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From the stacks: ‘Bad Feminist’ humorously dissects women in pop culture

Roxane Gay’s book of essays, titled “Bad Feminist,” addresses the contradictions many women may find within themselves, particularly with what they choose to enjoy in pop culture: books, movies, television shows, music.

Game Review: Kirby strikes gold in 'Rainbow Curse'

Nintendo's Kirby is just a pink sphere with feet, arms, eyes and a mouth. He doesn't appear to pose much of a threat — instead, he looks like a wad of bubble gum that, at worst, you might have to peel off the sole of your shoe.

Book Review: 'Rule of Four' author thrills with Vatican mystery

"The Fifth Gospel" (Simon & Schuster), by Ian Caldwell

The curator of a groundbreaking exhibit at the Vatican dies mysteriously hours before its premiere. Within hours, his research partner's family becomes victim to a home invasion.

Movie Review: 'Unfinished Business' should never have started

In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman's "Swingers" (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic ("The Break-Up") to bromantic ("Old School"), pretty good ("Wedding Crashers") to very bad ("Fred Claus") to frankly unnecessary ("Delivery Man").

Book Review: Maggie Barbieri's 'Lies That Bind' lacks impact

"Lies That Blind" (Minotaur Books), by Maggie Barbieri

Family relationships can be complicated, tangled up with love, loyalty and support in the best situations and, in the worst cases, hostility, resentment and revenge. While secrets can be part of a family's emotional fabric, how people react to these revelations says volumes about a person.

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Doctor helping downed pilot is shocked to find Harrison Ford

Dr. Sanjay Khurana was wrapping up a golf game when a vintage plane buzzed overhead, clipped a tree and “dropped like a rock” onto the green. He rushed to the crash, finding a pilot bleeding from a deep gash in his head.

LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in ‘Selma’ speech

Fifty-years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of Congress to respond to the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Alabama, by passing a federal Voting Rights Act that would “open the city of hope to all people of all races.”

Harrison Ford reported engine failure before plane crash

Harrison Ford reported engine failure shortly after takeoff and told air-traffic controllers he was returning to the airport before crash-landing his vintage plane on a nearby golf course in Los Angeles

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Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.

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Movie Review: Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp 'Focus'

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on — when of course you haven't a clue — that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? To make you feel like you totally get what's about to happen — "Oh yeah, I've seen this in tons of movies," you think — and then, boom. That's not what happens at all. See, you lost your focus for a second.

Book Review: Author explores failure of her marriage

"Leaving Before the Rains Come" (Penguin Press), by Alexandra Fuller

In her new memoir, Alexandra Fuller reveals that she wrote nine novels before her agent said her writing was solid but she lacked a compelling story to tell. Fuller responded by looking inward and penning a series of searing portraits about her life, family and growing up in 1970s Rhodesia, a nation at the boundaries of war in southern Africa.

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Calvary seniors to direct one-act plays this weekend

Already a tradition at Calvary Lutheran High School, seniors have the option to direct at the spring One-Act Festival.

Music Review: Iron & Wine releases choice archive material

Iron & Wine, "Archive Series Volume No. 1" (Black Cricket Recording Co.)

The songs from Iron & Wine's first album, "The Creek Drank the Cradle," were cherry-picked from material Sam Beam had been recording at home for years before catching the attention of Sup Pop Records in 2002.

Book Review: Hornby's 'Funny Girl' takes readers to 1960s London

"Funny Girl" (Riverhead Books), by Nick Hornby

The author of "High Fidelity" has a new novel out, and it's a sweet sojourn to 1960s London, where a cast of writers and actors embark on a groundbreaking television show that changes the course of their lives.

Art auction to benefit HALO foundation

Do you have some empty space on your walls? Or in your heart?









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