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How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you’re Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie Top Five this week, he noted an added bonus: “My movie’s very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in Top …

The men who ‘may be everything’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thomas Jefferson’s description of the presidency as a “splendid misery” is often quoted. Less remembered is his comment on the vice presidency, an office he …

‘World of PostSecret’ a vivid mosaic of life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

People literally have shared a ton of secrets with Frank Warren. Ten years ago, the Germantown, Md., resident launched a “community art project” with the …

PHOTOS: Annual menorah lighting celebrates first night of Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rabbi Levi Krinsky lights a 13-foot menorah outside the State House in downtown Concord on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Following the annual ceremony, the crowd sang …

Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats yesterday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures’ film “The Interview” that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of data files: what …

Black Captain America leading comic book diversity

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined a comic …

Cancer-fighting Bradford police officer’s son given Christmas shopping spree

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

When Stephen Valiquet Jr. came through the doors of Toys R Us on Sunday, a chain hung around his neck with a shiny silver badge. The blond-haired 6-year-old was licensed to shop. His father, a 36-year-old sergeant with …

Nicki Minaj keeps us talking, but to what end?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Staying up on today’s pop music requires us to care about too many tempests in too many teapots. Any superstar worth their weight in Twitter followers has an assortment of dramas brewing at any given moment, and this …

Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

Monday, December 15, 2014

The producers of James Bond films have acknowledged that an early version of the screenplay for the new movie SPECTRE was among the material stolen in the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. The producers said in a …

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ conquers the box office

Monday, December 15, 2014

Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings ruled the box office during its opening weekend with a chart-topping $24.5 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak’s estimates yesterday. The Ridley Scott-directed tale effectively ended the three week reign of …

Farmworker children uprooted by California rules

Monday, December 15, 2014

A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room “is always a mess.” The hoodies go in her suitcase, but as usual, all of her partially completed schoolwork ends …

‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shakespeare mentions high heels in Hamlet, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is a luxurious, fun and sexy look at the history …

Teen retailers get the cold shoulder for the holidays

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult. Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season. The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch abruptly retired last week, just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly …