Los Angeles - The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards today (Nov. 25) announced the nominations for its best of the year. "Birdman" leads the way with six nominations.
'Birdman' soars with six Independent Spirit Awards nods
US News Ferguson Area Clergy Lead Peaceful Protest By Ben Kesling @bkesling
A sunrise prayer vigil and dozens of clergy marching in the streets here Tuesday was a stark counterpoint to the destruction and looting that took place Monday night just miles away in Ferguson. View on web Entertainment News
One News Page Tim O'Brien has been on the entertainment beat for more than 30 years
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NEWS now - At the start of the Civil War, Robert Lee didn't own any shoes.
- It is the sense of smell that gives is taste.
- Chickens snore. Well now, that makes me feel much better.
- Before the Roman Empire was the Roman Republic. The word empire doomed it.
- The komodo lizard can smell rotting flesh over one mil away. Big deal, I can smell my Uncle Willie coming from the same distance.
- As the crow flies means it is the most direct route, unless there is a wall in the way.
- Romans were very strict on the color of shoes people could wear.
- St. Nicholas was also the patron saint virgins, sailors, thieves and pawnbrokers. Also?
- Snails have teeth. Ouch. Told you.
- A skunk will not bite and spray and the same time. That makes it all better.
- Colonists ate popcorn in milk. Some suggest that would be the first cereal as we know it, or ate it.
- The blowhole of the whale closes when it is under water. Mine does too. They do not like water in their noses, either. Again...
- Those who captured Savannah, Georgia on Christmas Day in 1864 gave it to President Lincoln as a gift.
Whiteside County Police, Fire, and EMS Judge denies bid to halt Illinois' fracking rules: http://abc7.ws/1zesGFi 'Mockingjay' wins but not in the same league as 'Catching Fire'
UPDATE NUMBERS 11.24.14 ..LESS NOW..."Mockingjay" now at $121.89 million...It didn't quite live up to the hype and expectations but "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" easily took the box office crown....'Mockingjay' wins but not in the same league as 'Catching Fire'
It was also the best opening of the year, domestically, as it scored a huge $123 million. Earlier this year, "Transformers 4" opened to $100 million. However, with Jennifer Lawrence back as Katniss and a stellar supporting cast, the latest "Hunger Games: could not match the previous two openings.
That will disappoint some, but come on, $123 million is nothing to sneezeat. It was not in 3D and IMAX stayed with "Interstellar," so that needs to be noted here. Perhaps the real reason it did not do quite as well is that it was not as well-received as "Catching Fire." The expectations were hi4gher for this one and living up to them is never easy. "Mockingjay" opened strong onFriday ($55 million) and then tired out on a long Saturday..'Mockingjay - Part 1' makes it look easy
immigration Washington Examiner @dcexaminer
Obama fundraises off immigration speech, seeks $1,000 contributions http://washex.am/1tnmPZO
The Economist @TheEconomist
The right thing, done the wrong way. The reaction to Mr Obama's action will leave deep scars http://econ.st/1xWcXv2
Wall Street Journal @WSJ
Reagan signed a law granting amnesty to 3 million people. How does Obama's executive action on #immigration compare? http://on.wsj.com/1r1Pp2V
FERGUSON Documents Released in the Ferguson Case. View on web Ferguson mayor requested National Guard be called in last night. Request was ignored. Who gave that order? Ignore emotions at ugly events unfold. I give reports, no opinions as they would do no good. http://www.obriennewsservice.com.. I.did cover Rodney King aftermath, too..Missouri Lt. Gov. makes stunning claim: Obama ordered National Guard stand down during #Ferguson riots - http://www.infowars.com/did-obama-order-national-guard-to-stand-down-during-ferguson-riots/ …WhiteHousePressCorps @whpresscorps RT @keithkoffler: Did Holder Cause the National Guard to be Kept From Ferguson? http://bit.ly/1AOb72S
PHOTOS: What #Ferguson Looks Like the Morning After Protests http://bit.ly/11USFGO
Forbes @Forbes There were more than 3.5 million tweets mentioning Ferguson last night: http://onforb.es/1xSk4pz ...Washington Examiner @dcexaminer 39s39 seconds ago Al Sharpton: "Before you think this is over, remember what happened in Rodney King." http://washex.am/1zpOIVt ....
Greta Van Susteren @greta 3m3 minutes ago reading transcript of Darren Wilson testimony -his details about the encounter begins p. 207
Transcripts of FAA View on web