BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 1 January, 2015


1 January, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1192 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Mark Morford: Five ridiculously easy resolutions for 2015 (SF Gate)
Work out more? Eat healthier, get up earlier, meditate, do more yoga, have better sex, quit whining so much and lose a few pounds and be nicer to all baristas, wait staff, meter maids and UPS drivers? Damn straight. Also, sort of easy. Herewith, a wider swath, more winking and inquisitive. For 2015, maybe try…

David P. Gushee: Tackling the Hard Questions (Sojourners)
It's time for Bible-believing Christians to take a new look at what scripture teaches us about gays and lesbians.

Human Rights Foundation: Smuggle and airdrop films, literature, encyclopedias, and media into information-starved North Korea
… millions of brave North Koreans, hungry for a better life, defy the regime every day by secretly consuming films, TV shows, books, articles, and any other information from the outside world that they can get their hands on.

Pope Francis: the fifteen 'diseases' of the Curia (Vatican Insider)
The disease of hoarding: 'When the apostle seeks to fill an existential void in his heart by hoarding material possessions, not because of necessity, but only to feel secure'.

Chris Hayes: The GOP wrong again on Obama economy (MSNBC)
Amid a flood of good economic news, "All In" looks back at the doom and gloom predictions of the president's critics.

C. Coville: 5 Historical Wars That Need Movie Adaptations Now (Cracked)
War movies are one of Hollywood's most beloved genres, right up there with romance, horror, and teal and orange exploding robots. Given this fact, you'd assume that by now the movie industry has vigilantly combed through history, sucking up all the interesting war stories that ever existed like a giant, script-writing vacuum, right?

20 Insane Facts About Famous People They Want to Keep Secret (Cracked)
Despite all the TMZ's and Perez Hiltons we have nowadays, it turns out there are still some things we don't know about famous celebrities. Thankfully, our readers are here to reveal what the others haven't.

WILLIAM DERESIEWICZ: The Death of the Artist-and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur (Atlantic)
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional-the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?

Mark Coker: "2015 Book Publishing Industry Predictions: Slow Growth Presents Challenges and Opportunities" (Smashwords)
Most exciting of all, we're still in the early days of the ebook self publishing revolution. I'm confident that decades from now, ebook self publishing will be viewed by historians as no less transformative than the advent of the Gutenberg printing press.

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Trivia Question of the Day

In Chinese, this trio is known as Sange Chòu Píjiàng, literally "Three Smelly Shoemakers". In Japanese they are known as San Baka Taisho meaning "Three Idiot Generals". In Spanish they are known as Los tres chiflados or, roughly, "The Three Crackpots".
By what name are they known in English?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Daisy Juliette Baker, Groucho Marx called her "practically the fifth Marx brother". By what name is this comic foil better known?

      Margaret Dumont                                                      Source

Margaret Dumont (October 20, 1882 - March 6, 1965) was an American stage and film actress. She is remembered mostly for being the comic foil to Groucho Marx in seven of the Marx Brothers films. Groucho called her "practically the fifth Marx brother."

She was born Daisy Juliette Baker in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of William and Harriet Anna (née Harong) Baker. As a child, she lived in the South, where she was mainly raised by her godfather, writer Joel Chandler Harris.        Source

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Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Margaret Dumont

mj said:
   The woman who could portray
  Sublime self-unawareness, Margaret Dumont.

Randall wrote:
   I had to look this one up, Marty.
  Turns out it seems to be
  Margaret Dumont

  Looks like she was quite the stage actress on Broadway, appearing in several musical comedies before being noticed by writer George S. Kaufman.

  He hired her to appear alongside the Four Marx Brothers in their Broadway productions of "The Cocoanuts" and "Animal Crackers", accordion to Wiki... (who knew the Marx Bros. did Broadway, amirite?)

  In 1929, the Marx Brothers started making their now-treasured movies, starting with "The Cocoanuts" and Margaret Dumont was right there as Groucho's main foil and straight woman.

  ...there she is! See her? Big as life, Margaret Dumont looking all superior and snotty, looking DOWN on good ol' Groucho!

  Groucho: Why don't you marry me?
  Dumont: Why, marry you?
  Groucho: You take me, and I'll take a vacation. I'll need a vacation if we're going to get married. Married! I can see you right now in the kitchen, bending over a hot stove. But I can't see the stove!

  I think we all kind of loved it when this high-society, stick-up-her-butt, sanctimonious broad eventually got her (in our opinion) well-deserved come-uppance from Groucho (in almost every movie they made together)

  Dumont: You make me think of my youth.
  Groucho: Really? He must be a big boy by now.

  Dumont: I'm afraid after we're married a while a beautiful young girl will come along and you'll forget all about me.
  Groucho: Don't be silly. I'll write you twice a week.

  Wild, crazy, whacky, goofiness is wilder, crazier, whackier, and goofier when there is the stoic, anal-retentive, upper-crusty society matron off of which to bounce it, and THAT was the role Daisy Baker - Margaret Dumont - was born for. She was SO good at it, that not only the Marx Brothers used her stuffy-matron persona in their films, so did W.C. Fields in "Tales of Manhattan" and "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break"

  (In little tiny print at the bottom you may be able to see: Margaret Dumont)
  She appeared in "Little Giant" with Abbott and Costello

  Laurel and Hardy "The Dancing Masters"

  and Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, on and on.

  Accordion to the IMDb, Margaret Dumont was in 60 different movies/TV shows.

Charlie replied:
   Margaret Dumont

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Margaret Dumont

Adam answered:
   Margaret Dumont.

Marian wrote:
   Margaret Dumont

Deborah said:
   That's Margaret Dumont, who starred in 7 Marx Bros' films as the "comic foil" to Groucho Marx. I really enjoyed the Marx Bros. films as a kid.
  Happy New Year, Marty! Thanks for another year of BCE!
  And Sally, do tell of your big news...

Kevin K in Washington, DC replied:
   It better be Margaret Dumont.

Dale the Unresoluted of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Happy New Marty Year!
  One of the preeminent actresses of yesteryear…Margaret Dumont! Enjoy a cigar with Demi.

  Good to see you again, Lois!

DJ Useo responded:
   Margaret Dumont was the "5th Marx Brother".
  It's so cool that you asked this question today, as it's my long held tradition to
  view a Marx Brothers movie every New Years' Eve.
  Tonight, I've scheduled "The Unknown Marx Brothers",
  which is a collection of their non-movie appearances.
  As soon as I stop dj-ing, we'll make some popcorn, & view away!
  May all of you have a wonderful new year!

MAM   wrote:
   Margaret Dumont 1882 - 1965 ~ Performing with the Marx Brothers, Dumont played wealthy high-society, posh-voiced widows whom Groucho alternately insulted and romanced for their money.

BttbBob   responded:
   Happy New Year to all y'all E! fans... and remember! Don't let the bastards get ya down! Ummm... What was the question?

  January 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 1 | Famous Birthdays

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Joe S     took the day off.

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I feel better because it's not there

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Thanks, Guy!
We are in complete agreement, once again. : )



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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

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

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

Sunny and cold (for these parts).

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Mom', then a RERUN '2½ Men', followed by a RERUN 'The McCarthys', then a RERUN 'Elementary'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 12/10/14) are Meryl Streep, Rebel Wilson, and J. Cole.
On a RERUN Craig (from 11/7/14) are Jimmy Kimmel and Yvette Nicole Brown.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Biggest Loser', followed by a FRESH 'Bad Judge', then a FRESH 'A To Z', followed by a RERUN 'Parenthood'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 12/8/14) are Chris Rock and Carrie Underwood.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/17/14) are Bill O'Really, Krysten Ritter, and Jungle.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/20/14) are Daniel Cerone, David S. Goyer, La Sera, and Mike Lawrence.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Taste', followed by a RERUN 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 12/2/14) are Ethan Hawke, Timothy Spall, and Walk the Moon.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The 126th Tournament Of Roses Parade'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bones', followed by another RERUN 'Bones'.

MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', and another 'The First 48'.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead' marathon.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [6:30AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:30AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 1
 [9:00AM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 2
 [10:00AM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 3
 [11:00AM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 4
 [12:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 5
 [1:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 6
 [2:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 7
 [3:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 3 - Episode 8
 [4:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 1
 [5:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 2
 [6:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 3
 [7:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 4
 [8:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 5
 [9:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 6
 [10:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 7
 [11:00PM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 8
 [12:00AM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 9
 [1:00AM]    The Tudors - Season 4 - Episode 10
 [2:00AM]    Planet Earth: Extreme Survival
 [3:00AM]    Planet Earth: Extreme Journeys
 [4:00AM]    The Making of Planet Earth    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Millionaire Matchmaker', 'Millionaire Matchmaker', followed by a FRESH 'Millionaire Matchmaker'.

Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', followed by the movie 'Jackass 3D'.
Jon Stewart is pre-empted.
Colbert Report is pre-empted.

FX has the movie '21 Jump Street', followed by the movie '21 Jump Street', again.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -   

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV
 [6:30AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Never Lie to Your Lawyer
 [7:30AM]    Tootsie
 [10:00AM]    You've Got Mail
 [12:30PM]    You've Got Mail
 [3:00PM]    The Princess Bride
 [5:15PM]    The Princess Bride
 [7:30PM]    Air Force One
 [10:00PM]    Air Force One
 [12:30AM]    The Ledge
 [2:45AM]    Bull Durham
 [5:00AM]    Loredana, Esq-Naked and Afraid    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has a 'Twilight Zone' marathon.

On a RERUN Conan (from 10/31/14) are Jake Gyllenhaal, Judy Greer, and the War on Drugs.

TCM fills the night with films featuring Margaret Dumont (and the Marx Brothers).
 [6:00 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [7:30 AM]      Storm Center (1956)
 [9:00 AM]      The Story of Esther Costello (1957)
 [10:45 AM]      Where Love Has Gone (1964)
 [12:45 PM]      Strait-Jacket (1964)
 [2:30 PM]      Dead Ringer (1964)
 [4:30 PM]      Berserk (1967)
 [6:15 PM]      The Nanny (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Horse Feathers (1932)
 [9:15 PM]      A Night at the Opera (1935)
 [11:00 PM]      A Day At The Races (1937)
 [1:00 AM]      Room Service (1938)
 [2:30 AM]      At The Circus (1939)
 [4:00 AM]      Go West (1940)

 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray (2008)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  01/02/15

 [6:00 AM]      We're Rich Again (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      Big Hearted Herbert (1934)
 [8:30 AM]      The Winning Ticket (1935)
 [9:45 AM]      The Irish In Us (1935)
 [11:15 AM]      Mama Steps Out (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Hideaway (1937)
 [1:45 PM]      The Beloved Brat (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Joy of Living (1938)
 [4:45 PM]      Penrod's Double Trouble (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      Daughters Courageous (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      The Odd Couple (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      The Out-of-Towners (1970)
 [12:00 AM]      Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
 [2:00 AM]      Bells Are Ringing (1960)
 [4:15 AM]      4 For Texas (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Students with dragon dance props form "2015" to welcome the upcoming New Year at an art school in Hefei, Anhui province, December 31, 2014.


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More Return To Mexico


More Monarch butterflies appear to have made the long flight from the U.S. and Canada to their winter nesting ground in western Mexico, raising hopes after their number dropped to a record low last year. But experts still fear that unusual cold temperatures will threaten the orange and black insects.

While an official census won't be ready until mid-January, observers are seeing healthy populations of butterflies bunched together on fir and pine trees in protected sanctuaries, said Gloria Talavera, director of the official monarch butterfly reserve.

Mexico's National Meteorological Service predicts 55 cold fronts for the country through May, a 15 percent increase from the average, and with the possibility for repeated cold systems to extend into March and April.

The migration is an inherited trait: No butterfly lives to make the full round trip, and it is unclear how they find the route back to the same patch of forest each year. Some scientists suggest the butterflies may release chemicals marking the migratory path and fear that if their numbers fall too low, the chemical traces will not be strong enough for others to follow.



Fireworks explode over Edinburgh castle during the Hogmanay street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland December 31, 2014.
Photo by Russell Cheyne


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More Countries Aim To Curb

Child Brides

The number of child marriages across the world has gradually declined over the past 30 years, driven down by growing economic and educational opportunities for women.

The global child marriage rate dropped from 33 percent in 1985 to 26 percent in 2010, according to the United Nations Children's Fund. If the current pace of progress is maintained, UNICEF predicts, the child marriage rate will drop to 22 percent by 2030 and 18 percent by 2050.

But while progress remains steady, UNICEF says the current rate of decline is barely fast enough to keep pace with population growth. It estimates that in 2050, about 700 million women will have married under the age of 18 - the same number as today.

And if momentum slows down? The total number of child brides could grow to 1.2 billion by mid-century. One of the biggest concerns is sub-Sahara Africa's population boom, which threatens to reverse the incremental progress made in recent decades, according to the UN Population Fund.

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Grandson's Proposal

Oscar Hammerstein

A plan to convert Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein's former home into a tourist attraction appears to be falling on deaf ears, but his grandson hopes public officials will soon start singing a different tune.

Hammerstein spent 20 years at Highland Farm in suburban Philadelphia, where he co-wrote musical blockbusters such as "The King and I," ''Oklahoma!" ''Carousel" and "South Pacific."

Now, Will Hammerstein wants to transform the property into the Oscar Hammerstein II Music & Theatre Education Center. But Doylestown Township supervisors and neighbours object to the scale of the $20 million proposal, saying it is too much development for the parcel. A zoning hearing will be held Jan. 12.

Oscar Hammerstein purchased Highland Farm in 1940, and it was there that he and Richard Rodgers formed their creative partnership, according to Hammerstein biographer Hugh Fordin. Though Hammerstein had a townhouse in New York, the farm became one of his favourite things - the place where he worked on "The Sound of Music" and every other production with Rodgers.

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Buddhist monks and believers (L) hit a traditional bell as fireworks go off during a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul January 1, 2015.
Photo by Kim Hong-Ji


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'Blue Hole' Reveals Clues to the Maya's Demise


The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests.

Minerals taken from Belize's famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. After the rains returned, the Mayans moved north - but they disappeared again a few centuries later, and that disappearance occurred at the same time as another dry spell, the sediments reveal.

Although the findings aren't the first to tie a drought to the Mayan culture's demise, the new results strengthen the case that dry periods were indeed the culprit. That's because the data come from several spots in a region central to the Mayan heartland, said study co-author André Droxler, an Earth scientist at Rice University.

The evidence for a drought has been growing in recent years: Since at least 1995, scientists have been looking more closely at the effects of drought. A 2012 study in the journal Science analyzed a 2,000-year-old stalagmite from a cave in southern Belize and found that sharp decreases in rainfall coincided with periods of decline in the culture. But that data came from just one cave, which meant it was difficult to make predictions for the area as a whole, Droxler said.



Wake-up Call


Bowed to Royal Pressure


The BBC has been accused of bowing to pressure from the British royal family following a last-minute decision to pull controversial documentary "Reinventing The Royals" from its schedules.

TV listings magazine Radio Times, which broke the story, alleges that lawyers representing members of the royal family intervened at the 11th hour, which led BBC execs to shelve the show.

In a statement, the U.K. public broadcaster said it was "delaying broadcast" of the program, which was due to air on Jan. 4, until "later in the New Year while a number of issues including the use of archive footage are resolved."

The documentary, which is presented by Steve Hewlett, tracks attempts by Prince Charles to salvage his relationship with the British public following the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

In the program, Sandy Henney, who was Charles' press secretary at the time of Diana's death, describes the situation when she was hired in 1993: "He was getting some pretty virulent criticism - bad father, unloving husband. I think he was pretty hurt… if you've got a middle-aged balding man and a beautiful princess, it's a no-brainer as to who is going to get the media coverage."



Fireworks light the sky over St. Basil's Cathedral during New Year's celebrations in Red Square in Moscow January 1, 2015.
Photo by Tatyana Makeyeva


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Greed Wins Again

Harrison and Hill

A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida.

Eddie Harrison died Tuesday in a hospital after suffering from influenza, said Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their Alexandria, Virginia, home. Harrison became distressed after his wife and longtime companion, 96-year-old Edith Hill, was taken away, Wright said. Wright is Hill's daughter.

"He lived for her, and she lived for him. It's the love story of the century," Wright said, recalling how they would dance, take walks and care for each other.

Harrison and Hill's marriage this year after 10 years of companionship was disputed in court. Their wedding was problematic because Hill has been declared legally incapacitated for several years. Another of Hill's daughters, Patricia Barber, contested the marriage, saying it would complicate the eventual distribution of Hill's estate. But Hill and Harrison said they wanted to stay together.

The interracial aspect of the marriage also was unique because the two longtime Virginians would not have been allowed to marry if they had met in their 20s, 30s or 40s under state law at the time.

Harrison and Hill


Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill during New Year's day celebrations in Athens January 1, 2015.
Photo by Alkis Konstantinidis


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Homeless Map

San Francisco

Jennifer Wong has found a way to track the homeless and determine where help is needed: mapping where people defecate on the streets of San Francisco.

Wong, a Web developer, used a city database to create the interactive maps, which she dubbed "(Human) Wasteland." They dramatically illustrate the problem of homelessness in a city of sharp divides between rich and poor.

Wong's maps won a competition at work. She donated some of her winnings to a project that provides mobile toilets and showers to the homeless.

The maps are based on the database of complaints about human feces and urine phoned in to the city's Department of Public Works in 2013. On the maps, the complaints are depicted with tiny images of what look like unwrapped chocolate Hershey's kisses.

The maps prompted some tongue-in-cheek humor about human excrement. But they also started a conversation about the need for affordable housing in the increasingly expensive Bay Area, as well as for toilets, laundry facilities and showers for the homeless.

San Francisco


Fireworks light up the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge during an early light show before the midnight New Year fireworks, December 31, 2014. More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects are expected to be used during the annual Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve show, with an estimated 1.6 million people watching from along the harbour foreshore, local media reported.
Photo by Jason Reed


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Gives Birth to Live Young

Fanged Frog

Frogs and other amphibians lay eggs, but mammals give birth to live young, right? Not always. A newly described species of frog gives birth to live tadpoles, and is the only known frog to do so, researchers say.

The discovery happened one night last summer, when researcher Jim McGuire was tromping through the rainforest in Sulawesi, an Indonesian island east of Borneo. McGuire stumbled across what looked like a single male frog. But when he reached out to grab it, he found himself holding much more, said McGuire, a herpetologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

"As soon as I picked her up, she squirted tadpoles all over my hand," McGuire told Live Science. He didn't have time to take a video of the frog giving birth, but did find more tadpoles in nearby pools. The find "was clear indication" that the females do in fact give birth to live tadpoles, he said.

The frogs were members of a group of Asian fanged frogs that were discovered several decades ago by McGuire's colleague Djoko Iskandar, a zoologist at Indonesia's Institut Teknologi Bandung, but the species had not yet been reported in a scientific paper, McGuire said.

Iskandar had suspected such frogs might gave birth to live young instead of laying eggs, but scientists had never observed the animal mating or birthing tadpoles until McGuire's find.

Fanged Frog


A view of balloons depicting skulls and La Catrina at the 14th Solar Balloon Festival in Envidago December 31, 2014. The festival this year features a theme on Mexican history and culture, according to organizers.
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Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 22-28. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, NBC, 20.71 million.
    2. "The OT," Fox, 16.18 million.
    3. NFL Football: Denver at Cincinnati, ESPN, 16.03 million.
    4. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 15.14 million.
    5. "Football Night in America," NBC, 11.16 million.
    6. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.05 million.
    7. "NCIS," CBS, 10.51 million.
    8. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 9.18 million.
    9. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (Special), CBS, 8.89 million.
   10. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.62 million.
   11. "Mike & Molly," CBS, 8.52 million.
   12. "The Mentalist," CBS, 8.48 million.
   13. "CSI," CBS, 7.84 million.
   14. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 7.70 million.
   15. "The Big Bang Theory" (Special), CBS, 6.85 million.
   16. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 6.84 million.
   17. Holiday Bowl: Nebraska at USC, ESPN, 6.80 million
   18. "Scorpion," CBS, 6.58 million.
   19. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABC, 5.96 million.
   20. "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC, 5.91 million.



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In Memory

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV's "Gilmore Girls," died Wednesday. He was 71.

Herrmann died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital of brain cancer, his son, Rory Herrmann said. The actor, who had been hospitalized for several weeks, was surrounded by family members including his wife, Star, and his three children, his son said.

The 6-foot-5 actor's favorite role was playing President Roosevelt, his son said, which he did in projects including the TV movies "Eleanor and Franklin" (1976) and its sequel "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (1977) and in the 1982 movie musical "Annie."

Herrmann also provided the voice for FDR in Ken Burns' documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," which aired on PBS earlier this year.

His urbane tones were heard on a variety of other documentaries and on hundreds of audio books including Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken." He had recently narrated a documentary on cancer, Rory Herrmann said.

He appeared frequently on the big screen, in major films including "Reds" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," and was an acclaimed stage actor whose Tony-winning performance came in 1976 for "Mrs. Warren's Profession."

Television was also a familiar home, with recent appearances on "The Good Wife" and "How I Met Your Mother. His best-known role came on the 2000-07 series "Gilmore Girls," on which he played the patrician father of a single mother (Lauren Graham).

Herrmann, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from Bucknell University and studied his craft on a Fulbright scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1968-69.

Besides his wife and son, Herrmann's survivors include daughters Ryan and Emma. A private funeral was planned, followed by a public memorial early next week, Rory Herrmann said.

Edward Herrmann



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