News archive from 5 March 2015

Bill calls for mandatory cursive in Alabama schools

Bill calls for mandatory cursive in Alabama schools

The Alabama Department of Education last year recommended schools teach cursive handwriting and reading to students in second grade. That's apparently not good enough for state Rep. Dickie Drake. Subscription Required An online service is needed to...

 
Scouts honor community members at annual luncheon

Scouts honor community members at annual luncheon

The Choccolocco District of the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday recognized three Calhoun Countians for their service to the community and the nation. Mandi King, Guice Potter and Ben Tomlinson were given the Heart of an Eagle Award during the...

 

Bentley’s budget would boost spending by $400 million

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday asked lawmakers to approve $2.3 billion in spending in the state's General Fund budget — a $400 million increase that the governor's staff says is not quite what it seems. "This looks like a very...

 
Bruce Willis to bring 'Misery' to Broadway

Bruce Willis to bring 'Misery' to Broadway

Misery is coming to Broadway this fall -- and bringing Bruce Willis with it. It was announced Wednesday that Willis will star with Elizabeth Marvel in a stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel Misery, written by two-time Oscar winner William...

 
Want Dead tickets? You'll need a touch of green

Want Dead tickets? You'll need a touch of green

CHICAGO – Wherever you go, the people all complain — that they can't get tickets. As the surviving members of the Grateful Dead gear up to reunite this summer, Deadheads have stirred up a ticket frenzy, sending prices into the thousands of dollars for...

 
Gritty 'American Crime' delves into gray areas

Gritty 'American Crime' delves into gray areas

This is America as we seldom see it — presented in a way we've never seen. And in TV terms, at least in the early going, it's also something else: A triumph for Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), who created, produced and directed Thursday's...

 
Bobbi K turns 22 still 'fighting,' family says

Bobbi K turns 22 still 'fighting,' family says

Bobbi Kristina Brown turned 22 Wednesday, still unconscious in her Atlanta hospital room, as her late mother Whitney Houston's family posted a rare update. "Today is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday and we ask you to continue to keep her in your...

 
Big Sean edges out Kid Rock for No. 1

Big Sean edges out Kid Rock for No. 1

Rapper Big Sean gets his first No. 1 album this week, as Dark Sky Paradise enters atop the Billboard albums chart. Dark Sky Paradise beat First Kiss, the latest album from Kid Rock, which debuted at No. 2. Big Sean had an edge over Rock in both...

 
Mark Zuckerberg hams it up in Barcelona

Mark Zuckerberg hams it up in Barcelona

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg hammed it up at a Facebook town hall in Barcelona. The Facebook CEO was in town for Mobile World Congress. In fielding a question on Spain, he confessed his fondness for Iberian ham. He recalled that a friend once sent...

 
New podcast: What is 'Dad Rock'?

New podcast: What is 'Dad Rock'?

USA TODAY editors Patrick Foster and Jim Lenahan are two middle-aged music fanatics who love to talk about their long-time obsession. Join them in this new podcast series. First topic: Just what is "Dad Rock"? Why is the term used...

 
Greg Hardy meets with NFL officials; status uncertain

Greg Hardy meets with NFL officials; status uncertain

Greg Hardy met with NFL officials Wednesday in New York, but there was no immediate resolution or change to his status on the commissioner's exempt list, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of...

Usa Today, 19:42 in Sport
 
Geffen gives $100 million to Lincoln Center

Geffen gives $100 million to Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David Geffen Hall in...

 
What has happened to the Wizards?

What has happened to the Wizards?

WASHINGTON –The Washington Wizards are headed for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. But they're not playing like a playoff team, and if if they don't rediscover their winning ways, they could be headed for an early first-round exit. Not that...

Usa Today, 19:42 in Sport
 
Survey: A majority of Americans favor pot legalization

Survey: A majority of Americans favor pot legalization

DENVER — A new national study says that for the first time it has found the majority of Americans support marijuana legalization, adding new weight to efforts to legalize pot across the country. Voters in four states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and...

 
10 new cars likely to become collector's classics

10 new cars likely to become collector's classics

Fullscreen BMW M4 Convertible ($73,450) (Photo: BMW) Fullscreen 2014 Camaro Z/28. (Photo: GM) Fullscreen Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($78,995) (Photo: Getty Images) Fullscreen Dodge Challenger Hellcat ($58,295) (Photo: Chrysler) Fullscreen Ford Mustang GT...

 

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