BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 13 April, 2016


13 April, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - September 12th, 2012

Mashups Return To The 1980's

By DJ Useo

SoundUnsound ( ) is an internet forum for home producers. It features original music, mashups, remixes, podcasts & long dj mixes. I'm the 'super-moderator' . They call me Sgt. Useo. I mean DJ Useo. Around four times a year the staff of SoundUnsound picks a musical theme & we assemble mashups mixed along the theme. In the past there's been mashup compilations of Reggaeton, Surf, & Punk, among several others. You can find them for listening close to the bottom of this page ( )

SUS (SoundUnsound) has been blessed with a moderator whose one of the best mashers around, France's Chocomang ( ) . As we routinely take turns deciding the new comp themes, it was Chocomang's choice this time & he loved the last SUS 80's album so much he decided to go with a second volume. In a bold move he set the track submission number at five. Back when the project was announced, we had no idea the theme would catch on like wildfire. In addition to many of the SUS regulars like DJ MXR, mARKYbOY, MaxwellJump & others, we found additional people joining in like Bobby Martini, Mister NoNo, Jarod Ripley, & Worldwide Brotherhood. All well-known bootleg producers with plenty of past 'hits'.

I could go on about how great the tracks are we got from others like ToTom, Eternal Khaos, Qubic, & more, but I prefer to give you all three discs' playlists. That's right. Three discs! & they're great! We could've easily have attained four discs if we had moved the deadline. I must'a got ten more tracks sent in after the deadline. Wot a treat! Here's what we ended up with - Hmm. That was much too long of a list for Bartcop E. I believe it's simpler to just check the page for the SoundUnsound 80's Mashed Volume Two compilation ( ) . Take a gander!

Here it is, 2012, the year of the mashup album, & I got to be involved with one of the very best. Hearing the work of DJ Flashard, G4Gorilla, Rillen Rudi, & so very many more is always satisfying, but put them all together & the effect is stunning & memorable. New SUS member Sjoersje really shines with five incredible mixes. You have to wonder "Where has this talent been hiding until now?" Then there's Voicedude, surely the top mashup artist in the USA. DJ Spider is well-known for his spectacular mashups & we got one of them from him. Sweet! Literally, every track & every mixer on this set leaves you with a thirst for more. Tweylo, Justincredible, Alan Black, DRA'man, these people all are established names with many a fine track released. Nonny Mouse may be an unknown commodity to the modern mashup audience, but he shows through his five tracks an ability that'll surely draw listeners. I even got a few tracks on it myself.

Here's a link to find my video for 'Paragroove Ranking Full Stop' (The Beat vs Onno vs Dyed Soundroom) ( ) It' s 2-tone ska vs modern club techno. More videos coming soon.

The album has tons of great 80s artists like BIlly Idol, Human League, The Cure, New Order, Toto, MARRS, Yello, Tom Petty, Blondie, Pet Shop Boys... I could go on indefinitely. My favorite mashup album so far this year is SUMMER BOOTY : The Summer Mashup Album ( ) but this new SUS 80s vol. 2 comp is coming on strong. I worked on the album production-wise, but I'm in no way tired of hearing it. I've been playing it constantly for three days. I'm pretty confidant that you'll feel the same. Make sure to listen all the way through. The last 2 tracks, Eternal Khaos' Taylor Swift vs Nine Inch Nails & Chocomangs' AC/DC vs the Cult are such huge faves of mine. Please check them out & see why ( ).

More new Mashup albums next week.

Mix Of The Week

Ace Of Clubs pleases again with his latest work, 'Club Countdown' "Top 25 of 1982" (Total Time 79:43). Yes, it literally mixes it's way through the best of 1982. Ace Of Clubs has been doing this type of yearly rundown for ages now & all are great. Also available are a 44 minute version & most astonishing of all, a 6 minute version. All are found here ( )

Mashup Tip

Use more than one mix application per track for a more professional sound. It works!

Latest Useo Thing

'Bom Bom Afterglow' (Sam And The Womp vs Phaeleh vs Soundmouse vs Akira Kiteshi) uses only the most recent tracks. It's perfect for making you dance. It was getting a great reception when it was removed from my blog for some unreasonable gripe. Here it is on Official FM ( ) This was the 3rd track in a row of mine to have the link be removed. Not cool, I say. I quickly put up another new track to see if it would suffer the same fate. ' Rocking Bloodlines' has Neil Young singing over Dethklok, the cartoon band from the tv show Metalocalypse. ( )

Good news so far is the links remain. Yay! I'm suspicious that some online fool is targeting me again out of jealousy. It's happened before, sadly. I hope you enjoy the mixes. You get your choice of club/techno, or classic rock/death metal.

Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

A major snafu will occur tomorrow with the NSA when they forget to spy on us because they're too busy playing the new DJ Earworm mashup. Say la vee.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Brian Doyle: So Much Twain (Christian Century)
Conclusion: If you are a Twainian, absorbed by "the first truly American writer" (Faulkner again), then you will swim happily in the Complete and Authoritative the rest of your life. For those who have never read the autobiography at all, though, I would still recommend Neider's edition first, partly for the fact that you can carry it in your pocket to the beach, to the meadow, or to the church picnic. And then if you want to plunge ever deeper into the tart and cheerful mind of Mr. Clemens, dive into the Library of America's great two-volume Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays.

Andrew Tobias: Frank, The Perfect Man
A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank." Passenger: "Who ?" Cabbie: "Frank… he's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."

Lemony Snicket: the trouble with being interested in classical music is that people look at you funny (The Guardian)
Uncool, stuffy, inaccessible: classical music has been called all that and worse. Daniel Handler, who writes his Lemony Snicket novels to the sound of string quartets, wants to set the record straight … and inspire a new wave of young fans.

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says (The Guardian)
'Substantial' similarities are enough to warrant a trial over whether Robert Plant and Jimmy Page lifted opening chords from Taurus by the band Spirit.

Rachel Cooke: Patience by Daniel Clowes review - the time traveller's dead wife (The Guardian)
A young man goes back in time to solve his wife's murder in Clowes's first graphic novel in five years.

Kris Gunnars, BSc: Eggs and Cholesterol - How Many Eggs Can You Safely Eat? (Authority Nutrition)
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.

Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE: 7 High-Cholesterol Foods That Are Super Healthy (Authority Nutrition)
For years, you've been told that high-cholesterol foods can cause heart disease. However, many recent studies have shown that this isn't true.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What country is the largest exporter of lettuce?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What comedian was known as "Mr. Television" during TV's golden age?

       Milton Berle                                                      Source

Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater (1948-55), he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as "Uncle Miltie" and "Mr. Television" during TV's golden age.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Milton Berle.

Lois Of The Airwaves! wrote:
   When I think of Milton Berle, the first thing that springs to mind is: The man had a giant penis and loved to dress in drag. I hear he was pretty funny too!

mj said:
   Unpacking childhood brain cells
  I'm pretty sure that was Milton Berle (aka Uncle Miltie) who was, if I recall, fond of cross dressing.

Randall replied:
   good ol' Uncle Miltie himself

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Milton Berle."

Adam answered:
   Milton Berle.

Marian responded:
   Uncle Miltie, Milton Berle

Deborah wrote:
   Mr. Television was Milton Berle. Man, that guy was funny! I grew up on that 60's Jewish holidays in the Poconos humor. I miss that stuff.

George M said:
   If my memory serves me correctly, Marty, the comic know as "Mr. Television" is Milton Berle.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Milton Berle

Dingleberry Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful answered:
   Why, it's Uncle Miltie (Milton Berle). Of course we're going to discuss his schlong…This is from Alan Zweibe,l a writer and producer who was among the original writers on Saturday Night Live :
  Now fast forward a few years and I'm in Milton Berle's dressing room at Saturday Night Live. He's sitting on a couch behind a coffee table and he's wearing a very short kind of bathrobe, the kind that comes down to about midthigh. And somehow I just say to him, "You know, it's so weird that I'm here talking to you, because for years I was writing jokes about your dick." I said, "I wrote all these jokes about your cock and now I'm talking to you - I feel like there's some violation or something here."
  He says to me: "You mean you never saw it?" I said, "Uh, no, I don't believe I did." Then he said, "Well, would you like to?" And before I had a chance to say, "Not really" or "Can I think about it?" or whatever, he parts his bathrobe and he just takes out this - this anaconda. He lays it on the table and I'm looking into this thing, right? I'm looking into the head of Milton Berle's dick. It was enormous. It was like a pepperoni. And he goes, "What do you think of the boy?" And I'm looking right at it and I go, "Oh, it's really, really nice."
  At which point Gilda [Radner] opens the door to the dressing room. It's like an I Love Lucy sketch, but this honestly happened! She opens the door to his dressing room just in time to see me looking into his dick saying, "Yeah, it's really, really nice."
  I tell Milton, "I'll talk to you later," closed the door, and left.
  Dwight Eisenhower even told Tricky Dick about it.

DJ Useo replied:
   Milton Berle, of course! I'd really like to see his shows. The minimum exposure I've had left me longing for more.
  I lol'ed at him on The Lucy Show recently. Of course, I also lol'ed at the new Odd Couple. Lol.

gmbullas said:
   That would be Milton (uncle Miltie) Berle.

MAM   wrote:
   Milton Berle ~ "Uncle Miltie", the first inductee in the Television Hall of Fame.

Joe S     responded:
   I was there, it's Uncle Miltie!

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 13 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 13 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has returned to retired status.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

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Why Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Watchdog Could Be In Danger

Moonbow season is coming up at Yosemite - SFGate

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Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Thrump's hair

Marty, having seen the head of hair that Thrump has and have always wondered why is he covering his head, whats he hiding? A flat head?

Maybe his back of the head has some kind of disfigurement ? Maybe some one can make a drawing or composit of his naked head? It would be good to see what he has to hide. thanks .

John B.

Thanks, John!
You'd think his handlers would be able to explain to him that wearing a ferret on his head is so last century.
OTOH, it's not just his hair - he wears more make-up than an 80-year-old hooker trying to pass as a virgin.
Photoshopped Trump Without His Fake Tan
Warning: Once seen, it can't be un-seen.



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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and seasonal.


Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 3/9/16) are Sally Field, Jerrod Carmichael, and Esperanza Spalding.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/15/16) are Paul Rudd and Diane Lane.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Strong'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, and Conrad Sewell.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Rooney, and Fabrizio Moretti.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/23/16) are Danica Patrick, the Bots, and All Them Witches.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Nashville'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Emily Van Camp, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, and Mayer Hawthorne.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'Supernatural'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Rosewood', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

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

A&E has 3 hours of old "Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Donnie Love The Anti-Vaxxer', then a FRESH 'Wahlburgers: Extra Helping'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 2', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon 3', then the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Amy's Baking Company
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Return to Amy's Baking Company
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Burger Kitchen, Part 1
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
 [2:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 3
 [3:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 4
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 5
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 6
 [6:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 7
 [7:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 8
 [10:30PM]    V FOR VENDETTA (2006)
 [1:30AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 3
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 4
 [4:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 6    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'NY Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', and 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Broad City', and another 'Broad City'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Ken Jeong.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs, and Lucia Aniello.

FX has the movie 'Riddick', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', then a FRESH 'The Americans'.

History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg
 [9:00AM]    THE MARINE
 [3:30PM]    THE MARINE
 [5:30PM]    END OF WATCH
 [8:00PM]    SCARFACE
 [11:45PM]    SCARFACE

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    Hap and Leonard-War
 [7:30AM]    Tigerland
 [9:45AM]    Red Dawn
 [12:15PM]    Badlands
 [2:15PM]    American History X
 [5:00PM]    Three Kings
 [7:30PM]    The Italian Job
 [10:00PM]    The Last Panthers-The Animal
 [11:10PM]    Breaking Bad-Blood Money
 [12:14AM]    Breaking Bad-Buried
 [1:18AM]    Breaking Bad-Confessions
 [2:22AM]    The Last Panthers-The Animal
 [3:32AM]    Unfaithful    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', 'The Internet Ruined My Life', and another 'The Internet Ruined My Life'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan (from 4/9/16) it's CONAN in Korea.

TCM spends the daylight hours with films directed by Stanley Donen, who was born on this day in 1924.
 [6:00 AM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [7:45 AM]      Deep in My Heart (1954)
 [10:00 AM]      Fearless Fagan (1952)
 [11:30 AM]      It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
 [1:15 PM]      Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
 [2:45 PM]      Give a Girl a Break (1953)
 [4:15 PM]      Singin' In The Rain (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      On the Town (1949)

 [8:00 PM]      The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)    SILENT 
 [9:30 PM]      From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014)
 [11:30 PM]      Nosferatu (1922)    SILENT 
 [1:15 AM]      Faust (1926)    SILENT 
 [3:15 AM]      The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927)    SILENT 
 [4:30 AM]      The Blue Angel (1930)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  04/14/16

TCM spends the night with George Chakiris
 [6:30 AM]      Sundown Trail (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      The Telegraph Trail (1933)
 [8:30 AM]      Sagebrush Trail (1933)
 [9:30 AM]      Trailin' West (1936)
 [10:30 AM]      The Bandit Trail (1941)
 [11:45 AM]      Apache Trail (1942)
 [1:00 PM]      The Omaha Trail (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      Trail Guide (1952)
 [3:30 PM]      Trail Street (1947)
 [5:00 PM]      The Cariboo Trail (1950)
 [6:30 PM]      Slaughter Trail (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      West Side Story (1961)
 [10:45 PM]      The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
 [1:00 AM]      633 Squadron (1964)
 [3:00 AM]      The Big Cube (1969)
 [4:45 AM]      Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956)

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Actress and pay equity advocate Patricia Arquette speaks during a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference, on Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington.
Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


E.W. Scripps Acquires Satirical Site


E.W. Scripps has acquired Cracked for $39 million, marking the latest example of a traditional media company buying a satirical digital group to appeal to younger viewers.

The acquisition marks the latest effort by Cincinnati-based Scripps, which has 33 local television and 34 radio stations across the country, to ramp up its digital offering to appeal to millennials. In 2013, Scripps bought Newsy, a digital video news service. Last year, Scripps bought Midroll Media, a provider of podcasts.

"There is a ton of evidence that humor is the lens through which millennials see the world," said Adam Symson, chief digital officer at Scripps, citing shows like "The Daily Show" and John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight."

Through the acquisition of Cracked, and its site, Scripps hopes to bolster its appeal to the millennial (18- to 35-year-old) audience, he said.

Scripps is the latest traditional media company to buy a satirical site to reach younger viewers. In January, Univision Communications Inc bought a stake in The Onion.



Actress Meryl Streep waves to fans upon arrival at the premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins at a central London cinema, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Photo by Joel Ryan


Latest List

'Challenged' Books

On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises.

The Bible.

"You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it's a violation of church and state," says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released its annual 10 top snapshot of "challenged" books on Monday, part of the association's "State of Libraries Report" for 2016.

LaRue emphasized that the library association does not oppose having Bibles in public schools. Guidelines for the Office for Intellectual Freedom note that the Bible "does not violate the separation of church and state as long as the library does not endorse or promote the views included in the Bible." The ALA also favors including a wide range of religious materials, from the Quran to the Bhagavad Gita to the Book of Mormon. LaRue added that the association does hear of complaints about the Quran, but fewer than for the Bible.

The Bible finished sixth on a list topped by John Green's "Looking for Alaska," which has been cited for "offensive language" and sexual content. The runner-up, challenged for obvious reasons, was E L James' raunchy romance "Fifty Shades of Grey."

'Challenged' Books


Newhead News


No Porn

North Carolina

If it wasn't bad enough that Bruce Springsteen cancelled his show in North Carolina to protest the state's transgender bathroom law, the worst punishment of all arrived this week: porn site XHamster pulled its site for IP addresses originating from the state. is one of the world's 100 most visited websites, according to data from Alexa. For anyone with a North Carolina IP address, it only displays a petition to repeal the state's new law. The controversial law requires transgender people to use the bathroom that correlates with the gender they were born with instead of the one they identify with. It also bars cities from passing their own laws to the contrary.

"We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which does not tolerate," spokesman Mike Kulich told The Huffington Post.

Kulich finds the law hypocritical, based on's popular search terms from the state.

"Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one," Kulich said. "Back in March, we had 400,000 hits for the term 'transsexual' from North Carolina alone."

North Carolina


Actor Simon Helberg poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins at a central London cinema, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Photo by Joel Ryan


First-Ever Hearings


Candidates vying to become the next UN secretary-general fielded questions Tuesday on global crises -- from climate change to achieving Middle East peace -- during the first-ever hearings to choose the world's top diplomat.

The United Nations opened the three days of public hearings in a packed chamber, breaking from the secrecy that surrounded the choice of Ban Ki-moon and his predecessors at the helm of the world body.

Eight contenders will take turns at the podium before the General Assembly's 193 nations to lay out their vision for the top job after Ban steps down on December 31.

For decades, the choice of the UN chief has been firmly in the hands of the Security Council and its five permanent members -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States -- in a process largely kept behind closed doors.

But the General Assembly last year voted to shake up the process, asking candidates to send a formal application letter, present their resumes and appear at hearings.



Wake-up Call


Judge Clears Copyright Case For Trial

'Stairway to Heaven'

A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe had shown enough evidence to support a case that "Stairway to Heaven" copies music from the Spirit song "Taurus."

"Taurus" was written by Wolfe in either 1966 or 1967, years before Led Zeppelin released "Stairway to Heaven" in 1971. Klausner wrote that while the songs have some differences, lawyers for Wolfe's trustee may be able to prove they are substantially similar.

Led Zeppelin and Spirit performed at some concerts and festivals around the same time, but not on the same stage. Klausner wrote that the evidence presented so far represented a circumstantial case that Led Zeppelin may have heard "Taurus" performed before "Stairway to Heaven" was created.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 10 in Los Angeles. Klausner's ruling removed Zeppelin band member John Paul Jones from the case. Bandmates Robert Plant and Jimmy Page remain defendants in the case.

'Stairway to Heaven'


Patrick Hemingway son of Ernest Hemingway, stands near a 1918 photograph of his father on crutches in Italy while recovering from war wounds during World War I, left, as he visits the exhibit: "Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars" at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Boston. Original drafts of Ernest Hemingway works along with personal items are on display for the first time at the museum.
Photo by Steven Senne


Release Of Tritium From Fukushima


To dump or not to dump a little-discussed substance is the question brewing in Japan as it grapples with the aftermath of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima five years ago. The substance is tritium.

The radioactive material is nearly impossible to remove from the huge quantities of water used to cool melted-down reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which was wrecked by the massive tsunami in northeastern Japan in March 2011.

The water is still accumulating since 300 tons are needed every day to keep the reactors chilled. Some is leaking into the ocean.

Huge tanks lined up around the plant, at last count 1,000 of them, each hold hundreds of tons of water that have been cleansed of radioactive cesium and strontium but not of tritium.



In this April 11, 2016 photo in New York, Jackie Robinson's signature is on a 1945 minor league contract he signed with the Montreal Royals. The contract is on display at Collectors Cafe, a new collectibles auction venture in Times Square.
Photo by Mark Lennihan


Bishops Pledge


The Catholic Church in France on Tuesday pledged to shed light on all cases of paedophilia, including "historic cases", following a scandal over an archbishop accused of covering up a priest's crimes.

Bishops decided that special groups would be set up to listen to complaints from victims of sexual abuse and an "independent national commission" would be created to investigate, led by a lay person.

The measures were announced after the case of Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin re-opened the debate about paedophilia in the Church in France.

Barbarin is subject to two investigations focusing on accusations that he failed to inform prosecutors about Bernard Preynat, a priest who has admitted sexually abusing boy scouts he was supervising in the Lyon area of central France more than 25 years ago.

Since the Preynat case has come to light, other allegations of sexual abuse by priests in the Lyon diocese have emerged.



Edwin Morales, one of the leaders of a protest march, with a thin chain hanging from his prosthetic eye, is pictured after a news conference in La Paz, April 12, 2016. Hundreds of people with physical disability marched from Cochabamba to La Paz to demand that the government of Bolivia's President Evo Morales increase their monthly disability subsidy by 500 Bs ($70) a month, according to local media.
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Resignation Accepted

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis' controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 75, had submitted his resignation in January after he reached the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

On Tuesday, Francis accepted it and named his ambassador to Mexico, the French Monsignor Christophe Pierre, to replace Vigano in the Holy See's highest-profile diplomatic posting.

Vigano had invited Davis to be among those greeting Francis in the Vatican embassy in Washington last September during his visit to the country. Her lawyer caused an uproar when he announced the meeting shortly after Francis returned to Rome, describing it as papal affirmation of Davis' approach to conscientious objection.

Even before the Davis affair, Vigano stirred controversy and was best known for his role in the first Vatileaks scandal. The scandal, which helped bring about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, began in 2012 when an Italian journalist broadcast letters from Vigano, then the No. 2 Vatican administrator, to Benedict. In the letters, Vigano begged not to be transferred to Washington for having exposed alleged corruption in the Vatican administration that cost the Holy See millions of euros.

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Myanmar traditional dancer Win Tha Pyay Tun performs peacock dance during the opening ceremony of the Thingyan water festival in Yangon, Myanmar, April 12, 2016. The annual water festival, known as Thingyan, features large groups of people congregating to celebrate the by splashing water and throwing powder at each other's faces as a symbol of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year, and to mark the traditional New Year in countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. This year, the Myanmar Thingyan water festival runs from April12 to 16.
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Astronomers Found Evidence 100 Years Ago


University archives are treasure troves of historic information, but it's not every day they produce scientific discoveries. But now, a 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory's collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star-besting the first confirmed exoplanet detection by more than 70 years.

It all started about a year ago, when Jay Farihi of the University College London contacted the Carnegie Observatory about a glass plate containing a spectrum of van Maanen's star, a white dwarf photographed by renowned astronomer Walter Adams in 1917. Farihi was interested in studying the star's spectrum for a review article about planetary systems around white dwarfs. He did not expect to find evidence for one.

Today, astronomers use digital tools to capture starlight, separate it into its component colors, and decode the star's chemistry. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, if you wanted to learn about a star's makeup, photographic glass plates were the only game in town. When Farihi analyzed this particular plate, he discovered something striking: an absorption line, indicating a missing slice of the spectrum where the star's light had passed through an object and been partially absorbed.

The line revealed the presence of heavy elements, including calcium, magnesium, and iron in the vicinity of the star. Today, white dwarfs bearing this sort of "pollution signature" are considered strong candidates for rocky planetary systems.



Hindu devotees perform a ritual balancing fire pots on head and hands as part of rituals on Sitala Puja, dedicated to the Hindu goddess of pox, in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Devotees participate to various rituals during this event to make a wish for the well being of their family.
Photo by Bikas Das


Really Old

The Bible

Key parts of the Old Testament may have been compiled earlier than some scholars thought, suggests a new handwriting analysis of text on pottery shards.

The shards, found at a frontier fort dating to around 600 B.C., were written by at least six different people, suggesting that literacy was widespread in the ancient kingdom of Judah, said study co-author Israel Finkelstein, an archaeologist and biblical scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

"We're dealing with really low-level soldiers in a remote place who can write," Finkelstein told Live Science. "So there must have been some sort of educational system in Judah at that time."

The writing shows that the kingdom had the intellectual resources to write and compile large chunks of the Old Testament during this period, he added.

Text in the Bible mentions scribes and literate officials for the kingdom of Judah, which remained a state from roughly the 10th century B.C. to 586 B.C., when the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar laid waste to Jerusalem, destroyed the temple and forced most of the Jewish elites into exile in Babylonia. So scholars assumed the text must have been written prior to the destruction of the temple.

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People release balloons with an image of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, during a gathering to mark "Cosmonautics Day" near the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2016.
Photo by Maxim Zmeyev


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 15.67 million.
    2. NCAA Basketball Championship: Villanova vs. North Carolina, TBS, 13.85 million.
    3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.5 million.
    4. "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 13.31 million.
    5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 12.28 million.
    6. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 12.27 million.
    7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.99 million.
    8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 11.72 million.
    9. "Empire," Fox, 11.34 million.
   10. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.43 million.
   11. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.35 million.
   12. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.86 million.
   13. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 9.7 million.
   14. "NCAA Basketball Championship Pregame," TBS, 9.67 million.
   15. "Survivor," CBS, 8.99 million.
   16. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.63 million.
   17. "Chicago Fire," NBC, 7.68 million.
   18. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 7.63 million.
   19. "Modern Family," ABC, 7.51 million.
   20. "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders," CBS, 7.44 million.




In Memory

David Gest

David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62.

The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called to "reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s" at the Four Seasons Hotel in London's Canary Wharf on Tuesday morning.

The force said an autopsy would take place "in due course" to determine the cause of death, but it was not being treated as suspicious.

Born in 1953, Gest was raised in southern California, where he became friends with Michael Jackson and his family. He worked as a music promoter and television producer, and was introduced to Minnelli by Jackson when Gest produced the King of Pop's 30th anniversary tribute concert for television in 2001.

The couple married in 2002, at a celebrity-studded ceremony with Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honor.

They separated in a burst of headline-grabbing acrimony in 2003. Gest sued Minnelli for $10 million, alleging that she beat him so badly during alcoholic rages that he suffered permanent injuries. Minnelli struck back with a $2 million suit claiming Gest had stolen money from her.

The pair ended their dispute in 2007 when their lawyers filed court papers saying they had settled their differences and agreed to divorce without fault.

Gest remained a friend of Jackson and after the singer's death in 2009 produced a documentary, "Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon."

Gest gained a following in Britain with appearances on reality TV shows including "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" in 2006 and "Celebrity Big Brother" earlier this year. He had to leave that show in January after two weeks on medical grounds.

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A worker shows off a Giant Panda scat at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland April 12, 2016. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will perform research into the complexity of the panda diet.
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