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Game Review: Knights of 'The Order' battle Victorian monsters

"The Order: 1886" (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99)

When a game has "1886" in the title, you expect to see a few familiar characters: Sherlock Holmes, perhaps, or Jack the Ripper, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You don't expect the lead to be Sir Galahad.

Music Review: Jose Gonzalez returns after hiatus with best work

Jose Gonzalez, "Vestiges & Claws" (Mute)

The latest album from Swedish-Argentine Jose Gonzalez was partly produced by himself in his kitchen and the intimacy is felt throughout "Vestiges & Claws." Across 10 arresting tracks, Gonzalez plays his acoustic guitar with a graceful tranquility considering "what it's all about" in his aching tenor.

Scene One to put on satirical ‘Speed the Plow’

“Speed the Plow” is a satirical dissection of the American movie business by David Mamet presented by Scene One Theatre.

Music Review: Steve Tyrell connects with his past on new CD

Steve Tyrell, "That Lovin' Feeling" (Concord)

"That Lovin' Feeling" takes vocalist Steve Tyrell full circle to where he began his professional musical career as a producer-promoter for Scepter Records. The label had offices in Broadway's iconic Brill Building packed with the songwriting teams who created an enduring soundtrack for Baby Boomers.

Book Review: Twists, characters propel the novel 'Twelve Days'

"Twelve Days" (Putnam), by Alex Berenson

From a shoulder-fired rocket aimed at a passenger jet that alights its opening pages "Twelve Days," is the sort of spy thriller that locks you in a fast and ferocious grip and won't let you go.

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Movie Review: A pitch-perfect Costner in moving 'McFarland USA'

"McFarland, USA" could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in beginning, it seems like it's heading there.

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Movie Review: 'Hot Tub 2' gives a bad name to recast sequels

A sweaty cash grab that gives a bad name to sequels in which key talent has jumped ship, Steve Pink's "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" leaps forward rather than backward in time and sort of makes one wish the world had ended while it was en route.

YouTube to release kids app to ease parents’ worries

YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.

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Music Review: Drake silences the jokes with cold, dark album

Drake, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" (Cash Money)

For as long as Drake's been around, almost everything about him — his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes — has been the subject of a never-ending stream of Internet memes.

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Survival for some endangered species hinges on ‘Frozen Zoo’

Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm or eggs, maybe a bit of ear or eyeball, and carefully freeze the cells in liquid nitrogen.

When disaster hits, FEMA watches Waffle Houses for guidance

When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source — one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.

Portrait attributed to Leonardo seized in Switzerland

Swiss authorities have seized a portrait of a woman attributed to Leonardo da Vinci from a private bank vault to return it to Italy, where police will seek to determine its ownership and art historians its authenticity.

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Movie Review: Teen comedy 'DUFF' gives genre a social media spin

While it's neither as biting as "Mean Girls" nor as sweetly referential as "Easy A," the earnest and sometimes amusing "The DUFF" is a fine addition to the canon of teen comedies.

Book Review: Dark satire targets race and gender

"Welcome to Braggsville" (William Morrow), by T. Geronimo Johnson

The basic story line of T. Geronimo Johnson's novel "Welcome to Braggsville" is straightforward and intriguing. Take four young, liberal-minded students at the University of California at Berkeley. Then send them on a class project that includes a fake lynching to be sprung during a Civil War reenactment in a small Georgia town.

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African Children's Choir to perform in Mid-Missouri

The African Children’s Choir will visit Missouri for three performances Sunday, two of which are in Jefferson City.

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