Marc Dion: Going Home (Creators Syndicate)
When I have trouble falling asleep because the day has been hard, I lie on my back, close my eyes and go home. I go back to a rented two-story white house in a small New England manufacturing city in 1964 and my parents and my grandmother and a great-hearted boxer dog named Joey.
Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
"The most trusted man in America"
Alan J answered:
Lachrymose Lois Of Oregon replied:
Good evening. This is the ghost of Walter Cronkite. Our top
story tonight: The entire earth is being turned to shit by
infectioous human waste. There is no hope for humanity or
any other life form on the planet. And that's the way it
is, April 26th, Two Thousand And Fifteen.
John I from Hawai'i says,
From an era when news came from journalists
And not news readers, Walter Cronkite.
STEPHEN F responded:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
He is sorely missed....Walter Cronkite
Going with a WAG here - Walter Cronkite.
We had rain last night and I stayed up late to stand on the patio, listening to and smelling it. What a treat!
MAM , wrote:
Walter Cronkite ~ An American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-81). During the heyday of CBS News, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America".One of Cronkite's trademarks was ending the CBS Evening News with the phrase "...And that's the way it is," followed by the date.
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Rained a bit - not enough to do much, but it was a nice change.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'Battle Creek'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'AD - The Bible Continues', then a FRESH'AD - The Bible Continues', followed by a FRESH'American Odyssey'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH"America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Secrets & Lies', followed by a FRESH'Revenge'.
The CW offers a FRESH'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', followed by an old 'Friends', then another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'The Last Man On Earth'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', still another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by a FRESH'Mad Men'.
[6:00AM] Hidden Habitats-Ep 3 - Namib Desert
[6:30AM] Hidden Habitats-Ep 4 - Monterey Bay
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 7 - Hunters and Hunted
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 8 - Creatures of the Deep
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 7 - On Thin Ice
[10:00AM] Top Gear: Sydney Special
[11:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 - Episode 1
[12:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 - Episode 2
[1:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 - Episode 3
[2:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 -Episode 4
[6:30PM] Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
[9:00PM] Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
[3:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 - Episode 1
[4:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 - Episode 2
[5:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12 - Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live', then a FRESH'Blood, Sweat & Heels'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'The Rocker', followed by the movie 'Dumb & Dumber'.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.
History has 'Ax Men', another 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'The Legend Of Shelby The Swamp Man', followed by another FRESH'The Legend Of Shelby The Swamp Man'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-BEDLAM IN PARADISE
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-BLUNDER BOYS
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-A BIRD IN THE HEAD
[7:15AM] THE THREE STOOGES-BOOBY DUPES
[7:40AM] THE THREE STOOGES-BUSY BUDDIES
[8:05AM] THE THREE STOOGES-CACTUS MAKES PERFECT
[8:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-REESE JOINS THE ARMY
[9:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-REESE JOINS THE ARMY
[9:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-REESE COMES HOME
[10:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BUSEYS RUN AWAY
[10:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-STANDEE
[11:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-PEARL HARBOR
[11:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-KITTY'S BACK
[12:00PM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HAL'S CHRISTMAS GIFT
[12:30PM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[3:15PM] CONAN THE DESTROYER
[10:30PM] PREDATOR 2
[3:30AM] PREDATOR 2 (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up
[8:00AM] The Natural
[11:00AM] We Are Marshall
[2:00PM] Boyz N the Hood
[6:30PM] The Thin Red Line
[10:00PM] The Conversation
[12:30AM] Basic Instinct
[3:15AM] Domino (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda', followed by the movie 'Piranhaconda'.
Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.
The 79-year-old reservoir, formed by the building of the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, was expected to dip below 1,080 feet on Sunday, lower than a previous record of 1,080.19 feet last August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Predictions show that on May 31, the reservoir will have dipped again to 1,075 feet, well below its record high levels of around 1,206 feet in the 1980s, according to Bureau of Reclamation data.
Over the past 14 years, snowfall has dropped in the Rocky Mountains, leading to a drop in snow pack runoff that feeds the river, according to Bureau of Reclamation statistics. In 2013, runoff was at 47 percent of normal.
As much as soda drinkers might get the occasional stink eye from their health-conscious peers, that's nothing compared to the abject horror diet-soda consumers potentially face from their friends. To some, sipping a diet cola is the equivalent of drinking poison.
PepsiCo thinks that's all because of negative perceptions surrounding aspartame, the artificial sweetener used to make Diet Pepsi taste sweet without all of the added calories of sugar or corn syrup.
"Aspartame is the number one reason consumers are dropping diet soda," said Seth Kaufman, a vice president at Pepsi, in a release on Friday. So what's a soda company to do? PepsiCo is dropping the ingredient for a combination of sucralose-better known by its brand name, Splenda-and acesulfame potassium, according to The Associated Press.
Sales for Diet Pepsi have dropped dramatically in the past two years, with a decline of about 35 percent, while Diet Coke sales have dropped about 15 percent. And while soda sales overall have dropped in the past decade, consumer concerns over unnatural ingredients have caused many to steer clear of the calorie-free options.
The off-Broadway phenomenon "The Fantasticks" won't be closing next month after all - thanks to a pair of fantastic fans.
Two donors have stepped up and pledged to keep the stalwart, low-tech show open, producer Catherine Russell said Saturday. Plans had been made for the show to close after some 20,000 performances on May 3, the 55th anniversary of the show's opening in 1960.
"Neither donor knows the other and both want to remain anonymous," Russell wrote in an email. "They both just have loved the show for many years and were heartbroken and furious at me for deciding to close it without discussing it with them."
For nearly 42 years the show chugged along at the 153-seat Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, finally closing in 2002 after 17,162 performances - a victim both of a destroyed downtown after 9-11 and a new post-terrorism, edgy mood. It opened four years later at The Snapple Theater Center, an off-Broadway complex in the heart of Times Square.
Months after Brian Williams admitted to falsely claiming he was onboard a helicopter hit by rocket fire in Iraq, three NBC executives reportedly gathered in a Rockefeller Center conference room to talk about their embattled anchor.
So far, unnamed sources told the Washington Post and the New York Times, the network's internal probe has identified 11 occasions when Williams apparently bent the truth about his reporting.
NBC decided to suspend the "Nightly News" anchor back in February and launch an investigation into Williams' work after the Iraq admission sparked an onslaught of accusations of embellished reporting. Everything from Williams' Hurricane Katrina coverage and SEAL Team 6 stories to anecdotes about his college years were suddenly subject to scrutiny.
And as NBC News senior investigative producer Richard Esposito and his team of journalists tasked with combing through Williams' record seem to have discovered, several of the revered reporter's stories were, in fact, too good to be true.
A year after the children of radio personality Casey Kasem had to seek court action to see their ailing father, a new law in Iowa aims to ensure that adult children can see their sick parents - granting them visitation rights unless the person's guardian goes to court to stop them.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill into law Friday. Under the measure, an adult with a legal guardian - someone who cannot manage their own affairs - would have the right to receive visits from family members and others they have previously expressed interest in seeing. The legal guardian could still control factors like the time and place of the visits.
Previously, Iowa law did not address how to handle such situations, said Sen. Rob Hogg, a Cedar Rapids Democrat who pushed for the bill.
The legislation was backed by Kasem's daughter, Kerri Kasem, who appeared on Iowa talk radio several times advocating for the bill. Kasem, a radio show host herself who lives in Los Angeles, is pushing for similar laws in several other states and said she believes Iowa is the first to enact such a bill.
Lawmakers from both parties worked on the legislation, which won unanimous approval in both chambers. Hogg said he started working on the issue after hearing last year from a constituent who was having difficulty visiting her brother.
Participants play their cajones, a popular Peruvian instrument, during the 8th International Festival of the Peruvian Cajon in Lima's Plaza Mayor, April 25, 2015. Almost 2,000 people took part in the event playing the percussion instrument simultaneously, hoping to achieve a new world record for the world biggest cajon performance, according to organizers.
Photo by Enrique Castro-Mendivil
A Montana bar association on Friday defended its controversial decision to honor a former judge who was censured for suggesting that a 14-year-old girl was partly to blame for her rape by a teacher whom the judge sentenced to just 31 days.
The board of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association, a private organization of attorneys in the Billings area, said it voted to present retired state District Judge G. Todd Baugh with a lifetime achievement award for his decades of service.
Baugh retired in December, roughly six months after state justices cited him for undermining public confidence in the judiciary by commenting that the teen girl, Cherice Moralez, was "as much in control of the situation" as the ex-teacher, Stacey Rambold, who was convicted of raping her in 2007.
Moralez killed herself before the case could be brought to trial.
State justices also found that Baugh imposed an unlawfully lenient term of incarceration when he sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison with all but 31 days suspended. The court said Montana law required a sentence of at least four years for a defendant guilty of sexually assaulting a victim under 16.
Filipino performers wearing colorful costumes participate in a traditional dance competition as part of the Aliwan Festival in Manila, Philippines, 25 April 2015. Groups from various provinces in the country participated in the Aliwan Festival which showcases the products and culture of each province through a cultural dance competition.
Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo
The number of breeding males in the greater sage-grouse population of the United States and part of Canada has declined by 56 percent in recent years, in a sign of trouble for the ground-dwelling bird, a study released on Friday showed.
The study from the Pew Charitable Trusts comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepares to make a decision before the end of September on whether the bird should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on that a sub-species of the sage-grouse found in California and Nevada did not require protection under the Endangered Species Act. Environmentalists criticized the decision.
The move was a victory for mining, energy and farming companies which fear sage-grouse protections could restrict their livelihoods in the 11 Western states where the bird lives, including Washington state, Colorado and Montana.
Dancers of the Japanese Butoh group 'Goldens from Dairakudakan' with their bodies painted in gold perform during the Koenji street performance festival in Tokyo, Japan, 25 April 2015. For its seventh edition, some 48 artists and performers participated in the street performance festival.
Photo by Franck Robichon
The distinctive headgear worn by some of the famous Easter Island statues may have been rolled up ramps to reach those high perches, a new study suggests.
A simple analysis of the physics suggests that rolling the headwear - bulky cylindrical shapes that look like Russian fur hats - would have been a relatively easy matter, said study co-author Sean Hixon, an undergraduate student in archaeology and geology at the University of Oregon, who presented his findings here on April 16 at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archeology.
Since Europeans arrived at the location in the 1700s, people have wondered how the residents of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, off the coast of Chile, raised their majestic statues. Some scientists have speculated that the statues were walked into place. Others have argued that the native islanders chopped down the island's forests to roll the stone behemoths across the landscape, leading to environmental devastation and the collapse of the Easter Island civilization.
Some of these Easter Island statues, or moai, are topped by large red headgear. About 100 of these "hats," made from red volcanic rock called scoria, have been found, with many strewn along ancient paths on the island.
Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71.
In his 35 years as the magazine's film critic, Corliss wrote more than 2,500 reviews and other articles.
His reviews were "authoritative but never intimidating" and his tastes "populist but eclectic," ranging from Chinese kung fu and Disney animation to films by Ingmar Bergman and Werner Herzog.
Early in his career, Corliss dismissed the box office "Star Wars" hit, stating that "the movie's legs will prove as vulnerable as C-3PO's." But he soon embraced the films by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Corliss also was the author of several books "Talking Pictures" in 1974 was a survey of major Hollywood screenwriters. He also wrote a monograph on Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and last year published a book on iconic film mothers titled "Mom in the Movies."
His wife of more than 40 years, Mary Corliss is curator of the Film Stills Archive at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
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