Month: December 2013

‘hobbit’ Rules Legion Of Holiday Newcomers At Theaters

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Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech enters sliding while Arizona State looks for win No. 11

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Texas Tech Tempe, Az. Dec. 30, 2013 College football can be a roller coaster ride, and in this case we’re strictly talking about the perceptions of the coaches in the Holiday Bowl. Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury entered the season as the young coach returning to his alma mater a year after serving as the offensive coordinator for a Heisman Trophy winner. When Tech started winning, Kingsbury’s stature took off. He was suddenly west Texas’ version of the most interesting man in the world. Arizona State’s Todd Graham has been the target for cheap jokes. After getting his first head coaching job at Rice, he left after a year for four years at Tulsa. Then Graham left for Pittsburgh.
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Holiday road toll rises to 18

The Christmas holiday road death toll has risen to 18, with the latest victims including a cyclist who collided with a ute and a woman whose car smashed into a tree. The cyclist, 21, died in Tasmania after he collided with the ute on the West Tamar Highway in Launceston on Sunday morning. The death of the Trevallyn man is the second road fatality in Tasmania during the holiday period. In NSW, a 69-year-old man was killed after losing control of his motorbike when he hit a gravel embankment at Khancoban, near the border of NSW and Victoria, on Sunday morning. The man, who was riding near his son on another motorbike, died at the scene, with the death taking NSW’s road toll to six. A 31-year-old woman died in a car crash southeast of Perth on Saturday night.
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Improving Holiday Communication

I am sitting there thinking;”You are kidding, right? These aren’t kids, they are adults.” So what is the appropriate age cut off for sending pictures of your children in holiday cards? Most people I speak with agree that once your kids graduate high school, that’s it for the holiday card. –Let’s talk e-holiday messages. They are easy to send and they are inexpensive, however, they are also incredibly easy to ignore or delete. I know that people often think it is a smart and efficient way of communicating during the holidays, but a quick survey of how many of these e-messages are actually opened or remembered would yield some surprising and disappointing results.
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Family Disputes Claims In Norman Rockwell Book

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Family finds facility to take teen declared brain dead


The family, in its statement, referred to one passage in the book in which Solomon describes how Rockwell went to schools at recess and stopped little boys on the street, and that such behavior might be seen as problematic in today’s world. The passage ignores Rockwell’s own explanation in his autobiography that after he persuaded a boy to pose for an illustration, they would go together to ask the child’s mother for permission, the family said. “She supports this unfounded claim with another phantom theory, that Rockwell was a closeted homosexual,” the statement read. “To link pedophilia and homosexuality in this way is offensive and clearly homophobic.” In an interview in October with The Wall Street Journal, Solomon, who also authored biographies of artists Jackson Pollack and Joseph Cornell, was quoted as saying she did not believe Rockwell had homosexual relationships in his life, but added that he preferred male company and that it was possible to discern “enormous homoeroticism” from his work. She said she was not attempting to speculate on his psychology. The author did not understand Rockwell as a person, the family said, and dismissed suggestions that he was lonely, moody or frequently depressed. “This is absurd. He did not mope, was not a chronic depressive, or a hypochondriac.
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Family says boy pricked by syringe in Christmas present

Now, the family waits to find out if he’s been infected with HIV. Tom Basye bought a hoodie sweatshirt at a Longview Walmart on Black Friday. He wrapped it right away to give to his 16-year-old son. The family says they found two syringes in the pocket of the sweatshirt when Basyes son opened the present and tried it on Christmas morning. One of the syringes didnt have a cap on it. Basye said they had no idea what was in the pocket until one of the syringes stuck his son in the finger. Basye said they filled out a complaint at the store but have not heard from the company. The family wont know for another six months whether their teenager may have contracted some kind of infection.
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The hospital has refused to perform the procedures. “Children’s Hospital Oakland does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice,” David Durand, its chief of pediatrics, said in a statement Thursday. Douglas Straus, a lawyer for the hospital, said in a letter made public Friday that before the hospital would comply with the family’s request to move Jahi, it would need to speak directly with officials at any nursing home to make sure they understand her condition, “including the fact that Jahi is brain dead” — and to discuss needed preparations, including transportation. “Children’s Hospital will of course continue to do everything legally and ethically permissible to support the family of Jahi McMath. In that regard, Children’s will allow a lawful transfer of Jahi’s body in its current state to another location if the family can arrange such a transfer and Children’s can legally do so,” Straus wrote in the letter. He also said the Alameda County coroner needed to sign off on the move “since we are dealing with the body of a person who has been declared legally dead.” The letter was sent to Dolan after Dolan said he was preparing a federal civil rights lawsuit to force the hospital to outfit Jahi with breathing and feeding tubes. Dolan said he had subsequently held a three-way conference call Friday with Straus and the director of the nursing home.
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Family Wants Jahi Mcmath Moved From Oakland Hospital

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Sealey declined to name the facility, but said it was in the “Greater Bay Area.” “It looks like we may have found a miracle to keep Jahi alive and to give her another fighting chance to wake up,” Sealey said. Family members have been locked in a battle withChildrens Hospital & Research Center Oakland, which they accuseofbeing callous in pushing to take Jahi off a ventilator, despite their wishes to continue her life support. The hospital released its own statement Thursday suggesting it would resist a transfer. Judge Grillo did not authorize or order any surgical procedures or transfer to another facility, Chief of Pediatrics David Durand said in reference to a Dec. 24 ruling.
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The couple now manages a blog titled Cardboard Box Office and theyve completed 15 photo shoots featuring movies ranging from Jaws to Die Hard. The charming images have been a huge hit and garnered media attention across the globe. The media attention has been overwhelming from The Today Show to financial papers to Disney, Lilly told SFGate. Leons favourite message was one from NASA saying that they were enjoying the photos. Its quite funny to think of a bunch of astrophysicists examining our makeshift space capsule in Apollo 13. We have received some really lovely messages from people saying that they were alone over the Christmas break and that our photos brought a smile to their face. I think thats what we appreciate the most. Leon and Lilly welcome suggestions from their fans and say the majority of the requests are for movies from the 70s and 80s.
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‘August: Osage County’ brings drama to family table


The stagy nature of the story can make for claustrophobic as well as cringe-inducing viewing. The story teeters on melodrama, yet it can be bitterly, bleakly funny, full of devastating one-liners. As much as the brilliant Streep rules the movie, as she does the Weston roost, Roberts powerfully holds her own in their scenes together. While Streep’s Violet is an unrepentant harridan, Roberts’ Barbara is recognizably human, frustration furrowing her brow, weariness in her every move. She flushes away her mom’s pills, but that doesn’t lessen her seething. We can feel Barbara tempering her antagonism in moments when she experiences tenderness for her mom, just as she unleashes her bitterness when her mother”s brutal diatribes become too much. One of Roberts’ finest moments comes when Barbara feels her father’s loss most acutely.
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Family buys Beats by Dre headphones at Walmart, but finds cans of tuna instead

However her excitement was dashed when she opened the sealed box and discovered the case was filled with four cans of Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light tuna. View gallery . Four cans of tuna were in the Beats by Dre headphone case. (KCPQ) Carmens father, Steve Lopez, ordered the headphones online during Walmarts Black Friday sale. Steve spoke to KCPQ Q13 Fox News and said, This is what I picked up here and it was wrapped in plastic. So I thought they were legit. But when the family went to a local Walmart store they were offered an upsetting resolution.
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