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‘Black or White’ wrestles with race in custody drama
“Black or White” may be the title, but there are plenty of gray areas tackled in this good ol’ fashioned family dramedy from standup comic turned filmmaker Mike Binder (“Reign Over Me,” ‘’The Upside of Anger”). Pitting a binge drinking Kevin Costner against a butt whooping Octavia S...
By Jorda Mintzer The Associated Press FULL STORY
Tragedies of ‘Timbuktu’ told with rare beauty
The hot Malian sands of Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” are a cool reservoir of placid beauty, where desert dunes are swept by quiet ripples of colorful, everyday village life and haphazard storms of violence. “Timbuktu,” the Oscar-nominated foreign-langue film from Mauritania, is set o...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
18-year-old child
On Jan. 11, my 18th birthday, I made the first purchase of my adult life: a lottery ticket. The next day, I made my second purchase: another lottery ticket. The third day, I did it again. I was so certain that I would win the $270,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot; in fact, I had already begun to think...
By Dominic Gialdini FULL STORY
‘X’s and O’s’ looks at love, lure and danger in football
Baseball may be America’s favorite pastime, but football runs a close second or maybe comes up in a tie. Playwright KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein explores part of the lure of football in “X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story).” Berkeley Repertory Theatre is presenting its world premiere un...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
‘Wild Card’ lacks punch
It becomes quickly clear in “Wild Card,” the latest vehicle for the hunky, brooding British action star Jason Statham, that his character doesn’t need a gun to maim or kill. Guns are for wimps. Statham can wreak havoc with virtually any sharp implement, including his own head. What he does ne...
By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run
LOS ANGELES — Marion “Suge” Knight, the former music mogul who created one of hip-hop’s leading labels and became the impresario of gangster rap, was arrested Friday on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck and fleeing the scene of the crash near Los Angeles. Knight’s atto...
By Tami Abdollah and Brain Melly The Associated Press FULL STORY
Susan's travels, tours + trips
THE OTHER DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS, WHERE THE LONE STAR STATE WAS BORN. On Feb. 28, 1836, as the siege of the Alamo raged in San Antonio 170 miles to the west, a small group of men arrived in the Texas market town of Washington, on the bluffs above the Brazos River. The ...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY
Sunday news shows
ABC’s ‘This Week’ 8 a.m. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis. NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ 8 a.m. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association. CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ 8:30 a.m. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., ...
Kasem’s children urge elder abuse prosecution against widow
LOS ANGELES — The children of Casey Kasem are urging Los Angeles police to make progress in an elder abuse investigation focusing on the radio legend’s widow. Kasem’s children claimed at a Friday news conference that the investigation into Jean Kasem’s care that began last June has stalled...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hilary Duff, George Lopez help in search for stolen dog
BEVERLY HILLS — A Beverly Hills shop owner who got celebrity help in hunting for her stolen dog has been reunited with the pooch. Police Sgt. Max Subin says detectives found Charlie the white Maltese on Friday at a Lynwood home and returned him. Surveillance video showed a pregnant woman snatchi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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