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Film advocates change tactics, lobby for more grant money

Film supporters have changed their tactics to lobby for more money in a grant program rather than trying to restore North Carolina's 25 percent tax credit. Read more

Fundraising event challenges eaters with 20-foot bratwursts

As fundraising events go, this one's the wurst. And organizers wouldn't have it any other way. Read more

DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M

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Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" with a resounding debut of $54 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Read more

Harwood woman creates fun-filled flash mob dance scenes

Court side in the Comcast Center in College Park, the scene looked like hundreds of other University of Maryland home basketball games. The evening of Feb. 16, 2013, the opposing team was Duke. Read more

Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Arrivals

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. Read more

Student, 17, takes part in Smithsonian art exhibition

A Fairfax County student is among 56 artists — and the youngest of the group — to be chosen for a Smithsonian Institution exhibit on the National Mall. Read more

'Small-time artist' earns his Grammy equivalent

Greg Latta, a musician of all trades who sings, writes songs and plays multiple instruments, is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Read more

EXCHANGE: A cappella group takes the floor with rousing song

The classroom on the north side of the University of Illinois Armory might be small but big sounds come from it three nights a week. Read more

Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera

Russia Opera

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Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. Read more

Chattanooga tries to create a more people-friendly downtown

Chattanooga officials are trying to make the city's downtown more people-friendly with new zoning regulations. Read more

Oscar-nominated Czech cameraman Miroslav Ondricek dies at 80

Miroslav Ondricek, the Czech director of photography who was twice nominated for the Academy Awards, has died. He was 80. Read more

New RISD president hopes to educate the world about art

New RISD President

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The prestigious Rhode Island School of Design didn't have a furniture department when Rosanne Somerson arrived in 1972 as an undergraduate from Philadelphia. But that wouldn't stop her from becoming renowned for her intricately designed tables and chairs over the last four decades. Read more

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Saudi-led airstrikes shake Yemen's capital as Shiite rebels, allies push south toward Aden Read more

Police investigate threat to BBC boss over Clarkson firing

Russia Jeremy Clarkson

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British police are investigating a death threat made to the head of the BBC after the broadcaster fired "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson over an assault on a colleague. Read more

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Read more

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Black Girls Rock Obama

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First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. Read more

Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards

2015 Kids' Choice Awards - Show

Photo by Matt Sayles

The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. Read more

Mississippi marks year of 3 women artists

Three major artists in the literary and visual arts — author and photographer Eudora Welty, poet, novelist and scholar Margaret Walker and artist Marie Hull — are in the spotlight this year, with major events and exhibitions to propel fresh perspectives and new eyes on their works a... Read more

Charles Dickens' desk to go on permanent display at museum

Britain Dickens' Desk

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They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines — and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public. Read more

Van Gogh exhibit to feature artist's nature paintings

An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June. Read more

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