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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died in June, but his legacy and namesake live on through his son, Muhammad Ali Jr.

What was once known as the BlackBerry "Mercury" is now the KEYone. (Yeah, I don't like the name either.) At a press conference in Barcelona, TCL — the new steward of BlackBerry's hardware efforts — introduced, or rather re-introduced, its first And…

Companies fear mining rights at risk if they fail to comply with ownership rules

The final preparations are being made on the red carpet ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a suspected race crime, tells the BBC he came to the US “full of dreams”.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters hold a rally demanding that South Korea’s president resign.

Free agent Earl Mitchell was cut last week and is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

cityscape and technology and network connection concept As America’s cities continue to grow, they face mind-boggling challenges: worsening traffic, increasing pollution, expensive housing, aging infrastructure and strained services. These challenges can only be solved by harnessing the power of big data, machine learning and other technology. Read More

Who are we? Where do we come from? Why do hands look so trippy?

We may never know the answers to these questions, but for a brief moment it would appear this young woman at a music festival did.

The promotional video was put together by the producers of Wobbleland, an annual California music festival that plays dubstep music. This year’s festival, held this month, featured artists including Skrillex and Nero. The video, posted online Thursday, already has amassed millions of views. 

A Wobbleland organizer put the video on Reddit, saying the woman was given a free guest list for life for allowing producers to use the footage. 

Some say she’s still dancing. 

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And so it begins. The first big press conference of MWC 2017 is all about BlackBerry, specifically the so-called "Mercury." We were pretty big fans when we first met the QWERTY keyboard-packing phone at CES, a lot of you were too — hopefully today's…

The X-Men may have to find a new mutant to seek guidance from.

Patrick Stewart has announced that he is retiring from the “X-Men” movie franchise after 17 years portraying the sage mutant leader Professor Charles Francis Xavier ― a.k.a. “Professor X.”

The 76-year-old British actor shared his decision during a SiriusXM Town Hall discussion on his upcoming X-Men film “Logan.” The full discussion and the film are slated for release on March 3, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.

Speaking beside his “Logan” costar Hugh Jackman and the film’s director and co-writer James Mangold, Stewart said he came to the decision after watching the latest installment about a week ago and finding himself moved to tears.

“I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie,” he said.

Jackman, who has also confirmed that he is leaving the franchise after starring as Wolverine, was one of the first people he said he shared the news with.

“I told [Jackman] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It’s all over,’” Stewart said.

Stewart has starred in six of the X-Men movies preceding “Logan.” These are “X-Men” (2000), “X-Men 2” (2003), “ X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), “The Wolverine” (2013), and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014).

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Chelsea stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points after victory over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.


We Are the Robots:
Is the Future of
Music Artificial?
Jack Needham,
FACT

Artificial intelligence is invading more of our lives by the day and it's going to work making music as well. FACT takes a look at the use of robots for creative exploits and…

People have been wondering what folksinger/activists, some of them septuagenarians like Noel Paul Stookey and me, might be doing in the face of the current cataclysmic challenges to our democracy and our nation.

The answer is simple: we are going to keep on keeping on. We inherited a legacy from Woody, Pete Seeger and the Weavers and many others who inspired us. They never quit, never stopped and never stopped advocating. Doing so is “in our blood” and it’s a great gift to both Noel and me, as it would be to Mary – were she still to be with us. She would join, even (or maybe especially) at our advanced age, the current advocacies that “hammer out a warning”, “ring out danger” and “sing about the love between our brothers and our sisters”.  No, we’ve not “gone away”. We, and others who also come from the folk music/activist tradition, are solidly committed to using our music to generate community and consensus at our concerts and at gatherings and demonstrations to confront the most dangerous of challenges now threatening our country.

I have written, and currently perform, two songs that have come out of the presidential campaign and its results, one being The Children Are Listening and the other being, Lift Us Up.  I am grateful that, in a limited context (for sure) both of these songs have become rallying points for efforts to assert what is good in ourselves and what is reprehensible and frightening in the face of the recent election. 

By far the most important effort yet, by either Noel Paul or me – in terms of its reach and, in my opinion, its brilliance – is Impeachable, a parody Noel wrote of the song Unforgettable, which was a huge hit by Nat King Cole from the early 1950s.  Impeachable was just released on the internet and went viral with, currently, over 800,000 hits.  (Please share this link with your buddies and help us spread the message.)

Impeachable is an example of Noel’s extraordinary ability to write a super-funny, very surprising yet also, highly nuanced, lyric. He is, and has always been, an amazing songwriter. In its first public performance last weekend Impeachable brought the audience at our concert in Thousand Oaks, CA to its feet with a prolonged standing ovation. There were screeches of delight the likes of which I have never before heard at a Peter Paul and Mary concert.

Noel has clearly struck a hugely resonant chord amongst those who heard the hammer strokes warning of a grave danger to our nation, our democracy and, in fact, the whole earth.

Impeachable is a new twist on the kinds of songs that Peter Paul and Mary were singing that helped to mobilize Americans at the time of the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement.   Blowing In the Wind and If I Had a Hammer written by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger & Lee Hays, respectively, were anthems that brought folks together in ways that let them recognize, in very personal ways, their collective strength as well as reassert a commonly held ethical/political perspective. Such was also the case with Where Have All the Flowers Gone and a myriad of other songs. With their repetition at rallies, marches and on the radio, these songs inspired many newcomers to the world of activism who asserted to us that our music, and that of our fellow folk musicians, became the “sound track of their political awakening”.  (In our view, this is one of the greatest compliments we ever received.)

Today, of course, the dominant transmission of such advocacies comes through social media, though in-person efforts such as The Women’s March on Washington, and the demonstrations at Standing Rock that electrified the nation are still, I believe, the most powerful tools for social/political mobilization.

Also, there is another new aspect to a musician’s, or an actor’s, or any artist’s efforts in the realm of advocacy. In this time, humor, as offered by the likes of John Oliver, the gifted cast and guests, such as the amazing Alec Baldwin, on Saturday Night Live, Samantha Bee, Melissa McCarthy, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, to name just a few, has played a huge role in inspiring and activating the spirit of our nation. It cuts through the extreme “noise” in tweets, frightening pronouncement and actions emanating from the current administration,

Please take heart my friends. From my travels, I have found that there has been a huge call to action heeded, even (and emphatically) in my and Noel’s elder demographic. Be assured that a large body of former artist-activists is mobilizing now with their songs, their poetry, their heart-rending videos, their humor and their visual work on signs and memes that spread across the internet with ever more amazing directness, humor, and determination.  As long as this continues to build, we’re walking together and gaining strength.  Let’s carry it on, my friends.

In solidarity and love,
Peter

Impeachable
By Noel Paul Stookey

Impeachable, that’s what you are…
Impeachable, and yet so far…
You’ve avoided closer scrutiny
And even though Vlad-i-mer Putin, he
Opens many doors, it only makes you more…

Impeachable, and when, some day
We can say ‘you’re fired’ and you go away
You may have thought you were unreachable (but) history makes some moments teachable:
Someday Pence may be impeachable too

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BlackBerry Classic Rear 03 TCL, the company that now makes BlackBerry phones, is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona. The conference starts at 7 PM CET (6 PM GMT, 1 PM EST, 10 AM PST).
We already got a sneak peek at the device during CES back in January. And it’s everything BlackBerry fans love — yes, I’m mostly talking about the physical keyboard.
You can check it out live via… Read More

A man drives a car into a pedestrian area and is shot by police after a standoff.

South Korean Amy Yang, who still has five holes left in her third round, will take a four-shot lead into Sunday at the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi, Thailand.

Patrick van Aanholt scores the winner for Crystal Palace, as they move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone by beating Middlesbrough.

(Reuters) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stayed on course for a second successive title as he beat Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5) 2-6 6-4 to reach the final of the Marseille Open on Saturday.

Thousands of followers of witchcraft say they cast a spell to stop the US president causing harm.

Demi Lovato, 2017 Grammys, ArrivalsDemi Lovato cannot avoid the haters.
The pop star, who like many stars, has often been the target of Internet trolls, drew criticism and mockery on Twitter Friday night when she posted…

Scotland produce a spirited second-half display to defeat Wales at Murrayfield, with Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser the hosts’ try-scorers.

The boxing legend’s son was detained for about two hours on arrival at a Florida airport and questioned about his religion, his lawyer says.

We’re just one day away from finding out which film will take home the Oscar for “Best Picture.” For us fashion folk, though, the real show starts way before the first award is handed out. 

Brad Goreski, co-host of “Fashion Police” and “E!  Live from the Red Carpet,” will undoubtedly have plenty to say about the red carpet looks after Sunday night’s festivities. But what would he, as both a stylist and lover of fashion alike, dream of seeing the show’s leading ladies wearing? He broke it down for The Huffington post, straight from the runways. 

We’ll have to wait until Sunday night to see what Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and Isabelle Huppert actually wear, but we’ll have our fingers crossed for at least Stone in some variation of that Dior number. Check out that pick, and all five picks for “Best Actress” nominees gowns below. 

Emma Stone

“I would really love to see Emma Stone give us a big, ball gown couture moment. I love the soft pastels and layered petals of this [Dior] skirt. It’s feminine, romantic and definitely a gown for a winner.”

Isabelle Huppert

”I love the combination of the intricate beading and the white skirt. So chic and classic Chanel! I would modify the neckline a little bit to close up the plunging neckline.”

Meryl Streep 

“I love the flowy chiffon and hand-painted flowers on this Giambattista Valli Couture gown for Meryl Streep. The beaded high neck acts as jewelry and adds a little sparkle to this very effortless gown.”

Ruth Negga 

“Ruth has been fearless on the red carpet this awards season, wearing very elevated designs by great designers. I think this Gucci gown, with its exaggerated shoulder and plunging neckline, is perfect.”

Natalie Portman

”I love this vibrant lilac color for Natalie Portman. This simple Valentino silhouette and gorgeous fabric make a statement without being too fussy.”

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Anne Hidalgo pushes back against jibes with a tweet celebrating Paris’s “dynamism and openness”.

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