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Thousands truckin’ to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

CHICAGO — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band’s prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur. Soldier Field, which was the last place legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia played with […]

Illinois city condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke

DANVILLE, Ill. — The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he and brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating […]

Leonard Nimoy’s son makes Spock documentary to honor father

NEW YORK — Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He’s creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on “Star Trek.” Nimoy said the “Spockumentary” funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $600,000 will focus on the pop icon and his legacy. The […]

Dr. Dre announces new radio show on Apple Music service

NEW YORK — Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music. On Friday, the 50-year-old rap mogul announced a new radio show called “The Pharmacy,” which premieres Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. The hour-long show dedicated to West Coast music will stream every other Saturday. Apple Music […]

Stones the focus of gallery exhibit

LONDON — They’re more accustomed to stadiums, but the Rolling Stones are coming to a London art gallery. An exhibition of more than 500 recordings and artifacts from the band’s archive will open at the Saatchi Gallery next year. Organizers said Wednesday it will “show how the band has changed the way we experience rock […]

Bail denied for Journey drummer

SALEM, Ore. — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail on rape and other felony charges after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated a court order by calling and texting the victim with messages that included suicide threats and apologies. Prosecutors told a Marion County judge Tuesday that the 50-year-old musician contacted the […]

Fans turn out for anniversary screening of ‘Back to the Future’

LOS ANGELES — Thousands went back in time as one of the largest movie audiences ever in one place gathered to watch “Back to the Future” at the Hollywood Bowl in a celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. The Bowl was just shy of its 17,000-person capacity for the Tuesday night event marking the 1985 […]

TV Land pulls ‘Dukes’

NEW YORK — TV Land has dumped “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule. This marks the latest effort to banish the racially charged Stars and Bars from pop culture after various states began debating whether […]

Fishburne to star in Roots remake

LOS ANGELES — Laurence Fishburne is joining the “Roots” miniseries remake. A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries. The new project will draw on the late Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” along with […]

People: Affleck and Garner

LOS ANGELES — Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are splitting after 10 years of marriage. The Oscar winner and his wife sent out a joint statement Tuesday after weeks of public speculation on the status of their marriage. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward […]

Library activities in July

FAIRFIELD — Area libraries will feature a variety of activities in the month of July. Fairfield Drum and Dance for Joy 3:30 p.m. July 8, Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield. Fenix Drum and Dance will perform interactive family show. Info: 866-57ASKUS, www.solanolibrary.com. Stuffed Animal Sleepover Thursday 6:30 p.m. July 16, Fairfield Cordelia […]

Vacation Bible School on Caraway Street in July

FAIRFIELD — “Vacation Bible School on Caraway Street” will be available for children in July. The event is hosted by Word of Faith Christian Center at 650 Parker Road in Fairfield. This is a free event open to all children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Pre-K age children may also attend if accompanied by a parent. Caraway […]

Museum Guild announces annual Children’s Party

VACAVILLE — Tickets are on sale for the Vacaville Museum Guild’s Annual Children’s Party. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in the museum courtyard, 213 Buck Ave. The theme is “Country Fair at the Museum” and will feature crafts and games, the Vaca Valley 4-H Petting Zoo, Mother Goose, […]

‘He’s back': Terminator returns to big screen

FAIRFIELD — A promise made in 1984 continues to be honored by The Terminator. The phrase “I’ll Be Back” rings true when “Terminator Genisys” arrives in theaters Wednesday. This installment is set in 2029 and John Connor is still battling machines. His fears of an unknown future surface when he learns he’ll be attacked in the […]

Horoscopes: June 29, 2015

The cosmic forces are rooting for an adventure. Venus and Uranus form a fire-sign trine that fits beautifully with the Sagittarius moon, filling the skies with the high-energy fuel perfect for an uncommon journey. Is there a part of the world you’ve wanted to see but haven’t had the right opportunity? Don’t wait. Make your […]

Bridge June 29

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DO NOT OVERLOOK A POTENTIAL PROBLEM Eric Alfred Burns, a columnist, critic, poet and role-playing game developer, said, “Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent. You need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need […]

I’m running out of patience with my recovering sex-addict husband

Dear Annie: Not long ago, I discovered that my husband of 25 years was living a completely secret life. This life included pornography, voyeurism, physical affairs, emotional affairs and flirtations with hundreds of women he met through his sales job. Many of the women thought he was going to divorce me, even though he was […]

Black bear crashes college party, gets collared

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A college party got a little wild when a black bear showed up. The black bear, weighing between 300 and 400 pounds, crashed the party early Saturday near the campus of Lehigh University. Emergency officials received a flood of 911 calls after the bear was spotted around 2 a.m. in south Bethlehem, […]

Police: Surviving escapee could face a harder time alone

MALONE, N.Y. — With his escape partner killed, the surviving convicted murderer who pulled off an elaborate breakout from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago could have a tougher time eluding the army of searchers scouring miles of thick woods in far northern New York, police said Saturday. Richard Matt – who once vowed never to […]

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

BEIRUT — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday. Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish official Idris Naasan put at […]

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

FONTAINES-SUR-SAONE, France — The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a “selfie” photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday. French investigators were working to determine the recipient’s identity, but weren’t able […]

Greece’s future in balance as creditors reject aid extension

BRUSSELS — Greece is one big step closer to falling out of the euro currency union after its fellow member states refused to extend its bailout program past Tuesday, leaving the country on the brink of financial chaos. After five months of fruitless negotiations, relations between Greece and its creditors crumbled further Saturday after Prime Minister […]

Audio overkill? Some question benefits of ‘high-res’ music

LOS ANGELES — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. It’s a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that’ll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the […]

Harry Potter coming back, this time on stage in new play

LONDON — Harry Potter is going to have a new adventure – one that takes him from page and screen to stage. Author J.K. Rowling announced Friday that a new play called “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will open at London’s Palace Theatre about a year from now in the summer of 2016. Rowling tweeted […]

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