News archive from 8 May 2011

Muslim-Christian clashes kill 2 in west Cairo

CAIRO-Egypt's official news agency says Christians and Muslims have clashed in western Cairo after reports of a mixed romance. A medical official says two people were killed. The clashes mark an escalation in tension between Egypt's Muslims and the...

 

Man found dead near Blue Island train tracks

Authorities this morning discovered the body of a man who appeared to have been fatally struck by a train in south suburban Blue Island. The unidentified man, believed to be in his 50s, was found near freight tracks at Chatham Avenue near Thornton...

 
Louis Stumberg, Who Brought Tex-Mex to TV Dinners, Dies at 87

Louis Stumberg, Who Brought Tex-Mex to TV Dinners, Dies at 87

Louis Stumberg, who along with his father and his brother shrugged off their German ancestry to found Patio Foods in 1946, bringing frozen Tex-Mex (after quick heating, of course) to dinner tables and TV viewers’ laps across the nation, died Wednesday...

 
Comic book fans _ new and not-so-new _ collect titles, issues and more for Free Comic Book Day

Comic book fans _ new and not-so-new _ collect titles, issues and more for Free Comic Book Day

WILLOW GROVE, Pa. - Fans of comics basked in a bounty of free issues as retailers from Los Angeles to London handed out thousands upon thousands of free copies for the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day. Fans were treated to guest appearances from...

 

Free computer classes at D.C. libraries help bridge digital divide

On her first day of computer class at the Anacostia Public Library, Tekia Harrod worried she would break something. And she was confused by the terminology being thrown around. Cache? Cookies? Toolbar? “I’ve been afraid of computers forever,” said...

 
Nonfiction film: 'Hey, Boo' spotlights the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' sensation

Nonfiction film: 'Hey, Boo' spotlights the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' sensation

Harper Lee was working as an airline reservations agent in New York City, struggling to write a novel tentatively titled "Atticus," when a close friend gave her enough money to take time off and finish her book. Published in 1960 with an...

 
Paul Feig is indebted to 'Leave It to Beaver'

Paul Feig is indebted to 'Leave It to Beaver'

Writer and director Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks," "The Office," "Nurse Jackie," "Bridesmaids") on a TV series that influenced him. Weirdly, one of my favorite shows ever is "Leave It to Beaver." Even...

 

Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach hopes to get beleaguered USA Boxing back on medal podium

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Freddie Roach realizes he's accepting one of the toughest tasks in boxing by volunteering to work with the fractious U.S. national team. Manny Pacquiao's celebrated trainer is still determined to restore a little luster to a tarnished...

 

From supermodels to Supremes, celebrities walk the red carpet at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For singer and actor Nick Lachey, the Kentucky Derby proved to be an opportunity to root on 12-1 shot Shackleford. For other celebrities, the race provided a chance to be seen at the Sport of Kings on Saturday. Lachey, a Kentucky...

 

Angelina Jolie talks openly about adoption with her kids

Angelina Jolie openly speaks about adoption with her children. The actress raises three adopted kids, Maddox, nine, Pax, seven, and six-year-old Zahara, with her long-term partner Brad Pitt and she admits neither she nor Brad hide their family's...

AZCentral, 17:25 in Showbiz
 

At 8, Prius has exceeded expectations

The Burns family Prius, which we treat like an adored child, is 8 years old. It will turn 100,000 miles before year’s end. Today the odometer reads 95,500 miles. We’ve run the last 2,600 miles at 44 mpg. While it usually did 43 mpg when we lived at...

 
A song about mom, for this or any day

A song about mom, for this or any day

When she sent me the song a few days after Mother"s Day last year, I was sure she had written it for me. I cried when I heard it. It is that personal. And beautiful. The song is “The Voice,"" a ballad by Krisanthi Pappas about her...

 

Robert Pattinson talks about house freak-out, dog

Robert Pattinson "freaked out" when he was about to buy a house. The 24-year-old British actor - who is dating his "Twilight Saga" co-star Kristen Stewart - mostly lives in hotels, and though he has a desire to settle down in one...

AZCentral, 17:37 in Showbiz
 

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