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April 2014 Edition

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Amazon unveils Fire TV streaming device

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is making a bid to enter living rooms with Amazon Fire TV, a new streaming device that delivers online video, music and other content to televisions.

Spring into craft beer

Whether it be TV series, films, albums or food, I'm apt to revisit my favorites-to play it safe. So, naturally, as a lover of craft beer, I've had more than my fair share of Southern Tier and Great Lakes drafts. The logic-a cost-benefit-like analysis of defying my comfort zone-is frivolous, but I know I'm not the only one to play this game while perusing a bar's draft list.

Fortunately, for those of you who share in my dilemma, Merion Village bar Hal and Al's has our much-needed...

Jon Cryer working on 'candid' memoir

NEW YORK (AP) - Jon Cryer, an actor who knows a thing or two about Charlie Sheen and Demi Moore among others, is working on a "candid" memoir.

Guest blog: 5 reasons to keep bees

This Sunday, April 6, Brothers Drake Meadery teams up with Brad's Bees (the beekeeping pros who supply Brothers Drake Meadery with honey) for a series of beekeeping classes. Guest blogger Scott Creary shares five reasons you should keep your own hive.

Whitford says film stars are now seeking TV roles

NEW YORK (AP) - With A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry jumping to TV, actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past.

Orson Welles' camera, other items up for auction

PHOENIX (AP) - The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, including a camera, scripts and photos from the set of "Citizen Kane."

Orson Welles' camera, other items up for auction

PHOENIX (AP) - The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, including a camera, scripts and photos from the set of "Citizen Kane."

Look up: Tile artists' work hidden in plain view

NEW YORK (AP) - The domes and arched ceilings - each arrayed with tiles in herringbone and basket-weave patterns - are hidden in plain sight. Millions of people walk under them every day at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal, New York's St. John the Divine, the Boston Public Library, the San Diego Museum of Man and hundreds of other places.

First Look: Harvest Bar + Kitchen

Last year, Harvest Pizzeria owners Chris Crader and Bethany Lovell announced they were expanding their gourmet wood-fired pizza concept to Clintonville. At this new, bigger space, the plans weren't to simply copy the German Village eatery's pizza and appetizer menu, but to expand it. To, as Crader told me last year, take advantage of a slightly bigger location and a little more startup funding to decorate the space.

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks, thanks supporters in split

NEW YORK (AP) - Gwyneth Paltrow took to Goop and the lifestyle site's regular weekly email Friday to offer thanks to supporters standing by her and her "consciously uncoupled" husband, Chris Martin, in their freshly announced separation.

Maria Bartiromo launches Fox Sunday show

NEW YORK (AP) - Political junkies have plenty of choices on Sunday-morning television. That's not the case for those who follow business, a niche that Maria Bartiromo hopes to fill starting this weekend on Fox News Channel.

Sneak peek: Jobu Ramen popup

This weekend's Jobu Ramen popup is your first chance to get a taste of the noodle eatery due to open mid-May in Grandview.

Actor James Cromwell feted at HSUS Hollywood gala

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was founded with borrowed money by a small group of people who wanted to protect animals, end slaughterhouse abuse and stop overbreeding.

No lazy Rivers: 'Joan & Melissa' return to action

NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers, who for more than a half-century has turned her life inside out for comedy, is starting her fourth season doing just that for the reality show she shares with her daughter, Melissa.

'Scandal' actor Columbus Short charged with felony

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Columbus Short, a lead actor on the television series "Scandal," was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge that he seriously injured a man during an altercation at a restaurant earlier this month.

Paltrow's 'conscious uncoupling' confounds many

NEW YORK (AP) - Like any world unto itself, Hollywood has its own lexicon. But Gwyneth Paltrow's use of the term "conscious uncoupling" to describe her breakup with Chris Martin this week had even Hollywood veterans scratching their heads and reaching - metaphorically at least - for a dictionary.

'Wildwood Chronicles' conjures a Portland fantasy

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Unseen in the tree-shrouded hills overlooking downtown Portland are rifle-toting coyotes wearing Napoleonic uniforms, birds ferrying human children on their backs and an army of mole knights living underground.

Eminem, Outkast top 2014 Lollapalooza lineup

CHICAGO (AP) - Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.

Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Fox and Hound pub in downtown Philadelphia boasts all the fixings of a standard sports bar: huge TVs, numerous beers on draft and a menu filled with burgers, wings and nachos.

APNewsBreak: Speed to blame for Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling about 90 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.

Disney's purchase of Maker a boon for LA startups

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of age and proving to be as valuable to Hollywood as app makers are to the giants of Silicon Valley.

Bluescreek Farm Meats launches pork app

Today, the popular butcher at the North Market launches its first phone app designed to teach the novice home cook to the veteran chef all they need to know about hogs.

Kourtney Kardashian talks up new kids line

NEW YORK (AP) - It's no secret the Kardashian family loves fashion. They have a women's clothing line called Kardashian Kollection at Sears, Dash boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, and have now launched a clothing line at Babies R Us stores called Kardashian Kids.

Rare Tennessee Williams story published

NEW YORK (AP) - Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend - if only in name - to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.

Kourtney Kardashian talks up new kids line

NEW YORK (AP) - It's no secret the Kardashian family loves fashion. They have a women's clothing line called Kardashian Kollection at Sears, Dash boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, and have now launched a clothing line at Babies R Us stores called Kardashian Kids.

Carter: Russian invasion of Crimea 'inevitable'

NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says the Crimean annexation was "inevitable" because Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian.

How Dwayne Johnson kept 'Hercules' look a secret

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It was extremely hard for Dwayne Johnson to keep his "Hercules" look under wraps while filming the Brett Ratner-directed movie in Hungary last year. But he did it for the greater good of the big reveal.

ABC News head Sherwood to replace Disney's Sweeney

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Disney says ABC News President Ben Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney, the longtime Disney/ABC Television Group president who announced two weeks ago that she was quitting to direct TV shows.

'Good Wife' leaves viewers shocked, bereaved

NEW YORK (AP) - The shocking death of dashing attorney Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" on Sunday's episode was driven by actor Josh Charles' desire to leave the CBS drama in its fifth season.

Jimmy Fallon off to fast start on 'Tonight'

NEW YORK (AP) - One month in, NBC's generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the "Tonight" show is succeeding beyond the hopes of executives who engineered it.

'Good Wife' leaves viewers shocked, bereaved

NEW YORK (AP) - Viewers of "The Good Wife" were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner, on Sunday's episode of the CBS legal drama.

Anita Hill in spotlight again as new film opens

NEW YORK (AP) - It's been more than 22 years since Anita Hill sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee in that famous bright blue suit - one she could never bring herself to wear again - to make the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas that transfixed a nation.

Anita Hill in spotlight again as new film opens

NEW YORK (AP) - It's been more than 22 years since Anita Hill sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee in that famous bright blue suit - one she could never bring herself to wear again - to make the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas that transfixed a nation.

Fashion: The sensible season

Could it be wishful thinking on our part or has fashion come to its senses this spring? When even models at Chanel saunter down the runway with backpacks (albeit ones that retail for thousands of dollars), we have to surmise that something's up.

Dish of the week: Tacos at Hass

The smoky scent of steak charring on a hickory-spiked grill hangs heavy in the air at Hass. Forget whatever you were craving in the parking lot of this Sawmill strip center-walk into Hass and you'll suddenly have a hankering for carne asada.

Disney inviting 'small world' sing-along videos

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney on Friday launched a website to create a global sing-along for "it's a small world," marking 50 years since the classic attraction with the unforgettable earworm of a song opened at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

Salman Rushdie, Twitter CEO to receive PEN awards

NEW YORK (AP) - One writes novels and likes to tweet. The other is Twitter's CEO. Both men, Salman Rushdie and Dick Costolo, will be honored May 5 in New York at the annual gala of the PEN American Center.

Land Yacht BBQ is now open

The planned gourmet food park on the West Side near the Columbus Hollywood Casino is officially open for business today. The inaugural food truck-Land Yacht BBQ, a barbecue-focused truck built out of a 1963 Airstream-will open its windows at 11 a.m.

Taste of Clintonville

0320 Taste of ClintonvilleSpend an evening sampling good eats during a new event: The first Taste of Clintonville is happening on Monday, March 31. Head to Mozart's from 5 to 8 p.m., where you'll taste food and drink from Clintonville favorites like The Crest...

NYC mayors turn to comedy at annual show

NEW YORK (AP) - Rudolph Giuliani donning drag. Edward Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant. Michael Bloomberg wearing a harness and flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman.

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