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May 2015 Edition

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Stars speak out about Baltimore; others won't risk it

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As the events in Baltimore continue to grip the nation, a few celebrities are raising their voices for the city and the cause. But experts say many stars are reluctant to address such heated emotional issues publicly.

'The Total Look' focuses on Mod Fashion

"Prior to the Sixties, clothes were clothes. Nothing else. Then … I realized you could say things with clothes. Design was not enough. I became … interested in clothes as sociological statements."-Rudi Gernreich

Celebrities: fight-watching, betting and making Vegas money

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Celebrities are taking sides in the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup just like everyone else. Unlike most of us, some of the stars are close friends of the fighters, can scoff at a $100,000 wager or a $10,000 ticket and will get to be center stage on the Las Vegas club scene during a weekend where watchers are willing to pony up $50,000 for a table.

New site, app, links celebrities, charities and donors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chatting on the red carpet with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; recording a country song with Clint Black; working a relief mission with Patricia Arquette; receiving a serenade from Michael Bolton on a Caribbean island. These are just some of the WOW! moments possible for everyday donors through a new online charity service that combines star power with digital marketing savvy to contribute millions to celebrity causes worldwide.

New site, app, links celebrities, charities and donors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chatting on the red carpet with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; recording a country song with Clint Black; working a relief mission with Patricia Arquette; receiving a serenade from Michael Bolton on a Caribbean island. These are just some of the WOW! moments possible for everyday donors through a new online charity service that combines star power with digital marketing savvy to contribute millions to celebrity causes worldwide.

'Stand By Me' singer Ben E. King dead at age 76

NEW YORK (AP) - Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and a solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.

Correction: Parenting-Love Your Lines story

NEW YORK (AP) - In a story April 28 about a social media campaign urging women to embrace their stretch marks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it had been 10 years since Rachel Hollis had worn a bikini. She said she has always worn bikinis.

Vergara's ex-fiancÚ's plea to save embryos stirs debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sofia Vergara's ex- fiancÚ's demands that she give him two frozen embryos they created - referring to them as "our girls" - highlights the wider legal and ethical issues surrounding frozen embryos created by in-vitro fertilization.

Documentary on T-rex discovery leads to pardon request

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Pete Larson has discovered thousands of fossils around the world, co-authored three books and led the team that unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But there's one black mark on his record: a federal conviction that landed him in prison almost 20 years ago.

Vergara's ex-fiancÚ's plea to save embryos stirs debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sofia Vergara's ex- fiancÚ's demands that she give him two frozen embryos they created - referring to them as "our girls" - highlights the wider legal and ethical issues surrounding frozen embryos created by in-vitro fertilization.

Vergara's ex-fiancÚ's plea to save embryos stirs debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sofia Vergara's ex- fiancÚ's demands that she give him two frozen embryos they created - referring to them as "our girls" - highlights the wider legal and ethical issues surrounding frozen embryos created by in-vitro fertilization.

Documentary on T-rex discovery leads to pardon request

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Pete Larson has discovered thousands of fossils around the world, co-authored three books and led the team that unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But there's one black mark on his record: a federal conviction that landed him in prison almost 20 years ago.

Flatiron shaking things up with a new chef, menu, direction

Flatiron chef Steve Nicholson is candid about the perception of the longstanding Arena District restaurant: That the food is good, but the barbecue and Cajun/Creole menu never changes. Diners can't say that about Flatiron anymore. The restaurant unveiled a new menu this week that keeps a few Flatiron classics (Cajun Fried Oysters, Flatiron Burger); but the rest are a melting pot of American and global cuisines, from Malaysian Seafood Laksa to Tofu-rizo tostadas, Cheesesteak Tartare to...

Sofia Vergara's ex-fiance says he'll fight to save embryos

NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Sofia Vergara's former fiance says in an op-ed that he sued the "Modern Family" star to protect their frozen embryos because he longs to become a parent and doesn't want the "two lives" they created to "be destroyed or sit in a freezer until the end of time."

Columbus Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, 75 venues-including 19 local breweries, plus taprooms, growler stations and more-will offer specials around craft beers for the first Columbus Craft Beer Week running May 1 through 9.

The resurrection of Arnold: Schwarzenegger's 3rd act

NEW YORK (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger followed the familiar script of a politician departing office in some ways, writing a memoir and doing speaking engagements. But, then again, most former governors don't make three films a year in which they regularly pile up double-digit body counts.

Hyde Park's new concept, Stack City Burgers, headed for Short North

When MoJoe closed its Short North location last year, the Hype Park Restaurant Group quickly jumped on the lease with promises of a fresh concept. Today, the Cleveland-based restaurant group announced what that concept will be-a casual bar and eatery called Stack City Burger Bar.

Nik Wallenda completes walk of 400-foot wheel in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The performances of daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda have taken him between Chicago skyscrapers, across Niagara Falls and through a gorge near the Grand Canyon. He can now add a spinning Ferris wheel to the list.

Padma Lakshmi wants you to go veg for a few meals a month

MIAMI (AP) - It's easy to want to hate Padma Lakshmi. The "Top Chef" host and former model is so effortlessly beautiful it hurts. On top of that, she's not afraid of going up a few dress sizes while filming her Bravo television show. And she counts some of Hollywood's top celebrities as regular dinner party guests.

Conflicting reports given on health of singer Joni Mitchell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The health of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been the subject of conflicting information, with her website stating she is alert and expected to make a full recovery but a longtime friend saying in a court filing that she was unconscious and unable to care for herself.

Review: Carey Mulligan finds the modernity in Hardy

Carey Mulligan's face could easily be a liability. From her delicately dimpled cheeks, sad almond eyes and doughy expressiveness, her innocent beauty is one that might have condemned her to silly high school roles - even at 29.

Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas show

LAS VEGAS (AP) - For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come.

'Batman' trial tries to look inside Colorado shooter's mind

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a "Batman" premiere.

Opening statements begin in Colorado theater shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Attorneys in the case of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes began giving opening statements Monday, marking the start of a long-awaited trial that is expected to take months and include emotionally wrenching testimony.

It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations

NEW YORK (AP) - Will the list include a musical set in a funeral home of all places? Or one set in Paris? Is there room for a brand-new show that makes William Shakespeare look like Mick Jagger? Can a dark, sinister show led by an 82-year-old sneak in?

Review: 'Age of Ultron' is an Avengers overdose

It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director's filmography that in between Joss Whedon's two "Avengers" films there reads "Much Ado About Nothing": a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made.

How to Make a Winning Taco at Condado

Laidback Short North taqueria Condado brings a West Coast approach to tacos. Here, diners build their own. To get you started, we share three failsafe creations from a few who know Condado tacos best.

Buzzed: With New Taproom, Wolf's Ridge Catching Up with the Pack

When we talk craft beer, 99 percent of the time we're referring to small-batch ales. If you're in the market for a Columbus-brewed lager, you can count your options on one hand. Unlike many ales, which can be brewed in less than three weeks, lagers can take twice as long to turn around-a commitment of time and tanks that microbreweries rarely justify.

'Avengers' stars wary of artificial intelligence

BURBANK, California (AP) - The cast of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" may battle out-of-control artificial intelligence onscreen but in real life, they're not so sure about cutting-edge technology. The Associated Press talked with the "Ultron" cast about what they embrace and what they fear in today's high-tech landscape:

City Quotient: An Odd Sculpture on Herrick Drive

I often take John H. Herrick Drive across the Olentangy River to the Ohio State medical campus. On a strip of grass just south of Herrick and between the river and Cannon Drive is a sculpture on a rough concrete pedestal. It looks to be the form of a man. What is the story of this sculpture?

Tiny Chefs Welcome at The Commissary

Kate Djupe had one goal when she opened The Commissary in November: to make food more accessible to everyone. Since then, the shared commercial kitchen and event space on Dublin Road has buzzed with pop-up dinners and themed cooking classes, including a series aimed at kids.

Kim Kardashian: supports Bruce Jenner's gender transition

NEW YORK (AP) - Kim Kardashian says she and her family support her stepfather Bruce Jenner 100 percent as he goes through gender transition, even though family members are still adjusting to that news in what she called "a daily process."

Kim Kardashian: supports Bruce Jenner's gender transition

NEW YORK (AP) - Kim Kardashian says she and her family support her stepfather Bruce Jenner 100 percent as he goes through gender transition, even though family members are still adjusting to that news in what she called "a daily process."

Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders' toll on family

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark's 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one who turned 15 that day, lined up her college-bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head.

'Furious 7' holds on to box office; 'Age of Ultron' looms

NEW YORK (AP) - "Furious 7" enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," revved up overseas with a massive $201.2 million debut.

Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman" in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother's and sister's dresses.

North America's largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:

Swing Into the Ballroom Dancing Craze

If you love ballroom dancing-or want to get into it-you're in the right city. Over the last 30 years, Columbus has grown into the ballroom-dancing mecca of the Midwest.

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans set the stage for a Civil War

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - There's a conflict brewing in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and it doesn't involve megalomaniac robots. After reaching a peace with their structure and roles on the superhero fighting team, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America have begun to clash ideologically.

Review: 'Adaline' is both ludicrous and deeply moving

Is it possible for a movie to be at once ludicrously silly and genuinely moving? That's the strange question you might find yourself asking while watching "The Age of Adaline," a romantic fantasy with surprising heft that will likely have you scoffing at one moment, then furtively wiping away a tear the next.

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