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January 13, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When retired Methodist bishop Jack Tuell was asked how he changed his mind on issues of gay ordination and gay marriage, he explained it simply: "I changed my mind when I changed my heart. " But the answer was more complicated. Tuell, 90, a prominent clergyman who emerged late in life as an eloquent voice for change in his church's views of homosexuality, died Friday at the Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Cynthia Tuell said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Jack Antonoff is nominated for best original song in a motion picture with his co-writer Taylor Swift, and his girlfriend, Lena Dunham, is also celebrating a huge night at the Golden Globes with a nod for lead actress in a television show, music or comedy. And yet Antonoff, one-third of the band fun., walked the red carpet solo. "It's nice to be alone," he said. Last year, Antonoff accompanied Dunham to the show as a guest and said he was able to "cut loose. " "I feel like I'm being less supportive this year since I'm nominated," he joked.
SPORTS
January 3, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
In case you've been living on Mars and hadn't heard: Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary is the grandson of golf great Jack Nicklaus . "I mean, it's just like anything else," O'Leary said Friday. "Just he played golf for a living. " Yes, the same way Picasso just painted for a living. O'Leary, at 6 feet 3 and 248 pounds, is bigger than his granddad and has been a key player in the Seminoles' run to Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl.
SPORTS
December 29, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Myles Jack was doing an interview, one of many since the freshman linebacker added running back to his chores and became a college football phenomenon. Teammate Eddie Vanderdoes saw this as his cue. "Man, we were walking on campus after the Washington game and everyone was yelling, 'Myles! Clickclack Jack! Boobie!" said Vanderdoes, a freshman defensive end. "All the women were swooning. " Jack, his voice rising in mock anger, barked back, "That's just rude!" and pleaded, "None of that happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Jack Black is sitting on a ratty basement couch in his underwear. His fleshy belly spills over the elastic band, and he's emanating a profoundly foul odor. Performance artist Jibz Cameron, a.k.a. Dynasty Handbag, sits beside Black, relishing in the stink. In this superhero spoof, recently screened at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Black plays uber-villain Unidentifiable Odor. Cameron is his dour sidekick, Buzz Kill. Like cranky kids, they sit slumped over with scowls across their faces, plotting ways to ruin a perfectly good dinner date that is unfolding at a nearby restaurant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By David Colker
On Nov. 23, 1963, the day after President Kennedy was shot, NBC News producer and director Frederic Rheinstein was in a remote broadcast truck outside Dallas' city hall with his crew. Suddenly, a stranger poked his head through an open window. "He caused me to look up because in putting his head through the window he put aside a curtain allowing light into the otherwise darkened truck," Rheinstein later said in testimony before the Warren Commission, which looked into the assassination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Jack's Oak is a towering tree more than 300 years old that stands outside Jack London's cottage in Sonoma County's Glen Ellen. London would see the oak when he looked out his office window, and he wrote in the shade of its outstretched branches.  Officials had planned to cut down the tree in November because arborists had determined that it was dying and was infected with pathogenic fungi. But the Press Democrat reported this week that although another test confirmed there was significant decay, officials with Jack London State Historic Park think it can stay up a bit longer.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Jennifer Lawrence's looks bring up fond memories for one 76-year-old actor and fellow Oscar winner -- fond memories that warrant some lavish gift-giving. This generous gentleman's name? Jack Nicholson. Earlier this year, the "American Hustle" star appeared star-struck when "The Shining" actor dropped in on her backstage interview after she won the best actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook. " "Good Morning America" co-host George Stephanopoulos and Lawrence shared a hearty laugh because of the peeping Nicholson, who congratulated the starlet on her praised performance in February.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has released countless ads in 2013, but it seems the South Korean tech giant has saved the worst for last. A commercial for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch was released by Samsung this weekend, and because of its super cheesy nature, the video may be the worst tech ad of the year. The $299 smartwatch is capable of syncing with certain Samsung devices by way of Bluetooth. Once connected, the gadget can send and receive text messages, make voice calls, shoot pictures and videos as well as run apps.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Chances are that if Jack Black got serious for a moment, he could sing a lulu of a version of “To Sir, With Love,” pop culture's ultimate three-minute valentine to the teaching profession. But if not for drama teacher Debbie Devine, it's far from certain that Black would have become a comic actor and musical humorist who has audiences keen to watch and listen. Devine has been a highly-regarded teacher, director and producer on the L.A. children's theater scene since the 1970s.
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