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The Italians have delivered an overwhelming defeat to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Initial tallies of Dec. 4\u2019s referendum show a vote of just under 60 percent rejecting Renzi\u2019s constitutional reform package, with a little more than 40 percent supporting it. Voter turnout was strong, with more than 68.5 percent of eligible voters inside the country participating.


As he promised repeatedly during the campaign, Renzi has accepted personal responsibility for the bitter defeat and will resign from office. His resignation is sure to usher in a period of political uncertainty both for the Italian government and for the country\u2019s Democratic Party.

This outcome will also likely create major difficulties for the European Union. Many in the financial markets speculate that the no vote could signal the failure of the euro as a multinational currency.

The challenge now for Italy\u2019s political leadership is to avoid any loss of confidence in Italy\u2019s banking sector or in the long-term sustainability of its public finances.

This challenge is both practical and political in nature.

What\u2019s next

The referendum took place at the end of a long period of recession and slow growth that weakened Italy\u2019s banks and pushed government borrowing to record levels.

On a practical level, that means the Italian government has to ensure that the country\u2019s banks have adequate access to capital. The government also has to raise revenues and cut expenditures. At the same time, it has to manage the more than 173,000 migrants who have come to Italy this year across the Mediterranean from sub-Saharan Africa. And, it has to reform the new electoral law \u2013 written based on the assumption that the constitutional package would win approval \u2013 before the end of the current five-year parliamentary mandate in 2018. This is a hugely complex policy agenda.

The political challenge is even more important.

The Italian referendum was not like the vote in Britain on European Union membership or the election of Donald Trump in the United States. Italy did not just go through a populist insurrection. Instead, Italians revealed a deep division about how the country should be governed.

Italians did not reject Renzi so much as they rejected what they saw as a strengthening of the national government and reduction of the powers of the Senate and regional governments. The Renzi team argued that these changes were necessary to make it easier for the government to reform other institutions. Their opponents responded that too many voices were left out of the political process as a result.

This division cut across mainstream parties and divided political elites.

Values in play

The referendum forced Italians to choose between a government that is truly representative and a government that can make tough decisions.

Still, both \u201cno\u201d supporters and \u201cyes\u201d supporters would eagerly admit that they want the status quo to change.

Italy has been hard to reform because the government must have working majorities in both chambers of the Italian parliament to pass legislation.

The Italian situation is even more challenging than the deadlock found in the United States. When different parties control the U.S. House and Senate, the president can work to find compromises between the two chambers. Even when the Congress is controlled by a different party than the president, there is still limited room for compromise.

By contrast, if the Italian government loses the confidence of either the Chamber of Deputies or the Senate, then that government falls. That is why Italian governments tend to have such short lifespans.

Renzi tried to break this deadlock by changing some of the basics on how democracy works in Italy. Under the new electoral law written to run alongside the constitutional reform package, leaders of the main political parties would have offered a closed list of candidates for the Chamber of Deputies. If the constitutional reforms has passed, senators would have been nominated by regional governments. Referendum voters rejected these reforms in favor of more direct elections.

While the Italian public agreed on the basics of how they want their democracy to function, leaders from different parts of the country\u2019s political spectrum disagree on what aspects of Italian political and economic life need to be changed, and they disagree on which changes should be prioritized. As parliament turns its attention to reform of the electoral law, it will not be long before the temperature of the debate increases again.

Political fallout

Beppe Grillo\u2019s Five Star Movement (M5S) is well-placed to take advantage of the controversies that will emerge as the dust settles on the referendum.

The M5S straddles the divide between the \u201cyes\u201d and \u201cno\u201d voters by promising to reinvigorate the existing constitution once it manages to throw out the country\u2019s ruling elites. The M5S also seeks to cut out the traditional media and political parties by positioning itself as a grassroots movement with a nationwide reach.

There is nothing surprising in the way M5S operates. Populist movements the world over seek to make direct connections with voters. The point is that this messaging resonates with an increasing share of the Italian electorate that hopes to find some way out of the squabbling among elites that the referendum campaign put on display.

The M5S position was simple: Reject them all.

Polls done for Macro Advisory Partners show that as many Italians have confidence in the M5S governing Italy as have confidence in Renzi\u2019s governing Democratic Party. Moreover, that confidence increased as the referendum debate became more intense.

Even when confronted with the difficulties that the M5S has had governing the city of Rome, they still want to give the party a chance to govern the country.

Italy\u2019s political elites are likely to respond by coming up with some electoral formula to limit the chance that the M5S will emerge victorious in the next round of parliamentary elections. That is when the elites will have to demonstrate their ability to heal the divisions in the country and show their capacity to undertake meaningful and lasting reform.

Failing that, Italy likely will have its populist insurrection. Whether that brings the M5S into power or results in an entirely new political situation remains to be seen. The constitutional referendum was not an Italian Brexit, but that may still come unless Italy\u2019s political elites work hard to avoid it.

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Erik Jones does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

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'Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore \"foodies\" put away the experimental cuisine and make predictable dishes with recognizable ingredients.

One can understand why food writers persist in advocating \"makeovers\" of traditional dishes. If they didn't put a new spin on standards, they'd have nothing to write about. They'd just reference a cookbook or provide links to the chicken potpie recipe on Epicurious (though I doubt the pioneers had access to dried chanterelle mushrooms).

Food writers continue to spread the belief that a 28-year-old celebrity chef can improve on centuries of culinary trial and error. There may be a genius or two among them, and it's a free country. But familiar foods feed a hunger for physical links to past experiences.

Consider an American classic, the s'more. Marshmallows and chocolate melted between two graham crackers, the s'more evokes Scout nights around the campfire. Sure, you can replace the crackers with brioche and Hershey's with imported Belgian chocolate. Point is, when you want a s'more, you want Hershey's.

Similarly, when you ask for Southern fried chicken, you generally expect a repeat of the classic dish. Some cooks do it better than others, but the diner is generally not seeking a culinary revolution.

Italians have already spent a millennium getting linguine with clam sauce right. Why one would incorporate Asian spices into the dish, other than for their novelty value, remains a mystery. Non-European culinary traditions also demand respect. There's a quesadilla made according to Mexican custom, and there's a Peking duck perfected in China.

The restaurants promoting the most extreme tear-downs of established dishes -- food writers call them \"resets\" -- congregate in centers of tech and finance. They have a clientele that can afford truffles on their cheese omelets -- and that believes there's not a wheel that doesn't need reinventing. We're reporting from planet disruption.

Former restaurant critic Daniel Duane has written on the bizarre temples to culinary grandiosity now patronized by the filthy-rich venture capital and post-IPO crowd in Silicon Valley. At Manresa, for example, he was served a creation called \"Tidal Pool\" -- \"a clear littoral broth of seaweed dashi pooling around sea-urchin tongues, pickled kelp and foie gras.\" When he returned in a party of four, the chef created a special tasting menu. The bill for the table after tax and tip came to $1,200.

Down in America's merely affluent neighborhoods, restaurants lure the hipster class by strewing dishes with less expensive exotica. Greens, of course, have to be micro, the cheese \"artisan.\" The servers often do too much explaining and deliver too little food.

About the tapas craze. All dining traditions have an order of eating -- what you start with, what comes next, how you end. But the \"little plates\" phenomenon has injected chaos into the restaurant experience.

Tapas happen to be a venerable Spanish bar tradition. They are small dishes of nibbles set on the counter to keep one going until the late Spanish dinner hour. In Spain, that's snacking, not dining.

But aspiring entrepreneurs in this country have turned small plates into the whole thing. That means that four people might have to order 10 or 11 dishes. The plates fly to the table like loaded Frisbees, forcing diners to fight with sharp cutlery for their share.

This is a generalization, I know, but the hotter the restaurant the colder the service. The owners don't particularly care if you feel unwelcome, because at that very moment, your replacements are reading erotic accounts of their grilled lamb hearts.

Bring me some fish stew, waiter, and hold the urchin tongues.

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It looks as though president-elect Donald Trump is getting serious about repealing the Affordable Care Act, which means that the gains women made in access to birth control are as up-in-the-air as the vitriol-inducing requirement to pay a fine for opting to not get health insurance.

But before fretting about what might be taken away, it's worth noting that even in its present form, the ACA did not magically make birth control universally accessible to all the low-income women the law hoped to cover.

According to data from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, there are currently 19.7 million women in need who live in what they call \"contraceptive deserts.\" This means they lack \"reasonable access\" to public clinics that offer a full range of birth control methods, from access to condoms and spermicide to pills, IUDs, implants and others.

They define \"reasonable access\" as a county where the number of public clinics, and estimated number of providers in those clinics, are enough to meet the needs of the county's population, defined as at least one clinic/provider for every 1,000 women.

But even having this baseline number of health care providers in a geographic area doesn't mean that women are necessarily able to access the birth control services they need.

\"We tend to think of this lack of access as a rural or suburban issue but when you look at access maps, even in large urban centers, where it looks as though they have better access than people who live in remote locales, it's still a major issue for low-income women to get to where the doctors are,\" Ginny Ehrlich, the CEO of the National Campaign, told me. \"These are women who are navigating the challenges of public transportation, who may not have paid time off or the ability to pay for child care costs so they can go to the clinic -- it can take four hours to go five miles in some urban areas.\"

And such difficulties are but aspirational inconveniences to the 3.1 million women that the National Campaign estimates are in need of low-cost reproductive health care and birth control but live in counties without a single public clinic that offers the full range of contraceptive methods.

So, yes, the ACA benefits are much needed to keep the numbers of unplanned pregnancies at their present historic low. But even still, the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health and rights research and policy organization, estimates that in 2011 nearly half of all U.S. pregnancies were unintended and they are increasingly concentrated among low-income women.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., president-elect Trump's pick for heading the Department of Health and Human Services, is said to be, paradoxically, both a fierce opponent of abortion and of the ACA's birth control mandate. If so, he's out of step with a majority of Americans.

\"In a time where we're constantly being barraged by divisive partisan issues, this is an issue that by and large and across the board we agree upon,\" said Ehrlich. \"Everybody loves birth control,\" she said, citing a recent survey the organization did which found that eight in 10 adults (86 percent) support policies that would make it easier for those 18 and older to get the full range of birth control methods.

Further, the National Campaign's survey found that 76 percent of all respondents support policies that make it easier for teens to access birth control with 70 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats agreeing that birth control is a basic part of women's health care. Of those respondents, 74 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Democrats agreed that those who oppose abortion should strongly support birth control.

Not everyone thinks that ample access to birth control is a bipartisan point of agreement.

In 2012 Rep. Price said that there was \"not one woman\" who was \"left behind\" from access to birth control. Many others, who themselves are not impacted because they are affluent enough to have the means necessary to easily access a full range of health care services, also don't understand the need for ensuring that every woman that wants to keep from getting pregnant can so do safely.

They will have to learn. And if the Trump administration doesn't gain this understanding, millions of women and their advocates will be sure to enlighten them on how the cost of birth control stacks up to surging levels of unplanned pregnancies.

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996:\u00a0Representatives of almost 30 Quad-City-region municipalities hope some \"800-pound gorillas\" can get the cable television monkey off their backs. City officials, including some from as far away as Peoria, Princeton, Sterling and Rock Falls gathered Thursday in Rock Island to discuss changing trends in telecommunications and how they can best gain some control over cable companies.

Monday, Dec. 6, 1976:\u00a0Rock Island School District parents unhappy with crowded and late city buses transporting their children to school can purchase private transportation but at nearly four times the cost. Since the arrival of colder weather, this fall's implementation of a junior high school desegregation plan has upset some parents who say their children wait at stops for the city bus as long as 45 minutes and sometimes watch already packed vehicles pass them by.

Friday, Dec. 7, 1956:\u00a0With a kettle and a bell and a boogie beat, Morning Democrat reporter Jim Arpy was a ding dong daddy for the Salvation Army. More properly, he spent an enjoyable period of time with that selfless group of people who keep alive the spirit of Christmas each year ringing bells for the Army's collection kettles.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1936:\u00a0(AP) A terse athletic board statement announcing the Ossie Solem \"is authorized to increase his football coaching staff for the 1937 season\" today apparently settled the question of Solem's tenure at the University of Iowa.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 1916:\u00a0CITY CRUSADE AGAINST VICE FINALLY BEGINS \u2014\u00a0Police Raid Pool Room, Alleged Gambling Joint, and Take Seven \u2014\u00a0What is believed to be the opening gun in the gigantic anti-vice campaign advocated so strenuously some weeks ago by Mayor John Berwald was fired Saturday night, when at a late hour, police raided the Brunswick pool room, an alleged gambling joint at 323 West Third Street, and arrested seven men. Night Captain Charles Schlueter, Detectives Phelan and Estes, and Patrolman Randolph made the raid. They claim to have found a poker game and a session of \"craps\" in full swing. A \"craps\" table was taken, among other things, as evidence.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 1896:\u00a0MURDER \u2014\u00a0TRAMPS SLEW A COMRADE LAST NIGHT AT THE SLOUGH \u2014\u00a0At Least it Looks That Way \u2014\u00a0Rock Island Coroner's Jury, However, Says the Cars Did It \u2014\u00a0The identity of the Victim is Unknown. Section men, going to work this morning, found the dead body of a man at the foot of the embankment at the south end of the slough bridge in Rock Island. He was apparently a tramp, and the supposition is that he was murdered by tramps and thrown down the embankment to make it appear that he had been struck by a train.

Monday, Dec. 11, 1876:\u00a0BOIL THE WATER \u2014 An observant gentleman, who resides in the northern part of the city, says the Clinton Herald, where the surface water used for domestic purposes ordinarily comes from low ground, says all the water used in his family is first purified by boiling. He began this practice some time ago and found it to be so beneficial that he desires to the result of his investigations for the benefit of the public.

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Mostly pleasant, sometimes contrived but always engaging when Warren Beatty is on the screen, \u201cRules Don\u2019t Apply\u201d is a kind of fictional sitcom centered around the real-life character of Howard Hughes.

Screenwriter/director Warren Beatty has long wanted to make this film, and the care he takes to recreate the era shows in every frame.

The place is Los Angeles, and the time is set mostly in the 1950s. There\u2019s a light-hearted tone to what transpires, even though some of it is rather sad.

Tycoon Hughes (Beatty) was a respected filmmaker as well as the founder of Hughes Aircraft Co. He is equally well-known for his eccentric behavior in the last years of his life. In many of the scenes, Hughes is depicted as a man on the edge of madness: He functions only because of his loyal staff and extreme wealth.

The story centers largely on two young people who are in Hughes\u2019 employ: Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich, \u201cHail, Caesar!\u201d) is a driver and Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins, \u201cMirror, Mirror\u201d) is among the bevy of starlets, all of whom hope to become actresses, who Hughes keeps around in beautiful apartments.

Marla shares her apartment with her virtuous mother (the wonderful Annette Bening) who is disappointed that Hughes doesn\u2019t even bother to meet Marla, who, despite her lack of talent, is perky and looks good in front of a camera.

Both Marla and Frank must abide by strict regulations. They must never hold hands or flirt with each other while Frank drives Marla around.

Of course, the two instantly are smitten with each other. But Marla is destined to meet Hughes himself in a kind of awkward date. Driver Levar Mathis (Matthew Broderick) brings Marla to a dark room where she sits and waits for Hughes to appear in the shadows.

Meanwhile, back home, Frank has a girl who fully expects to become his wife.

Both Collins and Ehrenreich are enjoyable to watch. But it\u2019s Beatty who gives us something to remember because he provides a sympathetic character in the stammering man who has money to burn but is uncomfortable around most people.

There are some sweet moments here, to be sure. One involves Collins\u2019 delivery of \u201cThe Rules Don\u2019t Apply,\u201d a lovely song that reflects her relationship with Frank.

It\u2019s a gamble when you mess around with history. Because this involves such a well-known eccentric, one of the story lines wobbles and eventually comes crashing down to create a mixed bag of entertainment.

It\u2019s fun to watch if you don\u2019t mind a fictional approach to history.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) \u2014 The podcast \"Crimetown\" opens with the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, attacking a man with a lit cigarette and a fireplace log.

It's one of the many stranger-than-fiction tales about the late Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see), the mafia and the city they both once ruled in this serial podcast from two of the people behind HBO's documentary miniseries \"The Jinx.\"

Four episodes in, \"Crimetown\" is sitting at the top of the iTunes charts.

Co-creators Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier said they were fascinated by the \"tree roots\" that connect people in the capital of the smallest state in the union, where politicians, cops and wise guys often grow up together.

Smerling says they're looking at a culture of crime during Cianci's career that spanned four decades.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards.

The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN's ESPY Awards.

The selection of Kimmel gives ABC, home of the Oscars telecast, the choice the network had long sought. His \"Jimmy Kimmel Live!\" has previously followed ABC's Oscar broadcast. The network also has new muscle to flex; it signed a deal with the Academy of Motion Pictures in August to remain the Oscar broadcast home until 2028.

The academy waited much later than usual to name a host for the Feb. 26 ceremony. This year's show is being produced by veteran producer Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company, Pearl Street Films. This is also their first time producing the Oscars.

The lengthy search has perhaps been a product of increasing pressure on the broadcast. Last year's show was hosted by Chris Rock and was dominated by backlash over its second straight year of all-white acting nominees. Its 34.3 million viewers marked an 11-year low for the telecast.

Whether Kimmel can spark a comeback will be a considerable test for the 49-year-old comedian. His Emmy Awards broadcast on ABC drew a mere 11.3 million viewers, a new low.

This year's Oscar favorites also don't appear to feature the kind of big, popular films that can drive audiences to watch the awards. The top contenders \u2014 \"Moonlight,\" ''La La Land\" and \"Manchester by the Sea\" \u2014 have together totaled less than $15 million at the box office, though \"La La Land\" hasn't yet opened.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

While politics were absent from the tributes to the performers who were recognized for influencing American culture Sunday night, the arts community's affection for Obama \u2014 and its nervousness about President-elect Donald Trump \u2014 was palpable in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were introduced last, after Pacino and his fellow honorees: gospel singer Staples; pianist Martha Argerich; singer-songwriter James Taylor; and Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, the surviving members of the Eagles.

After a sustained ovation, host Stephen Colbert greeted the crowd of Washington insiders as \"endangered swamp-dwellers,\" referencing Trump's \"drain the swamp\" campaign pledge. He joked that Obama would need to receive the honor to attend again and that \"unlike the Nobel Peace Prize, they don't just give these away.\"

The Kennedy Center Honors are in their 39th year, a period that has included six presidents \u2014 three Republicans, three Democrats \u2014 and all have taken time to welcome the recipients. But the 2016 election was noteworthy for the way A-list performers lined up behind Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while Trump had relatively few celebrity endorsements.

Although the president has no say in who receives the awards, Colbert joked that next year's honorees would include Scott Baio, Gary Busey and Meat Loaf.

\"For the past eight years, the White House has given us a leader who's passionate, intelligent and dignified,\" Colbert said, and the crowd rose for another prolonged ovation, prompting Obama to stand and wave.

\"Sir, I don't even know why you stood up. I was talking about Michelle,\" Colbert said.

Earlier, at the White House, Obama welcomed the honorees at a reception and said participating in the gala was \"one of the perks of the job.\"

\"The arts have always been part of life at the White House because the arts are always central to American life,\" Obama said. \"That's why over the past eight years Michelle and I have invited some of the best writers, musicians, actors and dancers to share their gifts with the American people and to help tell the story of who we are.\"

Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein also thanked the Obamas, noting that the president isn't required to attend the honors or host a reception. He offered them a \"golden ticket\" good for free admission to any event at the center.

\"Parking is extra,\" Rubenstein said.

Another standing ovation went to Bill Clinton, who made a surprise appearance on stage to talk about how Taylor's music resonated with him and the American public in times that tested the nation's resolve.

\"Our nation was reeling from the pain of Vietnam,\" Clinton said. \"James was there to satisfy our hunger for both intimacy and authenticity.\"

Politics aside, the honors proceeded as usual, with musicians and actors taking the stage to pay tribute to the honorees, who stood on a balcony, waving and applauding as they wore the event's signature rainbow-colored garlands. The ceremony will be broadcast Dec. 27 on CBS.

The tribute to Pacino included remarks by Sean Penn and recitations of Shakespeare by Laurence Fishburne and Lily Rabe. Chris O'Donnell and Gabrielle Anwar re-enacted the tango that Pacino danced with Anwar in \"Scent of a Woman,\" the 1992 movie that won Pacino his long-overdue Oscar.

Kevin Spacey gave a virtuoso tutorial on how to impersonate the actor whose passionate delivery has helped create some of the most memorable lines in American cinema. The keys are to look surprised and exhale loudly, Spacey said.

\"Al seems to have a lot of air,\" he said.

Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker performed medleys of Taylor's music. Yitzhak Perlman played violin and Yuja Wang played piano to honor the Argentine-born Argerich.

Staples' songs were performed by Elle King, Bonnie Raitt and Andra Day, and actor Don Cheadle spoke about the civil rights legacy of Staples and her family, who were close to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and performed at John F. Kennedy's inauguration.

\"She's still fighting. She's still singing freedom songs,\" Cheadle said.

The Eagles were originally selected to be honored last year, but the band opted to delay participation because of founding member Glenn Frey's poor health. Frey died in January at age 67, making the event a bittersweet one for the surviving Eagles, who were joined by Frey's widow, Cindy Frey. Henley has said the band will never perform again. Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Kings of Leon and Colombian rocker Juanes performed the Eagles' music Sunday.

\"I want to dedicate this evening to our brother Glenn,\" Henley said as the band accepted its honors Saturday night at the State Department. \"He was so much a part of our success. He was the driving force in this band. He believed in the American dream.\"

The band's longtime manager, Irving Azoff, sobbed as he raised a glass to Frey.

\"For our Eagles family,\" he said, \"2016 couldn't have had a harder beginning or a more appropriate ending.\"

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Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to give the proper spelling of the last name of musician Timothy B. Schmit.

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Tickets to the rock band Journey's April 3 concert at the iWireless Center go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday.

The band will be performing all their classic hits including\u00a0 \"Don't Stop Believin',\" \"Any Way You Want It,\" \"Lights,\" \"Faithfully,\" \"Wheel In The Sky,\" \"Separate Ways,\" and more.

Ticket prices are $39, $55, $75, and $99 and are available at the iWireless Center box office, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Journey VIP packages will be available, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information, visit www.journeymusic.com.

Journey is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, the super group has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadium tours. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders.

Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey.' The band recently received a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (original member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), welcomed virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey for their \"San Francisco Fest 2016\" tour, marking the first time he performed with the band since 1998.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 In a bid to fight fraud, Sotheby's is buying an art forensics firm whose founder once helped the auction house identify a $10 million painting as a fake.

Sotheby's announced the acquisition of Orion Analytical on Monday.

Sotheby's said Orion's founder, James Martin, will lead a new scientific research department at the auction house.

Part of his job will be to make sure the works Sotheby's sells are authentic.

The purchase of the Williamstown, Massachusetts-based company comes amid a number of recent art forgeries in the art world, including a supposed painting by Frans Hals that Sotheby's sold to an art collector for $10 million in 2011.

In March, the auction house declared the painting to be a fake and issued a refund following a technical analysis by Orion Analytical.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Set designer Derek McLane's transition from working on Broadway to the Oscars hit a bit of a bump on his first day.

McLane had showed up for work at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in 2013 when the show's TV director called him over to complain. \"The backs of the scenery is all not finished,\" he was told. \"'What am I going to shoot here?'\"

That was when McLane got a reminder of one big differences between Broadway and the TV telecasts \u2014 cameras go everywhere, so everything needs to look good. \"On Broadway, we never finish the back of the scenery,\" he said. \"I just hadn't thought of it.\"

McLane really hasn't put a wrong foot since, becoming the go-to guy responsible for making the last three NBC live musicals and the last four Oscar telecast look great. His next challenge is \"Hairspray Live! \" on Wednesday.

He is a Broadway fixture \u2014 a Tony Award-winner who crafted the scenery for such recent shows as \"Beautiful,\" ''China Doll\" and a lot of sturdy doors for \"Noises Off\" \u2014 who found his skills translated to live TV. In addition to the Oscars, he's designed the sets for \"The Wiz Live!,\" ''Peter Pan Live!\" and \"The Sound of Music Live!\"

\"It's very different in some ways, but in other ways, it's really not,\" he said during a tour of his midtown Manhattan studio. \"We're still telling stories and all of these stories happen to be based on Broadway shows.\"

Playwright and director Moises Kaufman is a fan, having watched McLane create a stunning set of boxes upon boxes for \"33 Variations,\" so lovely that it won him a Tony. \"I believe in him tremendously. I think he's one of the great artists in America. I really do,\" said Kaufman.

For \"Hairspray Live!\" McLane is transforming nondescript fake store fronts in Universal's backlot in Hollywood into 1960s-era Baltimore. Adding to the pressure is that 40 percent of the show will be filmed outside. \"It's definitely risky. But it's also so much more, I think, exciting,\" he said.

The show is based on a John Waters film that concerns the full-figured Tracy Turnblad whose fondest wish is to appear on a local television dance program and champion racial integration. The cast includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

McLane is building a record store, a jail, a TV studio, a high school gym, and a house for the Turnblads, among others. He's putting real cars from the era on the streets and little nods to the musical's roots (Look for the store signs for \"Waters Plumbing\" and \"Divine Pet Food.\")

The Yale School of Drama graduate consulted historic photos of the period and went down to walk around Baltimore, soaking in the flavor. \"The sense of that period is important to the show, for sure,\" he said.

McLane was first tapped for live TV when he was doing the scenic design for the 2011 Broadway revival of \"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying\" starring Daniel Radcliffe. Two of the lead producers were Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also were doing the Oscars in 2013. They asked him aboard for that and then asked him again when they revived NBC's love of live musicals.

He crafted an elegant set for \"The Sound of Music Live!\" \u2014 though when he looks back he thinks his bedroom for Maria was too small \u2014 as well as a Neverland for Peter Pan that took inspiration from the rock formations off the coast of Vietnam. His \"The Wiz Live!\" was heavy with technology and fantasy.

McLane said he hopes to be able to continue straddling the words of theater and TV, as well as creating worlds onstage for off-Broadway shows and national tours. He doesn't matter so much if it's millions of people or a few hundred.

\"There isn't necessarily a correlation between something being big and good,\" he said. \"There's nothing more satisfying ultimately than working on something that you think is actually really fun.\"

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Online: http://www.nbc.com/hairspray-live

___

Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) \u2014 In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC's \"Hairspray Live!\" is the most ambitious contender yet.

It's got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.

Executive producer Neil Meron also counts the TV musical's timing as a bonus, calling it impeccable despite its 1960s setting and roots in John Waters' 1988 film and, more directly, in the 2002-09 Broadway musical with Fierstein.

\"People already were excited about it, but after the election they were saying, 'Boy, do we need this now,'\" Meron said recently on a Universal Studios set as the cast rehearsed \"I Can Hear the Bells\" for Wednesday's telecast (8-11 p.m. EST).

With the country in a \"divisive place,\" he said, viewers are eager for entertainment \"that can be really healing.\"

\"Hairspray Live!\" is set in 1962 Baltimore, where \"The Corny Collins Show\" is TV's hot dance program and the focus of teen Tracy Turnblad's dreams. When she's chosen to perform and gains instant celebrity, the plus-sized dynamo uses it to fight the show's whites-only rule.

Tracy is played by Maddie Baillio, 20, of League City, Texas, a college student plucked from more than 1,300 hopefuls in an open-casting call for her first professional role. Short plays husband to Fierstein's supportive wife and mother.

The cast includes Derek Hough as Collins; Grande as Tracy's pal Penny; Hudson as record-store owner Motormouth Maybelle; Ephraim Sykes as her son, Seaweed; Chenoweth and Dove Cameron as mean mom-daughter duo Velma and Amber Von Tussle, and Garrett Clayton as Link, Tracy's squeeze. Two former \"Hairspray\" Tracys, Ricki Lake (the movie) and Marissa Jaret Winokur (the play), are set for cameo appearances.

Among the catchy songs sure to rattle around in viewers' brains for days: \"Good Morning Baltimore\" and \"You Can't Stop the Beat.\"

The production is big (55 cast members, 600 costumes, 18 sets) and sprawling, designed to shift between the confines of two Universal Studios soundstages and a variety of backlot locations. It's also got an element of risk, following other recent musicals that aired live to ramp up the excitement factor (and keep viewers tuning into broadcast networks and commercials).

The TV musical competition is both intra- and intermural: The bar for \"Hairspray Live!\" was set at varying heights by NBC's \"Sound of Music,\" ''Peter Pan\" and \"The Wiz\" broadcasts. \"The Wiz\" aired live in 2015, as did this year's \"Grease\" on competitor Fox, and \"Hairspray\" plucked its pair of directors, Kenny Leon and Alex Rudzinski, from those respective telecasts. Jerry Mitchell, who choreographed the Broadway musical, also is aboard.

The \"Hairspray\" producers have \"certainly upped the ante,\" said Hough. \"The people who are part of this, including some who worked on 'Grease' as well, they want to try to top themselves.\"

Exactly, said Meron, who is producing \"Hairspray Live!\" with Craig Zadan. The partners also produced the 2007 movie version of the stage musical, with Nikki Blonsky as Tracy and John Travolta as Edna.

While \"Grease\" made creative use of backlot locations, Meron said the \"Hairspray\" plan is to spend more of the show, about 40 percent, outdoors on the lot.

That will include mundane facades transformed into a colorful Baltimore downtown, one that happens to be in sight of the clock tower featured in \"Back to the Future.\" Neon signs advertise businesses including Waters Plumbing, a bow to the story's free-thinking originator, and Divine Pet Food. That honors the original film's Edna, the late Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead), who set the template for a male to own the role.

As with \"The Wiz,\" which starred newcomer Shanice Williams, \"Hairspray\" is rolling the dice with Baillio. But Fierstein says it's no gamble.

She \"has a voice that is just wonderful. ... She's excited about life. She's excited to do this,\" he told a teleconference, adding, \"it's given me a whole new light to have this terrific new young star.\"

Fierstein showed plenty of spark on the set recently, interrupting an interview to playfully admonish a group of boisterous cast members on break.

\"Don't make me come over there!\" he shouted. Turning serious, the stage veteran said the demands of the TV musical, including learning to remain aware of multiple cameras, have proved a challenge.

\"In the theater, I'm in charge of telling the audience where to look and what's important. Here, you need to very much give up all control\" except over one's own performance, Fierstein said.

Director Leon explained that the production \"is not theater, it's not TV, it's not a film \u2014 it's a hybrid of all of that. That's half the problem, understanding that. So we have to take this team of actors, get them in the same world, and present it in a way so that the viewers at home feel they are the live audience.\"

What they'll discover in \"Hairspray,\" said Baillio, are themes that are as relevant as ever.

\"One of the things I love about Tracy is her body positivity, and that she sees everyone as equal and believes everyone should be dancing together on 'The Corny Collins Show' and in life,\" said the sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. \"It's bold to say, but I hope it changes opinions.\"

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Online: http://www.nbc.com/hairspray-live

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Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.

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\"The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific\" (Penguin Random House/ Doubleday), by David Bianculli

NPR's \"Fresh Air\" TV critic David Bianculli has been a reviewer for over 40 years, and he's crafted a wonderful overview of the history of television with \"The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific.\"

Bianculli loves the medium, and it shows. Rather than taking a year-by-year approach to showcase the best of television, he breaks it down by genre, including animation, Westerns, spy dramas, medical shows and crime. He breaks down sitcoms into categories such as family and workplace comedies. Each section chronicles the history while also showcasing those shows that Bianculli considers groundbreakers that have established the genre. Among the shows he considers the best for the legal category: \"Perry Mason,\" ''L.A. Law\" and \"Boston Legal.\"

What makes this book so much more than an examination of the history of TV is the personal touch that Bianculli adds when he recounts why he fell in love with particular shows or how he was influenced by what he saw on the screen. He also interviews the creators behind the shows he considers the best of the best, and getting insight from legends such as Carl Reiner, Norman Lear and Steven Bochco truly captures why television continues to be the place where quality writing and imagination can reside.

The way we watch television might be changing, and there might be so many choices that nobody can watch everything. Bianculli reassures with his examination of the history of the medium that there will always be quality and groundbreaking storytelling. There was a golden age of television, and he believes that we are now living in the platinum age.

This book is a must for anyone who has been enthralled by the images and stories on television.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Singer-songwriter Jeff Zentner, whose albums include \"A Season Lost\" and \"The Dying Days of Summer,\" is a finalist for an award being handed out next month. But this one is for literature.

Zentner's \"The Serpent King\" is among five nominees for the William C. Morris Award, presented by the American Library Association for the year's best debut novel written for teens. Other contenders announced Monday were M-E Girard's \"Girl Mans Up,\" Sonia Patel's \"Rani Patel in Full Effect,\" Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's \"The Smell of Other People's Houses\" and Calla Devlin's \"Tell Me Something Real.\"

The Morris prize will be among many announced Jan. 23 by the library association, which also gives the John Newbery Medal for best children's book and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 At 75, David Thomson is the sultan of cinema criticism. British-born but long based in America, he is the author of nearly two dozen film-related books including \"Moments that Made the Movies,\" \"'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films\" and \"The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.\"

Now Thomson has switched his gaze, and his analysis, to the TV medium. In \"Television: A Biography\" (Thames & Hudson, $34.95), he focuses on TV from its individual genres to its broad social impact during the past 70 years. As ever, his writing is bright, puckish and reader-friendly. At 400 pages, the book is a bit weighty, but not the prose.

But what made Thomson, who had never before put his take on TV between covers, decide to change channels? During a recent interview, he explained.

\"I was at a point where I felt that the movies were not really going anywhere very exciting, and that if you were looking for the best American movies, you probably needed to look at television. 'The Wire,' 'The Sopranos,' 'Breaking Bad' \u2014 they were so much more ambitious than anything made for theaters. So I began to develop an historical perspective on TV that I had had on the movies for a long time. I'm much more interested now in thinking about and writing about TV than the movies.\"

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A VIEWER'S BOOK

\"You may have watched a lot of TV but never thought systematically about it. I wanted to do a book which would give you a sense that the totality of the medium had been addressed. Not covered, but addressed. And if you have never watched television, after you read this book I think you can say, 'I understand what television is.'\"

___

A DIFFERENT CREATURE

\"Our relationship with TV is different than with almost any medium we've had before. It's all well and good for something on TV to be so riveting that you don't want to miss a moment. But when you tune in to watch one show, you may end up just watching TV overall. There's such a lot on television that is sort of tidal \u2014 it just washes in and out, over you. You turn it on like you would turn on a light, and you may be doing other things. But even if you're not watching, it enters into you in ambient ways.\"

___

SHORT LIST

Thomson, film's consummate list-maker, shared \"off the top of my head\" a few pick TV hits: \"Monty Python's Flying Circus\" ... the BBC version of \"The Singing Detective\" ... live coverage of the funeral of President John F. Kennedy ... \"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In\" ... \"a couple of episodes of 'All in the Family' where Edith is just sublime\" ... the ESPN documentary series \"O.J.: Made in America,\" which he calls \"a major work\" ... and, of course, \"Breaking Bad.\"

\"But this time tomorrow,\" he cautions, \"I would revise the whole list.\"

___

TV PRESIDENT

\"With Donald Trump in the White House, I think we're going to get more of the same as with the campaign: His administration will have to be judged as an ongoing TV show. He is a television person, so I think it's going to be a presidency of shows and moments. My instinct is, in terms of policy, he's doing to be dreadfully disappointing to his supporters. But on TV, I think it's going to be amazing \u2014 until it becomes grotesque.\"

___

LOOKING AHEAD

\"We watch stories and stars, but it's more and more evident that, as TV viewers, we go where the technology takes us. My sense of television is that technology has always driven the whole thing, and I think that will continue. I think more sophisticated, interesting fusions of what we still call television with the computer are going to occur. That will be more important than any sort of new genre or new narrative form in entertainment. And I see the end of the movie house. But it's inevitable that a cellphone will be built into our hands. So maybe a screen could be implanted in our heads. I think that will happen!\"

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EDITOR'S NOTE \u2014 Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore

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STOCKHOLM (AP) \u2014 He won't be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet.

Dylan, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, declined the invitation to the Dec. 10 prize ceremony and banquet, pleading other commitments. But the Nobel Foundation said Monday that the singer-songwriter has written a \"speech of thanks\" that will be read by a yet-to-be-decided person at the lavish banquet in Stockholm's City Hall.

At the Nobel awards ceremony earlier that day, Patti Smith will perform Dylan's \"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall\" as a tribute to the 75-year-old.

Nobel spokeswoman Annika Pontikis says Dylan's diploma and medal will be handed over at a later date that hasn't been determined yet.

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have offered some details on the new addition to their family, a baby boy named Dmitri Portwood Kutcher.

Kutcher announced on his website that Dmitri was born at 1:21 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces.

On the subject of baby photos for the public, Kutcher says in an article on his website that he and Kunis would \"like to allow our kids to make their own choices on whether to have a life in the public eye or not,\" adding \"we don't want to make the choice for them.\"

Dmitri is the couple's second child. Older sister Wyatt was born in 2014.

Kunis and Kutcher were co-stars on the sitcom \"That '70s Show\" and married in July 2015.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) \u2014 Any good South Korean protest needs a soundtrack, and the music that accompanies the massive rallies on the verge of bringing down President Park Geun-hye includes the mournful, the tongue-and-cheek and a smattering of defiance from \"Les Miserables.\"

Music resounds in the crammed streets around South Korea's presidential palace. It's both a rallying point and communal glue as crowds that organizers estimate at more than 1 million gather each Saturday to try to topple a president who prosecutors say allowed a corrupt confidante to pull government strings.

The songs are often modified versions of hits from South Korea's long and vibrant protest culture, which came of age rallying against military dictatorship in the 1980s.

Where the old songs of defiance tended toward somewhat monotonous chants by militant, fist-swinging protesters, however, the new tunes are often short and funny. They are often sung by families and young couples.

Protesters, for instance, cheerfully sway as they sing a tune that mostly just repeats the word \"Resign!\" Another song taps into lofty language in the country's constitution. Several harken to a recent tragic ferry sinking.

Here is a small sampling of the many songs that have accompanied historic protests in Seoul in recent weeks:

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\"WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY IS THIS?\"

This fast-paced call for Park's arrest is one of the most popular songs at the protests.

The song by Yoon Min-seok calls Park, her allegedly corrupt confidante Choi Soon-sil, members of the conservative ruling party and the media \"criminals,\" ''treacherous servants\" and \"ugly accomplices\" who have made people's lives hell.

The chorus goes \"Resign! Resign! Resign! Resign now! Park Geun-hye, immediately resign! Imprison! Imprison! Imprison! Imprison now! Imprison Park Geun-hye!\"

___

\"BRING TO HARMONY\"

This was released by folk singer Han Young-ae in 1992 and has since become one of the country's most popular protest songs.

It's heavy with social commentary and laments a people who \"don't know what really matters and just run without knowing where they're going\" and \"ignore the truth.\"

In the chorus Han sings, \"Hey, God, who's asleep, please wake up. Like you did with the old colors of the sky, make things harmonious.\"

Toward the end, the song expresses a desire for solidarity by turning \"hate to love, anger to forgiveness, isolation to sympathy and impulsiveness into patience.\"

___

\"FLY AWAY CHICK\"

This one was released in 1994 by the rock band N.E.X.T., which was led by the late vocalist Shin Hae-chul. Before his death in 2014, Shin was influential for both his music and biting social commentary.

The song's narrator remembers a chick, called Yali, that he bought as a child on the way home from school, the grief he felt when it died and how that experience shaped him as an adult.

The song was a big hit when it was released and has become an anthem about death and grievance. It resonates also because of its use by relatives of the victims of a 2014 ferry disaster, which killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, and was partially blamed on government incompetence and corruption.

The chorus goes: \"Goodbye, Yali, are you flying in a world that has no pain? ... Did flowers blossom at your small burial mound this year too?\"

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\"HAYA SONG\"

The song most frequently heard at the protests is a short and humorous improvisation of a decades-old song South Koreans sing while rooting for sports teams at stadiums.

Song writer Lim Han-bin changed the howling chorus of \"Arirang Shepherd Boy\" from \"ya ya, ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya\" to \"haya, haya-haya, haya-haya, haya-ya.\"

\"Haya\" means \"resignation\" in Korean.

The song goes on to describe Park as a \"puppet\" who \"screwed the nation.\"

\"Arrest Park Geun-hye. .... Cough out all the money you have gobbled up,\" the song goes before shifting to the chorus again.

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\"CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1\"

The short tune written and composed by Yoon Min-seok simply repeats two lines paraphrased from South Korea's Constitution.

It expresses the pride of protesters, whose jovial mood is partially based on the belief that they are taking matters into their own hands to restore the country's democracy, which they say has been undermined by Park's scandal.

The song repeats \"The Republic of Korea is a democratic republic\" twice before adding, \"All authority in the Republic of Korea originates from the people.\"

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\"THE TRUTH DOES NOT SINK\"

This solemn song, also by Yoon, is linked to the 2014 ferry sinking. A chorus of yellow-shirted singers sings it while standing with relatives of victims on a large stage that has become the center of the protests.

The lyrics include, \"Darkness cannot defeat the light; Lies cannot defeat the truth; the truth does not sink; We do not give up.\"

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1. At the ballet\u00a0

A holiday tradition of 20 years is returning to the stage. Ballet Quad-Cities brings a classic, \"The Nutcracker,\" to life for one-day only at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.\u00a0See Clara, The Nutcracker, the Mouse King, live music from Orchestra Iowa as well as dozens of dancers, of all ages, in one show. Tickets are available at the Adler Theatre Box Office, by calling\u00a0800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.\u00a0

1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre,\u00a0$18, $30, $36.

2. A trio of country\u00a0

It's a night for country music fans. Headliner Chris Young, known for songs such as \"Gettin' You Home,\" \"I'm Comin' Over\"and \"Voices,\" teams up with\u00a0Dustin Lynch (\"Mind Reader\") and Cassadee Pope (\u201cWasting All These Tears\") this week at the iWireless Center, 1200 River Drive, Moline. Young, who got his start in 2006, after winning the fourth season of USA Network\u2019s reality competition \"Nashville Star,\" and Pope promise to present their duet, \"Think of You.\" Tickets are available at the iWireless Box Office and on\u00a0Ticketmaster.com.\u00a0

7:30 p.m. Friday, iWireless Center,\u00a0$42.50-55.50

3. Rock orchestra

Consider these numbers: 30 people on stage,\u00a019 trucks full of equipment and nine buses of musicians, 100 concerts in a span of six weeks and 20 years of shows. That's the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in a nutshell. See the jam-packed rock production for yourself, presenting \"The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,\"\u00a0at the iWireless Center, 1200 River Drive, Moline. Tickets are available at the iWireless Center Box Office and at Ticketmaster.com.\u00a0

7:30 p.m. Thursday, iWireless Center,\u00a0$35,\u00a0$45,\u00a0$56,\u00a0$66

4. Blues from Bruce

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is hosting a show starring the Bruce Katz Band. The group will stop at Harley Corin\u2019s, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf. Katz, a Boston-native, knows jazz music inside and out \u2014\u00a0he was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music from 1996-2010.\u00a0

7 p.m. Monday, Harley Corin\u2019s, $8 for members, $10 for non-members

5. Colorado folk show

Paper Bird, the six-person group from Denver, Colorado, dropped their self-titled album, a mix of folk, pop and soul, in September. They've shared bills with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, The Lumineers,\u00a0Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Shakey Graves while on tour over the last few years. See Paper Bird, with opener\u00a0Dan Tedesco, at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport.\u00a0

8 p.m. Thursday, Redstone Room, $12

6. Holiday horror night

Looking to add some scary to your merry? Rozz-Tox,\u00a02108 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is hosting a holiday-themed horror movie night.\u00a0The lineup includes 1997's \"Jack Frost,\" 1980's \"Christmas Evil\" and 1984's \"Silent Night Deadly Night.\"\u00a0

7 p.m. Saturday, Rozz-Tox. Free

7. Shopping extravaganza

From baked goods to jewelry to toys, this shopping event is a good place to tackle everything on your list.\u00a0At the Quad-City Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, an annual vendor and craft fair, more than 100 vendors will be set up at the\u00a0Rock Island Center for Math and Science, 2101 16th Ave., Rock Island.

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Rock Island Center for Math and Science. Free

8. Run with Santa

Whether you don the red suit and white beard or not, here's your chance to run as Santa Claus would. The 2nd annual Santa Fun Run, hosted by Plan for Adventure, is set for Saturday afternoon. Options include a 5k and a 1-mile fun run. Don't forget to grab a photo with Santa after the run. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army of the QCA. To register, visit\u00a0planforadventure.com.

1:30 p.m. Saturday, downtown Moline, $15 for fun run, $40 for 5k\u00a0

9. Family day at the Figge

Free Family Day returns to The Figge Art Museum,\u00a0225 W. 2nd St, Davenport. \u00a0Enjoy free admission all day, with kid-friendly activities, such as art and music projects, on tap from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit\u00a0Figgeartmuseum.org.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Figge Art Museum. Free

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The time of year has come -\u2013 the holiday season. The leaves have fallen, the weather has cooled, and we all look forward to celebrating with family and friends. If you\u2019re like the rest of us, you anticipate the wonderful feasts and savory treats that accompany holiday tradition. Unfortunately, with feasting also comes an overload of sugar, fat, and calories, things that can contribute to excess weight gain. In order to combat those extra pounds, try some of these helpful tips for surviving holiday meals:

1. Don\u2019t forget your fruits and vegetables. Often, we plan holiday meals around savory side dishes and sweet desserts, but it\u2019s important to make sure you\u2019re still incorporating fruits and vegetables into your meal plan. Start with a fruit and vegetable tray, substitute roasted vegetables for green bean casserole, or even prepare a healthy fruit salad recipe for the dessert table. Opt for these healthier options instead of dishes that are high in calories with little or no nutritional benefits.

2. Resist indulging while cooking. While it\u2019s hard to resist the tastes and smells of the delicious meal you\u2019re preparing, extra bites lead to extra calories, and we all know what that means. By skipping nibbles during meal preparation, you can bypass the added calories and allow yourself to savor every bite when it actually comes time to eat.

3. No dessert until you clean your plate. OK, so it turns out your mother was actually right. Prevent yourself from filling up on desserts by making it a goal to finish your main dishes, such as protein-packed turkey or oven-roasted sweet potatoes, before moving on to the sugary finale. Desserts are OK in moderation, so gauge your hunger level before moving on to that second (or third) piece of dessert. This will allow you to enjoy amazing desserts without going overboard.

4. Healthy substitutions in traditional recipes. Change can be a good thing, right? Small substitutions in some of your favorite recipes can yield much healthier outcomes without a significant impact on flavor. Choose the fat-free, low-sodium, or sugar-free options for items on your grocery list whenever possible. Knowing that you\u2019re using the healthiest possible choices for ingredients will give you peace of mind while feasting.

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SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with epilepsy who experienced longer seizures during a simulated driving test may face an increased risk for crashes while on the road, a new study suggests.

About 75 percent of people with epilepsy use medication to control their seizures and are able to drive. The remainder of patients typically keep a journal of seizures, noting how long they last, and doctors use that information to determine whether patients can drive safely, the study authors explained.

The new study included 16 people with epilepsy who used a driving simulator for between one to 10 hours, most for an average of three to four hours. In total, the patients had 20 seizures, seven of which resulted in \"crashes.\"

The longer the seizure, the greater the chance of a \"crash.\" Seizures lasted an average of 75 seconds among patients who crashed and 30 seconds among those who didn't crash.

The study was to be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, in Houston.

\"Our goal is to identify if certain types of seizures -- coming from a specific part of the brain or causing a particular brain wave pattern -- are more likely to lead to a crash. That information could then be used by doctors to objectively determine who can safely drive and who should not,\" said study author Dr. Hal Blumenfeld, director of the Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center, in New Haven, Conn.

Blumenthal, who is also a professor of neurology, neuroscience and neurosurgery at Yale, added that it isn't clear why people who have longer seizures are more likely to crash.

\"It's going to take a lot more data to come up with a reliable way of predicting which people with epilepsy should drive and which should not,\" Blumenfeld said in a news release from the epilepsy society.

\"We want to unearth more detail, to learn if there are people with epilepsy who are driving who shouldn't be, as well those who aren't driving who can safely drive,\" he said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on epilepsy.

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FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who attempted suicide and wound up in the emergency room has remained steady in the past decade, a new report finds.

Females were more likely to attempt suicide, but males used more violent methods. And all attempts were most common in the late spring, the researchers found.

\"What stood out to us the most is that while the rate of fatal suicide has increased, the overall rate of nonfatal suicide attempts has not changed much over the years, nor have the patterns -- age, sex, seasonality, mechanism, etc. -- changed much,\" said study co-author Joseph Canner. He is interim co-director of the Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Outcomes Research in Baltimore.

\"An optimist would say this is good news, given that there was a major recession early in the study period and given all of the attention highlighting the despair of middle-aged men with no job prospects, leading to drug use and suicide,\" he said in a Hopkins news release.

\"A pessimist would say that this report is bad news because the rate is unchanged despite all of the preventive interventions and emphasis on mental health over the past decade. Perhaps the truth is that these two forces are counterbalancing each other,\" Canner said.

Suicide is the 10th most common cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The authors of the new study focused on visits to the emergency department that were prompted by suicide attempts; in all the cases included in the study, the people survived. In a large database, the investigators found more than 3.5 million of these visits from 2006 through 2013 among people aged 10 and up.

Males were more likely to turn to firearms, hanging and jumping, while females were more likely to attempt poisoning/overdoses (two-thirds of all attempts) and drowning, the findings showed.

While females accounted for 57 percent of suicide-related visits and males accounted for 43 percent, the researchers said suicide attempts by males are more likely to result in death. So, that may have skewed the results because the study only looked at nonfatal cases of attempted suicide.

Suicide attempts overall result in a 14 percent fatality rate for males and a 3 percent fatality rate for females. This is probably because males are 64 percent more likely to use a violent method, according to the U.S. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The investigators also found that 83 percent of the people admitted for suicide attempts appeared to have mental disorders.

The study was published recently in the journal Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

More information

For details about suicide prevention, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in 10 stroke survivors develop epilepsy, and the greater the brain damage caused by stroke, the higher the risk of seizures, a new study reports.

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition marked by recurrent, unprovoked seizures, muscle spasms or convulsions.

Researchers analyzed data from 450 stroke survivors in the United Kingdom and found that 11 percent developed epilepsy after their stroke.

The study found that those who developed epilepsy had twice the amount of brain damage as those who did not develop seizures. Those who developed epilepsy were an average of 44 years old, compared with an average age of 56 for those who did not develop epilepsy. But the study did not prove that more brain damage causes epilepsy risk to rise.

Brain damage from stroke tends to be more extensive in younger people, putting them at higher risk for epilepsy, the study authors said.

The findings were to be resented Friday at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting, in Houston. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

\"Many physicians treating stroke patients don't realize that falls, episodes of confusion and loss of consciousness may be signs of post-stroke epilepsy,\" said study author Dr. Beate Diehl, a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist at University College London.

\"Post-stroke epileptic seizures can negatively affect stroke recovery and rehabilitation,\" Diehl said in a society news release.

Doctors treating stroke survivors need to know that epilepsy is common in these patients and to be alert for signs of the disorder, the researchers said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on epilepsy.

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SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help reduce episodes of pain associated with sickle cell disease, a new study finds.

Results of an early trial showed the drug -- called SelG1 for now -- reduced episodes of sickle cell-related pain crises by 45 percent. In addition, the drug appeared safe and was well-tolerated, researchers say.

\"Patients with sickle cell disease have complications, the most common of which is pain crises that require medical care and sometimes hospitalization,\" said lead researcher Dr. Kenneth Ataga. He's director of the sickle cell program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

People with inherited sickle cell disease have abnormally shaped red blood cells. These sickle-shaped cells stick to the walls of blood vessels, slowing and blocking normal blood flow. Blockage results in less blood and oxygen reaching cells, which in turn causes severe muscle pain.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease, with blacks disproportionately affected.

\"We don't have many treatments for this pain,\" Ataga said. Currently, only one drug, hydroxyurea, is available to help prevent these episodes. And many patients continue to have acute pain episodes despite the therapy.

SelG1, an antibody, works differently from hydroxyurea, Ataga said. SelG1 attacks the molecule P-selectin, which is responsible for blocking normal blood flow. By stopping P-selectin, the drug keeps blood flowing, thus preventing the pain crises, he explained.

For their study, Ataga and colleagues randomly assigned 198 patients with sickle cell disease to receive one of two IV doses of SelG1 or a placebo. Patients received an initial dose, another dose two weeks later, then a dose every four weeks for 50 weeks for a total of 14 doses.

Over the year of the study, patients who received the highest dose of SelG1 experienced a 45 percent reduction in the rate of sickle cell pain crises, the researchers found.

Side effects occurred in 5 percent or more of patients receiving SelG1. These included joint pain, itching, vomiting, chest pain, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle pain and stomach pain, the study reported.

The trial was the second of three research phases required for drug approval in the United States.

Since this trial, the drug giant Novartis has acquired Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp., which developed SelG1 and funded the study. Novartis has not decided if or when it will start larger trials, a company spokeswoman said.

\"It would be nice to have more than one drug to offer people,\" said Dr. Maggie Fader, a pediatric hematologist oncologist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami. \"However, there isn't enough information yet to say that this drug is going to be better than what we have,\" she said.

Also, the study lasted only 12 months, so how well patients respond over time isn't known, Fader said. Larger and longer studies are needed, she added.

Patients who suffer from sickle cell pain crises sometimes try risky treatments or use powerful opioid painkillers, which can result in dependence and the need for increasingly higher doses, Fader said.

\"The majority are going to have significant pain crises where they require narcotics or hospitalizations,\" she added. \"Something that's a disease-modifying agent that might reduce these complications would be welcome.\"

The study results were scheduled for presentation Sunday at the meeting of the American Society of Hematology, in San Diego. They'll also be published Dec. 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

More information

For more on sickle cell disease, visit the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer cases rose 33 percent worldwide in the past 10 years, a new study shows.

In 2015, there were 17.5 million diagnoses and 8.7 million deaths in the world from the disease, the researchers found.

The rise in cancer cases was mainly due to population aging and growth, along with changes in age-specific cancer rates, according to the Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration study.

The lifetime risk of developing cancer was one in three for men and one in four for women, the researchers said.

Prostate cancer was the most common type of cancer in men (1.6 million cases), and tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in men.

Breast cancer was the most common cancer for women (2.4 million cases), and the leading cause of cancer death in women.

The most common cancers in children were leukemia, other neoplasms, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and brain and nervous system cancers, said researcher Dr. Christina Fitzmaurice, from the University of Washington in Seattle.

The study was published online Dec. 3 in the journal JAMA Oncology.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and statistics such as these play an important role in cancer control planning, the researchers said in a journal news release.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more on cancer.

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SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize emergency medicine and provide trauma victims a better chance of survival.

Researchers have created an artificial red blood cell that effectively picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to tissues throughout the body.

This artificial blood can be freeze-dried, making it easier for combat medics and paramedics to keep on hand for emergencies, said senior researcher Dr. Allan Doctor. He is a critical care specialist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

\"It's a dried powder that looks like paprika, basically,\" Doctor said. \"It can be stored in an IV plastic bag that a medic would carry, either in their ambulance or in a backpack, for a year or more. When they need to use it, they spike the bag with sterile water, mix it, and it's ready to inject right then and there.\"

The artificial blood cell, which is about one-fiftieth the size of a normal red blood cell, is made from purified human hemoglobin proteins that have been coated with a synthetic polymer, Doctor said. Hemoglobin is the component inside red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

It's estimated that as many as 70 percent of battlefield fatalities are due to shock caused by blood loss rather than life-threatening injuries to vital organs, Doctor said. Additionally, about 20,000 trauma deaths in the United States occur each year due to blood loss prior to arriving at a treatment center.

The hunt for an artificial blood substitute has been underway for more than 80 years, but the closest prior attempts have failed in two major ways, Doctor said.

Earlier versions could capture oxygen in the lungs, but then would not effectively release the oxygen after traveling out to tissues and organs, he said.

There also was an unintended reaction between \"naked\" hemoglobin and nitric oxide, a substance released by the lining of blood vessels that allows the vessels to relax and open up, Doctor noted.

\"The hemoglobin consumes that molecule and causes a constriction of the blood vessels,\" Doctor said. \"When they tried to put naked hemoglobin into the bloodstream, it caused heart attacks and strokes.\"

The synthetic polymer coating of the latest artificial blood cell appears to solve both these problems, Doctor explained. The coating was developed by the study's lead researcher, Dipanjan Pan, an assistant professor of bioengineering with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The surface chemistry of the polymer reacts to the pH level of blood as it travels through the body, Doctor said. It captures oxygen when blood pH is high, and releases oxygen when blood pH is low.

\"Blood pH is high in the lungs, is low in tissue, and is even lower in tissue that doesn't have enough oxygen,\" Doctor said. \"By linking oxygen affinity to blood pH, we imitate the behavior of a normal red cell.\"

The polymer coating also keeps the hemoglobin from reacting with nitric oxide in the bloodstream, thus preventing dangerous constriction of the blood vessels, he added.

There's also one more benefit -- because the polymer coating is \"immune silent,\" the artificial blood can be used in anyone regardless of blood type, Doctor said.

Lab tests involving mice and rats have proven that the artificial red blood cells can effectively deliver oxygen to needy tissues, the researchers reported.

\"We replaced 70 percent of the mouse's blood volume with the blood substitute,\" Doctor said. \"Those mice were indistinguishable from those who received a transfusion from another mouse.\"

Besides emergency settings, the artificial blood also could be used to help keep donated organs alive on route to a recipient, and supplement a hospital's regular blood supplies during complex surgeries such as open-heart bypass, he suggested.

However, the artificial red blood cells will never totally replace the real thing, Doctor said.

For one thing, they can't remain in the bloodstream anywhere near as long as regular red blood cells.

\"A normal red blood cell circulates about 120 days. This cell right now, we project circulation for about a third of a day to half a day,\" Doctor said. \"We may be able to manipulate that and get it up to a couple of days, but I seriously doubt we'll be able to get to the circulation time of a normal red blood cell.\"

The artificial cell also is designed solely to deliver oxygen, and leaves out a number of other functions that red blood cells provide.

Those other functions include antioxidant protection of tissues, regulation of blood flow, assistance in immune response, and aid in forming blood clots and scabs, said Doctor and Dr. Alan Mast, a senior investigator with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin's Blood Research Institute.

\"I think of these more as artificial oxygen carriers, because they're not the same as red blood cells,\" said Mast, a past president of the American Society of Hematology. He was not involved with the new study. \"Red blood cells can do many other physiologic things.\"

Nonetheless, Mast said the development of these artificial cells is \"exciting.\"

\"This could buy time for injured soldiers until they can get them to a hospital,\" Mast said. \"The product also could be useful in rural areas or areas where traumatic events occur and blood products aren't readily available.\"

Don't expect it to be available anytime soon though, Doctor warned. It still needs to be tested in rabbits and monkeys, before proceeding to human testing. And studies in animals often fail to produce similar results in humans.

\"It's quite a long road, possibly as long as 10 years before we have definitive answers whether this will work in people,\" Doctor said.

Findings from the study are scheduled to be presented Saturday at the American Society of Hematology's annual meeting, in San Diego. Study results presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

For more on red blood cells, visit the American Red Cross.

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New research shows women are now drinking nearly as much alcohol as men. Older studies showed as much as a 12-fold difference between men and women.

MedlinePlus Health, a product of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, summarized the findings from a study published in a journal called BMJ Open.

To create a worldwide picture of drinking between men and women, researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol research Center at the University of New South Wales in Australia pooled data from more than 4 million people who were part of 68 international studies between 1980 and 2014. The sample included people born as far back as 1981.

The study found the rise in drinking among women also brought a rise in the number of women who experience health effects from excessive drinking.

The research showed:

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Mostly pleasant, sometimes contrived but always engaging when Warren Beatty is on the screen, \u201cRules Don\u2019t Apply\u201d is a kind of fictional sitcom centered around the real-life character of Howard Hughes.

Screenwriter/director Warren Beatty has long wanted to make this film, and the care he takes to recreate the era shows in every frame.

The place is Los Angeles, and the time is set mostly in the 1950s. There\u2019s a light-hearted tone to what transpires, even though some of it is rather sad.

Tycoon Hughes (Beatty) was a respected filmmaker as well as the founder of Hughes Aircraft Co. He is equally well-known for his eccentric behavior in the last years of his life. In many of the scenes, Hughes is depicted as a man on the edge of madness: He functions only because of his loyal staff and extreme wealth.

The story centers largely on two young people who are in Hughes\u2019 employ: Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich, \u201cHail, Caesar!\u201d) is a driver and Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins, \u201cMirror, Mirror\u201d) is among the bevy of starlets, all of whom hope to become actresses, who Hughes keeps around in beautiful apartments.

Marla shares her apartment with her virtuous mother (the wonderful Annette Bening) who is disappointed that Hughes doesn\u2019t even bother to meet Marla, who, despite her lack of talent, is perky and looks good in front of a camera.

Both Marla and Frank must abide by strict regulations. They must never hold hands or flirt with each other while Frank drives Marla around.

Of course, the two instantly are smitten with each other. But Marla is destined to meet Hughes himself in a kind of awkward date. Driver Levar Mathis (Matthew Broderick) brings Marla to a dark room where she sits and waits for Hughes to appear in the shadows.

Meanwhile, back home, Frank has a girl who fully expects to become his wife.

Both Collins and Ehrenreich are enjoyable to watch. But it\u2019s Beatty who gives us something to remember because he provides a sympathetic character in the stammering man who has money to burn but is uncomfortable around most people.

There are some sweet moments here, to be sure. One involves Collins\u2019 delivery of \u201cThe Rules Don\u2019t Apply,\u201d a lovely song that reflects her relationship with Frank.

It\u2019s a gamble when you mess around with history. Because this involves such a well-known eccentric, one of the story lines wobbles and eventually comes crashing down to create a mixed bag of entertainment.

It\u2019s fun to watch if you don\u2019t mind a fictional approach to history.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards.

The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN's ESPY Awards.

The selection of Kimmel gives ABC, home of the Oscars telecast, the choice the network had long sought. His \"Jimmy Kimmel Live!\" has previously followed ABC's Oscar broadcast. The network also has new muscle to flex; it signed a deal with the Academy of Motion Pictures in August to remain the Oscar broadcast home until 2028.

The academy waited much later than usual to name a host for the Feb. 26 ceremony. This year's show is being produced by veteran producer Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company, Pearl Street Films. This is also their first time producing the Oscars.

The lengthy search has perhaps been a product of increasing pressure on the broadcast. Last year's show was hosted by Chris Rock and was dominated by backlash over its second straight year of all-white acting nominees. Its 34.3 million viewers marked an 11-year low for the telecast.

Whether Kimmel can spark a comeback will be a considerable test for the 49-year-old comedian. His Emmy Awards broadcast on ABC drew a mere 11.3 million viewers, a new low.

This year's Oscar favorites also don't appear to feature the kind of big, popular films that can drive audiences to watch the awards. The top contenders \u2014 \"Moonlight,\" ''La La Land\" and \"Manchester by the Sea\" \u2014 have together totaled less than $15 million at the box office, though \"La La Land\" hasn't yet opened.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Set designer Derek McLane's transition from working on Broadway to the Oscars hit a bit of a bump on his first day.

McLane had showed up for work at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in 2013 when the show's TV director called him over to complain. \"The backs of the scenery is all not finished,\" he was told. \"'What am I going to shoot here?'\"

That was when McLane got a reminder of one big differences between Broadway and the TV telecasts \u2014 cameras go everywhere, so everything needs to look good. \"On Broadway, we never finish the back of the scenery,\" he said. \"I just hadn't thought of it.\"

McLane really hasn't put a wrong foot since, becoming the go-to guy responsible for making the last three NBC live musicals and the last four Oscar telecast look great. His next challenge is \"Hairspray Live! \" on Wednesday.

He is a Broadway fixture \u2014 a Tony Award-winner who crafted the scenery for such recent shows as \"Beautiful,\" ''China Doll\" and a lot of sturdy doors for \"Noises Off\" \u2014 who found his skills translated to live TV. In addition to the Oscars, he's designed the sets for \"The Wiz Live!,\" ''Peter Pan Live!\" and \"The Sound of Music Live!\"

\"It's very different in some ways, but in other ways, it's really not,\" he said during a tour of his midtown Manhattan studio. \"We're still telling stories and all of these stories happen to be based on Broadway shows.\"

Playwright and director Moises Kaufman is a fan, having watched McLane create a stunning set of boxes upon boxes for \"33 Variations,\" so lovely that it won him a Tony. \"I believe in him tremendously. I think he's one of the great artists in America. I really do,\" said Kaufman.

For \"Hairspray Live!\" McLane is transforming nondescript fake store fronts in Universal's backlot in Hollywood into 1960s-era Baltimore. Adding to the pressure is that 40 percent of the show will be filmed outside. \"It's definitely risky. But it's also so much more, I think, exciting,\" he said.

The show is based on a John Waters film that concerns the full-figured Tracy Turnblad whose fondest wish is to appear on a local television dance program and champion racial integration. The cast includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

McLane is building a record store, a jail, a TV studio, a high school gym, and a house for the Turnblads, among others. He's putting real cars from the era on the streets and little nods to the musical's roots (Look for the store signs for \"Waters Plumbing\" and \"Divine Pet Food.\")

The Yale School of Drama graduate consulted historic photos of the period and went down to walk around Baltimore, soaking in the flavor. \"The sense of that period is important to the show, for sure,\" he said.

McLane was first tapped for live TV when he was doing the scenic design for the 2011 Broadway revival of \"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying\" starring Daniel Radcliffe. Two of the lead producers were Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also were doing the Oscars in 2013. They asked him aboard for that and then asked him again when they revived NBC's love of live musicals.

He crafted an elegant set for \"The Sound of Music Live!\" \u2014 though when he looks back he thinks his bedroom for Maria was too small \u2014 as well as a Neverland for Peter Pan that took inspiration from the rock formations off the coast of Vietnam. His \"The Wiz Live!\" was heavy with technology and fantasy.

McLane said he hopes to be able to continue straddling the words of theater and TV, as well as creating worlds onstage for off-Broadway shows and national tours. He doesn't matter so much if it's millions of people or a few hundred.

\"There isn't necessarily a correlation between something being big and good,\" he said. \"There's nothing more satisfying ultimately than working on something that you think is actually really fun.\"

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Online: http://www.nbc.com/hairspray-live

___

Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 At 75, David Thomson is the sultan of cinema criticism. British-born but long based in America, he is the author of nearly two dozen film-related books including \"Moments that Made the Movies,\" \"'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films\" and \"The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.\"

Now Thomson has switched his gaze, and his analysis, to the TV medium. In \"Television: A Biography\" (Thames & Hudson, $34.95), he focuses on TV from its individual genres to its broad social impact during the past 70 years. As ever, his writing is bright, puckish and reader-friendly. At 400 pages, the book is a bit weighty, but not the prose.

But what made Thomson, who had never before put his take on TV between covers, decide to change channels? During a recent interview, he explained.

\"I was at a point where I felt that the movies were not really going anywhere very exciting, and that if you were looking for the best American movies, you probably needed to look at television. 'The Wire,' 'The Sopranos,' 'Breaking Bad' \u2014 they were so much more ambitious than anything made for theaters. So I began to develop an historical perspective on TV that I had had on the movies for a long time. I'm much more interested now in thinking about and writing about TV than the movies.\"

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A VIEWER'S BOOK

\"You may have watched a lot of TV but never thought systematically about it. I wanted to do a book which would give you a sense that the totality of the medium had been addressed. Not covered, but addressed. And if you have never watched television, after you read this book I think you can say, 'I understand what television is.'\"

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A DIFFERENT CREATURE

\"Our relationship with TV is different than with almost any medium we've had before. It's all well and good for something on TV to be so riveting that you don't want to miss a moment. But when you tune in to watch one show, you may end up just watching TV overall. There's such a lot on television that is sort of tidal \u2014 it just washes in and out, over you. You turn it on like you would turn on a light, and you may be doing other things. But even if you're not watching, it enters into you in ambient ways.\"

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SHORT LIST

Thomson, film's consummate list-maker, shared \"off the top of my head\" a few pick TV hits: \"Monty Python's Flying Circus\" ... the BBC version of \"The Singing Detective\" ... live coverage of the funeral of President John F. Kennedy ... \"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In\" ... \"a couple of episodes of 'All in the Family' where Edith is just sublime\" ... the ESPN documentary series \"O.J.: Made in America,\" which he calls \"a major work\" ... and, of course, \"Breaking Bad.\"

\"But this time tomorrow,\" he cautions, \"I would revise the whole list.\"

___

TV PRESIDENT

\"With Donald Trump in the White House, I think we're going to get more of the same as with the campaign: His administration will have to be judged as an ongoing TV show. He is a television person, so I think it's going to be a presidency of shows and moments. My instinct is, in terms of policy, he's doing to be dreadfully disappointing to his supporters. But on TV, I think it's going to be amazing \u2014 until it becomes grotesque.\"

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LOOKING AHEAD

\"We watch stories and stars, but it's more and more evident that, as TV viewers, we go where the technology takes us. My sense of television is that technology has always driven the whole thing, and I think that will continue. I think more sophisticated, interesting fusions of what we still call television with the computer are going to occur. That will be more important than any sort of new genre or new narrative form in entertainment. And I see the end of the movie house. But it's inevitable that a cellphone will be built into our hands. So maybe a screen could be implanted in our heads. I think that will happen!\"

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EDITOR'S NOTE \u2014 Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 \"Last Tango in Paris\" is making headlines again 44 years after the controversial film came out. A recently unearthed video interview with Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter rape scene.

Bertolucci said that neither he nor Marlon Brando told Schneider of their plans to use the stick of butter during the simulated rape scene \u2014 a concept they came up with the morning of the shoot \u2014 because he wanted her to react \"as a girl not as an actress.\" He wanted her, he said, to feel \"the rage and the humiliation.\"

Schneider, who died in 2011 at age 58 after a lengthy illness, spoke a number of times about the scene between her, then aged 19, and Marlon Brando, then 48, even saying in a 2007 Daily Mail interview that she \"felt a little raped\" by her co-star and director.

\"They only told me about it before we had to film the scene, and I was so angry,\" Schneider said. \"I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can't force someone to do something that isn't in the script. But at the time, I didn't know that.\"

But despite Schneider's past comments, the video interview with Bertolucci struck a chord this weekend as it circulated on social media that the director was admitting that the scene was non-consensual.

Actress Jessica Chastain wrote on Twitter that she felt \"sick\" over the revelation that \"the director planned her attack.\"

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay called it \"inexcusable.\"

\"As a director, I can barely fathom this. As a woman, I am horrified, disgusted and enraged by it,\" DuVernay wrote.

Chris Evans also expressed his rage and said it was \"beyond disgusting,\" while Anna Kendrick weighed in that she \"used to get eye-rolls\" when she brought the incident up to people previously and that she was \"glad at least it will be taken seriously now.\"

Some, like actress Jenna Fischer, took a more extreme stance, writing that \"all copies of this film should be destroyed immediately.\"

Schneider, a relative unknown when she was cast in the film, said that the \"whole circus\" of suddenly being famous made her turn to drugs and she even attempted suicide a few times. She stayed friends with Brando until his death in 2004, but she said that \"for a while we couldn't talk about the movie.\"

Bertolucci, however, did not maintain a relationship with Schneider. He said he knew she hated him for life in that interview two years after her death. And while he doesn't regret the scene, he said he does feel guilty about it.

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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) \u2014 Actor Mark Wahlberg's foundation is hosting a conference this week aimed at keeping teenagers off addictive drugs.

More than 4,500 middle and high school-age students are expected at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Tuesday for the Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation is presenting the event.

The conference will address the opioid abuse epidemic by promoting healthy choices and a drug-free lifestyle and educating students about the dangers of drug abuse.

It will feature a showing of the short movie \"If Only\" and a presentation by former Miami Marlins draft pick Jeff Allison, who will share his story of addiction and recovery.

Other guests include a federal drug enforcement agent, local rappers and former New England Patriots Troy Brown and Matt Light.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Audiences came back for a second helping of \"Moana\" and \"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them\" this weekend. Both family-friendly films topped the post-Thanksgiving box office charts, with \"Moana\" bringing in $28.4 million and \"Fantastic Beasts\" earning $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Disney's animated \"Moana,\" in only its second weekend in theaters and second weekend at No. 1, has grossed $119.9 million, while Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spinoff \"Fantastic Beasts\" has earned $183.5 million in three weeks.

Paramount's sci-fi mindbender \"Arrival\" took third with $7.3 million, while their World War II spy thriller \"Allied\" placed fourth with $7.1 million. Disney and Marvel's \"Doctor Strange\" rounded out the top five with $6.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $215.3 million.

The weekend's only new opener, the micro-budget horror film \"Incarnate,\" fell short of modest expectations and took in only $2.6 million. The film, which stars Carice van Houten and Aaron Eckhart, was expected to earn in the $4 million range.

\"We are disappointed that we fell short of our goal and repeating the success of our previous releases,\" BH Tilt executive John Hegeman said. \"The low-cost nature of the BH Tilt films and release model enables us to experiment and take risks, and we look forward to seeing what we can learn from this weekend for our future BH Tilt slate releases in 2017.\"

In limited release, the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic \"Jackie,\" starring Natalie Portman in one of the year's buzziest performances, earned $275,000 from five theaters. Another awards contender, \"Manchester by the Sea\" expanded to 156 theaters and brought in $2.4 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore, said that this post-Thanksgiving weekend is usually pretty slow.

\"The Thanksgiving holiday is a long, extended binge of eating food and watching lots of movies and then this weekend is the diet. It is somewhat typical,\" Dergarabedian said. \"It's like we're taking a quick breather before the homestretch.\"

The weekend overall is expected to be down about 3 percent from last year, which saw the Christmas-themed horror film \"Krampus\" rake in $16.3 million. But the box office for the year remains up around 4 percent.

The question now is whether or not the 2016 box office will surpass last year's record $11.135 billion. While there are still some big films on the horizon, including \"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story\" and the animated \"Sing,\" it remains to be seen whether or not they will compete with the late-game 2015 juggernaut of \"The Force Awakens,\" which earned $652 million in the last 14 days of the year.

\"It's going to be a tight race,\" Dergarabedian said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.\"Moana,\" $28.4 million.

2.\"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,\" $18.5 million.

3.\"Arrival,\" $7.3 million.

4.\"Allied,\" $7.1 million.

5.\"Doctor Strange,\" $6.5 million.

6.\"Trolls,\" $4.6 million.

7.\"Hacksaw Ridge,\" $3.4 million.

8.\"Bad Santa 2,\" $3.3 million.

9.\"Incarnate,\" $2.6 million.

10.\"Almost Christmas,\" $2.5 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) \u2014 Director Gareth Edwards says he gave himself a cameo in the \"Star Wars\" spinoff \"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.\" But, as with most things \"Star Wars,\" Edwards is staying mum on what exactly that entails.

The reveal, he said, might have to wait for the DVD extras.

Edwards is a self-proclaimed \"Star Wars\" super fan and has said that as a child he used to watch the first 10 minutes of the 1977 \"Star Wars\" every day before school.

\"Rogue One\" is set right before the events of that original film and chronicles the saga of the rebels who steal the plans for the Death Star. Arriving in theaters on Dec. 16, \"Rogue One\" is the first in a series of spinoffs set inside the universe of \"Star Wars.\"

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