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2008-07-22 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- The truth may very well be out there. But David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson aren't eager to share it. The stars of the long-running Fox Network series "The X-Files" were special guests at the comic book-pop culture WonderCon 2008 in February. Their mission then was to tease the new "X-Files" movie five months before it was scheduled to open. They wouldn't offer any details about the feature film that returns the duo to the roles they originated 15 years ago. This goes...

2008-07-15 09:00:00

By Pam Firmin, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 15--The mood of the Coast last September still felt close to Katrina when independent filmmaker Michael Culpepper visited from Seattle. "I was there again in March, and all of a sudden it felt very different," he said in a recent telephone interview. "There was a lot of building going on. There was a positive feel, something that was very exciting to me. You probably don't see it because people on the Coast are so close to it, but for me...

2008-07-13 06:00:00

By Dixie Reid, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 13--The well-traveled Vicki Lewis brings a bit of baggage to her role as Rose, the overbearing stage mother, in the Music Circus production of "Gypsy," opening Tuesday for eight performances. "I'm tiny," says the 5-foot-1 actress, "but I'm not tiny emotionally. I was older than my age a long time ago. There's a lot of angst in me as a person, and there's a lot of strength, and I think it's great to tap into all of that. "After years of...

2008-07-11 12:00:00

By PAUL DALGARNO EHERE in the place where my life started, death seems impossible. On the walls of Aberdeen's Forresterhill Hospital maternity ward, posters offer advice on breastfeeding. Mothers with bumps lie in beds or sit in wheelchairs, waiting to push babies into the world. Crying in various pitches, belted out by tiny lungs, attests to the fact that some have already been successful. Elsewhere fathers sit twitchy and unshaven. This is where, 32 years ago, I was cut from the womb, a...

2008-07-09 00:00:00

By Tristan Corkt.cork@bepp.co.uk The future of residential homes for old people in the 21st century has become a reality in the West, as a new facility opened in Wiltshire which will become a blueprint for the entire region. The new Athelstan House building opened in Malmesbury on the primary care campus which has been built where the town's old community hospital used to be. And this modern facility, which incorporates a huge new GPs surgery, primary care centre and sheltered homes...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Dave Itzkoff Several months ago Beck Hansen finally fulfilled a promise he'd made to himself: to archive the heap of personal recordings in his closet. It was a chore that reacquainted him with the performer he had been early in his career and the artist he has since become, and as he wandered through more than a decade's worth of unreleased music, he found himself feeling nostalgic, relieved and occasionally mortified. "It is a bit random, what ends up getting released and what stays in...

2008-07-02 06:00:00

By Porton, Richard New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once dismissed Willets Point, a chaotic aggregation of junk heaps, garages, and vacant lots in Queens adjacent to Shea Stadium, as "another euphemism for urban blight." For Ramin Bahrani, an Iranian-American filmmaker born in the United States and educated at Columbia University, Willets Point (sometimes referred to as the "Iron Triangle") is more than a mere eyesore on the city's landscape. Inspired by the dizzying contradictions of...

2008-07-02 06:00:00

By Al Gibes A variation of an old Internet scam hit my in-box recently, and it took a bit of searching to verify my hunch that the offer was bogus. The message with the subject "Expecting Your Reply" came from Greg Mute, who claimed to be a member of the British Third Infantry Division, serving in Iraq. He jumped right to the point, saying he needed my help "cooperating in getting this money out." * Red flag No. 1. What money? Details were curiously missing. The message went on: "The money...

2008-07-01 09:00:00

Since her days as a young girl, Arabia Mollette dreamed of becoming a doctor. The streets of the South Bronx pulled in another direction. "My family was hit hard with drugs," said the 28-year old student, "both of my parents." There were five sisters and a brother. At 15, "I was out in the streets selling drugs, sleeping on trains when I didn't have a place to stay. I was not on crack, but I did have a problem with drinking. "Two of my sisters have passed away. One was shot to death in...

2008-06-24 15:00:00

By ROGER MOORE, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS Wonder if he got "the two-minute warning"? George Carlin's fans know what I'm talking about. It's part of a routine he did in the '70s, about the possibility of getting notice that you're about to die ... a voice inside your head that goes, "TWO MINUTES. Get your [bleep] together." His spirit's probably lurking beneath my car, chewing off the timing belt for censoring him like that, but hey, this ain't HBO. There have been a few showbiz folks I've...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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