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Eldon trims Fourth activities due to weather

Parade, entertainment and fireworks still on

The city of Eldon has cancelled some activities for its annual Independence Day celebration Saturday due to weather conditions.

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Movie Review: 'Max,' about a kid, his dog and those gun smugglers

It's officially summer. What better time for a heartwarming caper movie about a troubled but noble Texas teen, his troubled but noble dog, and those crazy mean gun smugglers they tangle with?

Music Review: Campbell steps front and center with wife

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, "Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams" (Red House)

Larry Campbell is a highly regarded producer and ridiculously versatile sideman who can play about any instrument you hand him.

Book Review: Fina Ludlow returns in Ingrid Thoft's 'Brutality'

"Brutality" (Putnam), by Ingrid Thoft

The challenge of belonging to a high-profile and dysfunctional family, yet establishing your own identity, continues to be the theme of Ingrid Thoft's exciting series about Boston private investigator Fina Ludlow.

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Salute to America kicks off with Thursday Night Live

Salute to America 2015 kicks off in downtown Jefferson City with 80 tons of sand dumped in the street for a beach party in conjunction with today's Thursday Night Live.

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Millbottom joins local Fourth of July celebration

Jefferson City’s renewed Millbottom, located in the shadow of the Missouri Capitol, is joining the Fourth of July celebration this year with its first “Rock the Millbottom” event.

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Rockers rally to Fourth celebrations at Lake

Bret Michaels, Ozark Mountain Daredevils among big acts

Fireworks, barbecues and family get-togethers are part of many Lake of the Ozarks area residents’ and visitors’ celebrations for the Fourth of July.

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Movie Review: 'Infinitely Polar Bear' a love letter to sick dad

In 1978, when writer-director Maya Forbes was 10 years old, her mother went away to graduate school, leaving Forbes and her little sister in the care of their mentally ill dad. The girls, and even their mom, didn't fully understand his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Doctors still called it manic-depression in those days.

Music Review: Country singer Kacey Musgraves wows on 2nd album

Kacey Musgraves, "Pageant Material" (Mercury Nashville)

Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic '60s country sound on her second album, "Pageant Material."

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Movie Review: Sundance hit 'Me and Earl' melds tragedy with wit

If you've heard of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" already, it's probably because it had the unique misfortune of being the favorite of many at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it also won the top prizes.

Book Review: Dick Wolf delivers exciting new thriller

"The Ultimatum" (William Morrow), by Dick Wolf

Dick Wolf, a producer whose credits include the "Law & Order" TV franchise, is also a terrific novelist. His latest book, "The Ultimatum," is the third thriller to feature New York police Detective Jeremy Fisk, and it's Wolf's best yet.

Music Review: Hudson Mohawke's 'Lantern' illuminates nicely

Hudson Mohawke, "Lantern" (Warp)

Scottish electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke is out with his sophomore album, "Lantern," a lush blend of edgy vocals and smartly managed mixes that are ripe for hip lounge listening.

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From the Stacks: ‘The Walls Around Us’ is dark tale of friendship, guilt and justice

“The Walls Around Us,” by author Nova Ren Suma, is a dark and lyrical tale of friendship, guilt and justice.

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Local military historian publishes sixth book

The personal stories of Cole County soldiers are pieced together with historic context in the latest book by local military historian Jeremy Amick.

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Game Review: An epic final flight for Batman in 'Arkham Knight'

Rocksteady Studios proved with 2009's "Batman: Arkham Asylum" that a video game inspired by superhero mythology could be an impeccably cerebral affair, not just another name association money grab.

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