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Music Review: Iron & Wine releases choice archive material

Iron & Wine, "Archive Series Volume No. 1" (Black Cricket Recording Co.)

The songs from Iron & Wine's first album, "The Creek Drank the Cradle," were cherry-picked from material Sam Beam had been recording at home for years before catching the attention of Sup Pop Records in 2002.

Book Review: Hornby's 'Funny Girl' takes readers to 1960s London

"Funny Girl" (Riverhead Books), by Nick Hornby

The author of "High Fidelity" has a new novel out, and it's a sweet sojourn to 1960s London, where a cast of writers and actors embark on a groundbreaking television show that changes the course of their lives.

Art auction to benefit HALO foundation

Do you have some empty space on your walls? Or in your heart?

Beatles cover band ‘Liverpool Legends’ coming to Osage Beach

Liverpool Legends have two shows scheduled at Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach.

Book Review: Lippman deals with parenthood in 'Hush Hush'

"Hush Hush" (William Morrow), by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman's novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman has afforded Lippman a way of looking at what motivates people and how each person's actions touch us in some way.

Book Review: Kim Gordon is more than just a 'Girl in a Band'

"Girl in a Band" (Dey Street Books), by Kim Gordon

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980s and 1990s.

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down.

Music Review: Life's a 'Complicated Game' for James McMurtry's characters

James McMurtry, "Complicated Game" (Complicated Game)

For the sharply drawn characters portrayed on "Complicated Game," life is an uphill battle, even in a fishing boat.

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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Leonard Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.

Ping pong offers fast serving of fun in Jefferson City

From junior high to senior citizens, paddles always ready

Ethan Johnson and Elliott Lammers approach the green table, paddles in hand. They ease quickly from palling around to sorting out who wins the first serve.

Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

St. Louis schools are teaching chess to help students

More schools in the St. Louis area are introducing the game of chess to their students.

German consumer groups warn Facebook over data protection

German consumer groups said Thursday they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service.

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Fifth annual Gillam family magic show promotes drug free youth

Gillam Family Illusions is preparing for its fifth annual show in Jefferson City to benefit the Council for Drug Free Youth, and the local family isn’t resting on its laurels.

Music Review: Imagine Dragons deliver middling 'Smoke + Mirrors'

Imagine Dragons, "Smoke + Mirrors" (Interscope)

Imagine Dragons' second studio album, "Smoke + Mirrors," is certainly one of the more technically ambitious releases of this young year.

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