BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 6 May, 2015

Wednesday

6 May, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1317 days in a row]



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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - November 21st, 2012 (The Year of the Mashup Album)

A Feast Of New Mashups

By DJ Useo




It's very easy this time of year to gorge yourself on too many mashups. Nowadays there's such an extensive banquet, you can fill up on new mixes practically as long as you can stand to refill your mp3 player. Normally, I urge moderation, but in the spirit of gluttony, I'm giving you ten new mashups by ten fantastic deejays.



















01 - DRA'man- 'Somethings Wrong In The Air' (Phil Collins vs Pretty Lights)
( official.fm/tracks/MTOc )
( soundcloud.com/draman/somethings-wrong-in-the-air )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm2kS5Sqr_o&feature=youtube_gdata )




















02 - DJ Morgoth-'We Made it Still Swinging' (Busta Rhymes vs Papa Roach)
( www.djmorgoth.blogspot.com/2012/11/dj-morgoth-we-made-it-still-swingin.html )
( soundcloud.com/darkmorgoth/dj-morgoth-we-made-it-still-swingin )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMenkNG3D3g&feature=player_embedded )




















03 - G4Gorilla-'Heaven's Exotic That Way' (The Cure vs Backstreet Boys)
( www.g4gorilla.blogspot.com/2012/11/heavens-exotic-that-way.html )


















04 - Luke DB- 'Vivaldi & Dada' (Marco Fratty & Juan Serrano vs Dada Life)
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFWihDNKL2M )
( official.fm/tracks/6Vax )













05 - Lizzart-'25 Miles All Right' (Barry Manilow vs Edwin Starr)
( soundcloud.com/lizzart/25milesallright-barrymanilow )






















06 - Luca Rubino-'Don't Wake Platinum Blonde' (No Doubt vs Chris Brown)
( soundcloud.com/idjrub/no-doubt-vs-chris-brown-dont )




















07 - Mashy & Scratchy- 'Tick Boom Style' (Psy vs The Hives)
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3NIVuPta94 )
( official.fm/tracks/5Bei )
















08 - Colatron-'Nightsoul' (Kavinsky vs UNKLE vs Taste Tester)
( soundcloud.com/colatron22/nightsoul )











09 - MichMash-'Close To Fall' (Queen vs Donny Hathaway)
( official.fm/tracks/wABg )












10 - Fissunix-'Sing Perfect' (Pink vs My Chemical Romance)
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgWH9t18FOA&feature=g-upl )
( www.themashupradio.com/2012/10/01/mash-of-the-titans-compiled-by-panos-t/ )



I'm sure your ears are stuffed to the gills now.


Allow me to be giving you thanks for reading & listening.













Podcast Of The Week

 
I took a ton of the most recent excellent mashups that my SOUNDCLOUD contacts had posted & hosted them into a fantastic new hour and twenty minutes show called 'DJ USEO NOVEMBER MASHUP PODCAST 2012' . So far the response has been over the top. Grab a copy for your personal enjoyment here
( www.groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2012/11/dj-useo-november-mashup-podcast-2012.html )

















Mashup Tip

You can tell when your mashup is done because the little plastic doohickey pops up.















Latest Useo Thing

I cut & looped a favorite 80's song by the Plastics called 'Good'. Adding vocals from Queen & Groucho Marx resulted in a wildly quirky mix I titled 'Calling All Good Girls' (Queen vs The Plastics vs Groucho Marx). Listen or download here
( www.groovytimewithdjuseo.blogspot.com/2012/11/queen-vs-plastics-vs-groucho.html )






















Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

At least 14 mashup dj's will make new tracks for Thanksgiving about 'TURDUCKY'.
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPedoSSE_Yw )















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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Paranoia Strikes Derp (NY Times)
in certain circles, the big thing has been the right-wing belief that operation Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise in Texas, is a cover for Obama to seize control of the state and force its citizens to accept universal health care at gunpoint. No, really - and this is being taken seriously both by Ted Cruz and by the governor, who has ordered the National Guard to keep a watch on the feds and their possibly nefarious activities.


David Weigel: Ted Cruz Says He Has Asked the Pentagon for Answers on Jade Helm 15 (NY Times)
The senator has heard the conspiracy theories about a military exercise.


Neil Irwin: How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters (NY Times)
Imagine an elite professional services firm with a high-performing, workaholic culture. Everyone is expected to turn on a dime to serve a client, travel at a moment's notice, and be available pretty much every evening and weekend. Except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80- or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it.


Chris Fox: 5 Horrific Old-Time Realities Your History Book Left Out (Cracked)
#5. Pooping Was A Never-Ending Horror Show


Robert Evans, Kier Harris, Vijay Welch-Young: "Major Surgery With No Painkillers: 5 Things I Learned" (Cracked) If you've ever watched a hospital drama, a graphic surgery documentary, or the movie Starship Troopers, you've probably wondered what it would feel like to have your torso unzipped like a suitcase. The intensity of having your guts and bones exposed to the air is so extreme that we just sort of assume that anyone who isn't unconscious and on painkillers for the duration of the experience would just die instantly. Well, that's actually not true.


Michele Hanson: Here's to a right royal hypocrisy (Guardian)
Our royal family brings pleasure to millions, which appalls the snobby minority. But who would say no to a quick toast to cheer the arrival of the baby princess?


Terry Teachout: Love Songs, RIP (Commentary)
Most pop songs are about love. So are most classical art songs. So are most folk songs. What is more, most of us take all this for granted, though a moment's consideration suggests that we ought instead to be surprised by it. Since the range of possibilities for human action extends far beyond the compass of love, sex, and marriage, why should the representation of these three activities have preoccupied songwriters of all kinds?



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Trivia Question of the Day


Uma Thurman and Winona Ryder have the same godfather. What is his name?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


Momofuku Ando believed "Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat". What food product did he invent?


      Ramen - Instant Noodles                                                      Source


Momofuku Ando, ORS, (March 5, 1910 - January 5, 2007) was a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is known as one of the inventors of instant noodles, instant ramen, and Cup Noodles.

On August 25, 1958, at the age of 48, and after months of trial and error experimentation to perfect his flash-frying method, Ando marketed the first package of precooked instant noodles. The original chicken flavor is called Chikin Ramen. It was originally considered a luxury item with a price of 35, around six times that of traditional udon and soba noodles at the time. Ando began the sales of his most famous product, Cup Noodle (Kappu N?doru?), on September 18, 1971 with the masterstroke of providing a waterproof polystyrene container. As prices dropped, instant ramen soon became a booming business. Worldwide demand reached 98 billion servings in 2009. As of 2007, Chicken Ramen is still sold in Japan and now retails for around 60, or approximately one third the price of the cheapest bowl of noodles in a Japanese restaurant.        Source







Randall was first, and correct, with:
   the diet staple of college kids everywhere...

  instant noodles!




Charlie wrote:
   Instant noodles.




Low-Calorie Lois Of Oregon said:
   Momofuku Ando invented the styrofoam cup filled with noodles made from recycled newspaper, with a sprinkling of dessicated vegetable matter segments, all in a tasty powdered salt base! For optimal nutrition, throw away contents and consume cup.




Alan J answered:
   Ramen Noodles.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   He is known as one of the inventors of instant noodles, instant ramen, and Cup Noodles.



John I from Hawai'i says,
   "ramen noodles."



Deborah replied:
   Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen noodles, and Cup o'Noodles. How college kids survived before ramen came along I have no idea.
  BTW, Happy Cinco de Mayo!




Marian said:
   instant noodles



Adam answered:
   I'll just say Instant Ramen Noodles.



Draining Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfuckincali responded:
   Momofuku Ando was one of the creators of the Collegial or Impoverished All-American food staple; instant noodles, instant ramen, and Cup Noodles. Now I'm hungry and can't eat solid food until my third probative anal adventure concludes on Thursday evening. Yes, that's broth, lemon jello and 7-up. Plus two gallons of that fucking sludge to drink. Yes, I will admit that this is all kickback from "The Karma Kickback Control Committee", being the asshole I can be most of the time!

  Be back Friday. What kind of Titticut show would you like Friday?




MAM   , wrote:
   Instant Ramen Noodles ~ Momofuku Ando was a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is known as one of the inventors of instant noodles, instant ramen, and Cup Noodles.


  PS ~ The voice of the 'Chicken of the Sea' mermaid on TV spots was supplied by former child actor Darla Hood, who died in 1979, of The Little Rascals/Our Gang fame. Grace Lee Whitney then became the voice of the mermaid.
  Chicken of the Sea Mermaid - TV Acres




DJ Useo responded:
   I am thinking it is ramen noodles. I may be wrong.
  The funny part for me is I was just watching an episode of Kinnikuman & RamenMan was in that episode. Lol.





Joe S     replied:
  



mj took the day off.
  



Sally is retired, but paying attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  May 6 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 6 | Famous Birthdays



  






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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


30,000 things you should know about Carly Fiorina - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



They Are Biocides, Not Pesticides -- And They Are Creating an Ecocide | Andrew Kimbrell



A White Son Of Ferguson On Why St. Louis Can't Change



Nellie Bly Message Still Prevalent Today



Cartoon: Texas takeover



TX Pastors Worry That They Might Have To Marry Pedophiles And Persons Into Bestiality At Hearing



A woman in the White House! Independence Day 2 casts female president | Film | The Guardian



Madison law bans religious discrimination ... against atheists | US news | The Guardian



'Texas Ranger' Chuck Norris warns of government plot to take over state | US news | The Guardian
     comments=priceless



To make a 10-year-old give birth isn't just horrifying - it's life threatening | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free



Mark Twain stories, 150 years old, uncovered by Berkeley scholars | Books | The Guardian



Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago : Goats and Soda : NPR




Thanks, Michelle!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

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 bartcop.com

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.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"PROBABLE CAUSE" IN BALTIMORE.

GRAB YOUR GUN AND SHOOT THE FIRST THING THAT MOVES!

THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING AN "OFAY, HONKEY, PINKISH ASSHOLE" WOULD SAY!

"GET A LIFE!" THE GROUND ALWAYS WINS!

YOU GO GIRL!

"THE WAXWINGS DESERVE BETTER. SO DO WE ALL."

SO LONG CRITTERS.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Mostly overcast and cool.



Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'CSI: One Too Many'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Martin Short, and Norah Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE are Dana Carvey and Elizabeth Olsen.



NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kerry Washington, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Noel Gallagher.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Anna Wintour, Willie Nelson, and Twin Shadow.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Pete Holmes, Rob Bell, Tennis, and "100 Miles from Nowhere".



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 Adam Levine, Nicholas Hoult, and Maroon 5.



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



Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'American Idol'.



MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.



A&E has 3 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars'.



AMC offers the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II', followed by the movie 'I Am Legend', then the movie 'Terminator Salvation'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Runaway Girl
 [7:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Seascape
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 5 - The Rebel Flesh
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 6 - The Almost People
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 7 - A Good Man Goes to War
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 15 - Pen Pals
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 16 - Q Who
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 1
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 2
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 3
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 4
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6
 [7:30PM]    The Professional
 [10:00PM]    Ripper Street - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Beating of Her Wings NEW
 [11:15PM]    The Professional
 [1:45AM]    Ripper Street - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Beating of Her Wings
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 1
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 2
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 3    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing New York'.



Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Broken Lizard's Super Troopers', then a FRESH 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Ernest Moniz.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jeff B. Davis, Heather Anne Campbell, and Dan Harmon.



FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.



History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Monument Guys'.



IFC  -   
  [6:00AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-PLIGHT OF THE WORKING CLASS
  [6:30AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
  [7:00AM]    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
  [9:00AM]    CONAN THE DESTROYER
  [11:15AM]    DARKMAN
  [1:15PM]    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
  [3:15PM]    CONAN THE DESTROYER
  [5:30PM]    U-571
  [8:00PM]    ENEMY AT THE GATES
  [11:00PM]    THE TRANSPORTER
  [1:00AM]    CHAOS
  [3:30AM]    CHAOS    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
  [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress
  [6:15AM]    Hysteria
  [8:15AM]    Boogie Woogie
  [10:15AM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  [12:30PM]    Being John Malkovich
  [3:00PM]    The Sentinel
  [5:15PM]    Don't Say a Word
  [7:45PM]    Top Gun
  [10:00PM]    Top Gun
  [12:15AM]    Lucky Number Slevin
  [2:30AM]    Starship Troopers
  [5:15AM]    The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'The 13th Warrior', followed by the movie 'Pathfinder'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Helen Hunt, Nick Swardson, and They Might Be Giants.



TCM spends the night with Sterling Hayden
 [6:00 AM]      Night Nurse (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      War Nurse (1930)
 [9:00 AM]      Life Begins (1932)
 [10:30 AM]      Angel of Mercy (1939)
 [10:45 AM]      Her Honor, The Nurse (1956)
 [11:00 AM]      Vigil in the Night (1940)
 [12:45 PM]      The Nurse's Secret (1941)
 [2:00 PM]      A Farewell To Arms (1932)
 [3:45 PM]      Registered Nurse (1934)
 [5:15 PM]      The Nun's Story (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      The Killing (1956)
 [9:45 PM]      The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
 [11:45 PM]      Crime Wave (1954)
 [1:15 AM]      Suddenly (1954)
 [2:45 AM]      Crime Of Passion (1957)
 [4:15 AM]      Five Steps To Danger (1957)
    (ALL TIMES EST)



Thursday   -  05/07/15

TCM spends the daylight hours celebrating Gary Cooper, who was born on this day in 1901
 [6:00 AM]      The Hanging Tree (1959)
 [8:00 AM]      Man Of The West (1958)
 [9:45 AM]      Love in the Afternoon (1957)
 [12:00 PM]      Springfield Rifle (1952)
 [1:45 PM]      Bright Leaf (1950)
 [3:45 PM]      The Fountainhead (1949)
 [5:45 PM]      The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

 [8:00 PM]      Airport (1970)
 [10:30 PM]      The Crowded Sky (1960)
 [12:30 AM]      The Hindenburg (1975)
 [2:45 AM]      Five Came Back (1939)
 [4:15 AM]      Skyjacked (1972)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Or reviews?   Marty




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Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Best Overnight Score Since 2012

Letterman

Fox's "Gotham" wrapped its first season with improved ratings on Monday, a night that saw NBC remain on top despite a season low from "The Voice" while CBS got a boost from its David Letterman special. And in latenight, a visit from President Obama lifted Letterman's "Late Show" to its top overnight score since 2012 .

In Nielsen's metered-market overnights, "The Late Show with David Letterman" did a 3.5 household rating/9 share - up nearly 50% from last Monday's 2.4 household rating - to finish ahead of NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (2.5/6) and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.2/6). This was the top overnight for "Late Show" since September 2012. "Tonight Show" still led comfortably in adults 18-49, averaging a 1.1 rating to a 0.7 for both "Late Show" and "Kimmel," according to Nielsen's 25 markets with Local People Meters.

Looking at primetime, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, "Gotham" averaged a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall - up 13% (0.2) from last week for the show's best score since it did a 2.0 on the final Monday before the start of Daylight Saving Time in early March. It ranked third for its hour in 18-49 and first in all key male demos. Though the Batman prequel cooled since its hot start last fall, it will finish the season as the net's second biggest new series behind only "Empire" and figures to again anchor Fox's Monday lineup next season.

Letterman

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U.S. actor Edward Norton and his wife and Canadian film producer Shauna Robertson arrive for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015 celebrating the opening of "China: Through the Looking Glass," in Manhattan, New York May 4, 2015.
Photo by Andrew Kelly

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'Family Friend'

Willie Nelson

Days after a brief jail stint in the Bahamas for marijuana possession, Willie Nelson was invited to the White House by Jimmy Carter who thanked the country superstar for his campaign support.

Following a dinner in which the president spoke of his days as a peanut farmer and the singer talked of raising pigs, Nelson says that a "White House insider" invited him to the roof to look at Washington at night -- and brought out a joint.

"Getting stoned on the roof of the White House, you can't help but turn inward," Nelson recalls of the 1977 episode in his memoir, "It's A Long Story," which was published Tuesday.

"Certain philosophical questions come to mind, like... how the fuck did I get here?"

But in large part, Nelson's book is about marijuana, for which the singer has long expressed -- in a relaxed, stoner way -- a passion.

Willie Nelson

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Fans Push To Preserve Childhood Home

Jim Morrison

Fans of Jim Morrison, the late singer for The Doors, are in a push to preserve his childhood home in New Mexico.

A group of fans want his northeast Albuquerque home designated a historical site and placed in a list of tourist attractions in the city, KOAT-TV reports.

The 1960s singer of hits such as "Light My Fire" and "Riders on the Storm" lived in Albuquerque from age 12 to 14 while his father, George S. Morrison, worked at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The elder Morrison commanded U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin during the clash that helped escalate the Vietnam War.

Jim Morrison

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Beau Bridges arrives at the LA Screening Of "Masters of Sex" held at Sony Pictures Studios on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Culver City, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell

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Painting Sells For $66 Million

Vincent van Gogh

A painting Vincent van Gogh created while briefly working side by side with his friend Paul Gauguin in the south of France brought in $66.3 million at auction Tuesday.

"The Allee of Alyscamps" was offered at Sotheby's impressionist and modern art sale. The autumnal scene was painted in 1888 during a two-month period when van Gogh and Gauguin worked together in Arles, France.

The painting, which had a presale estimate of more than $40 million, was sold to an Asian private collector, Sotheby's said. The auction record for a van Gogh, who died in 1890, is $82.5 million.

The sale also featured six paintings spanning four decades of Claude Monet's career. The highlight was "Water Lilies," a 1905 version of his beloved pond and gardens at his home in Giverny, France. It fetched $54 million, topping its high presale estimate of $45 million.

"Woman With a Chignon in an Armchair," a portrait of Pablo Picasso's lover Francoise Gilot, sold for $29.9 million, almost doubling its high presale estimate of $18 million. It depicts her in an embroidered jacket Picasso bought for her in Poland while she was pregnant with their child.

Vincent van Gogh

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Wake-up Call


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WTF - Pay Cut For Teachers

Chicago

Three years after a public school strike, Chicago teacher contract talks are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut, union officials said on Tuesday.

The Chicago Teachers Union said in a statement it was "highly insulted" by the district's demands, which include increases in health insurance premiums. The current contract expires on June 30.

The nation's third-largest school district, which serves 400,000 students, faces a prospective $1.1 billion deficit. Getting to a new contract, without another strike, will be the first major test of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second term.

The process has been complicated by legal problems. Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett, appointed by Emanuel, took a leave of absence in April pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract awarded to a company that had employed her.

Chicago

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Author Gay Talese arrives for the PEN Literary Awards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, May 5, 2015.
Photo by Carlo Allegri

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Right-Wing Cartoon Event

Texass

Pamela Geller, the anti-Islam crusader behind a cartoon contest of the Prophet Mohammed that was attacked by two gunmen in Texas, says her controversial show was meant to demonstrate freedom of expression.

The 56-year-old New Yorker has told media that her event, held in the Dallas suburb of Garland, was put on with the goal of asserting free speech.

Born to a Jewish family and raised on Long Island near New York, Geller is the president of two anti-Muslim groups: the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA).

It was the former organization that put on the cartoon contest, which came under attack Sunday by two men with assault rifles. They were shot and killed by a Garland, Texas policeman providing security for the event.

Texass

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Drug Lord In US Court

Sentenced In Secret

A Guatemalan drug trafficker known as "the Queen of the South" was sentenced in a US federal court on Tuesday but the judge put her case and its outcome under seal for five years, her lawyer said.

Marllory Chacon Rossell, 42, entered the court smiling, her hands cuffed and wearing a beige prison jumpsuit, before US District Judge Jose Martinez closed the sentencing hearing to the public.

Prosecutors had agreed in December to recommend that Chacon serve in the low range of a 10 years-to-life prison sentence in return for her plea of guilty to conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

Chacon's lawyer, Bonnie Klapper, told reporters that the judge had agreed to keep the case under seal for a five year period, because of its sensitivity.

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Shrine maidens lead a parade of men dressed as samurai warriors during the Kachiya Festival at Katori Shrine in Tokyo Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The festival celebrates that the warlord Fujiwara Hidesato made for victory over warlord Taira no Masakado's revolt in 940 during the Heian Period (794-1185) and then, Fujiwara dedicated a "kachiya" or victory arrow to the shrine.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko

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Every Sperm Is Sacred

Paraguay

Paraguay's decision to deny a pregnant 10-year-old girl an abortion after she was allegedly raped by her stepfather has sparked a national debate over the country's strict abortion law.

Paraguay's health minister recently refused a request from the girl's mother to terminate the pregnancy, but rights groups say the decision could put the girl's health at risk and is "tantamount to torture".

In Paraguay, abortion is only allowed when the mother's life is in danger. In all other cases the procedure is a crime.

The girl's mother has been imprisoned, charged with breaching her duty of care.

The girl's mother reported last year that her husband was sexually abusing her daughter but the authorities took no action, according to local media reports.

Paraguay

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SCOTUS Lets Stand Ban

'Gay Conversion Therapies'

The US Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court's ban on therapy intended to change the sexual orientation of gay youths under the age of 18.

The justices declined to hear the case, King v. Christie, without comment.

In so doing, they left in place a New Jersey appeals court's decision to uphold a ban on so-called "gay conversion therapies."

The ban was initially was signed into law by New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and challenged by therapists and Christian groups that championed the counseling.

'Gay Conversion Therapies'

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The sun rises behind empty train tracks at the main station in Berlin, Germany, May 5, 2015. A week-long strike by German train drivers began early May 5, 2015, with no sign of a breakthrough in negotiations between the drivers' union and their bosses. The train drivers' union Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivfuehrer (GDL) had called on its members to walk off the job at 2 am May 5th (0000 GMT) and not return to work until 9 am on May 10, 2015. The strike is the longest in the history of Deutsche Bahn.
Photo by Kay Nietfeld

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Astronomers Find Baby Blue Galaxy

EGS-zs8-1

Astronomers have discovered a baby blue galaxy that is farther away in distance and time than any galaxy ever seen. It's among the universe's first generation of galaxies, from 13.1 billion years ago.

Yale and University of California Santa Cruz scientists used three different telescopes to spot and then calculate the age of the blurry infant galaxy. By measuring how the light has shifted, they determined the galaxy, called EGS-zs8-1, is from about 670 million years after the Big Bang.

Because when astronomers look farther away from Earth, they are looking back further in time, this is both the most distant galaxy and the furthest back in time. It's 13.1 billion light-years away, in the constellation Bootes. A light-year is 5.8 trillion miles.

This beats the old record by about 30 million years, which isn't much, but was difficult to achieve, said astronomer Garth Illingworth of the University of California Santa Cruz, who co-authored the paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters announcing the discovery.

EGS-zs8-1

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Prime-Time Nielsens

Ratings

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 27-May 3. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "NCIS,"CBS, 14.9 million.
    2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.6 million.
    3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.9 million.
    4. "Dancing with the Stars," ABC, 13.2 million.
    5. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.3 million.
    6. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.5 million.
    7. "Dancing With the Stars: 10th Anniversary Show," ABC, 10.1 million.
    8. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.7 million.
    9. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.5 million.
   10. "Law & Order: SVU," NBC, 9.3 million.
   11. "Survivor," CBS, 9.3 million.
   12. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 9.2 million.
   13. "Mom," CBS, 8.8 million.
   14. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 8.74 million.
   15. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 8.72 million.
   16. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.68 million.
   17. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 8.60 million.
   18. "Person of Interest," CBS, 8.5 million.
   19. "The Good Wife," CBS, 8.4 million.
   20. "Castle," ABC, 8.3 million.

Ratings

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Two young sloth bears play in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, May 5, 2015. In the past year, 912 animals were born in the zoo.
Photo by Lukas Schulze

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