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9 new books you will want to add to your spring reading list

The major publishing houses are gearing up like finely oiled machines for springtime releases. Watch out for these titles over the next few months. “Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly” by Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street Books, 320 pages, $15.95) March 7 Adrian McKinty is a finalist for a coveted Edgar Alan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his novel...
4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

John Legend is NOT taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to America’s new commander in chief.  Nope.  The Springfield native has seen enough when it comes to President Donald Trump.  (Legend actually saw enough before Trump was elected.) >> MORE: Donald Trump’s first month in office The Grammy and Oscar-winning singer who will play Frederick Douglass...
7 things to know now: Trump at CPAC; FBI on Russia; Alan Colmes dies; Oscars

7 things to know now: Trump at CPAC; FBI on Russia; Alan Colmes dies; Oscars

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Asking the FBI for help: White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign staffers had contact with Russian intelligence agencies during the presidential election. According to The Associated Press, Priebus' request came after the FBI told...
2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this: You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture. Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech. Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for...
'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.   This time, it's for T-shirts.  The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt. The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically...
McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

McDonald’s USA announced Feb. 15 that they would be giving away some super high-tech limited edition straws for customers who purchase a chocolate Shamrock Shake. The "probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed" Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal -- or STRAW --was designed by San Francisco-bases design studio JACE and Massachusetts-based NK Labs...
Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

It’s no Grammy, but Rihanna is winning an Ivy League honor that none of her peers can brag about. Harvard University has named the popular Caribbean-born singer its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable works.  In addition to selling 200 million albums worldwide, which is quite an achievement, the Barbados-born and raised Rihanna is quite the philanthropist. Harvard Foundation...
Sip your way through Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Trail on Feb. 25

Sip your way through Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Trail on Feb. 25

Hit the 2017 Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Trail this weekend for one night of whiskey and bourbon sampling among master distillers and whiskey aficionados. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield. PHOTO GALLERY: 40 years of Jungle Jim’s Included in the ticket price is a Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Trail glass, designed specifically for...
A look back at the last 5 movies to win Best Picture at the Oscars

A look back at the last 5 movies to win Best Picture at the Oscars

With the Academy Awards airing on Sunday night, Best Picture will be a compelling contest as"La La Land" competes with "Manchester by the Sea," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Fences" and "Hidden Figures." >> Read more trending stories   Here is a look back at the last five Best Picture winners: Plot: The true story of how the ...
Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

You are likely to see a lot of red Xs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Thursday as politicians, celebrities and others support the “Shine a Light on Slavery Day." The Xs are part of a campaign by a coalition of 16 non-profit groups that is working to raise awareness of the problem around the world. The End It Movement has adopted the red X as a sign of support for efforts to stop modern-day...
6 places you should visit in Cincinnati 

6 places you should visit in Cincinnati 

The Queen City is calling.  Luckily for you, Cincinnati is just a stone’s throw from the Gem City.  The our sister city to the south is teaming with restaurants, neighborhood, museums, sports venues and other attraction that are well worth a trip down Interstate 75. Yancy Deering, the director of communications for the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the recently-launched ...
Kenton Ridge band traveling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras parade

Kenton Ridge band traveling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras parade

The Kenton Ridge High School Marching Band is heading to New Orleans to perform this weekend at a Mardi Gras parade. “We are super excited,” Band Director Jim Templeton said. There are 108 students traveling for the event. It’s the second time in the past five years the Kenton Ridge band has traveled to take part in a major parade. In 2012, the group went to New York City to perform...
WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

UPDATE, Feb. 25: Officials at the Animal Adventure Park in New York are still eagerly awaiting the birth of April the Giraffe's calf.
Jackie Evancho asks to meet with Trump about transgender rights

Jackie Evancho asks to meet with Trump about transgender rights

A performer at President Donald Trump's inauguration took to Twitter on Wednesday to speak out against the administration's move to withdraw guidelines rolled out by former President Barack Obama's administration on the rights of transgender students.
Bill Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos' downfall

Bill Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos' downfall

Since Yiannopoulos' appearance, a video in which he seemed to condone men having sex with boys circulated online. In the days that followed, Yiannopoulos was removed from the lineup of a conservative conference in Maryland, his book deal with Simon & Schuster was canceled, and he resigned from his position at Breitbart News. And Maher is taking all the credit. “What I think people saw was...
'On fleek' Vine star Peaches Monroee asks for fans help funding cosmetics line

'On fleek' Vine star Peaches Monroee asks for fans help funding cosmetics line

Vine might be dead, but a phrase made popular on the app isn’t, and the internet star who coined it wants to get paid.  Kayla Lewis, better known by her Vine name Peaches Monroee, said she first used “on fleek” in June 2014.  The Vine video she created in which she used the phrase to refer to her brows went viral.  Meme site Know Your Meme tracks the...
Jay Z makes history as first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jay Z makes history as first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, already a history maker, has another accomplishment under his belt: He is the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Billboard reported that the rapper was announced with other inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Max Martin, who has produced hits for Britney Spears, Katy Perry and the Backstreet Boys, among others, as well...
Beyonce no longer performing at Coachella

Beyonce no longer performing at Coachella

Beyonce performed this month at the 2017 Grammys, but she will no longer be performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April. The Associated Press reported that Parkwood Entertainment, Beyonce's entertainment and management company, and Coachella festival producer Goldenvoice said the performance was canceled because the singer, who is pregnant with twins, is "following...
Fred Williard gives work for Bad Art event

Fred Williard gives work for Bad Art event

When it comes to his art skill, for comedian and actor Fred Willard it is a joking matter. That’s why the Ohio native was a natural to become the first nationally recognized celebrity contributor to the Champaign Arts Council’s Bad Art by Good People fundraiser. “I love to draw, although I wish I was better at it,” said Willard, an Emmy-nominee who has hundreds of movie and...
Comedian/juggler has a story to tell

Comedian/juggler has a story to tell

For a man who made his living as a comedian and juggler, Scott Burton didn’t find much to laugh about when he hit age 30. It wasn’t that milestone that curbed his humor, it was a cancer diagnosis. He could have understandably become depressed, sad or angry, but he dealt with the challenge with what he knew best – humor. Cancer-free for 20 years now, Burton shares his story to show...
Local youth group to host CD release party

Local youth group to host CD release party

Kick off the weekend with fresh tunes by some fresh voices on the local music scene. “Meet the Promise Zone Crew,” a CD with six original hip-hop songs by The Promise Zone Crew will be available 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at a special release party in the back gym of the Springfield Family YMCA. The public is invited and admission is free to the party, which will include music spun by a...
Violinist sisters to support Springfield school with concert

Violinist sisters to support Springfield school with concert

They’ve performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as London’s Royal Albert Hall and in Japan. Maybe a girl named Dorothy said it best: There’s no place like home. Saturday, March 11, will see Springfield natives Kanako and Mariko Shimasaki return home to perform a benefit concert in support of Ridgewood...
Dayton Dragons to host National Anthem tryouts this weekend

Dayton Dragons to host National Anthem tryouts this weekend

The 18th Annual Dayton Daily News National Anthem Tryouts will be held this weekend at the Dayton Mall for the chance to sing at a Dayton Dragons game. Auditions are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at the Dayton Mall. Try-out time slots are filled, although standby positions are available, according to the Dayton Dragons. GALLERY: Dayton Dragons National Anthem tryouts If performers are not available...
Video shows moment Harrison Ford flew over plane before landing on taxiway

Video shows moment Harrison Ford flew over plane before landing on taxiway

The incident occurred about noon Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport near Orange County. Ford, 74, was supposed to land his Aviat Husky on the runway, but landed on the taxiway instead, E! News reported. He flew over an American Airlines Boeing 737 with 110 passengers and a six-person crew on board. The Dallas-bound aircraft was still able to take off minutes after the incident. According to People...
Leslie Jones on Milo Yiannopoulos: 'I was done the day I blocked him'

Leslie Jones on Milo Yiannopoulos: 'I was done the day I blocked him'

The self-described right-wing provocateur and his supporters targeted the comedian on Twitter last year, leading to the suspension of Yiannopoulos’ account. Over the weekend, a questionable video surfaced of Yiannopoulos seemingly excusing pedophilia.  The viral video quickly sparked outrage as Yiannopoulos had initially been invited the keynote the American Conservative...
Yellow Springs Brewery expands its canned-beer offerings

Yellow Springs Brewery expands its canned-beer offerings

Yellow Springs Brewery will release its Wobbly Wheel Imperial IPA in 12-ounce cans in the retail market starting next week. It’s the third YSB brew to be canned for the retail market, following Zoetic American Pale Ale and Captain Stardust Saison. The Imperial IPA contains 9 percent alcohol by volume and will be available for a limited time — although it will be brewed several other times...
7 things to know now: Immigration policy; Harrison Ford video; Magic Johnson; Chris Brown

7 things to know now: Immigration policy; Harrison Ford video; Magic Johnson; Chris Brown

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. New policy: In the rewrite of the Trump administration immigration policies, millions of people who have entered the country illegally face deportation if they are charged with a crime. A memo from the Department of Homeland Security head John Kelly said it will be the priority of the enforcement arm of the agency to move...
Rihanna breaks Michael Jackson's Billboard record

Rihanna breaks Michael Jackson's Billboard record

Rihanna turned 29 Monday, and this week she has more than a birthday to celebrate. Mashable reported Tuesday that the singer has broken Michael Jackson's record for the most top-10 Billboard singles. Billboard reported that Rihanna has earned her 30th top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her single "Love on the Brain" from her latest album, 2016's "Anti." The ranking...
Lindsay Lohan says she was stopped in airport for wearing headscarf

Lindsay Lohan says she was stopped in airport for wearing headscarf

Lindsay Lohan has made headlines for her move to London and her new accent, but now she's speaking about chatter that she is converting to Islam. NBC News reported that in a new interview, Lohan said she was stopped in an airport and asked to take off her headscarf. Lohan was photographed with the Quran under her arm, prompting "Good Morning Britain" co-host Susana Reid  to ask her...
Angelina Jolie talks about ‘difficult’ divorce from Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie talks about ‘difficult’ divorce from Brad Pitt

Filmmaker and actress Angelina Jolie reluctantly talked about her split from actor Brad Pitt in Cambodia during a publicity interview with the BBC World Service for her new film. The couple, in a very public and at times bitter split last September, divorced after a decade together.  “It was a very difficult time and, and we are a family and we will always be a family and we will get through...
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

The two surviving members of the Beatles came together in a studio on Sunday for their first recording session together in seven years, according to a social media post from drummer Ringo Starr. "Thanks for coming over, man, and playing great bass," Starr wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself laughing with Paul McCartney. "I love you, man. Peace and love." Starr's publicist...
Nephew of Allman Brothers' Butch Trucks says uncle was 'looking forward'

Nephew of Allman Brothers' Butch Trucks says uncle was 'looking forward'

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Derek Trucks, the nephew of late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, says that he is unsure why his uncle committed suicide last month at his Florida home, but that he seemed to be "looking forward." Derek Trucks, who was also a member of the Allmans as well as his own band and The Tedeschi Trucks Band with singer wife...
Burger King buys Popeyes, which is expanding in SW Ohio

Burger King buys Popeyes, which is expanding in SW Ohio

The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants has purchased Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the company’s website. Restaurant Brands International (RBI) paid $1.8 billion for Popeyes, according to a press release. Popeyes is known for its Louisiana-style offerings, particularly chicken and red beans and rice. The chicken chain operates three restaurants in the region: in Harrison...
'Today' show host Hoda Kotb announces adoption of baby girl

'Today' show host Hoda Kotb announces adoption of baby girl

Hoda Kotb is really good at keeping a secret. >> Read more trending stories    In an emotional phone call Tuesday with her co-anchors, Hoda announced on air on the "Today" show that she has adopted a baby girl.  Most of her co-anchors, aside from Matt Lauer and Kathie Lee Gifford, were surprised by the news. Jenna Bush Hager and Gifford cried when Kotb...
Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants has purchased Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the company’s website. Restaurant Brands International paid $1.8 billion for  Popeyes, according to a press release. Popeyes is known for its Louisiana-style offerings, particularly chicken and red beans and rice. Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RBI, said in a statement...
7 things to know now: McMaster is security adviser; David Cassidy has dementia; Powerball

7 things to know now: McMaster is security adviser; David Cassidy has dementia; Powerball

1. McMaster is security adviser: Army Gen. H.R. McMaster has accepted the job of national security adviser, one week after Michael Flynn left the job. McMaster is known as a creative thinker, according to The Associated Press,  and was  described by President Donald Trump as "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience." McMaster said he looks forward to "doing everything...
What is the Powerball jackpot; where can you play?

What is the Powerball jackpot; where can you play?

The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball lottery grew to $403 million dollars after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing. For the Wednesday drawing, the one-time cash payoff is estimated to be at $243.9 million. The $403 million jackpot is the 10th largest in the history of the game. The game, played in 44 states, cost $2 for a ticket. You can purchase a ticket for $3 that...
Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

The daughter of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love paid a heartwarming tribute to her late father on what would have been his 50th birthday.
David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

After a recent concert in California, former teen idol David Cassidy got viral attention for the wrong reasons after footage of his show hit the internet. Cassidy, 66, appeared drunk, confused and disoriented during his Agoura Hills, California, show, where he often slurred his words and forgot the lyrics to his songs. Many assumed that Cassidy had relapsed to alcohol abuse after spending years...
Lisa Marie Presley's daughters with grandmother after father accused of abuse, neglect

Lisa Marie Presley's daughters with grandmother after father accused of abuse, neglect

The rumor mill began turning after last week’s news that Lisa Marie Presley discovered inappropriate images of children on electronic devices belong to her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood -- especially after it was revealed that the California Department of Children and Family Services had stepped in and removed Presley's 8-year-old twin daughters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, from the family...
Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Athletes seem to be taking up some odd stances lately. If you thought Kyrie Irving's comments about the Earth being flat were out there, wait until you see what Jose Canseco has been tweeting today. Canseco, a 52-year-old former Major League Baseball player who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while hitting 462 big-league home runs, apparently is a believer in the idea robots...
Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.
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