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Music Review: Def Leppard return with strong, diverse album

Def Leppard, "Def Leppard" (Mailboat Records)

With a diverse set of songs that range from potential arena anthems to driving rock ballads, it seems pretty obvious that Def Leppard wasn't taking any chances on their eponymously titled new album.

Book Review: John Irving travels familiar roads in 'Avenue of Mysteries'

"Avenue of Mysteries" (Simon & Schuster), by John Irving

John Irving didn't manage to weave wrestling or New England into his 14th novel, "Avenue of Mysteries," but he ticks all the other boxes that will keep fans turning the pages.

Music Review: Trey Anastasio finds groove on 'Paper Wheels'

Trey Anastasio, "Paper Wheels" (Rubber Jungle/ATO Records)

When Phish frontman Trey Anastasio settles into a groove, his latest solo record "Paper Wheels" shines.

Sexy Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits 20-year mark

Some light up, others are pretty in pink and still more burst forth like fireworks.

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New Orleans musical legend Allen Toussaint dies at 77

Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, who racked up hits like “Working in a Coal Mine” and “Lady Marmalade” as a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer before he gained new fame as a performer, died Tuesday, not long after a performance in Spain. He was 77.

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Game Review: 'Assassin's Creed' romps through Victorian London

They say history repeats itself, and that's never been truer than with the "Assassin's Creed" series. No matter where and when each game takes place, you know you'll get a hearty historical romp loaded with breathtaking acrobatics, bewildering conspiracies and beautifully realized re-creations of the world's great cities.

Music Review: Steve Martin, Edie Brickell shine on 'So Familiar'

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, "So Familiar" (Rounder Records)

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin weave a warm, endearing and lush musical landscape in their second record together, the perfectly titled "So Familiar."

Book Review: Isabel Allende novel features Japanese internment

"The Japanese Lover" (Atria Books), by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is partial to strong women, courtly manners and leftist politics. In her latest novel, "The Japanese Lover," she delivers all three in a stirring romance about a passionate love affair between a Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Poland and a Japanese-American gardener.

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‘Mass Appeal’ a holy humor

The story of a priest and deacon is told in the play “Mass Appeal,” written by Bill C. Davis and produced by Capital City Players.

Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra begins concert season

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra will perform its first symphony concert of the year at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Auditorium on the Lincoln University campus.

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From the Stacks: 'The Shadow Behind the Stars' spins poetic tale of archetypal goddess trio

Three women, older than time itself, live in a cave, weaving our destiny. The ancient Greeks would have known them as Moirai. English speakers would call them the Fates.

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Hosting 'SNL,' Donald Trump fends off mock heckler

Donald Trump hadn't gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of "You're a racist!"

World Series of Poker champ to be crowned, win $7.6 million

The World Series of Poker main event returns Sunday offering a $7.6 million prize to the victor and it appears to be 24-year-old Joe McKeehen’s to lose.

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Trump’s unorthodox campaign takes new twist on ‘SNL’

Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign for president will take another unusual step this weekend when he takes a break from typical campaigning to host “Saturday Night Live.”

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Movie Review: 'Peanuts' a worthy romp for the beloved gang

Maybe the Peanuts gang hasn't been on the big screen in decades because they've had so much success on the small one, with specials like "The Great Pumpkin" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that have been annual TV traditions since the 1960s.

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