August 19, 2013 |
Area theme parks haven't even completed their Halloween makeovers yet, but the pop music world is already looking ahead to Christmas. Singer Kelly Clarkson on Monday unveiled details on her first holiday-themed collection, "Wrapped in Red," due Oct. 29. The lead-off single will be the original "Underneath the Tree. " The song again sees Clarkson working with local producer Greg Kurstin, one half of indie-pop act Bird and the Bee and a songwriter/producer on Clarkson's smash "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
July 24, 2013 |
The Lakers may play host to the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, according to a report from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel . Winderman cites a "nearly completed draft of the 2013-14 NBA schedule," which was sent to teams and league broadcast partners. The NBA traditionally makes its ABC debut on Christmas with a slate of high-profile games. While an obvious game would be Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets visiting the Lakers, it appears the Heat will be their guest instead.
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July 17, 2013 |
Barbara Robinson, a children's author who spun an endearing holiday tale of six rowdy siblings who take over a church pageant and learn to celebrate Christmas, died July 9 at her home in Berwyn, Pa. She was 85 and had cancer. Her daughter, Marjorie Pinto-Leite, confirmed her death. Robinson originally wrote "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as a short story for McCall's magazine. She expanded it into a 1972 novel, which sold more than 3.3 million copies. Building on the novel's popularity, she wrote a screenplay for a 1983 TV movie version starring Loretta Swit and a stage adaptation that has become a Christmastime classic for community theaters.
June 12, 2013 |
O come, all ye faithful "Duck Dynasty" fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year. The men -- and women -- of the Robertson family that stars in A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be putting down their duck calls and putting on their most festive camouflage gear for their first Christmas album, "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". Universal Music Group of Nashville will release the album on Oct. 29. PHOTOS: Redneck TV The family members will show off their church-trained voices, as well as their brand of down-home humor, on the album, which will also feature some special guest stars.
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June 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO--A housing advocacy group, casting embattled state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) as a symbol of the influence special interests have on lawmakers, called for tighter bans on lobbyist gifts at a Thursday rally at the Capitol. Around 50 members of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) convened at the Capitol's south steps, many clad in matching yellow T-shirts. Members focused on Calderon's notable accumulation of gifts , which they said indicated close ties to industries--sometimes, they charged, at the expense of his constituents.
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April 29, 2013 |
Sarah Palin reared her head in American airspace this weekend. As the country's media, entertainment and political elite gathered in Washington, D.C. , for the annual roast that is the White House Correspondents Dinner, Palin could not resist lobbing darts from afar. “Yuk it up media and pols,” she tweeted . “While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves.
March 13, 2013 |
Somebody must think the way to a governor's heart is through his … dog? Sutter Brown, California's first canine, got unspecified gifts from Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, and I'd love to know what they were - haggis jerky? Smoked salmon treats? Sutter's “dad,” Gov. Jerry Brown, got a bottle of whiskey from Salmond as well. Considering that Jerry Brown 1) is Irish - it was the Irish poet Yeats he quoted in his state of the state speech in January, not Robert Burns, and 2)
March 12, 2013 |
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a new book coming, the Associated Press reports . The book, "A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas," will discuss the "over-commercialism" and "homogenization" of Christmas, publisher Harper Collins said. The book will be released in November, in time for the holiday shopping season. In a statement, Palin described "Happy Holiday" as a "fun, festive, thought provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas.
February 18, 2013 |
With a Vietnamese mother and an Irish American father, Eddie Borey has firsthand experience of what it's like to straddle two diverse cultures. In his world-premiere play “Christmas in Hanoi,” an East West Players production at the David Henry Hwang Theater, Borey exploits that intensely personal experience in an intriguing drama that may not pay off all its plot points but is nonetheless rich with emotion and mystery. The play's tightly knit...
January 31, 2013 |
A former Oregon State University student who had written of the need for jihad to “break the enemy's will” was convicted Thursday of trying to detonate a truck bomb during a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010. A federal jury deliberated less than a day before reaching a verdict against Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 21, a Somali-American who met for months with undercover FBI agents he thought were Al Qaeda operatives and plotted what he thought would be a spectacularly violent holiday attack.