BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 14 February, 2015


14 February, 2015

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Paul Krugman: Money Makes Crazy (NY Times)
Monetary policy madness is pervasive in today's Republican Party.

Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About, Featuring President Obama (BuzzFeed)
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Evan Hurst: Aaron Schock Spending Tax Moneys On Hot Male Personal Photographer. Totally Normal (Wonkette)
My goodness, America's Top Heterosexual Congresscritter is in the news so much lately! We've gone from Not Gay Downton Abbey office to gayest ethics complaint ever to racist spokesgoon having to resign for being racist spokesgoon, all in the space of a week, and apparently Aaron is not done Shaking It Off, because here comes more!

Jeremy Gerard: "Alfred Hitchcock's Shelved Holocaust Documentary Cannot Be Denied: Review" (Deadline)
In April 1945, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force ordered that footage shot by combat and newsreel cameramen during the liberation of Occupied Europe be aggregated into a documentary film that would be shown to the German prisoners of war as irrefutable proof of what had occurred under the Nazi regime.

Zachary Frey: 5 Tiny Acts of Incompetence That Caused Massive Disasters (Cracked)
You screwed up at work. That's OK: Some lady got the wrong latte, or a form was misfiled, or maybe you masturbated the wrong horse to completion. It's not a big deal. It's not like your little workplace faux pas is a major disaster. You didn't have an off day on the job and cause a financial collapse or commit a war crime or something. Not like these people ...

Diana Cook: 4 Insane Pop Culture Obsessions People Turned Into Cool Jobs (Cracked)
"Do what you love, love what you do." According to the Pollyannas parroting that bit of tripe, it is just that easy. However, if success was just a matter of doing what you love, we'd have an overabundance of professional doughnut-tasters and mattress-testers.

Katherine Trandacosta: Why Are All The Best [Fictional] Spies British? (io9)
Kingsman: The Secret Service comes out this week, the latest in a long line of spy fiction featuring British secret agents. And that brings to mind the question of why so many of our most famous fictional spies are British.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the specialty of an arbalist (also spelled arbelist)?

      Crossbow                                                      Source

An arbalist, also spelled arbelist, is one who shoots a crossbow.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Using a crossbow.

Charlie wrote:
   Someone who shoots crossbows.

Lepus Of Oregon said:
   Atsa wada ya call a guy who uses a crossbow, huh? Nice weapon that saves some cash on ammo, IF you're a fletcher!
  But for REAL firepower...what do you call a guy who uses a trebuchet? BAD ASS!

  P.S. Dale! Thank you so much for the Keanu Keester photos. I shall cherish them forever. By the way, here is evidence that he is IMMORTAL. Found it on the internet so it must be true!

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   An arbalist, also spelled arbelist, is one who shoots a crossbow.

Deborah replied:
   An arbalest is a crossbowman.
  I've never used one.
  And it's easily 20-30 degrees too warm here. It's frighteningly enjoyable.
  TGIF people.

Dale of Diamondy Pushing 70F Springs, Norcali said:
   It's a big-ass steel reinforced crossbow. Thwack!! Archery is todays girlie theme.

Marian replied:
   person with or who uses a crossbow

MAM   wrote:
   Crossbow: Arbalestier (crossbowman) and his Arbalest (crossbow).

BttbBob   answered:

  Probably the most notable group of organized crossbowmen during the medieval period were the Genoese mercenaries that fought for the French during the 'Hundred Years War' against the English. Overall, they were no match for the famed English Longbowmen who could shoot much greater distances with extreme accuracy...

  ... and the English could rapidly remove their bow strings during wet weather for protection (wet bow strings were useless), when the crossbowmen could not due their complicated mechanisms. This happened at the decisive Battle of Crécy, August 1346, when the French employed 5,000 Genoese crossbowmen in the front line and a sudden, short rainstorm made their weapons useless. They retreated in the face of the superior longbow which had been made quickly ready and were slaughtered by their French employers as cowards during the mad scrabble away from the deadly rain of English arrows. The English then decimated the French Men-at-Arms and Knights with their Longbows from a distance thus helping to win the battle handily... Oh, the crossbow doesn't shoot arrows, rather their projectiles are called bolts... Crossbows were slow to draw and load so they were employed in the field with two-man teams. One held a large shield called a 'pavise' (shield) that protected the crossbowman as he prepared his weapon.

  It was a clumsy affair and the English archers were much more mobile and could shoot many more arrows in the time it took a crossbowman to load and shoot one. Crossbows were more effective from defensive positions such as battlements rather than on the open field...

  I learned all that from reading works of the noted English historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell, who wrote extensively, and accurately, of that period.


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Sunny and set another record high - third day running.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a "FRESH" 'SNL Valentine's Day Special'.
'SNL' is a RERUN (from 10/11/75), with George Carlin hosting, music by Janis Ian and Billy Preston.

ABC fills the night with the movie 'Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets'.

The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'NASCAR Sprint Cup', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Donnie Loves The Anti-Vaxxer', followed by a FRESH 'Sexy Beasts', then another FRESH 'Sexy Beasts'.

AMC offers the movie 'Titanic'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [7:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Lela's
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part 1
 [10:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Quelcuttis
 [11:00AM]    Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 4 - St. John's Newfoundland
 [12:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 3
 [1:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 4
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 3
 [3:00PM]    Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Delivery
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 17 - Night Terrors
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 18 - Identity Crisis
 [9:00PM]    The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 5 - The Return NEW
 [10:15PM]    Kingdom of Heaven
 [1:15AM]    The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 5 - The Return
 [2:30AM]    The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 17 - Night Terrors
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 18 - Identity Crisis    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks', then the movie 'Magic Mike'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Mean Girls', followed by the movie 'The Hangover', then the movie 'Zach & Miri Make A Porno'.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.

History has all old 'Vikings' all night.

IFC  -   
 [2:30PM]    BOILER ROOM
 [10:15PM]    THE RUM DIARY
 [3:00AM]    THE RUM DIARY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-Pretty Little Liars
 [6:30AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols
 [7:30AM]    Miller's Crossing
 [10:00AM]    The Full Monty
 [12:00PM]    Girl With a Pearl Earring
 [2:00PM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [4:00PM]    You've Got Mail
 [6:30PM]    You've Got Mail
 [9:00PM]    9 1/2 Weeks
 [11:30PM]    Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
 [2:00AM]    Blue Velvet
 [4:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Chocolate
 [5:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Breakfast    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Cloverfield', followed by the movie 'I, Robot'.

 [6:30 AM]      Vivacious Lady (1938)
 [8:15 AM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      Holiday (1938)
 [11:45 AM]      Skylark (1941)
 [1:30 PM]      Adam's Rib (1949)
 [3:30 PM]      The More the Merrier (1943)
 [5:30 PM]      Irma La Douce (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Red Balloon (1956)
 [8:45 PM]      TheHarder They Fall (1956)
 [10:45 PM]      The Caine Mutiny (1954)
 [1:00 AM]      Marty (1955)
 [2:45 AM]      Blackboard Jungle (1955)
 [4:45 AM]      The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  02/15/15

 [7:00 AM]      Johnny Eager (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      T-Men (1948)
 [10:45 AM]      Naked City (1948)
 [12:30 PM]      The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
 [2:30 PM]      The Blue Dahlia (1946)
 [4:15 PM]      The Maltese Falcon (1941)
 [6:00 PM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
 [11:00 PM]      The Defiant Ones (1958)
 [1:00 AM]      I Want To Live! (1958)
 [3:15 AM]      Raintree County (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler (L), US singer Stevie Wonder (2 L), Berry Gordy (C), Mary Wilson (2R) from the Supreme and LA City Councilman Tom Labonge (R) participate as US songwriters and producers (bottom from L to R) Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland unveil their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, USA, 13 February 2015. This is the 2,543rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Al Jazeera Journalists Released On Bail

Mohamed Fahmy

On his first day out of a Cairo prison, Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy returned Friday to the site of his arrest.

Fahmy's release on bail after more than a year behind bars wasn't expected until Saturday, but in an unexpected move authorities chose to let the 40-year-old walk out of a local police station in the early hours of Friday morning, his family said.

Hours later, Fahmy tweeted a photo of himself and his fiancee, saying they were sitting on a patio at the Cairo Marriott Hotel, where he and two colleagues were arrested in December 2013 while working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English.

Fahmy's Egyptian co-worker, Baher Mohamed, was also freed on bail. His wife said Mohamed arrived home around 7 a.m. local time.

Mohamed Fahmy


In this Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo released by Starpix, Barbara Eden walks the runway at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Fashion Show at Lincoln Center in New York.
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Auctioning 'American Pie' Manuscript

Don McLean

Christie's announced Friday that singer-songwriter Don McLean is selling his manuscript and notes to "American Pie," the wistful anthem that asked, "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?"

The auction house says McLean is selling 16 pages that include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song.

Christie's is estimating that "American Pie" will sell for $1 million to $1.5 million when it is auctioned April 7 in New York.

The eight-minute-long "American Pie" was released in 1971. It was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972.

Don McLean


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Schoolgirl Freed

Malak al-Khatib

Israel freed on Friday a 14-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl, whose jailing six weeks ago for planning to attack Israelis became a focus for anger over the arrest of children in the occupied territories.

An AFP photographer in the West Bank town of Tulkarem said Malak al-Khatib was released there and greeted by her parents, relatives and the mayor, before being taken home to Beitin village, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) away.

Malak was arrested on her way home from school on December 31, and a military court subsequently jailed her for two months.

According to the indictment she had "picked up a stone" to throw at cars on a road used by Israeli settlers near the village and was also in possession of a knife for stabbing security personnel if she were arrested.

Israel arrests about 1,000 children every year in the West Bank, often on charges of stone-throwing, according to rights group Defence for Children International Palestine.

Malak al-Khatib


Rapper Snoop Dogg performs at HOT 97's "The Tip Off" at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, in New York.
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An Early Example of a Portable Calculator? Indeed, the Arithmographe just Arrived! | U-M Library


To Auction

100-Carat Diamond

A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald-cut is going on the auction block where it could fetch between $19 million to $25 million.

It's an internally flawless D color stone, which the auctioneer said is considered "perfect."

The stone is the only classic emerald-cut white diamond of the highest color and clarity and over 100 carats to come to auction, according to Sotheby's.

Only five "perfect" diamonds over 100 carats have sold at auction in the last 25 years, with a 118-carat oval-cut stone fetching $30.6 million at Sotheby's in 2013. It set a record for a white diamond.

100-Carat Diamond


Wake-up Call


Winnings Must Be Returned(!)

Unshuffled Cards

Gamblers who won $1.5 million at a casino after realizing the cards hadn't been shuffled have been ordered to return the money.

State Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor has sided with the Golden Nugget casino in its long-running dispute with 14 gamblers who say the fault wasn't theirs and they should be allowed to keep their winnings.

At issue were games of mini-baccarat played in April 2012 using decks of cards the casino had paid a manufacturer to pre-shuffle but that hadn't been shuffled. Once players realized the pattern in which the cards were emerging they drastically upped their bets from $10 a hand to $5,000 and won 41 straight hands.

In the ruling, issued Monday and publicized by the casino on Thursday, the judge determined the games were illegal under state law because they didn't conform to gambling regulations specifying the way each game must be played.

She ruled that the gamblers must return any cash paid to them by the casino and any outstanding chips in their possession. The casino in turn must refund the gamblers the money they first put up to play.

Unshuffled Cards


Actress Helena Bonham Carter poses for photographers on the red carpet for the film Cinderella at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
Photo by Markus Schreiber


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'Mega-Drought' Risk

Western US

Long-lasting mega-droughts could occur with increasing frequency in the western United States later this century if no action is taken to rein in climate change by curbing fossil fuel use, researchers said.

Mega-drought is defined as any drought as bad as the worst already seen in the 20th century, but lasting much longer, for 35 years or more.

The study is the first to predict that the coming intense dry spells could exceed the decades-long mega-droughts that occurred centuries ago and are blamed for the demise of certain civilizations in the late 13th century.

Currently the western United States has been experiencing a drought for about 11 of the past 14 years.

Western US


Actress Cate Blanchett gestures during the press conference for the film Cinderella at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Friday,Feb. 13, 2015.
Photo by Michael Sohn


Amazing Alaskan Wood Frog Freezes Solid in Winter and Comes Alive in Spring | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities


Stranded On New Zealand Beach

200 Whales

Almost 200 pilot whales stranded themselves Friday on a New Zealand beach renowned as a deathtrap for the marine mammals, conservation officials said.

At least 24 whales from the pod of 198 that beached themselves at Farewell Spit had died and rescue workers were trying to refloat the survivors, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said.

Farewell Spit beach, at the northern tip of the South Island, has been the scene of many mass pilot whale strandings over the years.

There have been at least eight in the past decade, including two within the space of a week in January last year, although the latest stranding is one of the largest.

200 Whales


Singer Jorge Gonzalez poses on the red carpet for the film Cinderella at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
Photo by Axel Schmidt


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The youngest to die was a 4-day-old girl, the oldest a 92-year-old man.

They were among at least 844 Palestinians killed as a result of airstrikes on Gaza homes during Israel's summer war with the Islamic militant group, Hamas.

Under the rules of war, homes are protected civilian sites unless used for military purposes. Israel says it attacked only legitimate targets, alleging militants used the houses to hide weapons, fighters and command centers. Palestinians say Israel's warplanes often struck without regard for civilians.

The Associated Press examined 247 airstrikes, interviewing witnesses, visiting attack sites and compiling a detailed casualty count.

The review found that 508 of the dead - just over 60 percent - were children, women and older men, all presumed to be civilians. Hamas says it did not use women as fighters in the war, and an Israel-based research group, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which tracks militants among the war dead, said it has no evidence women participated in combat.



Two "Tschaeggaettae", masked participants of the traditional carnival cortege, are dressed up in the atelier of the wood carver Heinrich Rieder in the village of Blatten in the Loetschental valley, southwestern part of Switzerland, late Thursday, Feb 12, 2015. During this sinister carnival, about one hundred Tschaeggaettae wearing huge wooden masks and animal furs crowd the streets of the villages to scare the people in the Loetschental.
Photo by Dominic Steinmann


A Straightforward Guide to the Lord of the Rings Mythology «TwistedSifter


Conspiracy Theories

Benny The Rat

For someone once bestowed with the luxury of infallibility, former Pope Benedict XVI is having a unique retirement. Two years after his unprecedented withdrawal from the papacy-well, unprecedented for the last 600 years at least-the erstwhile Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's resignation remains the subject of speculation.

Two years ago this week, Benedict's announcement that he was stepping down for health reasons shocked the Catholic Church and much of the world. It also loosed conspiracy theorists who believe Benedict was forced to resign. On Wednesday, one of the former pope's top lieutenants defended the 87-year-old's choice.

The statement, when read closely, could be meaningful for two reasons. That a surrogate of Benedict is still out protecting the pope emeritus in the press might speak to an inherent defensiveness (though a reporter's questions could easily have prompted it). Then, there is the theory of his "forced resignation," which would invalidate the election of Pope Francis. "Church law says a pope's resignation is valid only if he takes the decision in full freedom and without pressure from others," Reuters noted last year.

Benny The Rat


Masquerader Urban Drakes parades his costume "Wings of Desire, Vice of Cocaine" before the judges at the conventional and individual costumes competition held by the National Carnival Commission at Victoria Square, in Port-of-Spain February 12, 2015.
Photo by Andrea De Silva


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Showing Signs Of Decay

The Alamo

The iconic Texas battle site, the Alamo, is decaying.

Researchers at Texas A&M University have determined that the base of one of the decorative columns on the front of the San Antonio building, site of the famous 1836 Battle of the Alamo, has deteriorated by 2 to 2 1/2 inches (5 to 7 cm) since 1960.

"Some might say that doesn't sound like a whole lot, but over time, it adds up to a significant amount, especially if that rate increases in the future," said Robert Warden, director of Texas A&M's Center for Heritage Conservation, which conducted the research in conjunction with the School of Architecture at the German-Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan.

It was most famously the site of a battle between Texas revolutionaries and the government of Mexico that left about 180 defenders - the entire Texan garrison - dead.

The Alamo


A view of lenten roses (Helleborus orientalis) and Christmas roses (Helleborus niger) floating in a pond at the so-called Long House (Langes Haus) of the Orangery Belvedere in Weimar, Germany, 13 February 2015. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is holding the traditional event 'Christrosen-Wochenende' (lit.: Christmas rose weekend) at the Long House from 13 to 15 February.
Photo by Martin Schutt


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Scientists Debate Signals


Astronomers have their own version of the single person's dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down?

Instead of love, of course, astronomers are looking for alien life, and for decades, they have sat by their telescopes, waiting to hear from E.T. It didn't happen, and so now some of them want to beam messages out into the void and invite the closest few thousand worlds to chat or even visit.

Others scientists, including Stephen Hawking, think that's crazy, warning that instead of sweet and gentle E.T., we may get something like the planet-conquering aliens from "Independence Day." The consequences, they say, could be catastrophic.

But calling out there ourselves may be the only way to find out if we are not alone, and humanity may benefit from alien intelligence, said Douglas A. Vakoch, whose title - for real - is director of interstellar message composition at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and until now it's been mostly a listening-type thing.

This dispute - which mixes astronomy, science fiction, philosophy, the law, mathematics and a touch of silliness - broke out Thursday and Friday at a convention in San Jose of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



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In Memory

Gary Owens

The man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" has died. Gary Owens was 80 years old.

Owens' family said Friday that the veteran voiceover star died Thursday at his Los Angeles-area home.

Owens hosted thousands of radio programs over his seven-decade career. He appeared in more than a dozen movies and on scores of TV shows, including Lucille Ball and Bob Hope specials. He also voiced hundreds of animated characters, recorded a comedy album and wrote two books.

Owens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and their sons, Scott and Chris. Owens suffered from diabetes and the family asks that donations be made to the Children's Diabetes Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Gary Owens


In Memory

Stan Chambers

Los Angeles television news pioneer Stan Chambers, who had a front-row seat to earthquakes, fires and the life of the city since the 1940s, died Friday, according to KTLA-TV, the station where he was a reporter for more than six decades. He was 91.

Chambers' lengthy 1949 reporting about the effort to rescue 3-year-old Kathy Fiscus, who fell down an abandoned well and died, is recognized as the first live TV coverage of a breaking news story.

As a part of KTLA since shortly after its 1947 birth as the first commercial television station in the West, Chambers saw TV unshackled from the early days of primitive technology to emerge as a dominant medium.

In his first two years at the station, Chambers was a utility player, from salesman to news anchor. Then, on an April evening in 1949, he was dispatched to San Marino, 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Station manager Klaus Landsberg and reporter Bill Welsh already were in place with two TV transmission trucks. Fiscus was trapped deep in a narrow well; crews were drilling to reach her.

As the rescue effort dragged on, it was carried internationally by radio, newspapers and, eventually, by newsreels. But Los Angeles watched the story unfold for 27 hours on live TV, minute by minute, ending when the child was found dead.

"Nothing like that had ever happened and, certainly, I had never been through anything like that," Chambers recalled in 1998. "When it was over, we had no idea of the impact. The reaction was overwhelming. To this day, I still bump into people who say 'Oh, I remember the Kathy Fiscus telecast so well.'"

For Chambers, it was the real start of a career that would put him on the air for every major story to hit the Los Angeles area in the latter half of the 20th century.

Defining stories included the Watts riot and Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in the '60s, and the Rodney King police beating case that led to the 1992 Los Angeles riot.

Chambers, who retired in 2010, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Associated Press Television-Radio Association renamed its Extraordinary Achievement award for Chambers following his retirement from KTLA. The annual award honours lifetime achievement by broadcast journalists in the Western U.S.

Chambers is survived by his wife Gigi, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Stan Chambers



Black Bucks donated by the Netherlands play at the Lal Sohanra national park on the outskirts of Bahwalpur, Pakistan, 13 February 2015. The USA and the Netherlands helped in rehabilitation of the population of the endangered Black Bucks species by donating pairs of these animals to Pakistan.
Photo by Omer Saleem



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