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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Barbie to the Rescue

Riley reminds me of my daughter Ryann. She can be found sitting in a princess dress in her sandbox playing with little green army men having Barbie rescue the soldiers from the "hot lava" mud puddle they are drowning in. I think Riley has parents that think the way I do. I do not try to impose stereotypes. There is no right and wrong when it comes to what toys she plays with or what color she should wear. Questions are encouraged in my home and it seems it is that way in Riley's home as well. A concept as simple as it being OK for a boy to play with a doll, or a girl to play with a chemistry set could be the foundation for that boy to a nurturing father as an adult, and that girl to find a new energy source.

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RIP: Levon Helm, guitarist, drummer, singer and legond from The Band

Levon Helm performing with The Band in 1971.
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Levon Helm, a member of influential rock group The Band, died in New York City on Thursday. The drummer, singer and actor, who backed Bob Dylan as he turned away from folk toward a more electrified rock sound, was 71 years old. Though Helm suffered from cancer for several years, he was known later in his life for Midnight Rambles, concerts he hosted at his barn in Woodstock, N.Y.
At the audio link, you can listen to a remembrance of Helm's life reported by NPR's Felix Contreras. That report includes the voice of critic Will Hermes, who wrote this appreciation.

The first time I saw Levon Helm perform, it was already late in the game. It was the '90s, and the soulful singing drummer was touring with the remains of The Band — as in The Band, who backed up Bob Dylan during his first electric tour in the mid-'60s, then famously decamped with him to Woodstock, N.Y., where they recorded hours of offhandedly brilliant, rough-and-tumble folk-rock that would later be released as The Basement Tapes.

The Band also began recording music without Dylan, music that changed the shape of rock 'n' roll, veering it off the psychedelic highway that The Beatles and others were traveling and driving it down a dirt road, deep into the woods of America's history, mythology and tangled cultural roots.

Missing from the particular show I attended, which took place at a roadhouse in Minneapolis called The Cabooze, was Robbie Robertson, the guitarist and songwriter who remained estranged from the group after the chapter-closing Scorsese-directed documentary The Last Waltz, and Richard Manuel, the tortured singer/pianist who committed suicide in 1986. It could've been one of those sad jukebox concerts, but it wasn't. Alongside his pals Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, Helm played his Promethean grooves, those superpowered shuffles with their wicked backbeats and ever-shifting focus, the kind of flesh-and-blood timekeeping even the most brilliant drum programmer will never match.

And he sang those songs: "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Ophelia" — songs that he owned by virtue of his voice, which was as indelible and unmistakable as his drum style. It was like seeing the Rockies or the Grand Canyon, and the fact that I was seeing it in a glorified bar and not Carnegie Hall or some such temple (where surely this Great American Music deserved to be, if any did) made the experience even more powerful.

  Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer not long after that tour. He underwent radiation treatment, and like many Americans who have to pay out of pocket for their health care, he ran into financial trouble. At one point he was in serious danger of losing his home in Woodstock, where he'd settled after his days with Dylan. And this began one of the most remarkable second acts in rock history. Needing to raise money, but too frail to tour, Helm began giving concerts in the barn-cum-recording studio attached to his house, inviting local and visiting musicians to join him. He also asked guests to bring drinks and a dish, making each show a potluck feast. He called them Rambles.
From left to right, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan onstage at Madison Square Garden in 1974.
Enlarge Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns From left to right, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan onstage at Madison Square Garden in 1974.
At first, he was unable to sing. But the cancer treatment was working, and as his throat healed, he began singing again. At the first Ramble I attended, back in 2005, Helm's old friend Emmylou Harris sat in, and the two sang "Evangeline," a song they did decades earlier on The Last Waltz LP. "I thought those good days were behind me," he told me a couple of days after that show. "So you can bet Saturday night was the celebration of a miracle in my little life."

Helm got back on his feet financially and physically, and the Ramble became a regular event. People came from around the world to hear the man play in his own home. Along with established musicians like Elvis Costello, he'd invite younger acts like My Morning Jacket up to play. Once I met a pair of British musicians there from a group called The Magic Numbers. They were weaned on records by The Band and couldn't believe they were there.

For a while, Helm was healthy enough to begin traveling and playing out again. He resumed making records, and won himself a few Grammys. As the Rambles became a bona fide regional attraction, Helm became a kind of cultural ambassador for Woodstock and New York's Hudson Valley. He let neighborhood folks come to the Rambles for free, played countless benefits for local charities and fundraisers. Once a year, he'd stage a special Kid's Ramble at his house, where five bucks got you an afternoon of family-style music plus all the hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and cupcakes you could eat.

I live in the Hudson Valley, and I've seen Helm — or simply Levon, as most people around here generally refer to him — perform many times, his smile impossibly wide, that signature black glove on his tireless left hand. Watching him, it was easy to believe his mighty groove and massive grin could burn off any disease. For a while, it seemed, it did.

A few days ago, I was speaking with the members of a young blues-rock band. They mentioned they had just been camping in New York's Catskill Mountains in between dates on a national tour, and I noted that they hadn't been far from Levon's place. They said they were big fans, and thought it would be amazing to play a Ramble some day. It's sad to think that can't happen now. But Levon's legacy remains alive in his music, which will continue teach, inspire and wow all comers.

From National Public Radio News (click here for video clips and more).

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Oral Citations: Jumpstart Your Research (Step 7-Cite Your Sources).

A Guide to help with Oral Research, copyright CSN Library

Oral Citation Guide

This guide serves to assist CSN students in orally citing sources during a speech. Always check with your instructor to make sure these guidelines meet their requirements. 

Why cite your sources during a speech?

An oral citation conveys the reliability, validity and currency of your information. Citing your sources orally lets your audience know that you have researched your topic. 

CSN’s Student Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as “intentionally using the words, creative works, or ideas of another, from the Internet or any source, without proper citation of the sources.” This policy, along with CSN’s Student Conduct Code and the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Code, prohibits plagiarism. 

Failure to provide an oral citation is considered a form of plagiarism, even if you cite your sources in a written outline, bibliography, works cited page or list of references. 

When you are delivering a speech, you must provide an oral citation for any words, information or ideas that are not your own. An oral citation is defined in Public Speaking, by Coopman and Lull (2009), as a “brief reference to a source during a speech” (p. 65).

Understanding quoting and paraphrasing

You are quoting a source when you say the information from that source word for word. When you use a quote in your speech, you must identify the source. You also must let the audience know that you are quoting. 

In an article in the November, 2004 issue of the South African Journal of Psychology, Dr. Derek Hook, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics, says, and I quote, “Racism comprises a set of representations of the other in terms of negatively evaluative contents.”

You are paraphrasing a source when you refer to someone else’s idea, but you say that idea in your own words. Before you talk about the idea, you must refer to the source. 

According to the “Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet,” last updated March 9th, 2011 by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, symptoms of Tourette syndrome include uncontrolled blinking, grimacing and shoulder shrugging.

What should an oral citation include?

Mention the author’s name, along with credentials to establish that author as a credible source 
In the March 27th, 2011 issue of the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning author and foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman wrote…

Say the title of a book, magazine, journal or web site. You should identify the type of publication and provide a comment regarding credibility if the publication is not widely recognized 
In the November 10th, 2006 issue of Practice Nurse, the leading peer-reviewed journal for primary care nurses, author Sue Lyon describes shingles as…

Titles of articles do not necessarily have to be mentioned, unless you are using several articles from the same source. 

Say the date that a book, journal, magazine or newspaper was published. If you are using information from an interview, give the date when the person was interviewed. 

If you are using information from a website that doesn’t clearly show a date on the document, say the date that the web page was last updated and/or the date you accessed the website. 
The web page titled “The History of Figs,” dated 2011, provided by the California Fig Advisory Board, reveals varied uses of the fig: as a digestive aid, a treatment for skin pigmentation diseases, and a coffee substitute.

Just as Johnny Depp's turn comes the origional Barnabus Collins leaves this earth

We are sad to report on the passing of Jonathan Frid, who many horror fans will always remember as Barnabas Collins in the original Dark Shadows.

Although it was only made known today, it appears that he passed away on April 13th at the age of 87. He is said to have died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Our thoughts our with Jonathan’s family and friends.

His last role is a cameo appearance in Tim Burton’s upcoming remake of Dark Shadows, along with co-star Kathryn Leigh Scott. She recently wrote a letter about Jonathan’s passing and their time on the set of the new movie:

“I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan, and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain spoken man that he was. What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional.

For more go to IMBD News by clicking here.

The voice behind "The Night They Dove Old Dixie Down" is now silent. Sony Imageworkers seek union. Sony EMI Merger closer. Media remembers World's Oldest Teenager. Cannes line up. Summer takes its toll on Tuesday night prime time. Is there career life after Hanna Montanna? What do you DVR?

 Levon Helm performs at the Life is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts.

The voice behind "Virgil Kane" and many other hits, drummer in The Band, is silent foreever. Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died on April 19th in New York of throat cancer. He was 71.   In the late Nineties, Helm – whose singing anchored Band classics like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Rag Mama Rag," and "The Weight" – was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent 28 radiation treatments, eventually recovering his voice.
More in the Rollingstone (click here)

The Skinny: I think we can all remember the first time our parents let us stay up to watch Dick Clark count down the New Year and the first girl we kissed after he said "Happy New Year." It was a rite of passage. Rest in peace. Thursday's headlines include appreciations of Clark and a look at the Cannes Film Festival lineup.

Daily Dose: The NFL is doing all it can to boost the stature of its NFL Network cable channel, which is still struggling to get national distribution. Not only will the NFL Network carry 13 games this season on Thursday night, which is up from eight last year, but it's presenting matches of higher profile. The majority of its games feature teams that made the playoffs in 2011. The NFL Network is still trying to get carriage from Time Warner Cable, the nation's second largest cable operator. The question is whether other TV rights holders will start to grumble that the NFL is playing favorites with its own channel.

Photo: Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Credi: Jaimie Trueblood/Sony Pictures.

Sony Pictures Imageworks employees are moving toward a union. A group of visual effects artists at Sony Pictures Imageworks, one of the leading visual effects companies, is mounting a campaign to unionize.

"We are artists at Sony Pictures Imageworks, the first group of visual effects artists that is taking a stand and attempting to organize under a collective  bargaining agreement,'' read a statement from SpiUnion blog, which was set up by workers at Imageworks who are seeking unions benefits, such as health insurance, that are shared by many of their colleagues who work on animated movies at Sony.

On Friday, officials from the Animation Guild Local 839 and its parent, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, will meet with Imageworks employees at the Culver Hotel to answer questions about joining the union. The animation guild already represents animation workers at Sony.
Sony Pictures Imageworks employs about 400 to 500 workers, at least one third of whom must sign petition cards seeking to be represented by a union before federal labor officials will consider holding an election.

IATSE President Matt Loeb said last year that extending union contracts to the visual effects industry was a top priority, but the campaign did not gain much traction. Employers have argued that providing union benefits would drive up costs, making it harder for them to compete in an increasingly global marketplace, where more work is already being handled in cities such as Vancouver, London and Mumbai, India.

An Imageworks spokesman said the company "respects the employees' right to consider union representation," but had no further comment.

Supporters say workers deserve benefits shared by their peers at a time when visual effects have become increasingly important to the commercial success of movies.

"We need health insurance that will carry us through downtimes now more than ever before,'' SpiUnion says on its blog. "We are not second class citizens. We sacrifice, work hard, and make good movies we should all be proud of. We are not a commodity, we have talent, we have value."

Stevie Wonder
 Photo: Stevie Wonder, whose songs' publishing rights are with EMI, at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

EU approves Sony EMI Merger. The European Union's antitrust regulators on Thursday approved Sony Corp.'s $2.2-billion acquisition of EMI's publishing business, which would create the world's largest music publishing group with rights to about 2 million songs including some by David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and others.

In exchange for the EU's blessing, Sony agreed to sell off several European-based assets that together would have accounted for less than 5% of the combined company's overall revenue, said several executives close to the discussions who did not want to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The merger calls for Sony's music publishing subsidiary, Sony/ATV, to administer the EMI catalog on behalf of a consortium of investors, including the Blackstone Group, the Mubadala Development Co., the estate of Michael Jackson, GSO Capital Partners and veteran music and movie mogul David Geffen. Sony itself would be a minority partner.

Geffen's involvement, his first major investment in an entertainment company since co-founding DreamWorks SKG in 1994 -- after a long and successful career in the music industry -- came in the nick of time last fall as Sony struggled to pull together financing for the deal. When Mubadala pulled back some of its investment in the pool weeks leading up to the final bidding for EMI, Geffen jumped into the breach in late October -- days before Sony's offer was due.

Sony still needs to gain the approval of U.S. antitrust regulators who, like the European Commission, must decide whether the deal restricts competition and hurts consumers. The Federal Trade Commission, which has taken the lead in investigating the EMI sale, has not commented on the matter.
Sony, in a statement, said, it "looks forward to successfully concluding the other regulatory review processes that are underway in other regions."

Martin Bandier, chairman and chief executive of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said: “Having spent over 17 years of my professional life helping to build EMI Music Publishing, today is not only an important milestone on the path to final approval, but a very special day for me, personally.”


Graphic: Advertising and audience trends in prime time.  Credit:  Nielsen

Dramas most recorded shows, and most rewatched as well. In a new study of television audience trends, ratings giant Nielsen found that viewers recorded and watched scripted dramas at a much higher rate than sitcoms, sports and reality shows.

Hourlong dramas accounted for 58% of time-shifted viewing, according to Nielsen's Advertising & Audiences Report released Thursday. Comedies made up 16%, reality shows accounted for 14%, sports represented 8% and news, 4%.

Network executives are closely monitoring audience trends now that more than 40% of all TV households in the U.S. are equipped with digital video recorders.  Many viewers fast-forward through the commercials, which have long generated the dollars that support the high cost of television production.

The Nielsen report found that nearly 43% of people who digitally record shows watch the episode the same day. Nearly 88% of people who recorded a program watched it within three days.
The finding is significant because advertisers currently pay the networks for viewers who record and watch an episode within that three-day window. Some network executives are lobbying advertisers to extend the period to seven days.

Nielsen said that dramas drew 41% of the viewers in prime time and generated 35% of the television advertising dollars. Reality shows, once red-hot, have cooled slightly. In 2011, they attracted 15.5% of the prime-time audience, down from 17.4% in 2009.  Meanwhile, sit-coms have become more popular.
Last year, $72 billion was spent on TV advertising in the U.S., with $14 billion allocated for the five leading prime-time genres: dramas, comedies, sports, news and reality shows.

Advertisers spent $4.1 billion last year in prime-time sports, which accounted for 29% of the total.
And not surprisingly, more than half the product placements on the major networks during prime time occurred in reality shows (4,664 occurrences).
Photo: Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore in "LOL." Credit: Mika Cotellon / Lionsgate.

OMG! Miley Cyrus gets no"LOL" from Lionsgate.  was supposed to represent a big step for Miley Cyrus' movie career as she attempts to mature beyond her saccharine sweet image as Disney's Hannah Montana. Instead, it has turned into a tough lesson about how quickly a Hollywood studio can fall out of love with a movie.

An English-language adaptation of the hit 2008 French film of the same name, "LOL" is about teen romance in the age of texting and social media. The picture's sophisticated tone is set in one of its first scenes when Cyrus takes a shower while her mother, played by Demi Moore, takes a bath in the same room. The two have a frank talk about sexuality after Moore's character notices that her naked daughter has had a Brazilian wax.

"I really thought this movie could be universal," filmmaker Lisa Azuelos, who wrote and directed the American and French versions of the films, said in a telephone interview from Morocco. "Usually teen movies are tender or scary or have vampires in them, but they’re never realistic. This story isn’t too dirty and not too stupid."

The Cyrus movie was made in 2010 and produced by Mandate Pictures for about $11 million, with money raised primarily from sales to foreign distributors. Lionsgate, Mandate's parent company, acquired domestic distribution rights for several million dollars. In a statement released at the time, Lionsgate's then-production president, Allie Shearmur, described it as "the kind of smart, fresh and accessible comedy that ... is a great fit for Lionsgate's release slate."

But executives at the studio soon lost their enthusiasm for the picture, according to people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it. With Lionsgate focused on several higher-profile projects, including last year's flops "Abduction" and "Conan the Barbarian" and March's mega-hit "The Hunger Games," "LOL" never got a spot on the release calendar.

Lionsgate executives were not confident that they could successfully sell the picture, which centers on Cyrus' character, named Lola, but features a series of interwoven tales involving teenagers. It lacks the obvious marketing hook of high-profile films like "Hunger Games" and the upcoming adaptation of the bestselling pregnancy book "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

Azuelos said she was told by Lionsgate executives that they couldn't give "LOL" the proper attention until after "Hunger Games." "They couldn’t take care of my movie, and I waited in line," the director said, sounding frustrated.

In fact, "LOL" would likely have gone direct to DVD, the knowledgeable people said, but Mandate's contracts with foreign distributors contained a provision that the movie must be shown domestically in at least 100 theaters. As a result, the studio has very quietly decided to release "LOL" in seven cities on May 4, the same day as the sure-to-be blockbuster "Avengers," which is expected to open to more than $100 million.

Lionsgate set the May 4 date recently without making any formal announcement and has apparently planned to do no publicity.

In a sign of how low a priority "LOL" is at Lionsgate, its marketing is being handled by the studio's home entertainment division, not its theatrical marketing team, which typically oversees any release going to theaters.

A studio spokeswoman said that Cyrus was not available to discuss "LOL" due to her schedule. On her Twitter page, the actress has within the last weeks written about spending her time obsessively watching the television show “Prison Break,” eating walnuts, and walking her dog. This week, she also thanked her fans for promoting "LOL."

"LOL" marks the first PG-13 film for Cyrus, 19, who has previously found some success in more kid-friendly fare. A documentary following the pop star on her Hannah Montana concert tour grossed a solid $65.3 million in 2008, and "Hannah Montana: The Movie" performed even better the next year, collecting $79.6 million. Even 2010's tear-jerker "The Last Song," based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, generated a respectable $63 million.

This summer, Cyrus will appear in The Weinstein Co.’s “So Undercover” as a private eye investigating a college sorority house.

"LOL" is certainly not the first movie to linger on a studio's shelves before getting a less-than-enthusiastic release. Paramount Pictures' Eddie Murphy comedy "A Thousand Words" was shot in 2008 and only hit theaters this past March with a relatively small marketing campaign and very little support from its star.

Despite the lack of attention Lionsgate is giving the movie, the team behind "LOL" reserved hope that it will overcome the odds.

"It's a mother-daughter story that's really fresh and could find an audience," said producer Michael Shamberg.

"Your country is so big, so I’m very flattered the movie is being released," added Azuelos, who with "LOL" makes her American debut. "I wish it would be a national release. And I’m still hopeful that in those seven cities it’s going to be big and grow and grow."

BeatrizNew Latino Network to launch on YouTube. Looking to capitalize on both the growth of the Latino audience and the emergence of new digital platforms, a new bilingual network being fronted by executives from programming company HIP Entertainment Group will launch on YouTube on April 30.

MiTu Network will feature about 30 channels of lifestyle and entertaintment content aimed at both Spanish- and English-speaking Latinos. HIP Entertainment Group President Beatriz Acevedo will also serve as head of MiTu. HIP is one of the investors in MiTu. Doug Greiff, a partner and chief creative officer of HIP and a former MTV and Nickelodeon programming executive, will also serve as chief content officer of MiTu.

"Up until now, there has essentially been an invisible network of Latinos on YouTube, but they haven’t been organized in a way that makes it easy for viewers or advertisers to find them,” Greiff said. "We saw a tremendous opportunity to bring our production expertise and advertising relationships to the Web, to join forces with other Latin content creators who share a similar passion and point-of-view about contemporary Latin/Hispanic culture."

MiTu will pitch itself to advertisers next month in New York during what has been dubbed as the digital upfronts where online platforms will try to woo Madison Avenue.

UFC Undisputed 3

UFC is the ticket in video as well as 'Vegas. THQ Inc.'s shares jumped 33% after the Agoura Hills game publisher disclosed that its fourth-quarter financials would be less bleak than expected.

Bolstered by stronger sales of Saints Row: The Third and UFC: Undisputed 3, THQ estimated that revenue for the quarter ended March 31 will likely come in between $160 million and $170 million, up from the company's previous outlook of $130 million to $150 million.

In addition, the company expected smaller losses, between 10 cents and 20 cents a share, compared with earlier expectations for 35 cents to 50 cents.

The news sent THQ's shares rocketing 46% to 66 cents immediately following the announcement before leveling off at 60 cents, up 33% by mid-afternoon in New York.

Analysts noted that the stronger results help give THQ a longer lifeline by fortifying its cash pool. The company now expects to have $76 million in cash, three times higher than previously expected, said Edward Williams, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets.

"While the company still has many hurdles to clear before it is out of the dark, it's clearly beginning the ... year in a better position than we had anticipated," Williams wrote in a note to investors.

Wednesday's news was a rare spot of sunshine for an otherwise dark chapter in THQ's 23-year history.
THQ hit a particularly rough patch last year after several big bets failed to pan out, including uDraw, Red Faction and several licensed kids games. As the company's cash reserves drained to dangerously low levels, THQ has laid off more than 550 people — about a third of its workforce — since August.

The company has also canceled multiple projects and shuttered six of its 11 development studios to conserve money, according to Gaming Business Review.

THQ credited the recent uptick to Saints Row: The Third, a mobster shooter franchise which shipped 4 million copies and raked in higher-than-expected revenue from sales of additional digital game content. It also said UFC: Undisputed 3, released in February, is selling better than expected, although it did not disclose sales figures for the title.

It's expected to do so on May 15, when the company has scheduled its fourth-quarter earnings announcement.

Dick Clark
Photo: Dick Clark. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press. 

RIP. The "world's oldest teenager", Dick Clark, who rose from a radio disc jockey to host of his own groundbreaking television music show and later built an entertainment empire, died Wednesday at 82. Known for his perpetually youthful looks and familiarly known as "America's oldest teenager," Clark also celebrated New Year's Eve with America for almost four decades as host of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." As friendly and cheerful as Clark was on-camera, off-camera he could be a very demanding boss. He also was tainted in the late 1950s radio payola scandals. Obituaries and appreciations of Clark from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Rolling Stone and the Associated Press.

May Day. A much-anticipated report on the ethics scandal at News Corp.'s British tabloids from Parliament is expected to be released on May 1, according to Reuters. The report, which comes after several hearings and an investigation into phone hacking and illegal payoffs by staffers of News Corp.'s News of the World and Sun newspapers, is expected to be critical of James Murdoch, son of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and the executive who had oversight over the papers.

Starting lineup. The Cannes Film Festival unveiled its lineup and the United States has a very visible presence. Variety said among U.S. titles that made the cut are Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly," DreamWorks Animation's  "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" and Nicole Kidman's "The Paperboy."

Where'd everybody go? Tuesday night saw many top TV shows, including CBS's "NCIS," reach season lows. TV ratings always drop a little in the spring as days get longer and the weather gets warmer. I know it takes me awhile to adjust to the longer days. I'll be at work, look outside and see daylight, and not realize its already 7 p.m. In Michigan, it can stay light out until 10 p.m. in the summer. More on the numbers from the New York Times.

The case that won't go away. The Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court ruling that had thrown out the Federal Communications Commission $550,000 fine of CBS for the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" that took place during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl. By now, the legal fees of the government and CBS have easily topped the fine, but there is a principle at stake here, I suppose. Details from Multichannel News.

Ouch. As if Oprah Winfrey hasn't had a tough enough run lately given the struggles of OWN, the cable network she started with Discovery Communications, now Time magazine doesn't consider her one of the most influential people in the country anymore. The magazine's latest list leaves Winfrey off for the first time since it launched in 1999, according to the New York Post.

Inside the Los Angeles TImes: James Rainey on public TV station KCET as it enters its second year without a PBS affiliation. Lionsgatge isn't showing much love for Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.

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Photo: Dick Clark. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press.

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Two Shuttles Meet


11:19 AM  -  Public
Space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers at the center. Photo Credit: (NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo) More images available at:

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Showcasing artwork from the 2011-12 Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates, The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery will present this year’s Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition, kicking off with the opening reception on April 27. This year’s candidates are Michael Fong, Dany Haniff, Kim Johnson, Xiaojia Lin, Vaughn Meldrum, Karin Miller, Bryant Nguyen, Hillary Price, Javier Sanchez and Wade Vandervort. Each student will present their own individual work that showcases what they have been working on over the past year in the UNLV Fine Arts Program, including a mix of painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture and photography. The artist statement presentation will be held on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in CBC Room A112 followed by the opening reception on the following day at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be available during the opening reception, with the exhibition running through May 16. The Grant Hall Gallery will also feature an installation from April 27 to May 4. In addition to the BFA Exhibition, the UNLV Department of Fine Art’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition kicked off on April 12 and will continue through April 21, also inside Donna Beam. The exhibition features student work in various forms of media from oil paintings to sculpture and photo and resin.

From the Rebel Yell, click here.

CSN Town Hall Friday January 27 at 1:30 PM

CSN President Michael Richards invites you to attend a town hall on Friday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. for a major announcement about a new student success initiative.

The town hall will take place at the Charleston campus in K101 and be video broadcast to Conference Rm. B at Cheyenne and C224 at Henderson, where participants will be able to ask questions.

This is a great opportunity for all of CSN to get together before the end of the semester to hear about progress in student success initiatives that policymakers across Nevada and the nation are discussing, including Complete College America and performance funding.

Please attend this important event if your schedule permits.