Archive for month: January, 2016

Carol Burnett accepts Life Achievement honors at SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carol Burnett started making her own variety show when she was just a kid. She'd go to the movies every week with her grandmother, then would act out the scenes with her friends when she got home. But when Burnett first wanted to bring her musical variety show to TV, she was told that such programs were strictly the purview of men. "The network didn't want me to do it," she said, remembering being told that "comedy-variety is a man's game." But Burnett changed Read more [...]

Cable, streaming and Viola Davis star at the SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Television was praised as gutsy and bold as the Screen Actors Guild Awards honored shows that illuminate the lives of transgender parents and imprisoned women. That's TV as in cable channels and streaming services, with commercial networks nearly shut out at Saturday's awards ceremony and forced to hear their competition lauded in ways that broadcasters rarely are these days. "Thank you to Amazon for their guts and support," said Jeffrey Tambor, honored as best Read more [...]

From SAG Awards to Sundance, diversity makes a comeback

In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made a comeback. Over just a few hours Saturday night, the SAG Awards and Sundance showered their honors on a parade of performers and films that presented a stark contrast to the crisis that has plagued the Oscars. Shortly after the screen actors handed out awards to Queen Latifah, Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis and Idris Elba (twice), Nate Parker's Sundance sensation "The Birth of a Nation," a drama about Nat Read more [...]

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy. "In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill. It's a basic skill, right along with the three R's," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. Obama said only about one-quarter of K-12 schools offer computer science instruction, but that most parents want their children Read more [...]

Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

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BEIJING (AP) -- Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that's sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world's biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying machines that range from 3-D urban mappers to tear-gas spraying models for police. But it lacks qualified pilots to fly them. Young men in particular are flocking to drone Read more [...]

MIT wins design competition for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- MIT student engineers won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk' idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was named the winner Saturday after a competition among more than 1,000 college students at Texas AM University in College Station. The Hyperloop is a high-speed ground transport concept proposed by Musk to transport Read more [...]

Patriots fan gets tattoo declaring Super Bowl win

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BOSTON (AP) -- A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached - yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O'Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. The Massachusetts native had a friend ink the celebratory tattoo across his calf two days before the Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos. The black-and-white tattoo depicts a Read more [...]

Phoenix City Council wants Satanists exorcised from meeting

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Members of the Phoenix City Council are seeking a new rule to stop a satanic group from delivering the opening prayer at an upcoming meeting. KPNX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1RRPO9E) that City Manager Ed Zuercher said Friday night that a council meeting will weigh a proposal next week on changing how the city schedules groups that give the prayer. Four council members want the new rule to be enacted within 24 hours. The Satanic Temple of Tucson submitted a request in Read more [...]

From pork rinds to pocket knives, surplus centers see it all

31 Jan 2016 0 Comments
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed and confiscated items. Airports in Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire send everything from box loads of pocket knives and scissors to unclaimed luggage to New Hampshire's state surplus division. Items at its Concord warehouse earlier this Read more [...]

Diversity thrives in indies, while studios lag behind

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A year ago, first-time director Nate Parker was still struggling get together the $10 million he needed to make his passion project, a film that tells the story of slave rebellion leader Nat Turner. On Tuesday, a day after the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, Parker sold "The Birth of a Nation" to Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million. The buzz caused such frenzy that encore screenings reportedly commanded $100 offers for tickets. "The Birth of Read more [...]
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