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH 'Southern Charm'.



Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Kyle Kinane, Rhys Darby, and Vanessa Ramos.



FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.



History has 'Swamp People', another 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People', then a FRESH 'Appalachian Outlaws'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RAINN WILSON
 [6:15AM]    I SELL THE DEAD
 [8:15AM]    SLEEPWALK WITH ME
 [10:00AM]    GENTLEMEN BRONCOS
 [12:00PM]    I SELL THE DEAD
 [2:00PM]    SLEEPWALK WITH ME
 [3:45PM]    GENTLEMEN BRONCOS
 [5:45PM]    FLETCH
 [8:00PM]    DAZED AND CONFUSED
 [10:15PM]    THE BIG LEBOWSKI
 [1:00AM]    FLETCH
 [3:15AM]    THE BIG LEBOWSKI    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The New World
 [9:00AM]    The Full Monty
 [11:00AM]    Beasts of the Southern Wild
 [1:00PM]    Confidence
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Snatched
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Breeder
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Untitled
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Narcosis
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Stiff
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Vaya con Dios
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Endurance
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Turnstile Justice
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Dissonance
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Standoff
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Return
 [3:00AM]    Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Dexter    (ALL TIMES EST)



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



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Naomi Watts, Nick Kroll, and Tweedy.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #2 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      The Caretakers (1963)
 [8:15 AM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [10:30 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [12:00 PM]      Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
 [2:00 PM]      Flamingo Road (1949)
 [3:45 PM]      Humoresque (1946)
 [6:00 PM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
 [10:00PM]      The Crimson Pirate (1952)
 [12:00 AM]      Papillon (1973)
 [2:45 AM]      Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
 [5:15 AM]      Devil's Island (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Tuesday   -  03/24/15

TCM spends the night with Alan Arkin
 [6:45 AM]      Panama Hattie (1942)
 [8:15 AM]      Les Girls (1957)
 [10:15 AM]      Born To Dance (1936)
 [12:15 PM]      Silk Stockings (1957)
 [2:15 PM]      Du Barry Was A Lady (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      High Society (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Alan Arkin: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2015)
 [9:00 PM]      The In-Laws (1979)
 [11:00 PM]      Alan Arkin: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2015)
 [12:00 AM]      The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968)
 [2:15 AM]      Wait Until Dark (1967)
 [4:15 AM]      Hearts Of The West (1975)
    (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Kerry Washington arrives at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Sir Ernest Shackleton's Crow's Nest | Atlas Obscura

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Calls Cruz 'Unfit' To Run For President

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' views on climate change make the Texas Republican unfit to run for president and that he would entertain making another bid for the White House himself if he were younger.

Brown, a Democrat who turns 77 next month, made the remarks during an interview that aired on "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Host Chuck Todd (R-Tool) asked the governor to respond to a video clip of Cruz telling Seth Meyers of "Late Night" earlier in the week that science and the snow he had just encountered in New Hampshire undermine the dire warnings of global warming "alarmists."

Brown didn't waste any time in labeling Cruz' comment as false and countering that 90 percent of the scientists who study climate change believe it is real, human-caused and producing extreme weather of all kinds.

Cruz "betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of existing scientific data, it's shocking, and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office," he said.

Jerry Brown

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US actor and cast member Jim Parsons arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of 'Home' at The Regency Village Theater in Westwood, California, USA, 22 March 2015. The 3D animated movie opens in US theaters on 27 March.
Photo by Nina Prommer

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vintage everyday: 50 Gorgeous Black and White Celebrity Portraits by Terry O'Neill

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Still Seeking Apology

Stephen King

Horror writer Stephen King is proving to be as tenacious as some of his more sinister characters in seeking an apology from Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

LePage used his radio address last week to make his case for eliminating Maine's income tax. He said states without an income tax, such as Florida, have lured away Maine residents, including King.

King quickly called out LePage, saying he winters in Florida but his permanent residence is in Bangor, Maine, where he says he pays a boatload of taxes.

LePage has yet to yield to King's demands for an apology, and the author tweeted Sunday morning that "some guys are a lot better at dishing it out than taking it back."

A revised version of LePage's address released Thursday no longer mentions King.

Stephen King

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Seek US Refuge

Bikini Islanders

A tiny central Pacific community, forced to evacuate their homes because of US nuclear testing, are now demanding refuge in the United States as they face a new threat from climate change.

"We want to relocate to the United States," Nishma Jamore, mayor of the atoll of Bikini, said on the weekend as Pacific waters continued to eat away at the small Kili and Ejit islands in the far-flung Marshall Islands archipelago.

Jamore heads a community of about 1,000 islanders who have lived in exile on the islands for decades because their original homeland of Bikini remains too radioactive for resettlement.

Unable to return to Bikini, the islanders are now faced with increasingly heavy flooding from high tides and storms hitting Kili and Ejit with waves washing over the islands and wiping out food crops.

Bikini Islanders

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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (R) and actress Portia de Rossi attend the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California March 21, 2015.
Photo by Phil McCarten

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10 Of The Most Expensive Shoes in the World In 2015 - Top10Zen

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Returns To Leicester

King Richard III

A cortege carrying the remains of King Richard III began a solemn tour on Sunday to the battlefield where he was slain 530 years ago.

Rediscovered under a car park in 2012, Richard's remains will be re-interred at Leicester cathedral on Thursday in a ceremony led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual head of the Anglican Church, and members of the royal family.

Richard, the last English king to die in battle, was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the bloody Wars of the Roses.

On Sunday, Richard's coffin left the University of Leicester where it has been since the remarkable discovery, accompanied by the team who made the find, in a hearse to Fenn Lane Farm in the village of Dadlington, the site believed to be the closest to his death.

King Richard III

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Wake-up Call


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Landowners Screwed

Constitution Pipeline

The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to some landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path.

It will slash a mile-long gash through a pristine forest tended by the Kernan family for seven decades. It will spoil Andrew Havas' plans to build a home and automotive shop. It will disrupt farming operations for dairyman Ken Stanton. It will dash hopes Bob Lidsky and Bev Travis had of building the hilltop home where they planned to retire with their five huge mountain dogs.

Of 651 landowners in New York and Pennsylvania affected by the $700 million pipeline project, 125 refused to sign right of way agreements. Condemnation proceedings undertaken by Constitution under the Natural Gas Act have largely resolved the remaining disputes, either through settlements or access granted by a judge.

Only four property owners still have cases pending, all in New York. The courts will set compensation for landowners who did not reach agreements on their own. In Lidsky's case, for example, the judge granted Constitution access and ordered the company to cover compensation of up to $11,600.

Constitution Pipeline

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Salt-n-Pepa are seen at Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival, on March 22, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event, produced by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) raised over $1,000,000 to provide services and support Floridians living with HIV/AIDS.
Photo by Jesus Aranguren

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The Story of Symbols ~ Kuriositas

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Republicans: Funding Education For Veterans Too Expensive

Texass

They signed up to fight for their country, and the state of Texas promised to pay for their education.

For decades, veterans went to public universities and colleges under the Hazlewood Exemption, which kicks in after federal benefits under the G.I. Bill are exhausted. But the price tag has increased sevenfold since 2009, when legislators in Texas - which has the country's second-highest veteran population, 1.7 million - allowed the benefit to be passed on to veterans' children under a legacy provision.

"Everybody's heart was in the right place when we added all the other beneficiaries," said Republican Sen. Kel Seliger, chair of the Senate's higher education committee. But, he added, "it just got too high of a price tag."

Now, amid rising legacy costs and concern that a federal lawsuit over residency could push the benefit's annual figure to $2 billion, policymakers must carefully balance state politics and fiscal conservativism with commitments made to veterans during World War II.

Texass

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Israeli illusionist and endurance artist Hezi Dean performs a purported levitation trick in Tel Aviv March 22, 2015. Dean on Sunday began what he calls a "24-hour levitation" on the outside of a Tel Aviv building.
Photo by Baz Ratner

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The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort | Amusing Planet

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Increases Spending On Vets

Oh, Canada

The cost of providing medical marijuana to the country's injured soldiers under a Veterans Affairs program jumped to more than $4.3 million this fiscal year, an increase of 10 times what was spent last year.

And the number of ex-soldiers eligible for taxpayer-funded, prescribed pot more than quadrupled to 601 patients.

A briefing note prepared for former veterans minister Julian Fantino says, in 2013-14, the government spent $417,000 on medical marijuana for soldiers.

The massive increases may represent a conundrum for Health Canada, which routinely warns against marijuana use, and the ruling Conservatives who've ridiculed Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's campaign for overall legalization of marijuana.

In a statement, Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Janice Summerby stood beside the program, saying the government doesn't endorse or promote the use of marijuana, but it's there to support eligible veterans who have a prescription.

Oh, Canada

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A folk performer (front R) with make-up and props takes part in a "Blood Shehuo" parade, during a performance in Linyi county, Shanxi province March 21, 2015. "Shehuo" is the common name of Chinese traditional activities consisting of folk performances in northern China. The "Blood Shehuo" performers use make-up and props to re-enact scenes of horror in classic Chinese novels like Water Margin. Picture taken March 21, 2015.

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31 Amazing Crater Lakes Around the World | WOE

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Maple Potential

Vermont

Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet?

This isn't the old galvanized-sap bucket-nailed-to-a-tree type of operation. This is industrial-sized maple. And companies know there's rising demand for natural sweeteners as consumers turn away from products made with high fructose corn syrup.

Sweetree LLC plans to become the biggest producer of the sticky-sweet stuff in North America. Though the operation has created full-time jobs in a poor region and says it will boost local producers by also buying certified organic syrup, the move has also generated some curiosity and concern from those in the maple business in a state that yielded $49 million worth of syrup in 2013.

Sweetree bought 7,000 acres of forest land in Warren Gore and Averys Gore north of Island Pond, and has installed 95,000 taps in maple trees, with plans for 500,000 taps. That number would make it the largest operation in North America, according to Dave Chapeskie, executive director of the International Maple Syrup Institute in Spencerville, Ontario.

Vermont

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A visitor looks at the sculpture "Not Dressed for Conquering / Haute Couture 04 Transport" by Ines Doujak and John Barker at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art on March 21, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain
Photo by Luis Gene

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Arctic Miracle in Bloom: Delicate Frost Flowers As Far As the Eye Can See

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Weekend Box Office

'Insurgent'

Sean Penn's "The Gunman" was no match for the rebel kids of "Insurgent."

The second installment in the "Divergent" series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theaters, according Rentrak estimates Sunday. Penn's geopolitical thriller stumbled with only $5 million.

Disney's live-action "Cinderella," meanwhile, fell 49 percent in Week 2 to take second place with $34.5 million. The PG-rated film has earned an impressive $122 million domestically to date.

Also in its second weekend in theaters, the R-rated Liam Neeson-led action film "Run All Night," managed a slight edge over Open Road's "The Gunman." Neeson's film, a Warner Bros. release, dropped 54 percent with its $5.1 million weekend, while Penn's film debuted in fourth place with only $5 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Insurgent," $54 million ($47 million international).
    2. "Cinderella," $34.5 million ($41.1 million international).
    3. "Run All Night," $5.1 million ($5 million international).
    4. "The Gunman," $5 million ($900,000 international).
    5. "Kingsman: The Secret Service," $4.6 million ($8.5 million international).
    6. "Do You Believe?" $4 million.
    7. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $3.5 million ($3.2 million international).
    8. "Focus," $3.3 million ($7.9 million international).
    9. "Chappie," $2.7 million ($5.1 million international).
   10. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," $2.4 million ($3.2 million international).

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In Memory

Hans Erni

Swiss artist Hans Erni, whose prolific work ranged from tiny postage stamps to enormous frescoes, has died, his daughter said Sunday. He was 106.

Erni's daughter, artist Simone Fornara-Erni, announced on her Facebook page that he "passed away peacefully" on Saturday.

Erni produced hundreds of paintings, sculptures, lithographs, engravings, etchings and ceramics. He kept up a punishing work schedule deep into old age, completing a series of paintings for the International Olympic Committee in his 80s and painting a fresco at a church in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in southern France, where he had a vacation home.

Born Feb. 21, 1909, in Lucerne, Erni studied art in Paris and Berlin. He was strongly influenced in his early days by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, but his abstract era ended with his first public success, a huge mural titled "Switzerland, Vacation Land of the People" commissioned for the 1939 national exhibition in Zurich.

Many other official commissions followed though Erni's communist sympathies then got him into trouble, and he later said that for 20 years he was "boycotted, defamed, spied on, and banned from cultural life as a national traitor." Swiss bank notes he designed in the 1940s weren't printed because he was deemed a Marxist.

However, the crushing of Hungary's 1956 uprising against communist rule was an ideological turning point for him.

"Tanks destroyed my vision of life," he declared at the time.

Erni created more than 90 stamp designs for Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the United Nations.

Erni's first wife, artist Gertrud Bohnert, died in a horse-riding accident. Their daughter, Simone, is herself a prominent artist. With his second wife, Doris, he had a son and two daughters, one of whom died of leukemia.

Hans Erni

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Buyan, a 15-year-old male Siberian brown bear, walks in its enclosure as he wakes up after winter hibernation at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 22, 2015.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin

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