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July 14, 2011
The polygamous family featured on cable television's "Sister Wives" challenged the bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal Wednesday. Attorney Jonathan Turley filed a lawsuit challenging the Utah law in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court. Turley represents Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Kody Brown is legally married only to Meri Brown. The Browns belong to the Apostolic United Brethren church, which practices polygamy as part of its faith.
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December 17, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Advocates for so-called plural marriages are applauding a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that struck down key segments of Utah's anti-polygamy law, saying they violated constitutional rights to privacy and religious freedom. In a 91-page decision issued Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups effectively decriminalized polygamy in Utah, ruling that a central phrase in the state's law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the 1st and 14th amendments. The ruling, which distinguishes between polygamy and bigamy, was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2011 by Kody Brown, star of the reality series "Sister Wives," now in its fourth season on cable TV's TLC. Brown has four "wives" - who together have 17 children - but is legally married only to his first, Meri Brown.
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September 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I have seen the feminist revolution and it is … polygamy? Watching "Sister Wives," TLC's latest addition to its collection of Very Large and Usually Homeschooled families, I found myself thinking not so much of HBO's "Big Love" as Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," in which a patriarchal revolution has left women literally second-class citizens, assigned tasks by the government. The book came to mind not because Kody Brown, his three (and counting) wives and their 13 (and counting)
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May 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Love it or hate it, there's no stopping Honey Boo Boo. And the country's most divisive 7-year-old will be back on July 17 with new episodes of her reality series, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " To make things just a touch more romantic, it's possible that the new episodes will include Honey Boo Boo's mama's wedding to her longtime beau (and Honey Boo Boo papa), Sugar Bear. Us Weekly ran photos of the newly married couple after their May 5 ceremony, which had the newlyweds wearing camouflage and driving off in a yellow ATV with cans tied to the back.
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December 17, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Advocates for so-called plural marriages are applauding a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that struck down key segments of Utah's anti-polygamy law, saying they violated constitutional rights to privacy and religious freedom. In a 91-page decision issued Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups effectively decriminalized polygamy in Utah, ruling that a central phrase in the state's law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the 1st and 14th amendments. The ruling, which distinguishes between polygamy and bigamy, was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2011 by Kody Brown, star of the reality series "Sister Wives," now in its fourth season on cable TV's TLC. Brown has four "wives" - who together have 17 children - but is legally married only to his first, Meri Brown.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2010
Fox's con-man drama "Lone Star" earned the dubious distinction Tuesday of being the first show canceled in the 2010-11 television season, after just two episodes. The drama, about a Texas hustler juggling two families and his overbearing father, failed to generate a spark with viewers despite getting lots of praise from television critics. "Lone Star" averaged just 3.7 million viewers in its two airings, according to Nielsen, and was losing more than half of its lead-in audience from "House.
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January 2, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
One look at the setting - a barn dressed with livestock, bales of hay and picnic tables - and it's immediately obvious that this is no ordinary funeral. The casket's shaped like an oversized grill used for smoking meat, and pallbearers are wearing crisp white aprons and chef's hats. Live pigs squeal and run amok, while a tabletop fountain spits out barbecue sauce instead of chocolate, perfect for dipping freshly cooked ribs. This is the eternal send-off, after all, of Willie "Wolf" McCoy, the man whose soulful voice is immediately recognizable to millions of people.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Love it or hate it, there's no stopping Honey Boo Boo. And the country's most divisive 7-year-old will be back on July 17 with new episodes of her reality series, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " To make things just a touch more romantic, it's possible that the new episodes will include Honey Boo Boo's mama's wedding to her longtime beau (and Honey Boo Boo papa), Sugar Bear. Us Weekly ran photos of the newly married couple after their May 5 ceremony, which had the newlyweds wearing camouflage and driving off in a yellow ATV with cans tied to the back.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Get ready for a reality show version of "Big Love." TLC, the cable network behind hits "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and "19 Kids and Counting," is hoping to strike ratings gold again with "Sister Wives," a series about a polygamist family in Utah that will premiere in September. Much like the HBO drama "Big Love," which follows a polygamist and his three wives, "Sister Wives" is about Kody and his wives Meri, Janelle and Christine and their 13 kids. Unlike "Big Love's" Bill Henrickson, though, Kody is looking to add to his family by taking on a fourth wife, Robyn, who has three children of her own. For TLC, "Sister Wives" will likely generate a little controversy, but the network is no stranger to that.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2010
Some Haitians have serious reservations about Wyclef Jean's candidacy for president. ( Los Angeles Times ) Sean Penn is suspicious too. ( Pop Eater ) TLC will give polygamists the "Jon and Kate" treatment this fall with "Sister Wives. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Rosie O'Donnell will join Oprah's cable network. ( Los Angeles Times ) Corbin Bernsen injured in bar brawl in Ohio. ( Huffington Post ) Laurence Fishburne's friends tried to buy up all of his daughter's porn DVDs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
One look at the setting - a barn dressed with livestock, bales of hay and picnic tables - and it's immediately obvious that this is no ordinary funeral. The casket's shaped like an oversized grill used for smoking meat, and pallbearers are wearing crisp white aprons and chef's hats. Live pigs squeal and run amok, while a tabletop fountain spits out barbecue sauce instead of chocolate, perfect for dipping freshly cooked ribs. This is the eternal send-off, after all, of Willie "Wolf" McCoy, the man whose soulful voice is immediately recognizable to millions of people.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
The polygamous family featured on cable television's "Sister Wives" challenged the bigamy law that makes their lifestyle illegal Wednesday. Attorney Jonathan Turley filed a lawsuit challenging the Utah law in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court. Turley represents Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Kody Brown is legally married only to Meri Brown. The Browns belong to the Apostolic United Brethren church, which practices polygamy as part of its faith.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2010
Fox's con-man drama "Lone Star" earned the dubious distinction Tuesday of being the first show canceled in the 2010-11 television season, after just two episodes. The drama, about a Texas hustler juggling two families and his overbearing father, failed to generate a spark with viewers despite getting lots of praise from television critics. "Lone Star" averaged just 3.7 million viewers in its two airings, according to Nielsen, and was losing more than half of its lead-in audience from "House.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I have seen the feminist revolution and it is … polygamy? Watching "Sister Wives," TLC's latest addition to its collection of Very Large and Usually Homeschooled families, I found myself thinking not so much of HBO's "Big Love" as Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," in which a patriarchal revolution has left women literally second-class citizens, assigned tasks by the government. The book came to mind not because Kody Brown, his three (and counting) wives and their 13 (and counting)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Get ready for a reality show version of "Big Love." TLC, the cable network behind hits "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and "19 Kids and Counting," is hoping to strike ratings gold again with "Sister Wives," a series about a polygamist family in Utah that will premiere in September. Much like the HBO drama "Big Love," which follows a polygamist and his three wives, "Sister Wives" is about Kody and his wives Meri, Janelle and Christine and their 13 kids. Unlike "Big Love's" Bill Henrickson, though, Kody is looking to add to his family by taking on a fourth wife, Robyn, who has three children of her own. For TLC, "Sister Wives" will likely generate a little controversy, but the network is no stranger to that.
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May 12, 2006 | David Kelly and Gary Cohn, Times Staff Writers
In a place where outside authorities ignored sexual abuse and local police acted as church enforcers, a girl couldn't even count on her parents for help. Sara Hammon said she made that discovery early. Her father, the late J.M. Hammon, was a respected church figure in a community dominated by his religious sect. He was a contender for prophet, the highest post in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also a child molester.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2011
The Early Show Peter Greenberg. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Aaron Eckhart; Suze Orman. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Samantha Geimer; Rascal Flatts performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Star Jones. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Jennifer Lopez. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Michelle Rodriguez. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Sugar-free sweeteners; Sears undergoes a tooth extraction. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Johnny Galecki; cast members of "Sister Wives.
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