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Website propels audiobooks' popularity
Energy
Published in 23-1-2015
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"The Starling Project" will test the appetite for an emerging art form that blends the immersive charm of old-time radio drama with digital technology. Just as original TV series such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" transformed Netflix into a content creator as well as a distributor, Audible is aiming to distinguish itself in the booming audiobook market with original audio dram ...>>
Clifford creator Bridwell dies at 86
Energy
Published in 23-1-2015
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Bridwell wanted to name the dog Tiny, though his wife, Norma, discouraged the obvious joke and named him Clifford, after an imaginary friend from her childhood. The books, which have been translated into 13 languages, have sold more than 129 million copies, according to Scholastic, and have inspired an animated television series, a full-length animated film and stuffed animals.

St. John's claims Athletic Directors' Cup again, maintains top status in SPC
Heights
Published in 23-1-2015
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On the strength of SPC titles in Division I field hockey, girls cross country, girls lacrosse, girls track and field and Division I softball, St. John's was a runaway winner in the girls division. The Mavericks grabbed their sixth SPC crown during the 2012-13 school year in wrestling, which fueled a second-place showing in boys sports behind Dallas St. Mark's. While St. John's rep ...>>
Carr leaves Westbury Christian to rebuild St. Pius boys hoops
Heights
Published in 23-1-2015
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Carr's dozen years with Wildcats - six as the head girls basketball coach and, more recently, six in charge of the boys program - culminated in a combined four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state championships. [...] Carr recently left the only school he's ever worked, accepting the position as head boys basketball coach at St. Pius X. "St. Pius is a football and b ...>>
St. Thomas football coach Fitzpatrick puts focus on fall
Heights
Published in 23-1-2015
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St. Thomas head football coach Tim Fitzpatrick didn't have his full squad during the Eagles' spring practice last month, but he didn't seem too bothered. [...] Fitzpatrick was satisfied with the effort and, even more so, the enthusiasm. The defensive line was hit hard by graduation, with senior defensive end Joseph Lowery the lone returning starter. Sophomore Lorenzo Neal Jr., th ...>>
Henderson Cup finish validates hard work for St. Thomas program
Heights
Published in 23-1-2015
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Since Netzel's arrival, St. Thomas has made major improvements to its athletic facilities, including: Various updates to Reckling Gymnasium, including a new sound system, lighting and flooring and increased capacity for fans with the addition of ADA-compliant bleachers Upgrades to Father Wilson Field, with new protective screens, improved drainage and changes to the bullpen area, and The E ...>>
Also opening in theaters
Entertainment
Published in 23-1-2015
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In "Mortdecai," opening Friday, a roguish art dealer (Johnny Depp) races to recover a stolen painting that may hold the key to a stash of Nazi gold. After leaving his long-term girlfriend for a gorgeous co-worker, a guy (Simon Helberg) quickly realizes he's made a huge mistake and heads to France to win back his ex (Melanie Lynskey) in "We'll Never Have Paris," which opens Friday.
'Song One' lowers volume on love to good effect
Entertainment
Published in 23-1-2015
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The gooey premise of "Song One" would probably make "Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks proud: A young woman develops feelings for a folk musician who is the idol of her comatose brother. Flynn gets his musical moments right, but he doesn't have the nonverbal chops to match Hathaway. To be fair, director Kate Barker-Froyland has more than romance on her mind, and she crafts a nuanced ending t ...>>
Music aside, little is sprightly in fairy tale
Entertainment
Published in 23-1-2015
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There are good things in the animated musical fantasy "Strange Magic": the ultra-detailed, photorealistic animation; the name-that-tune pleasures of a mashup-jukebox soundtrack; fine vocal performances from the cast's actor-singers; and a transcendent sequence featuring the 1975 title song. The beautiful fairy Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) is set to marry handsome but loathsome fairy Roland (S ...>>
'Boy Next Door' a troubled, cliché-filled mess
Entertainment
Published in 23-1-2015
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[...] the trailer alone for "The Boy Next Door" was already getting laughs and not for the right reasons, especially for the not-so-subtle phrase "I love your mom's cookies." The high school Advanced Placement classics teacher (I'm not making that up) has been struggling with a troubled marriage: Why Lopez decided to do this inept, cliché-infested film is anyone's guess.
Nickelodeon remixes its formula
Entertainment
Published in 23-1-2015
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For years, Nickelodeon arranged and rearranged those children's sitcom building blocks to spectacular effect. [...] children - as ratings declines have taught Nickelodeon and its cable competitors - don't devour entertainment as mindlessly as they used to. [...] Hicks is throwing out some of the cookie cutters and trying to make series for children that reflect more of the sophisticati ...>>
US: Long-awaited Ebola vaccine study coming soon in Liberia
Technology
Published in 23-1-2015
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The first study will compare the two experimental vaccines with dummy shots in hopes of proving whether either really protects against the Ebola virus, which has devastated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone over the past year. [...] clusters of cases continue and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said the vaccines still could be useful if there's a rebound, as well as for ...>>
GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day
Technology
Published in 23-1-2015
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WASHINGTON (AP) With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version. The bill would also block tax credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under President Barack Obama' ...>>
US man close running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents
Technology
Published in 23-1-2015
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Tim Durbin is the only American competing in the World Marathon Challenge that started last Saturday and ends in Sydney on Friday local time. [...] the 31-year-old has run six marathons, each 26.2 miles, through snow, rain and jetlag in Antarctica, Chile, Miami, Madrid, Morocco and Dubai.
Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing
Technology
Published in 23-1-2015
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Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle. Noctiluca's role as both prey and predator can eventually magnify the accumulation of algae toxins in the food cha ...>>


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