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December 3, 2009 | By from times wire reports
For one week at least, Donny Osmond was a big-time television star again. Osmond's victorious turn on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was Thanksgiving week's most popular prime-time TV program, narrowly beating CBS' "NCIS." The "Dancing" results show came in third, the Nielsen Co. said Wednesday. Osmond is familiar with the prime-time television world, having hosted a variety show with his sister, Marie, three decades ago. Still, with an audience of 19.29 million viewers, it was the lowest fall finale for the dancing competition, down 7% from a year ago. The 2006 fall finale averaged 27.52 million viewers.
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SPORTS
October 3, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
In motor-racing terms, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves found himself dropping to the rear of the pack on "Dancing with the Stars," and now he'll need to charge back up through the field. But at least Castroneves survived to dance another week. The Brazilian driver, who won the fifth season of "Dancing," returned as part of this season's show featuring past winners and fan favorites. His partner is professional dancer Chelsie Hightower. Other contestants include former NFL running back Emmitt Smith and Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.
SCIENCE
September 5, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Astronomers studying dying stars' colorful cast-offs have discovered a mysterious pattern: Some planetary nebulae in the Milky Way galaxy's central bulge are strangely aligned, according to a study to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The findings by two University of Manchester researchers provide insight into how the stars behind these nebulae formed - and what unknown forces near the Milky Way heart could have pulled them into formation, said astrophysicist and lead author Bryan Rees.
SPORTS
March 19, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Times is pleased to have tennis legend Martina Navaratilova guest-blogging while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars. " Each week, Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Navratilova's thoughts. which she offered via email, heading into the first night of competition. Q: Why did you decide to compete? It really comes down to two things: First, I've always been set on facing my fears and ever since I was 14 and my parents put me in a ballroom dancing class, I've had this terrible fear of dancing in public -- I don't even like dancing by myself!
SPORTS
November 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver , who blogged for The Times while winning "Dancing With the Stars" last season, spent some time discussing this season's competition with Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell. Driver, a Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl player, offered his thoughts via email. Q: Are you surprised that Emmitt Smith was eliminated just before the finals? Most people had him favored to win. I was a bit surprised, but that's the nature of the competition.
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Leon Legothetis
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. --Colette  Well into the third week of the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally , I arrived in the eastern Kazakhstani town of Balkesh. The sun was no more. Steve and I had driven about 12 hours and were looking forward to relaxing before we headed off toward Russia in the morning. We bumped into a few other ralliers who were getting ready to camp for the night. They invited us along but we decided to go to the local hotel instead.¿ That was a bad mistake.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Yes, it's true. The new "Dancing With the Stars" lineup has been announced--but before continuing on to learn who made the cut, take the time to open another tab on your Web browser: Some of the names might require a search. Not exactly a good starting off point for the long-running competition show, which has seen its ratings come down a bit the last couple of seasons. Its most recent season, an All-Star edition featuring past contestants, wrapped last November with 16.73 million viewers, down 27% from the previous fall's finale.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
It's a very special evening, ballroom fans. The All-Stars season is finally upon us! And this “celebration of the best of the best” is like a who's who of “Dancing With the Stars”-dom. Former champions and also-rans! Controversial figures! Boy banders! Olympians!  Each couple performed a fox trot or the cha-cha. Though with so many shiny stars swirling and twirling around in the coveted Mirrorball trophy's glittery orbit, it was hard to focus on just one. As head judge Len Goodman said, what was good has to be great, and what was great has to be exceptional.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
Live from Hollywood: It's the 16 th season of “Dancing With the Stars!” In the grand ballroom tradition we've got our old favorites, some new pros and stars of varying wattages (as Tom said, “We get most of our cast when their judgment's impaired”) lighting up the glitterverse in all their fringed glory.  The first performance program had each of the twelve couples dancing either the fox trot, the cha cha, or a newly introduced contemporary routine. It was also a non-elimination round, so each couple will have another chance to impress the judges and the viewers before the first elimination occurs next week.
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