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  • Year End: 'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP

    Year End: 'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-26 14:40:55 GMT
    If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go.Although the animated film opened late in 2013, the story of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven easily outpaced other vote-getters like "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch, TV guru Shonda Rimes, musicia...
    If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go.Although the animated film opened late in 2013, the story of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven easily outpaced other vote-getters like "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch, TV guru Shonda Rimes, musicia...
  • Year End: Top 10 films of 2014

    Year End: Top 10 films of 2014

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-26 14:40:49 GMT
    By JAKE COYLE and JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:1. "Ida" — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn't previously a major name in international cinema. Yet at a time when most filmmakers can't keep their movies under two hours, Pawlikowksi plunges into Polish history and back again in less than 90 minutes. Yes, an austere, black-and-white Polish film doesn't sound like the most appetizi...
    By JAKE COYLE and JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle:1. "Ida" — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn't previously a major name in international cinema. Yet at a time when most filmmakers can't keep their movies under two hours, Pawlikowksi plunges into Polish history and back again in less than 90 minutes. Yes, an austere, black-and-white Polish film doesn't sound like the most appetizi...
  • Year End- Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: 2014 in pop culture

    Year End- Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: 2014 in pop culture

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-26 14:40:45 GMT
    By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press National Writer Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Adele would immediately tweet the moment on her new iPhone 6, hashtag #icebucketchallenge, while Ellen would pop out and take a group selfie that would #BreaktheInternet.Now let's get more serious. It's ...
    By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press National Writer Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen." Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Adele would immediately tweet the moment on her new iPhone 6, hashtag #icebucketchallenge, while Ellen would pop out and take a group selfie that would #BreaktheInternet.Now let's get more serious. It's ...
  • Year End: 2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

    Year End: 2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-26 14:40:32 GMT
    From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime's "Homeland" roared back from last year's muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS' "The Good Wife" killed off a main character to give the show its latest burst of life. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" ended its s...
    From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime's "Homeland" roared back from last year's muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS' "The Good Wife" killed off a main character to give the show its latest burst of life. FX's "Sons of Anarchy" ended its s...
  • Year End: Year's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts'

    Year End: Year's top song is Beyonce, Sia's 'Pretty Hurts'

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-26 14:40:22 GMT
    Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.1. "Pretty Hurts," Beyonce: Contemporary music's top singer and songwriter — Beyonce and Sia — join forces to create a song that is heavy, deeply felt, emotional — but most important, beautiful. "Pretty Hurts," with its winning accompanying music video, tackles the insecurities anyone and everyone feels, and Beyonce...
    Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press' top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.1. "Pretty Hurts," Beyonce: Contemporary music's top singer and songwriter — Beyonce and Sia — join forces to create a song that is heavy, deeply felt, emotional — but most important, beautiful. "Pretty Hurts," with its winning accompanying music video, tackles the insecurities anyone and everyone feels, and Beyonce...
  • Year End: Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

    Year End: Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-26 14:40:39 GMT
    Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon's removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling's latest detective thriller to J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories." The battle lasted for months. Hachette author Stephen Co...
    Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon's removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling's latest detective thriller to J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories." The battle lasted for months. Hachette author Stephen Co...
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  • New technology to battle resistant weeds means new stewardship requirements

    New technology to battle resistant weeds means new stewardship requirements

    Saturday, January 31 2015 12:49 AM EST2015-01-31 05:49:19 GMT
    QUINCY -- Mark Bernards reported a few scattered resistant weeds were in Western Illinois University fields in 2012 and 2013. By 2014, resistant weeds were widespread in a couple of fields, and the same scenario is becoming more common across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. "You realize what I've been doing in the past no longer works, and to accomplish in the future what I've done in the past is going to be hard," Bernards said.
    QUINCY -- Mark Bernards reported a few scattered resistant weeds were in Western Illinois University fields in 2012 and 2013. By 2014, resistant weeds were widespread in a couple of fields, and the same scenario is becoming more common across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. "You realize what I've been doing in the past no longer works, and to accomplish in the future what I've done in the past is going to be hard," Bernards said.

  • Labor contracts remain unsettled for Quincy police, firefighter unions

    Labor contracts remain unsettled for Quincy police, firefighter unions

    Thursday, January 29 2015 8:58 AM EST2015-01-29 13:58:54 GMT
    Labor agreements between the city of Quincy and bargaining units representing firefighters and police officers and sergeants have yet to be reached, and it appears at least one could be decided by arbitration. Police officers and firefighters have been operating without a contract since the previous three-year deals expired April 30. 
    Labor agreements between the city of Quincy and bargaining units representing firefighters and police officers and sergeants have yet to be reached, and it appears at least one could be decided by arbitration. Police officers and firefighters have been operating without a contract since the previous three-year deals expired April 30. 
  • Drop in gasoline prices produces windfall for city, schools, counties

    Drop in gasoline prices produces windfall for city, schools, counties

    Saturday, January 31 2015 1:02 AM EST2015-01-31 06:02:28 GMT
    When gas prices soar, city and county agencies are forced to use money that might otherwise go toward expenses such as new equipment or pothole repairs and spend it on fuel. So when gas prices fall, as they have in recent weeks, what happens? The price of a gallon of gasoline recently dropped below $2 in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, the first time below that level since March 2009. 
    When gas prices soar, city and county agencies are forced to use money that might otherwise go toward expenses such as new equipment or pothole repairs and spend it on fuel. So when gas prices fall, as they have in recent weeks, what happens? The price of a gallon of gasoline recently dropped below $2 in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, the first time below that level since March 2009. 
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