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Boyz II Men go back to their high school
Members of the Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men returned to their roots with a concert at their old stomping grounds, a performing arts high school they attended and remember being just like the TV show "Fame."
"You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards, plie-...
- Posted on October 19, 2014
College recognizes video games as varsity sport
As a teenager, in his bedroom illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.
His grades tanked. His parents fretted.
A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset...
- Posted on October 9, 2014
Violinist wants kids to have music in their lives
Seven years ago, the well known violinist Joshua Bell performed for tips in a Washington subway station. Almost no one stopped to listen.
The underground performance was an experiment with The Washington Post. The newspaper wanted to see if commuters would notice some of the...
- Posted on October 2, 2014
Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame
Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Those humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the board game Operation and several return nominees. Those include little green Army men and bubbles....
- Posted on September 24, 2014
Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz
Kids, singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have homework for you. They want you to listen to their new jazz album.
The Grammy Award winners say they hope "Cheek to Cheek," an album featuring selections from the Great American Songbook, will turn younger people on to jazz music...
- Posted on September 23, 2014
Getting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job
For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.
Casey the bear, seen in "Evan Almighty" and other movies, had that demand writt...
- Posted on September 22, 2014
Watching others play video games the next big thing
Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."
But today there's...
- Posted on August 28, 2014
Robocop throws first pitch
Everybody's favorite fictional crime-fighting cyborg has made an appearance at a Detroit Tigers game.
RoboCop threw out the first pitch at Comerica Park on Tuesday evening as the Tigers hosted the Toronto Blue Jays. An announcement said RoboCop's motorcycle was on display at...
- Posted on June 4, 2014
50 Cent’s pitch is not on the money
The ceremonial first pitch is a tradition in baseball.
Only 50 Cent, the rap star, did not just miss his target. He was way, way wide with his pitch. It happened Tuesday night before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets.
Standing on the pitcher's mound, 50...
- Posted on May 28, 2014
Wanna go to Gringotts?
The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank. There, they can help to retrieve a magical object.
The ride will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts." It re-creates a scene from the fin...
- Posted on May 14, 2014