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  • George Bailey's right � 'It's a wonderful life'

    After decades of watching, I still cannot suppress a smile when I reach the climactic moment in the film "Miracle on 34th Street" when Kris Kringle's lawyer dumps thousands of pieces of mail onto the desk of the hapless, befuddled judge. The letters and cards, simply addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole," are admitted as evidence to demonstrate that the man accused of being delusional is, in fact, Santa Claus. In my more cynical-lawyer moments, I believe the more compelling reason for Kris' ultimate courtroom victory is the judge's re-election campaign. This time of year, however, I try to suspend my cynicism.
  • Don Payne dies at 48; 'Simpsons' writer and producer

    Don Payne, an award-winning writer and producer of "The Simpsons" and screenwriter of the 2011 blockbuster "Thor" as well as "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, said his friend...

    Redefining the holiday break

    Redefining the holiday break
    School's out for a couple weeks. Do the kids need an equal break from practicing instruments and other extracurriculars? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors) I think it's important to keep steady with things that need regular...

    Caesars plans to invest $25 million more in Baltimore casino

    Caesars plans to invest $25 million more in Baltimore casino
    Caesars Entertainment, which plans to bring a casino to Baltimore, announced Thursday that it would spend $25 million more and hire 500 more people than originally planned to take advantage of opportunities presented by the passage of Question 7. Caesars...

    Gary Lucas discusses Don Van Vliet's legacy in advance of Thursday's Captain Beefheart Symposium

     
    Longtime Captain Beefheart guitarist-manager Gary Lucas will present a symposium on the life and legacy of the artist otherwise known as Don Van Vliet, who died Dec. 17, at the Echoplex at 8 p.m. Jan. 13. Special guests Kristine McKenna,...