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April 2013 Edition

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Michelle Obama praises Jackie Robinson movie

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama said Tuesday that a new movie chronicling Jackie Robinson's rise through Major League Baseball, including the racial discrimination he endured while breaking the sport's color barrier in the 1940s, left her and the president "visibly, physically moved" after they saw it over the weekend.

Lunch at Latitude 41

The restaurant inside the Renaissance hotel is a terrific go-to lunch option, and some recent changes in the kitchen staff at Latitude 41 has made for some menu fluctuations.

The Cure, Mumford and Sons to play Lollapalooza

CHICAGO (AP) - The Cure will make their first Lollapalooza appearance in the festival's more than 20-year history this summer, joining fellow headliners Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Monday.

Phil Ramone, Grammy-winning producer, dead at 72

NEW YORK (AP) - Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, has died at 72, his family said Saturday.

APNewsBreak: Gas trade group seeks fracking probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group formed by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, is violating the state's lobbying law.

Robin Thicke: Wife is OK with nude models in video

NEW YORK (AP) - Robin Thicke didn't plan on releasing the unrated version of his music video for the song "Blurred Lines," which features nude models prowling around him and rappers Pharrell and T.I.

Monroe, Eisenhower letters to be auctioned

NEW YORK (AP) - Marilyn Monroe's letter of despair to mentor Lee Strasberg, and Dwight D. Eisenhower's heartfelt missives to his wife during World War II are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.

Rigsby's grilled cheese happy hour

In an effort to get more people eating at the bar, Rigsby's has launched a new happy hour special featuring $5 grilled cheeses on Wednesdays. So what sets Rigsby's new grilled cheese happy hour apart from a certain other happy hour, just up High Street, where you can snag $1 grilled cheeses on Mondays? Well, just about everything.

Q&A: Dido puts family before her new album

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Dido had been planning a relatively quick return to the spotlight after 2008's "Safe Trip Home." She holed up in Los Angeles and London studios to record a set of electronic-tinged songs.

Baldwin gives $2,500 to RI high school chess team

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $2,500 to help the chess team at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island defray the cost of traveling to a national tournament next month.

Usher, Fogerty sign on for Rock Hall ceremony

CLEVELAND (AP) - Usher, Carole King, John Fogerty, Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte and others have been added to the list of performers and presenters for the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Legion accepts CBS apology over 'Amazing Race'

NEW YORK (AP) - The national commander of the American Legion says he accepts CBS' apology for a passage on "The Amazing Race" where contestants visited the wreckage of an American B-52 bomber in Vietnam.

WWE helps launch Superstars for Sandy Relief

NEW YORK (AP) - WWE is joining with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Sandy Relief.

China's first lady sparks frenzy over local label

BEIJING (AP) - New Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan's choice of attire has sparked a flurry of excitement over an independent homegrown label, an unusual phenomenon in a country where political figures are more frumpy than fashionable and wives usually shy away from the spotlight.

WWE helps launch Superstars for Sandy Relief

NEW YORK (AP) - WWE is joining with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Sandy Relief.

NYC art museum accused of duping visitors on fees

NEW YORK (AP) - Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the Picassos, Renoirs, Rembrandts and other priceless works, they must first deal with the ticket line, the posted $25 adult admission and the meaning of the word in smaller type just beneath it: "recommended."

Amputee veteran helps train troops for war

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The sailor had been back from war for just over a year when friends invited him to watch an unusually emotional training exercise for troops preparing to deploy.

Amputee veteran helps train troops for war

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Former Navy corpsman Joel Booth says he has found a way to keep saving lives on the battleground since he had his leg amputated due to a blast in Afghanistan.

'Croods' stars cringe at sound of their own voices

NEW YORK (AP) - They've both helped make millions at the box office and are two of Hollywood's most sought after talents, but "The Croods" voice stars Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone say they still get self-conscious hearing themselves on film.

Autographed Sgt. Pepper album up for auction

DALLAS (AP) - Advance bids for a copy of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album autographed by all four band members are even higher than the auction house anticipated.

Bennett, Belafonte, Hudson at Winehouse gala

NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Bennett doesn't think Amy Winehouse's life was tragic. He believes the singer who died at age 27 lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician.

Derecho at the Da Levee bar

Did you know Da Levee, that Creole-and-Cajun spot in the Short North, has been retrofitted with a new bar? Now serving as the teensy space's centerpiece, the bar is topped in shiny stainless steel and decked out in Mardi Gras beads.

Good boy gone bad? Justin Bieber's adult problems

NEW YORK (AP) - In just four years, Justin Bieber has gone from fielding innocuous questions about his haircut to denying that he's in desperate need of rehab. Bieber's grown up and into tabloid territory, with his recent troubles making some question whether he's just the latest teen star gone wild.

Sounds of Simon, Garfunkel chosen for preservation

WASHINGTON (AP) - A popular tune by Simon and Garfunkel written after John F. Kennedy's assassination and Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" will be among 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.


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Medical marijuana facility partners with rapper

OTISVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan medical marijuana facility is partnering with a member of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to cultivate and distribute a new strain of medical marijuana.

Roth's 80th cause for Newark, NJ, celebration

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - "Sitting there in the park," Philip Roth wrote in "Goodbye Columbus, "I felt a deep knowledge of Newark, an attachment so rooted that it could not help but branch out into affection."

Experts: Chances of recovering Boston art good

BOSTON (AP) - Art theft experts say now that authorities believe they know who stole $500 million worth of art from a Boston museum, the chances of getting the paintings back are good.

Eva Mendes eyes fashion opportunities

NEW YORK (AP) - Eva Mendes will be doing the red-carpet circuit again with her new film, "The Place Beyond the Pines," co-starring Ryan Gosling, coming out later this month. But while she lands more often than not in the fashion "do" column, Mendes says she knows she's made a few mistakes along the way, including one look she calls "Princess Jasmine gone wrong."

FBI focuses on recovering art stolen in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) - Just after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men posing as police officers pulled off the single largest property heist in U.S. history, stealing 13 pieces of artwork worth as much as $500 million. For more than two decades, the FBI has chased leads around the globe. Now agents believe they know who it was.

NY fracking foes: will become lobby if necessary

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Artists Against Fracking say the group and supporter-celebrities, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, haven't been told to register as lobbyists in their campaign to stop gas drilling in New York, but will if required to continue their cause.

Woman who lost downloading case says she can't pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still no way she can pay record companies the $222,000 judgment she owes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal Monday.

Lohan arrives, lawyers confer with judge on case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers in a misdemeanor case against Lindsay Lohan met Monday with a judge to determine whether the actress goes to jail or averts a trial on charges that she lied to police.

Minnesota woman loses music downloading appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music.

Japanese architect Toyo Ito wins Pritzker Prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Japanese architect Toyo Ito, whose buildings have been praised for their fluid beauty and balance between the physical and virtual world, has won the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the prize's jury announced Sunday.

Correction: Film-An Unreal Dream story

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In a March 15 story about the documentary "An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story," The Associated Press made two errors when reporting that John Bradley emailed Eric Morton about his father's likely release from prison. John Raley sent the email, not John Bradley, and Morton's son had changed his name by then from Eric Morton to Eric Olson.

St. Patrick's Day picks for foodies

Our public service announcement for the weekend: don't drink the green beer. Instead, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish food specials! Here are our picks for three food-centric celebrations to check out, depending on how rowdy you want to get.

White a bright trend in fashion for spring

Spring will arrive next week, so the time has come to talk about trends. After seeing the spring fashion shows last year in New York, I have three favorite looks - and ideas on how to wear them...

Openings: Arch City Tavern

Arch City Tavern, officially open for less than a month now, has quickly cemented a spot as a go-to neighborhood bar in the Short North. It helps that the bar celebrates the neighborhood itself, with a giant mural depicting the area as it was a century ago.

Q&A: Meet Taste Hospitality's new culinary director

Taste Hospitality, the group that runs Hubbard Grille and Mezzo, recently named chef Connor O'Neill as its new culinary director. The Columbus native has already tweaked the menu at Mezzo's surviving Dublin location, and he has ambitious plans to transform Hubbard into a small plates-centric culinary hotspot on High.

Recap: Chef's Collective Dinner at Gallerie

There was potential for last night's Chef's Collective Dinner at Gallerie to have been too much: An ambitious concept (8 big-deal local chefs! 1 sommelier! 7 proteins and a dessert, all with wine pairings!), a buzzy setting, more than one mention of foie gras on the menu. Instead, though, the 8-course meal and fundraiser for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank was a joy to eat, each course distinctive of its chef while still gliding together seamlessly as a meal.

Future dad Buble not worried about album sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Buble has sold millions of albums, but as he readies the release of his newest project, he's less concerned with his future sales, thanks to his wife's pregnancy.

Comcast, networks collaborate on TV binge week

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest cable company is planning a television "watchathon" for the last week of March, collaborating with several television networks to make entire series available for free on demand.

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