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Scripps Howard News Service CONSOLIDATED budget
bc-shnssked19(sh) | By: | Source: Scripps Howard News Service | Budgets (RN) | Photos:
May 17, 2013 4:06 PM
Here is the Scripps Howard News Service consolidated budget for Sunday, May 19, 2013. If you have questions or comments, reach SHNS editors at 202-408-1484. For all SHNS content and archives, see www.shns.com. NATIONAL POT-RULES (Young, The Seattle Times) -- SEATTLE: State residents and out-of-staters could buy an ounce of tested, labeled marijuana, seven days a week, up to 20 hours a day, in state-regulated stores under draft rules for a new legal-pot system just released. 700. DRY-FARMING (Ortiz, Sacramento Bee) -- SACRAMENTO, Calif.: A centuries-old technique called dry farming is gaining popularity once again in California's Central Valley, with small farmers and vintners turning to the practice to develop better testing produce and wine. 600. BUSINESS RACE-WEALTHGAP (Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) -- Wealth disparities for middle-income blacks and Hispanics have worsened over the past three decades relative to white families, largely because of a ...
Tuned: Look out, Nicki Minaj, Sam Amidon may cover you next
bc-tuned-music19(sh) | By: CHUCK CAMPBELL | Source: Scripps Howard News Service | Music (EM)
May 17, 2013 4:05 PM
By CHUCK CAMPBELL "BRIGHT SUNNY SOUTH," Sam Amidon (Nonesuch) Given that Sam Amidon slid a sly remake of R. Kelly's "Relief" into his 2010 album of covers of traditional hymns and folk music ("I See the Sign"), it's no surprise to hear him taking a stab at Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw on his new "Bright Sunny South." Amidon, a Vermont native now based in London, has a distinct and mesmerizing style -- sparse arrangements and a near-deadpan, near-drone vocal that implies weight, even when the lyrics don't deliver. He generally sounds like a distant folk ancestor to today's wave of vibrant Americana, and his choice of material (often traditional songs) and instrumentation and vocals (fiddle, banjo, sometimes shape-note singing) magnify the effect. The transcendent title-track opener of "Bright Sunny South" sets the tone as Amidon glumly personifies a young man saying goodbye to his family as he heads off to fight in the Civil War. Later he includes a cover of the traditional song ...
Comment: Playing your cards right in game of life
bc-com-gameoflife(sh) | By: KENT MILLER | Source: Special to the Tampa Bay Times | Editorials and Opinion (KE)
May 17, 2013 4:05 PM
By KENT MILLER Once a month for over 40 years, seven of us have gathered around a poker table, drinking beer, eating, smoking, joking and praising or cursing the card gods. There have been significant transitions over the years. The cold cuts and the smoking went years ago. Pabst Blue Ribbon has been replaced by specialty brews. In the early days, the host would get a case of beer to insure not running dry but now two six-packs will do. When some of us began to have trouble reading the cards, we switched to the jumbo size. In the early days, it was a common practice to extend the 11 p.m. cut time; now, it is not uncommon for somebody to suggest at about 10:25 that we make this the last round. Jokes about memory loss continue to be less common than jokes about sex, but the spread narrows. Over time, the grim reaper has made room for new blood. Son-in-law Greg and his friend, Mike, both of whom started as fill-ins, are now the new yeast. The stakes are relatively small but the ...
Scripps Howard News Service CONSOLIDATED budget
bc-shnssked17(sh) | By: | Source: Scripps Howard News Service | Budgets (RN) | Photos:
May 17, 2013 4:05 PM
This is the Scripps Howard News Service CONSOLIDATED budget for Friday, May 17, 2013. If you have questions or comments, reach SHNS editors at 202-408-1484. For all SHNS content and archives, visit our website at www.shns.com. SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE BEE-TEXTING (Sullivan, SHNS) -- WASHINGTON: With the Scripps National Spelling Bee coming up May 28-30, dare we ask: Does anybody really need to learn to spell in an age of spell-check, autocorrecting cellphones and text-messaging abbreviations? 850. With BEE-TEXTING-QUIZ. (Editors: Misspellings in main story are intentional.) With photo: SH13E123BEETEXTING. BEE-TEXTING-QUIZ (Sullivan, SHNS) -- Quiz: Match text messages to lines from famous authors. 250. IRS TROUBLES IRS-SINGLEDOUT (May, SHNS) -- CINCINNATI: Justin Binik-Thomas wants to know why a question about him is among 35 the Liberty Township Tea Party was instructed by the Internal Revenue Service to answer as part of the organization's ...
* Film: 'Love Is All You Need' a rom-com by Danish director known for serious fare
* bc-love-need-film(sh) | By: * COLIN COVERT | Source: * Minneapolis Star Tribune | * , Film (EF) | Photos: *
May 17, 2013 3:38 PM
* By COLIN COVERT * * Susanne Bier, a Danish director with a penchant for powerful drama, splashes in the shallow end of the pool with the midlife romance "Love Is All You Need." After a series of films (including her 2011 Oscar-winner, "In a Better World") that linked domestic angst with the plight of Afghanistan, India and Sudan, she offers us a featherweight rom-com set on Italy's postcard-worthy Amalfi coast. Pierce Brosnan plays Philip, a widowed workaholic grocery magnate living in Denmark. His son is about to marry the daughter of Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a Copenhagen hairdresser and housewife, with the reception at Philip's seaside estate in Sorrento. The happy occasion is somewhat darkened by Ida's cancer diagnosis, and her discovery that her comic-buffoon husband is cheating with a much younger woman. Her natural good cheer shines through all the same. It's Philip, a brooding Mr. Darcy type, who's most in need of cheering up. His late wife's overbearing sister, Benedikte (...
Wash. state draft rules let out-of-staters to buy ounce of legal pot, 7 days week
bc-pot-rules(sh) | By: BOB YOUNG | Source: The Seattle Times | National (AN)
May 17, 2013 3:30 PM
By BOB YOUNG Washington state residents and out-of-staters could buy an ounce of tested, labeled marijuana, seven days a week, up to 20 hours a day, in state-regulated stores under draft rules for a new legal-pot system released this week. That rule is more permissive than in Colorado, the other state creating an adult recreational-pot market. Colorado lawmakers limited out-of-staters to buying one-quarter ounce in stores in an effort to impede "smurfing," the practice of making repeated buys and aggregating pot to sell on the black market. But Washington state would not allow the sale of marijuana concentrates, such as hashish or hash oil, unless they were infused in edible or liquid products. The high-potency concentrates have become popular to vaporize, particularly with younger users. Washington's 46-page raft of rules released Thursday by the Liquor Control Board covers issues from product testing to growing licenses to advertising restrictions to package labeling. The ...
Minnesota's Limegrover: From 403 pounds to 'a totally different person'
bc-fbcweightloss(sh) | By: JOE CHRISTENSEN | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | College Football (FC) | Photos: SH13E127WEIGHTLOSS, SH13E128WEIGHTLOSS
May 17, 2013 3:24 PM
By JOE CHRISTENSEN Food was Matt Limegrover's vice as he climbed the college football coaching ladder and became the Minnesota Gophers offensive coordinator in 2010. He was a 6-foot-2-inch, 300-pound lineman when he graduated from the University of Chicago in 1991. Once he settled into his coaching profession, he steadily started gaining about 10 pounds per year. "I ate when I was happy, I ate when I was sad," Limegrover said. "I ate when I was lonely, I ate when I was bored. If you put it in front of me, I was going to eat it." The Gophers went 3-9 in 2011, their first season running Limegrover's offense. He also serves as the team's offensive line coach, and the stress that year took a toll, leaving him lethargic. He went to the doctor in January 2012 and weighed in at 403 pounds. "I was taking six, eight Advil a day, just because my joints ached," said Limegrover, 44. "If we had practice, I'd take three or four more. I had sciatica in my lower back and my leg. I just ...
McNulty: Tennis great Tanner should appreciate legal breaks
bc-ten-tanner(sh) | By: RAY MCNULTY | Source: Scripps Howard News Service | Sports Columns (TN)
May 17, 2013 3:15 PM
By RAY MCNULTY As Roscoe Tanner stood before the judge who would rule on the plea bargain that would leave him facing only a misdemeanor worthless-check charge, the prosecutor made sure the former tennis star knew what a sweet deal he was getting. "This is a gift from the State Attorney's Office," Susan Chesnutt told Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn during a 10-minute hearing, "and it's not going to happen again." Nor should it. Tanner entered a plea of "no contest" to the allegation he wrote a worthless check to cover the $1,200 in boat repairs done by St. Lucie Outboard in October 2010. And his punishment was minimal. He was placed on probation for one year, ordered to make full restitution -- in 12 monthly installments -- and required to pay court costs and fees. A felony grand-theft charge was dropped, removing the possibility of prison. There was no house arrest. There will be no trial. Simply put -- he got off easy. We can only hope he fully appreciates the break ...
Profile: Michael Shannon on playing real-life killer Richard Kuklinski in 'The Iceman'
bc-profile-shannon(sh) | By: COLIN COVERT | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Film (EF), People & Celebrities (EP)
May 17, 2013 3:05 PM
By COLIN COVERT Michael Shannon has quietly become one of the most interesting and original actors of his era. Climbing a ladder of indie gems, he's established himself as the natural heir to Christopher Walken, but with a jolt of broad-shouldered menace. He can take your head off in roles as diverse as Ashley Judd's deranged lover in "Bug" or glam-rock enfant terrible Kim Fowley in "The Runaways." The trade paper Hollywood Reporter says there is "possibly no more mesmerizing American actor." Now, 20 years into his career, he's about to go nova. He stars as Golemlike mafia killer Richard Kuklinski in "The Iceman." He's about to appear as snarling General Zod in "Man of Steel." And he's all over the Internet with his hilarious interpretation of a sorority girl's email rant. In a recent phone conversation, Shannon said the key to playing lost souls is uncovering their humanity. "That's my job," he said. "Their spirits are kind of under rocks. It's my job to try and illuminate them. ...
Extraordinary wealth inequality between U.S. races, study finds
bc-race-wealthgap(sh) | By: TIM GRANT | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Business & Economy (FF), Personal Finance (BX)
May 17, 2013 2:42 PM
By TIM GRANT Wealth disparities for middle-income blacks and Hispanics have worsened over the past three decades relative to white families, largely because of a lower likelihood of owning homes and retirement accounts, according to the Urban Institute. New research from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit points to an extraordinary wealth inequality between the races. Whites on average had six times the net worth of blacks and Hispanics in 2010, or $6 for every $1 (an average of $632,000 vs. $103,000). Comparing the median that year, whites actually had eight times as much wealth. Wealth or net worth is defined as a person's total assets -- such as bank and retirement accounts, and home value -- minus debt -- which includes mortgages, student loans and credit card balances. The income gap, by comparison, is much smaller. In 2010, the average income for whites was twice that of blacks and Hispanics ($89,000 vs. $46,000), meaning that for every $2 whites earned, ...