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FILE - In this April 17, 2012 file photo, Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival party at the State Supreme Courthouse in New York. Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and will keep her court in session into 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File )

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ court staying in session

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020. CBS Television Distribution didn’t discuss terms of the deal Monday. TV Guide has reported her current salary at $47 million a year — making her by …

ABC’s ‘American Crime’ series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

Monday, March 2, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society’s changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Mindy Project” are among the shows praised for bringing more cultural variety to the …

Nimoy’s Spock was the master of cosmic cool

Monday, March 2, 2015

BC-NIMOY-APPRECIATE:LA - national entertainment itop (800 words),0870 Nimoy’s Spock was the master of cosmic cool (PHOTOS) By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES - It is important, and sometimes difficult, to remember that Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, was an actor, not an alien. As Mr. Spock, the elf-eared, half-Vulcan science officer and first mate of …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Evodia, an intensely fruity Spanish red

Friday, February 27, 2015

Evodia, Spain Old Vine Garnacha, 2013 $7.89 to $11.99 Over the last year or so, I had been noticing Evodia, a Spanish red wine with a distinctive bluish-purple label, on the shelves of the area’s wine stores, but …

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints left in the freshly fallen snow up to the front door of the Loose Goose Cafe on East Pleasant Street in Amherst. I knew the cafe had …

Turning lemons into lemon-pepper pork

Friday, February 27, 2015

This is the pork tenderloin that was supposed to be a chicken. But it ended up being one of those delicious mistakes I was so glad I made. I was aiming for a roasted whole chicken that was …

Slice of Life: Free to shop, you and me

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dear Evershop Customer, Welcome to Evershop, your new multi-shop service that lets you exercise your freedom by shopping for all the things you used to take for granted. Remember the old days? When you had one phone company? One electric company? One doctor who made house calls? Fewer …

Your Time Church services at the Newman Catholic Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton

Friday, February 27, 2015

Whether it’s a date of religious significance or the weekly Sabbath, to enter a place of worship is to enter a community. Political beliefs, incomes and and ethnicities can all vary in a congregation, but one’s fellow parishioners, …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, …

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last summer, my friend Dan Smith played a pair of major hands against an opponent who held pocket aces both times. The two hands made the World Series of Poker telecast not only because of their significance, but …

CW series ‘Jane the Virgin’ uses telenovela approach

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — The massive sets for the CW Network series “Jane the Virgin” — coupled with a floor-to-ceiling mural of the Miami skyline — create the illusion of a bit of Florida in this Southern California community. All that’s missing is the sound of waves crashing …

Madonna takes tumble at show

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Madonna has given music fans a shock when she tumbled down several stairs at the Brit Awards. The 56-year-old queen of pop was closing Wednesday’s ceremony in London with a performance of her song “Living …

St. Patrick’s groups in Northampton and Easthampton have awards dinners Saturday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Francis Whalen, 85, of Northampton has marched in more parades than he can count over the past 35 years, but still, he admits he’s a tad nervous about next month’s Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Whalen has been named …