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Film academy ditches controversial Oscars changes; all awards to be shown on telecast

The decision follows several days of controversy that pitted the academy’s leadership against hundreds of Hollywood luminaries who rallied against a proposal that, while intended to help limit the notoriously lengthy telecast to three hours, was widely regarded as representing a slight against some of filmmaking’s most vital crafts.
A&E >  Books

American Life in Poetry: ‘Weren’t We Beautiful’ by Marge Saiser

Marge Saiser, who lives in Nebraska, is a fine and a very lucky poet. With the passing of each year her poems have gotten stronger and deeper. That’s an enviable direction for a writer. This poem was published in The Briar Cliff Review and it looks back wisely and wistfully over a rich life. Saiser’s most recent book is “The Woman in the Moon” from the Backwaters Press. Weren’t We Beautiful


Women’s wellness: Understanding the depression gender gap

Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression, and it can occur at any age. Some mood changes and depressed feelings occur with normal hormonal changes, but hormonal changes alone don’t cause depression. Other biological factors, inherited traits and personal life circumstances and experiences are associated with a higher risk of depression. Here’s what contributes to depression in women.
A&E >  Pop culture

Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can’t copyright ‘Carlton’ moves

LOS ANGELES – “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the “Carlton” dance, which he’s suing two videogame makers over. The denial from the U.S. Copyright Office was revealed Wednesday in a motion to dismiss Ribeiro’s lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, the makers of NBA 2K16, which Ribeiro says illegally makes use of the dance. The document denying the copyright says the moves in the “Carlton” represent a simple dance routine rather than a work of choreography, which can be copyrighted.
A&E >  Music

Inspiring imperfections: Singer Lauren Daigle embraces the occasional happy accident

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

One thing Lauren Daigle has learned about performing live is that it’s OK to relax and go with the flow on stage. “I was just talking to a friend about how in the very beginning you get caught up in trying to get it right,” Daigle said, looking back on when she first began performing. “There’s this feeling of, ‘I have to do it right. I don’t want to fall flat on my face.’ And you learn that actually mistakes and those kinds of moments are some of the purest and most beautiful moments on a stage … I think I’ve learned how to face those moments and run with those moments.”
A&E >  Art

Arctic artist: Trépanier travels into Canadian wilderness for his works

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

An artist can encounter tough obstacles when putting brush to canvas. But plein air painter Cory Trépanier’s challenges rise to another level altogether. For the past decade Trépanier, 50, lugged a backpack laden with easel, oils and camping gear to capture the beauty of the most remote regions of the Canadian Arctic. The artist, based in southern Ontario, ventured for months at a time into the wilderness, encountering hungry wolves and swarms of biting mosquitoes. He braved treacherous waters and bone-chilling temperatures.