Daily Archive : Friday December 29, 2017




Life & Entertainment


    The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    This week's top selling songs and albums on Apple iTunes.

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, Mariah Carey poses for photographers during her hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Carey is returning to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” after last year’s debacle. They released a joint statement Friday, Dec. 22,2017, acknowledging problems with last year’s show and saying they are thrilled to have “an incredible night of music and celebration” planned.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Seacrest says he's sure Carey won't miss NYE gig rehearsal

    Ryan Seacrest says Mariah Carey is likely rehearsing for New Year's Eve show a year after her problematic performance went viral

    In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, Halle Bailey, left, and Chloe Bailey of "Chloe x Halle" pose for a portrait at RMC Studio in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

    Double trouble: Chloe x Halle act, sing on TV's 'grown-ish'

    When the duo Chloe x Halle accepted an award on behalf of Beyonce, who had just given birth, at the 2017 BET Awards, they not only honored their mentor, they landed a gig on the upcoming TV show, "grown-ish."

    FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, Ellen Degeneres appears during a commercial break at a taping of "The Ellen Show" in Burbank. DeGeneres is known for keeping her comedy on the nice side. But she lets her inner meanie out for "Ellen's Game of Games." That’s NBC's new prime-time game show, which begins its regular run Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, after a December sneak peek. The hour-long show subjects its contestants to minor-league torments that, it turns out, delight host DeGeneres. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    Ellen DeGeneres gets her game on in new prime-time show

    Ellen DeGeneres, known for keeping her comedy on the nice side, lets her inner meanie out for her new NBC game show

    Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

    The year's box office drops, but still third highest gross in history

    After two consecutive record-breaking years at the domestic box office, 2017 was the year the momentum slowed -- even with the late adrenaline boost of a new "Star Wars" film.

    Comedian Gina Brillon appears at Zanies in St. Charles on Saturday and Chicago on Sunday.

    5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs

    Laugh in the New Year with Gina Brillon or Steve Trevino. Or revel in great 20th-century pop hits from Chubby Checker and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at the Genesee Theatre. Ring in New Year’s Eve weekend with these five events.

    Cook Park Library will hold its annual Local Author Fair on Jan. 13. More than a dozen authors who live in Lake County, including Rachelle Paige and Sue Myers, will participate.

    Meet suburban authors at Vernon Hills library fair

    More than a dozen Lake County writers will chat with fans — and hopefully make new ones — at the Cook Memorial Public Library District’s upcoming Local Author Fair.

    Comedian Gina Brillon appears at Zanies locations in Rosemont, St. Charles and Chicago this weekend.

    Weekend picks: Comedian Gina Brillon goes club-hopping

    Comedian Gina Brillon hits the mic at three different Zanies locations; the Harlem Globetrotters mix the moves and humor; and E. Faye Butler and Felicia P. Fields play “Lettin’ the Good Times Roll,” a cabaret concert at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. More on these and other fun upcoming events.

    Escher Lefkoff won the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association’s World Championships last spring. Interest in pinball has skyrocketed over the last decade or so, with the number of players and competitions growing worldwide, according to the International Flipper Pinball Association, or IFPA.

    Tilt! Old-school pinball is no longer old-school

    The old-school arcade game of pinball is resurging in popularity. Interest has skyrocketed over the last decade or so, with the number of players and competitions growing worldwide. “It can’t be replicated and I think that’s why it never truly goes away,” says pinball player Zach Sharpe.

    Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) and Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) interact in Season 2 of Netflix’s “The Crown.”

    The second season of ‘The Crown’ feels as restricted as the monarch herself

    Netflix’s “The Crown” was very much welcome in its second season, full of gorgeous vistas, enviable clothes and fabulous facial expressions. But the season also was an illustration of how a show’s rigid format can hamper its storytelling, boxing in its characters as much as their royal roles can.

    Henry Winkler, left, Terry Bradshaw, Jeff Dye, George Foreman and William Shatner toured across Europe for the NBC reality series “Better Late Than Never,” which returns on New Year’s Day.

    Bradshaw, Foreman, Winkler, Shatner bond on European TV trip

    After traipsing across Asia in the first season of their travelogue reality show “Better Late Than Never,” William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye, reunite for a tour of Europe in season two, which premieres New Year’s Day on NBC.

    It is possible to learn whether new carpeting or cabinets lack harmful chemicals because more and more furnishings are being certified as having low emissions.

    Are your cabinets and carpet emitting chemicals?

    We feel safe in our homes, but that can be a false sense of security. The threat I’m talking about is something we can’t see: Indoor air pollution.


    Further concerns about radon gas in the home

    Q. We were in escrow to sell our home, but the buyers canceled the deal when their inspector reported unsafe levels of radon gas. Now we’re wondering how we can sell our home. Who will buy it when they learn about radioactive contamination in the air? Is there anything we can do to eliminate this problem?

    American Champion bamboo folding chair, $38.44 at amazon.com.

    Experts’ favorite folding chairs for entertaining a crowd

    When hosting for the holidays and beyond, extra seating is easily overlooked. scale is important. Any chair that’s small and narrow might make guests feel as if they “drew the short straw,” Austin designer Avery Cox says.



    Editorial: How a fact becomes fabrication

    Today's hyped up “spin” can bury a grain of truth under layers of innuendo, opinion, extrapolation and exaggeration that can turn its meaning into fabrication, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    We don’t need government to remind us that smoking kills

    Columnist George F. Will: Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking.

    Todd Maisch

    Travelers deserve modern air traffic control now
    Guest columnist Todd Maisch: As the nation readies for one of the busiest travel periods of the year, now is the perfect time to ask Congress “Why is the United States the last developed country in the world to finally upgrade from 1950s air traffic control (ATC) technology?”


    Cursive adaptations
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Your excellent piece on contemporary moves to bring back cursive writing in today’s schools brought back memories of my own attempts to learn it as part of my 1940s elementary education regimen.


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