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USA Today reports: “Let me out! Let me out! Ohhh! Ohhh! Ohhh!” When a Florida neighbor heard those chilling cries, the logical next step was to call 911. Four Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies pulled up and confronted a man who had his wife’s car on blocks in his driveway. When the deputies showed up and explained their concerns, the …

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Billboard Magazine reports: As had been expected, a California appeals court on Friday (Jan. 3) restored two lawsuits accusing Michael Jackson of child sexual abuse, after the state’s statute of limitations was extended. The lawsuits were filed by Wade Robson in 2013 and James Safechuck in 2014, but were dismissed on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired …

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The Brandenton Herald reports: A toe-sucking burglar broke into a Florida home on Christmas Eve and got into a fight with a resident, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies who responded to a home on 60th Avenue West were told that the victim was sleeping in his bedroom when he was awakened by the suspect sucking on his …

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Playbill reports: The GLAAD Media Awards, which honor fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, will welcome the return of the Outstanding Broadway Production category for the first time since 2014. The decision comes after a “recent surge of powerful LGBTQ-inclusive shows on Broadway that featured diverse LGBTQ characters and illuminated LGBTQ issues,” according to a release …

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Playbill reports: Three-time Tony recipient and famed Stephen Sondheim interpreter Bernadette Peters, most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, hosted Celebrating Sondheim December 31 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. Tony winner Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit, the upcoming revival of Sondheim’s Company) performed in the evening directed by Lonny Price; Alexander Gemignani conducted the New …

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Yahoo Sports reports: If you’re going to invite former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on your television program, expect him to start randomly spiking things. Gronkowski did just that while hosting Fox’s New Year’s Eve show, much to the chagrin of his co-host Steve Harvey. As the celebration got more rowdy, the 30-year-old Gronkowski decided he needed to …

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Law.com on what 2020 holds for the LGBTQs: In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions in three cases that will determine whether discrimination based upon gender identity and sexual orientation is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Title VII is a federal law that bars employment discrimination on the …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the gift that keeps on giving her historic achievements, as the song makes the superstar the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 in four decades. “Christmas” spends a third week atop the latest Hot 100, dated Jan. 4, 2020, having first led the charts dated …

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The New York Daily News reports: Nearly two hundred Waterford crystals were secured onto the famous Times Square New Year’s Eve ball in New York on Dec. 27, 2019. Days before the celebration ringing in 2020, 192 crystals from the Waterford crystal factory in Ireland were installed onto the nearly six ton, 12 feet in diameter ball in this year’s …

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Playbill reports: Composer-lyricist Jerry Herman, best known for the joyous musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles, died December 26 in Miami at 88. Following the news of Herman’s passing, the Broadway community took to social media to share memories and anecdotes about the composer and express gratitude for his timeless work. Jerry Herman lost his hard fought …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Holiday songs hang atop the Billboard Hot 100’s two highest boughs for the first time in the chart’s history, as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” leads the list for a second week and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” rises from No. 3 to No. 2, reaching a new peak. Meanwhile, a …

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Tampa’s CBS News affiliate reports: Robert Wayne Miller of Zephyrhills, Fla., was arrested Sunday around 9 p.m. for disturbing the peace with his lawn mower, according to a Pasco County complaint affidavit. He faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. In body-camera footage obtained by WFLA, Miller’s lawn mower can be heard idling in the background as Deputy …

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Billboard Magazine reports: It’s beginning to look a lot like… a black metal Christmas. The Sock Puppet Parody folks are back again this year with another dose of bizarre holiday cheer courtesy of a very dark take on “Frosty the Snowman.” With music supplied by Rivethead, “Immortal Christmas VI” takes the beloved story of everyone’s favorite snow person and turns …

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Christmas Day All-Day Open Thread

Like yesterday, there will be a smattering of posts later in the day and Blue Bear will appear at the usual weekend time of 7PM Eastern. But in the meantime, tell us about your holiday meal specialties and favorites. And don’t leave out the disasters.

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Deadline reports: For a second year in a row, Kevin Spacey posted a video on his YouTube page on Christmas Eve his House of Cards character Frank Underwood. The latest, titled “KTWK,” shows Spacey as Underwood in a holiday sweater sitting by a fireplace stoking the flames. “You didn’t really think I was gonna miss the opportunity to wish you …

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Christmas Eve All-Day Open Thread

Rather obviously, today is a slow news day. I’ll be posting more items and Blue Bear will appear at the weekend time of 7PM. But in the meanwhile, tell us about your holiday traditions with your biological family and with (as Armistead Maupin calls it) your logical family.

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Longtime JMG favorite Tired Old Queen At The Movies returns today with a timely look back: Steve Hayes celebrates the Holidays with his signature humor and insight as he presents a ten year retrospective of his favorite Christmas movies.

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Billboard Magazine reports: “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which Mariah Carey co-wrote with collaborator Walter Afanasieff, has topped the Hot 100 for the first time thanks to the annual (and growing) spike in streaming it receives around the holidays. It is Carey’s 19th No. 1 single on the chart — the most among solo artists in history — …

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Playbill reports: Hot on the kitten heels of the release of the Cats movie, Jennifer Hudson goes from Grizabella’s torn garb to the glitz of Aretha Franklin. Watch the teaser for the Oscar winner’s star turn as the Queen of Soul in the biopic Respect below. The first look offers a taste of Hudson’s knockout rendition of the title anthem. …

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Newsweek reports: A Florida man has been arrested and charged with domestic battery after allegedly angrily throwing a Pop Tart toaster pastry at his wife’s head. Police took Brandon Sutherland, 36, into custody on Sunday night after the alleged incident, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office documents obtained by The Smoking Gun. Florida man arrested for domestic battery after throwing …

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