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Book Review: 'The Assassins' has fast pace, many twists

"The Assassins" (St. Martin's), by Gayle Lynds

Gayle Lynds proves she's a master of the modern cold-war spy thriller with her latest novel, "The Assassins."

Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari to lead Oddball Comedy tour

Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari will be the headliners this year when the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival hits the road looking for laughs.

Cosby accusers claim vindication, friends reserve judgment

While many of Bill Cosby’s accusers feel vindicated by his decade-old admission that he gave at least one woman quaaludes before sex, some of his Hollywood friends are reserving judgment, saying the testimony doesn’t prove he committed a crime.

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Movie Review: Gralton's story told in elegant 'Jimmy's Hall'

Jimmy Gralton is not a name you've likely heard before. A modest Irish revolutionary, Gralton has the dubious distinction of being the only native to ever be deported from Ireland.

Book Review: Film critic revisits a lifetime at movies in 'Keepers'

"Keepers: The Greatest Films-and Personal Favorites-of a Moviegoing Lifetime" (Knopf), by Richard Schickel

A theater up the street asks its employees to include the title of a favorite movie on their nametags. The choices of these teenagers and twentysomethings can be anything from "Fast and Furious 5" or "The Hunger Games" to the occasional retro pick like "The Sound of Music."

Music Review: Neil Young's 'The Monsanto Years' attacks corporate greed

Neil Young + Promise of the Real, "The Monsanto Years" (Warner Bros.)

Neil Young's voice, playing and passion are undimmed, but his lyrical talent is diminished in much of this new album, which — as the title "The Monsanto Years" suggests — is obsessed with what he perceives as the despoiling of America at the hands of corrupt corporations and complacent politicians.

Book Review: Reliving migration that helped settle America's West

"The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey" (Simon & Schuster), by Rinker Buck

The "lunatic notion" to attempt a 21st-century journey in a mule-drawn covered wagon along the historic Oregon Trail may have been embedded in Rinker Buck's DNA.

Scoops to raise funds for splash park

The Jefferson City Cultural Arts Foundation is sponsoring what they believe is Mid-Missouri’s first ice cream tasting festival, to be held from 5-9 p.m. July 10 along downtown High Street.

Prairie Home Fair gears up for 100th showing

Not only special events, but extra days, have been added to the Prairie Home Fair’s 100th showing, which will be held July 8-12.

Music Review: Pete Rock returns with sequel to classic beat album

Pete Rock, "PeteStrumentals 2" (Mello Music Group)

It's been 14 years since Pete Rock dropped "PeteStrumentals" -- a benchmark of instrumental hip-hop. The sequel feels lived in, earned and runs just as deep: a carousel of headnod collage, East Coast grit and straight funk.

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From the Stacks: ‘The Tyrant’s Daughter’ gives context to global conflict

In C.J. Carleson’s “The Tyrant’s Daughter,” Laila has just arrived in America, but she’s not the average immigrant.

Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.

Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, thwarting Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.

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Movie Review: Arnold (but little else) is back in 'Terminator'

Thirty-one years and counting, and the Terminators keep rolling off the assembly line like new iPhones, upgraded with shape-shifting abilities, rebooted Sarah Conner assassination levels and, one presumes, better selfie cameras.

Music Review: Jazz singer Elling expands musical horizons

Kurt Elling, "Passion World" (Concord Jazz)

On "Passion World," jazz singer Kurt Elling expands his musical horizons way beyond his previous CD, "1619 Broadway-the Brill Building Project," which focused on classic pop tunes by the songwriting teams housed in a single Manhattan building.

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