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Book Review: 'The Girl With Seven Names' reveals complexities of freedom

"The Girl With Seven Names" (William Collins), by Hyeonseo Lee with David John

In her memoir, "The Girl With Seven Names," Hyeonseo Lee, as she is called today, takes us on her gripping journey from the Ryanggang Province of North Korea where dustless portraits of the Great Leader and Dear Leader hang in every home to life as a defector in China and beyond.

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Movie Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new 'MI' flick

There's some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts?

Book Review: Temperance Brennan returns in 'Speaking in Bones'

"Speaking in Bones" (Bantam), by Kathy Reichs

A hallmark of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels is how she incorporates a solid knowledge of forensics in a way that a novice can understand the intricacies, yet still appeal to an expert in the field.

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Lennon honored with artwork showing him in yellow submarine

Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and other guests to honor her late husband Wednesday.

Jon Stewart signing off ‘Daily Show’ fake newscast for real

After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.

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Judge: Sale of convent to Katy Perry's competitor appears to be invalid

A judge said Thursday he believes a group of elderly nuns improperly sold their hilltop convent to a businesswoman but delayed any efforts by church officials to finalize a competing sale to pop singer Katy Perry.

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Movie Review: 'Vacation' is a funny homage to its predecessor

The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now — device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the outside world.

Book Review: 'The Redeemers' showcases author's storytelling abilities

"The Redeemers" (Putnam), by Ace Atkins

The sense of justice and righteousness that Sheriff Quinn Colson has brought to his tenure in Mississippi's Tibbehah County is drawing to a close in Ace Atkins' gripping new novel, "The Redeemers."

Patience pays off for Missouri Powerball jackpot winner

For two decades, Tom Rea of St. Louis played the same Powerball numbers. It finally paid off — in a big way.

Film looks back at 1974 Sedalia rock festival

The Ozark Music Festival of 1974 was three days of drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll in a land of jam judging, tractor pulls and 4-H lambs. The Woodstock generation throwing a final blowout in a small Missouri town.

Music Review: Jah Cure delivers certified classic with 'The Cure'

Jah Cure, "The Cure" (VP Records)

Jah Cure, one of Jamaica's most talented contemporary artists, brings musical therapy to your ears with his latest album, "The Cure."

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From the Stacks: Second chances abound in ‘Replay’

Ever wish you could live your life over again? Wish you could go back in time knowing what you know now, and face those choices again? Would you try to alter the course of world events?

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Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair helps make memories

This year’s Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair runs from Monday through Saturday (July 27-Aug. 1), featuring contests, carnival rides, entertainment and 4-H and FFA youth programs.

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BizBeat: Knockerball rolls in new entertainment option

The Knockerball company has 115 U.S. affiliates, and now the equipment is available to rent locally through Knockerball Mid-Missouri.

Music Review: Homophones, synonyms and more from Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell, "Something More Than Free" (Southeastern Records)

Sometimes Jason Isbell's words work best on paper, because that's how it goes with homophones. "I thought that I was running, too, but I was running from," he sings on a bouncy paean to the pursuit of happiness on "If It Takes a Lifetime."

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