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Movie Review: Dwayne comes to the rescue, but he forgot the script

It's sure been a rough year for Hollywood. First there was the stinging Sony hacking scandal. And now we have the humbling image of the Hollywood letters themselves toppling to the ground, as most of California is pulverized by an earthquake — make that earthquakes, plural — in "San Andreas."

Book Review: John Corey returns in DeMille's 'Radiant Angel'

"Radiant Angel" (Grand Central Publishing), by Nelson DeMille

In Nelson DeMille's latest John Corey thriller, "Radiant Angel," Corey has left the FBI and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He now works for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group in New York City. His quiet job involves following Russian diplomats who work at the United Nations.

Tours on USS Arizona Memorial suspended after ship hits dock

Tours on the USS Arizona Memorial have been suspended indefinitely after a vessel struck and damaged the structure’s dock Wednesday, the National Park Service said.

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National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row

They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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JC swimming pools open for the summer

Jefferson City’s two public swimming pools are open for the next almost three months of business, beginning at noon today.

Man on MTV’s ‘Catfish’ accused of making fake threats in DC

A man once exposed on MTV’s “Catfish” reality show about online scams was charged Wednesday with calling in fake threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the nation’s capital.

Martin Duggan dies; Globe-Democrat editor, 'Donnybrook' host

Martin Duggan, longtime editorial page editor of the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat and host for 23 years of the local TV public affairs show "Donnybrook," has died.

Onstage at last: Memorable moments of National Spelling Bee

An impressive field of 283 young spellers was narrowed to 49 semifinalists during Wednesday's preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The remaining spellers will compete on Thursday for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes.

U2's longtime tour manager found dead

Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.

Historian Hugh Ambrose, author of ‘The Pacific,’ dies

Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history “The Pacific” after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48.

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Movie Review: 'Poltergeist' solid remake of haunted house classic

Leaving behind the youth-skewing perspectives of "Monster House" and "City of Ember," director Gil Kenan not only delivers on the promise of Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist," but significantly raises the stakes for similar PG-13 fare.

Music Review: Jarrett marks 70th birthday with simultaneous releases

Keith Jarrett, "Creation" (ECM) and "Barber/Bartok/Jarrett" (ECM)

Keith Jarrett is celebrating his 70th birthday this month by simultaneously releasing two albums on the ECM label that show why he is in a league of his own as both a jazz and classical pianist.

Survey says Liam Neeson is big ad man

Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can’t do much better than actor Liam Neeson.

Book Review: Engaging biography softens up movie tough guy Robert Ryan

"The Lives of Robert Ryan" (Wesleyan University Press), by J.R. Jones

Actor Robert Ryan spent a good deal of his life promoting peace, civil rights and other social causes. In his long film career, he did something more daring: He willingly became the face of the very evils he denounced.

Book Review: Chris Harrison proves he understands romance in new book

"The Perfect Letter" (Dey Street Books), by Chris Harrison

Leigh Merrill appears to have it all. She's an accomplished book editor at a prestigious publishing house who lives in a fabulous New York City apartment with an ideal boyfriend. But when she's faced with a marriage proposal, the only thing Leigh can think about is her one true love, Jake, who broke her heart.

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