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February 2015 Edition

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Mark Zuckerberg makes 3rd book club pick

NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Zuckerberg's new book club pick is a best-seller about a sociologist's time in a Chicago housing project and his unexpected friendship with a gang leader.

Record overnight ratings for game

NEW YORK (AP) - The Super Bowl scored its highest-ever overnight ratings for New England's thrilling win over Seattle, an early indication the game may be on the way to another viewership record.

'Still Alice' highlighting often hidden toll of Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON (AP) - Her performance as a vibrant woman fading into the darkness of Alzheimer's is doing more than earning awards for actress Julianne Moore. The movie "Still Alice" is raising awareness of a disease too often suffered in isolation, even if the Hollywood face is younger than the typical real-life patient.

SCBDD plans fashion show

SIDNEY - Jessica Guillozet has been on the job as the community connections facilitator of the Community First department of Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) for just five months, but that hasn't stopped her from organizing a big project to build awareness of the agency and the people it serves.

Bill Cosby's show in Ohio draws a few protesters

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show. The comedian himself received standing ovations before and after his performance.

Undisputed: Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years have failed to dim the glory of James "Buster" Douglas' masterful dismantling of Mike Tyson in a boxing ring in Japan. Relive the fight, its tragic run-up and its glowing aftermath through the voices of the people who were there.

City Streets Crews Beet the Snow

Who knew the secret to fighting snowy streets was in a root vegetable? When temps drop below 20 degrees, the city's operations coordinator, Shane Marks, and his team bolster their standard salt brine with a "hot shot," or a mixture of calcium chloride and beet juice. "Several years ago, different agencies across the world, through trial and error, stumbled on this," Marks says, "that the sugars in the beet juice help the salt to stick to the pavement and break that ice bond."

What's Next for Mayor Coleman?

Speculating Michael B. Coleman's next professional move-and whether he could run a race for office outside the city's familiar confines

'Gotham' star Taylor delights fans with his Penguin villainy

NEW YORK (AP) - Although filmed in the real Gotham City, Fox's "Gotham" inhabits a New York all its own. What resides here is part reverential mythmaking (it recounts Batman's genesis), part free-floating film noir (whose 1940s manners coexist with '60s-vintage cars and circa-'90s cellphones). It's a hybrid dreamscape in meticulous limbo.

Sweet treats at Cherbourg Bakery in Bexley

Bakeries can sometimes feel like a dime a dozen. You've seen one cheddar biscuit or savory scone, you've seen them all. But I can't say the same for Cherbourg Bakery in Bexley.

'Ida' takes an unlikely road to the Academy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Pawel Pawlikowski tried to make his film a flop. He shot it in black-and-white, in Polish and without any well-known actors. Commercial prospects were about as grim as the movie's own exhumation of German-occupied Poland.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

NEW YORK (AP) - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Review: CSC's new 'A Month in the Country' lacks nuance

NEW YORK (AP) - Careless actions can have unexpected consequences, as demonstrated in the great 19th-century Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev's classic "A Month in the Country." The comedy of manners, about all kinds of love among Russian aristocrats and their employees on a country estate, resonates with tragic undertones as realism and romanticism battle it out.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

NEW YORK (AP) - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Winter Flea at Strongwater

Photo courtesy Columbus Flea

Columbus Flea is at it again: Hunt for treasures during the 2015 Winter Flea on Sunday, Feb. 1. The event, which happens once a season, features an array of vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry, books, music and more. Winter Flea will be...

Pianist Jason Moran garners Grammy nod with Waller tribute

NEW YORK (AP) - Pianist Jason Moran made it his mission on his latest album to bring a Harlem jazz legend "back into the conversation" in the 21st century. He's exceeded expectations by garnering his first Grammy nomination for his unorthodox tribute to singer-pianist-songwriter Fats Waller.

For Sundance hits, theatrical still rules over VOD

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - After the $40 million digital release of "The Interview," video-on-demand may seem like all the rage. Particularly for independent films, VOD is seen by some as a better pathway to moviegoers than trying to lure them to theaters.

Review: Something's missing from the deck in 'Wild Card'

It becomes quickly clear in "Wild Card," the latest vehicle for the hunky, brooding British action star Jason Statham, that his character doesn't need a gun to maim or kill. Guns are for wimps. Statham can wreak havoc with virtually any sharp implement, including his own head.

Review: Tragedies of 'Timbuktu' told with rare beauty

The hot Malian sands of Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" are a cool reservoir of placid beauty, where desert dunes are swept by quiet ripples of colorful, everyday village life and haphazard storms of violence.

Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) - A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends they were concerned about a pending apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.

Police: Parents who killed selves, kids feared apocalypse

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) - A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends they were concerned about a pending apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.

Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

NEW YORK (AP) - Soprano Deborah Voigt keeps a picture of herself performing alongside tenor Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera - both as a treasured memory of a great triumph and as a stark reminder of her emotional troubles. They were playing twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, in Richard Wagner's "Die Walkuere," but Voigt seems nearly twice Domingo's size.

Komen Columbus: The Main Event

0127 Komen The Main EventKomen Columbus' Race for the Cure in May will be here before we know it, but until then, you can celebrate the start of race season with The Main Event. Held on Saturday, Feb. 7, The Main Event serves as a way to get Columbus excited about...

Fashion Show has star power

Community First and the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities are putting on a fashion show Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.. The show will be held at 702 S. Main Ave. in what was Lowell Elementary. Local celebrities attending the event will include Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann, Superintendent Laura Zureich, Director of Raise the Roof for the Arts Sarah Barr, Shelby County Historical Director Tilda Phlipot and UM Church Pastor Eileen Hicks. The outfits will be provided by...

How Columbus Became America's Test Market

Columbus has long been-to a degree of notoriety-a haven for test marketing products. But all the derision about us being the perfect demographic snapshot of middle America isn't what's still driving companies to try their new burgers and coffee drinks on us first. Test marketing has become a lot more sophisticated over the decades-and so has Columbus' population.

Clarification: Super Bowl-Neon Carnival Party story

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a story Jan. 26, The Associated Press reported that the party Neon Carnival, which is held during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, will host an event two days before the Super Bowl. Neon Carnival is not affiliated with the Coachella festival.

Meatless Monday: Spiced Chickpea Wrap at AJ's Cafe

If you work Downtown, you know it can be difficult to find new lunch spots. If you're a vegetarian, it's even trickier. A few weeks back, I popped into AJ's Cafe at the corner of Fourth and State streets, and I'm glad I did.

SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring

Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

MIAMI (AP) - Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

A look at the Academy Awards and the Sundance kids

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - An Academy Award nomination is an incomparable stamp of approval for any film - and for an indie feature coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, in some cases, it's a downright miracle.

Upcoming Beauty Events at Saks Fifth Avenue

0123 Beauty at Saks

Get your beauty on at Saks Fifth Avenue this weekend: The Polaris store is hosting its New Beginnings beauty event Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. In honor of January and the start of the new year, the event aims to help guests refresh their...

A look at the Academy Awards and the Sundance kids

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - An Academy Award nomination is an incomparable stamp of approval for any film - and for an indie feature coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, in some cases, it's a downright miracle.

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