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This photo provided by Disney shows, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren with his Lightsaber in a scene from the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The movie releases in the U.S. on Dec. 18, 2015. (Film Frame/Disney/Copyright Lucasfilm 2015 via AP)

Fall Movie Preview: Highlights from September-December

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Though the fall movie season is traditionally the time of year when Hollywood gets serious, this fall is stuffed with spectacles. Alongside the seasonal biopics, true-life tales and period dramas that will surely contend for Oscars, some of the biggest franchises around are set to add a whiff of popcorn to awards season. James Bond returns in Spectre (Nov. 6), …

One Man’s Media: Straight Outta Memory

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I was a pre-teen racist. Okay, maybe “racist” is a bit harsh, the term implying a proactive, energetic nastiness. Instead, I might describe my 13-year-old …

Art, birds and guns: all in a weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Good morning, afternoon or evening (depending on when you’re reading this), we’re the Insiders. You may have heard of us – we’re kind of a …

ohio: High school’s mascot under scrutiny

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot. Boosters typically lease a cub called Obie each year to play the mascot of …

california: Wine train apologies to black women

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology Tuesday to a book club that includes mostly black women who said they were booted from a tasting tour because of their race. The company also promised additional training for …

Show reveals racism’s polite faces

Monday, August 24, 2015

I wrote last week that the first two episodes of Show Me A Hero, David Simon, William Zorzi and Paul Haggis’s miniseries about housing desegregation in Yonkers, took off when Mayor Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), who is fighting for the housing, found himself on the phone with Mary Dorman …

Prosecutor: Man sent nudes to O’Donnell’s child

Monday, August 24, 2015

The owner of a home where comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s teenage daughter was found last week sent the girl a nude photo, according to a criminal complaint released Monday. Steven Sheerer, 25, is accused of having inappropriate online communications …

saudi arabia: Women register to vote for the first time

Monday, August 24, 2015

Two women in Saudi Arabia made history last week when they became the country’s first registered female voters, according to local media. “The participation of the Saudi women in the municipal elections as voters and candidates was a dream for us,” Jamal al-Saadi, one of the women who …

Millennials say they’re less than 100 percent straight

Monday, August 24, 2015

When asked to define their sexuality on a scale ranging from “completely heterosexual” to “completely homosexual,” roughly one-third of younger Americans chose something other than completely straight. That’s according to a new YouGov survey on sexual identity released last week. The survey posed the following question: “Please try …

Police: Ashley Madison hack might have led to suicides

Monday, August 24, 2015

The hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday. The company behind Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 Canadian (US $378,000) reward for …

boston: Men held for threats to Pokemon event

Monday, August 24, 2015

Police say two men from Iowa who made online threats against Pokemon competitors – referring to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre – were stopped as they tried to register for the World Pokemon Championships in Boston. Eighteen-year-old Kevin Norton, of Ames, and 27-year-old …

georgia: Business as usual

Monday, August 24, 2015

Plains, Ga., plans on giving back to its resident globe-trotting former president by keeping him upbeat and entertained. Jimmy Carter and his hometown have always been intertwined, from the day he announced he would run for president and …

In Boscawen, a farm-to-ears initiative gains traction

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Down a quiet lane in Boscawen once stood an apple orchard. But where fruit once grew, music now emanates from a farm unlike any others in the area. Internationally, the property in the rural, central New Hampshire town …