BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 5 January, 2016


5 January, 2016

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Paul Krugman: Elections Have Consequences (NY Times Column)
The difference that 2012 made shows us the stakes involved in 2016.

Paul Krugman: Academics and Politics (NY Times Blog)
So self-identifying as a Republican now means associating yourself with a party that has moved sharply to the right since 1995. If you like, being a Republican used to mean supporting a party that nominated George H.W. Bush, but now it means supporting a party where a majority of primary voters support Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Being a Democrat used to mean supporting a party that nominated Bill Clinton; it now means supporting a party likely to nominate, um, Hillary Clinton.

Paul Krugman: Making and Using Models (NY Times Blog)
Larry Summers, Brad DeLong, and yours truly are having a bit of a three-cornered dialogue about the role of models in policy, set off by Larry's initial post about why he believes the Fed is making a mistake in raising rates. We're now in round two - and before I get to the specifics, let me ask: Don't you wish real life were like this?

Scott Burns: A Better Life in 5 Not-so-Easy Pieces (AssetBulder)
Reach for experiences, not things. In fact, we can have the experiences we seek without the financial burden of ownership. Here's a personal example: Over the last 10 years I have chartered sailboats in California, Florida, Maine and several other places. The cost: less than a nice hotel room. The experiences have been great. The total cost has been less than the annual cost of renting a slip for the same boat.

Talented 18-Year-Old Girl Sews Stunning Dresses That Look Straight Out Of A Disney Movie (Bored Panda)
Angela Clayton is an eighteen-year-old costume designer from Long Island, New York. She first started sewing three years ago when she got interested in cosplay; now, Clayton attends events less often, and has evolved to focus more on original designs. Her projects can take as long as 250 hours, and Clayton once used 11 meters (12 yards) of fabric for a costume!

A Few Facts About MAD Magazine (Neatorama)
The CCA prohibited not just sex, drugs, crime, depravity, lust, monsters, and vampires, but also anything that might promote "disrespect for established authority," something that Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad did regularly. There was a loophole, however: the CCA covered only "comic books." So Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad decided on a makeover and MAD "magazine" was born.

Eddie Deezen: Why Did the Beatles Split Up? (Neatorama)
I guess I could neatly sum up the Beatles break-up by quoting one of my comedy heroes, Mr. Jerry Lewis. After Lewis' break-up with his partner Dean Martin, after ten hugely successful years together, someone told Jerry he loved him and Dean together and asked how the two could possibly have split up. Jerry answered with [this] parable: "A man said 'Those are beautiful shoes you're wearing' to another man and the second man answered back, 'Yes, but I'm the only one who knows how much they hurt'."

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Trivia Question of the Day

Twice Oscar-nominated editor Roderick Jaynes is the alias of what American filmmakers?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This actress was born Rose Marie Mazetta. By what name is she known professionally?

       Rose Marie                                                      Source

Rose Marie Mazetta (born August 15, 1923), known professionally as Rose Marie, is an American actress. As a child performer she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. A veteran of vaudeville and one of its last surviving stars, her career includes film, records, theater, night clubs and television. Her most famous role was television comedy writer Sally Rogers on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show. She later portrayed Myrna Gibbons on The Doris Day Show and was also a frequent panelist on the game show Hollywood Squares.        Source

Baby Rose Marie - The Child Wonder (1929) - YouTube (age 6)

Baby Rose Marie ~ My Bluebird is Singing the Blues - YouTube

Baby Rose Marie - YouTube

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Rose Marie.

mj wrote:
   She kept most of it
  She went by Rose-Marie, a woman who dared to be funny when funny wasn't lady-like. (And I mean funny, not the ditzy butt of jokes, but down right smartass funny.)

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Rose Marie

Marian responded:
   Rose Marie

Adam answered:
   Rose Marie.
  I always thought that name sounded incomplete.

Dale of Diamond Springs, waiting on the rain replied:
   Rose Marie is still alive! Rose and Morey were funny!

Lois Of The Lost Weekend said:
   Oh man, I totally FORGOT to answer the trivia question yesterday! Was planning to go see Bart, but it was SNOWING in Corvallis so I chickened out, stayed home and...kept...warm. Yeah, that's the ticket. Nice warm beverages! Too bad, too, was trying to find a way to tie in a Khan Noonien Singh reference before I passed out. Anyway, in honor of The Year Of The Monkey here is a picture of Rose Marie with a...Monkee!

Kevin K. in Washington, DC answered:
   I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess...Rose Marie.
  She was on the Dick Van Dyke show, playing a co-writer of the TV show Dick's character, Rob Petrie, worked on.
  She always sounded like she'd just smoked a pack of cigarettes.

DJ Useo replied:
   Not for a second did I doubt the answer was Rose Marie.
  I still enjoy her DVD show performances. I seem to also recall her from a few comedy movies. Good memories.

MAM   wrote:
   Rose Marie ~ The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Hollywood Squares. Born 1923,

Joe S     took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 5 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 5 | Famous Birthdays



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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

US Forest Service reviews Nestle California operation - SFGate

The Whitest Privilege in Oregon | Nicholas Pierce

Vanilla ISIS & Y'All Qaeda: Oregon Gunmen Mocked On Social Media

GOP Presidential Candidates Strangely Silent About Supporting Militia Goons in Oregon

Rome seals off roads caked with droppings from birds that binged on olives | World news | The Guardian

Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-winning cinematographer, dies aged 85 | Film | The Guardian

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Explainer: The Bundy Militia's Particular Brand Of Mormonism . News | OPB

Why Tortillas May Hold The Key To Healthier Babies : The Salt : NPR

Mormon Church Officials Condemn Oregon Anti-Government Occupation

Google's Project Sunroof Could Help You Save Money On Solar Power

Ammon Bundy, like his father before him, hates the Fed except when taking money from the Fed

How corporate water barons are stealing our future

California braces for series of El Nino storms - AOL

Welfare Queen Ammon Bundy Got A $530,000 Loan From The Government For His Business | Occupy Democrats

Anti-government ranchers received over $4 million in taxpayer subsidies in 2014

Nevada ranchers collect drought subsidies while denying the drought | Grist

Thanks, Michelle!



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50 Unbelievable Facts About Spain (Infographic)


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'Bundy Follower'

Hilarious 'Bundy Follower' Captures A Federal Toilet, Makes Fools Of The Oregon 'Patriots' | If You Only News

Gary in PA

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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Well, local TV got it wrong - no rain, just extra sunny and warm.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are John Krasinski, Killer Mike, and George Church.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Sarah Hyland, Jack McBrayer, and Rami Malek.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire', then a FRESH 'Chicago Med'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kristen Stewart, Michael Shannon, and Cage the Elephant.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Samuel L. Jackson, the Kids in the Hall, Sana Amanat, and Matt Sorum.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/12/15) are Cary Fukunaga, the Julie Ruin, and Christopher Abbott.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Muppets', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH 'Beyond The Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Natalie Dormer and PVRIS.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'iZombie'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Grandfathered', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'The Grinder'.

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

A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Born This Way'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by the movie 'Rocky III', then the movie 'Rocky IV'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - Canadian Rockies
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6, Ep 4 - Global Survival Guide
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 6 - The Caretaker
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 7 - Kill the Moon
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 3 - The Naked Now
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 4 - Code of Honor
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 4 - Black Pearl
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 5 - Burger Kitchen, Part 1
 [7:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 6 - Burger Kitchen, Part 2
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6, Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
 [11:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6, Ep 4 - Quelcuttis
 [12:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
 [1:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 4 - Black Pearl
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 5 - Burger Kitchen, Part 1
 [5:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 6 - Burger Kitchen, Part 2    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Ryan Coogler.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Doug Benson, Matt Besser, and Mary Holland.

FX has the movie 'Pacific Rim', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Soon Return of Todd Margaret
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie and the Professor
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Halloween
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Van Stock
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Love Cake
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
 [11:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Claims Are Made and a Journey Ensues
 [11:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-A Plan Is Hatched and a Date Is Not a Date
 [12:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Snooker Player, the Black Canadian, the Turkish Terrorist, and the Peanut
 [12:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Brent Wilts Arrives and Things Take a Turn for the Worse
 [1:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-Where Todd and Brent Misjudge the Mood of a Solemn Day
 [1:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-What Can Only Be Considered a Dreadful Day for Todd
 [2:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd's Terrible Day Ends and His Next Terrible Day Begins
 [2:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd and His Valet Arrive in Leeds and What They Saw There
 [3:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-How the Liver and the Salad Conspired to Ruin Todd's Good Deed
 [3:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Todd Accidentally Learns a Secret and Brent and Doug Get Closer to Further From the Truth
 [4:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Crime Scene, The Storyteller and the Sanctimonious Tower of Morality
 [4:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-Conclusion
 [5:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Soon Return of Todd Margaret
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   

 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-Pretty Little Liars
 [6:30AM]    The Natural
 [9:30AM]    Rescue Dawn
 [12:30PM]    Appaloosa
 [3:00PM]    Killer Elite
 [5:30PM]    The Patriot
 [9:00PM]    American Gangster
 [12:30AM]    Any Given Sunday
 [4:00AM]    Killer Elite    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by the movie 'Underworld', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Quentin Tarantino, pilots Yves Rossey & Vince Reffet, and Lil Dicky featuring Rich Homie Quan.

 [7:15 AM]      Sister Kenny (1946)
 [9:15 AM]      The Girl In White (1952)
 [11:00 AM]      Madame Curie (1943)
 [1:15 PM]      The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
 [2:45 PM]      Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
 [4:30 PM]      Young Tom Edison (1940)
 [6:00 PM]      Edison, The Man (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      King Kong (1933)
 [10:00 PM]      Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
 [12:00 AM]      The Bigamist (1953)
 [1:30 AM]      The River (1951)
 [3:30 AM]      A Face in the Crowd (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  01/06/16

TCM spends the night with Fred MacMurray
 [6:00 AM]      Masks and Memories (1934)
 [6:45 AM]      Panic on the Air (1936)
 [7:45 AM]      Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)
 [9:00 AM]      Spring Madness (1938)
 [10:15 AM]      Broadway Serenade (1939)
 [12:15 PM]      The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
 [1:45 PM]      These Glamour Girls (1939)
 [3:15 PM]      The Golden Fleecing (1940)
 [4:30 PM]      The Unfaithful (1947)
 [6:30 PM]      No Escape (1953)
 [8:00 PM]      True Confession (1937)
 [9:30 PM]      Murder, He Says (1945)
 [11:15 PM]      Suddenly It's Spring (1947)
 [1:00 AM]      Alice Adams (1935)
 [2:45 AM]      Too Many Husbands (1940)
 [4:15 AM]      Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
 [5:45 AM]      Dive Bomber (1941)

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson attends the New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Four New Elements Added

Periodic Table

Four new elements have been permanently added to the periodic table, after their discoveries were verified by the global chemistry organization that oversees the table. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) last week announced that elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 have met its criteria for discovery, making them the first elements to be added to the periodic table since 2011. Their addition also completes the seventh row of the periodic table.

All four man-made elements currently have placeholder names, and will be officially named over the next few months. Elements 115, 117, and 118 were discovered by a team of scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The Russian-American team had also claimed discovery of element 113, currently known as ununtrium, but IUPAC credited a team from the Riken institute in Japan. Element 113 will therefore be the first element to be named by researchers in Asia.

Discovering superheavy elements has proven difficult because they rapidly decay. But research has revealed slightly longer lifetimes for more recent superheavy elements, raising hopes that scientists may eventually discover the so-called "island of stability" - a group of elements that are both superheavy and stable. Kosuke Morita, who led research on element 113 at Riken, said in a statement that his team will now "look to the uncharted territory of element 119 and beyond."

"To scientists, this is of greater value than an Olympic gold medal," Ryoji Noyori, the former president of Riken and Nobel laureate in chemistry, tells The Guardian.

Periodic Table


Actor George Takei, left, and husband Brad Takei attend the New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Ending After Two Seasons

'Meredith Vieira Show'

The Meredith Vieira Show is coming to an end.

The NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution show will wrap production after its current second season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The news is not surprising. The daytime show was originally commissioned for two seasons. And while it bowed to solid ratings in September 2014, the program quickly shed viewers in a notoriously difficult daytime daypart. The second season premiered to a lackluster 0.8 household rating.

It's far cheaper for local stations to mount their own newscasts than pay high premiums for daytime shows. And after Vieira's show concludes in May, NBC-owned stations in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), South Florida (WTVJ) and Connecticut (WVIT) will launch 4 p.m. newscasts, shifting current 4 p.m. occupant Ellen DeGeneres to 3 p.m. and sliding Steve Harvey to 2 p.m., where Vieira's show currently airs.

'Meredith Vieira Show'


Newhead News


Seeks Dismissal

Sumner Redstone

Media mogul Sumner Redstone has filed a motion seeking the dismissal of a petition filed by his former girlfriend Manuela Herzer to have him examined to see if he was able to make healthcare decisions for himself.

The motion by Redstone, the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc and CBS Corp, says he need not be examined since his own physician concluded that he was making such decisions by himself.

Sumner Redstone


Actor Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria Baldwin attend the New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Magnetic Field

The Sun

As stars age, their rotations slow. By modeling this process, researchers have been able to accurately estimate the age of stars. The dating strategy is called gyrochronology.

New research suggests gyrochronology models require recalibration, as the spin rates of aging stars don't slow as much as previously thought.

Stars expel mass in the form of stellar wind. This wind reacts with the star's surrounding magnetic field, acting as a breaking system on the star's rotational spin. But scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science say older stars don't slow down quite as much as they thought. Researchers believe the change in deceleration is precipitated by a shift in the behavior of the star's aging magnetic field.

More than just requiring recalibration of models, the paper's results -- published this week in the journal Nature -- suggest Earth's sun may soon experience a change in its magnetic field.

Any shift would be gradual, but scientists are still trying to work out the timescale for a change in our sun's electromagnetic tendencies.

The Sun


Wake-up Call


Quits Over Lack Of Access

UN Rights Monitor

The UN expert on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories resigned Monday, complaining that Israel had never granted him access to areas he is meant to monitor.

Wibisono, who took up the independent role in June 2014, "expressed deep regret that, throughout his mandate, Israel failed to grant him access to the Occupied Palestinian Territory", it said.

"Unfortunately, my efforts to help improve the lives of Palestinian victims of violations under the Israeli occupation have been frustrated every step of the way," Wibisono said in the statement.

The Indonesian diplomat said he had been assured before taking up the position that he would have access to the occupied Palestinian territories.

By contrast, the Palestinian government had "cooperated fully" with his mandate.

UN Rights Monitor


Actor Michael Keaton attends the New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Artist Charged

Universal Orlando

A recently fired caricature artist at Universal Orlando Resort tried to kill his manager by stabbing him in the head and neck with scissors on New Year's Day, according to a police report released Monday.

Frederick Torres, 33, was charged with attempted first-degree murder for his attack on Glenn Ferguson at the Islands of Adventure park. Both artists draw caricatures at Universal's parks but work for an outside firm, Orlando-based Fasen Artists, Inc.

The general manager of the firm, Anthony Fasen, told detectives he had fired Torres the day before the attack. On New Year's Day, Torres called Fasen, who said he reiterated that Torres was fired. Torres then said he was going to kill Ferguson, according to the police report.

The stabbings cut an artery in Ferguson's neck and caused brain leakage, according to the police report. He underwent surgery and was still hospitalized Monday, but his condition wasn't immediately known. The police report did not list his age, but Orlando Police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said Monday that he is 42.

Witnesses told detectives that they saw Torres chasing Ferguson through Islands of Adventure before the attack Friday morning. A security guard got between Torres and Ferguson, and another guard showed up at the scene. Despite that, Torres lunged at Ferguson and struck him several times. Ferguson tried to get up to run but fell to the ground, according to the police report.

Universal Orlando


Players wearing ancient noble costumes kick the ball to keep it in the air during an ancient ball game called 'Kemari', as a part of new year's celebration, at Shimogamo shrine in Kyoto, western Japan, January 4, 2016.


Town Denies Detention

Tiverton, , R.I.

A town accused of detaining a third-grader for several hours after another child told adults she had chemicals in her backpack denied the allegations Monday in its first response to a lawsuit filed by her family.

The lawyer for the town of Tiverton, Marc DeSisto, did not explain in his filing what happened during the October 2014 incident or offer an alternate version of events. He would not comment further when reached by phone.

The family's lawyer has said the child's constitutional rights were violated when she was taken off a school bus, searched, put in the back of a police cruiser, taken alone to the police department and questioned, even though it was clear that she was the victim of a false accusation.

The lawsuit says another third-grader had falsely reported to adults that the girl and her friend had chemicals in their backpacks. Police found no dangerous chemicals when they searched the child or her friend.

The school district made automated calls that evening to all elementary school parents falsely stating that two students claimed to have chemicals and threatened to set a school bus on fire, according to the lawsuit.

Tiverton, , R.I.


Visitors look around ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.
Photo by Aly Song


States Divvy Up Grizzly Hunt


Wildlife officials have divvied up how many grizzly bears can be killed by hunters in the Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho as the states seek control of a species shielded from hunting for the past 40 years, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The region's grizzlies have federal protections, but that could change in coming months, turning control over to the states. The AP obtained a draft agreement detailing the states' plans for the animals.

The deal puts no limits on grizzly bear hunting outside a 19,300-square-mile management zone centered on Yellowstone National Park. Inside the zone, which includes wilderness and forest lands near the park, hunters in Wyoming would get a 58 percent share of the harvest, a reflection that it's home to the bulk of the region's bears. Montana would get 34 percent, and Idaho, 8 percent.

Wildlife advocates say the bear population remains too small to withstand much hunting. That's a particular concern given the large numbers of bears already dying, including during surprise run-ins with hunters and after livestock attacks that prompt officials to trap and kill problem bears.



A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. According to local villagers, several entrepreneurs spent nearly 3 million yuan (460,000 USD) to build the 36.6-metre-high statue covered in golden paint, local media reported.


Tax Fraud Trial


Several members of the Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty went on trial in Paris on Monday charged with stashing hundreds of millions of euros in inheritance money out of the reach of the French taxman.

Family patriarch Guy Wildenstein, 70, faces up to 10 years in prison for tax fraud and money laundering in a multi-generational inheritance squabble worthy of a soap opera.

The Franco-American Guy Wildenstein is the heir of three generations of wealthy art dealers and thoroughbred racehorse breeders.

French tax authorities say he owes them more than 550 million euros ($600 million) in family money that was hidden after the death of his father Daniel in 2001 and brother Alec in 2008.

Alec became famous during his messy divorce from Swiss socialite Jocelyne Perisse, nicknamed "Bride of Wildenstein" for her extreme facial cosmetic surgeries, reportedly to make her look more catlike.




In Memory

Robert Stigwood

Robert Stigwood, who acted as manager of Cream and the Bee Gees before producing some of the all-time great rock musicals including Saturday Night Fever and Grease, has died. He was 81.

Australia-born Stigwood's first major career success came when he started representing John Leyton in 1961, helping to secure the English singer and actor a role on the U.K. TV series Harpers West One. That deal included an arrangement for Leyton's character to perform a song on the show, which became the top-charting hit "Johnny Remember Me," produced by experimental pop producer Joe Meek.

The track launched a string of British hit recordings for the team of Leyton, Stigwood and Meek, as well as helped kick off a new era of independent British music production. It also helped the sort of joint management and recording deals Stigwood carried on through his career.

In 1966, Stigwood became The Who's booking agent by reportedly paying the band's managers 500. This deal also empowered him to lure the band away from Brunswick Records to record the now famous single "Substitute" on his own Reaction Records label.

That same year, Stigwood began managing a new band called Cream made up of the best musicians from two groups he had under contract - guitarist Eric Clapton from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker from the Graham Bond Organisation. Stigwood's connection to The Who helped him showcase Cream overseas, in New York, and ultimately break the band in America with striking psychedelic imagery painted on its instruments, commissioned by Dutch art collective The Fool.

In 1967, Stigwood began managing the Australian teenage vocal group the Bee Gees. Though the U.K. release of the band's first Australian chart-topping hit "Spicks and Specks" was a flop, an intensive promotional campaign helped make "New York Mining Disaster 1941" the Bee Gees' first international hit, with many more following.

Stigwood made the leap into film and TV production by the early '70s. His first hit was an adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1973, followed by the film version of The Who's Tommy in 1975. Massive success came next with Saturday Night Fever in 1977, which included a two-LP soundtrack written by and featuring his client the Bee Gees, and then the beloved rock-and-roll musical Grease in 1978.

Though several commercial failures followed, he did find success later with the Madonna-starring musical Evita, which won the 1997 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

Robert Stigwood



A Scottish Fold cat takes part in a cat show at a children and youth creativity center in Vladivostok, Russia on Jan.4, 2016.
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