Gooey butter cake melting hearts, and taste buds, across US
What’s not to like about a cake with far more butter than needed, and that’s coated liberally with powdered sugar?There’s good news. The venerable St. Louis snack staple of gooey butter cake is seeping its way across America.In a recent story in USA Today — subtitled “How one man’s mistake turned into a city’s favorite dessert” — the author dives fork-deep into the treat.While the author was not impressed with the cake’s outward appearance, she quickly rebounds to hit the crucial point: “But when you’ve got something that’s buttery, sweet, crunchy and creamy all delivered in each perfect bite,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Grand jury investigators are 'dead serious' about revealing sexual abuse cover-ups among Jehovah's Witnesses
PHILADELPHIA — Brian Chase listened carefully from his Tucson, Ariz., home last July as an investigator from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office introduced himself over the phone.After some idle chitchat, the investigator asked: Was Chase familiar with the office’s 2018 grand jury report, which showed that priests had sexually abused thousands of children at six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania?“Just what was in the papers,” Chase responded, “and what I saw on Facebook.”The investigator explained that the AG’s office was now working on a similar state inquiry, this time focused o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Karla Peterson: Hulu's gender-flipped 'High Fidelity' is a cover version with its own special groove
When I heard that Hulu was turning Nick Hornby’s classic music-geek novel “High Fidelity” into a series, my brain made an awful screeching noise not unlike the sound of a record-player needle skidding off a fresh piece of vinyl. If that sound had accompanying lyrics, they would boil down to a big, whiny, “Why?????”Why take a third swing at a hilarious, pretty-much perfect book that has already been turned into a pretty terrific movie and a not-at-all-terrific musical? Why change the hero, a relationship-challenged record-store owner named Rob, into a female record store owner who is also relat...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How '90s TV transformed black representation
Black representation on TV has transformed over the last century. But the biggest change arguably came in the 1990s.After the Jeffersons and the Huxtables in the ’70s and ’80s, a whole host of black families and friendships burst onto the small screen. Moesha Mitchell and Carl Winslow shared the hilarity and frustration of Los Angeles teendom and Chicago family life, respectively. While Khadijah James and Martin Payne exposed life with pals in Brooklyn and Detroit. And who can forget about West Philadelphia’s Will Smith moving in with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air?“The portrayal of blacks in...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'High Fidelity' on TV: Zoe Kravitz refreshes cult classic in Brooklyn-based reboot
CHICAGO — As an actor, working the camera — addressing us directly, in a confidential key — only looks easy. Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag”: a genius, deadpan one second, fantastically expressive the next. John Cusack in the 2000 film version of the Nick Hornby novel “High Fidelity”: also a direct-address genius.Cusack had it tougher, in fact. The character he played, the Chicago record shop owner lugging around a gargantuan load of crippling, defensive cool was less of a self-destructive jester than the “Fleabag” antiheroine. Cusack, who worked on the adaptation of Hornby’s 1995 London-set...
Trump lashes out at 'horrendous' Alexander Vindman after ouster from White House
President Trump called Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman “horrendous” Saturday a day after he fired the war hero in retaliation for his testifying in the impeachment inquiry — and ousted his brother, too.Trump, who is purging his administration of those who testified about the Ukraine scandal, derided Vindman as a problem employee just hours after the Purple Heart winner was escorted out of the White House.“He was very insubordinate, reported contents of my “perfect” calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior,” Trump asserted on Twitter.Trump launched a Friday evening ouster o...
New York Daily News
Roger Kahn, author of baseball classic 'The Boys of Summer,' dead at 92
Author Roger Kahn, whose best-selling “The Boys of Summer” was an emotional ode to Brooklyn and its beloved baseball team, the Dodgers, has died. He was 92.The cause of death was not immediately announced.Ranked as one of the best sports books of all time, the 1972 classic was described by Sports Illustrated magazine as “a novelistic tale of conflict and change, a tribute, a civic history, a piece of nostalgia.”“ ‘The Boys of Summer’ is a baseball book the same way ‘Moby Dick’ is a fishing book,” the magazine said. “No book is better at showing how sports is not just games.”Kahn, a native of B...
New York Daily News
Nation and world news briefs
Pelosi has ‘no plans right now’ for fight over Bolton testimonyWASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House has “no plans right now” to engage in a court fight for former national security adviser John Bolton’s testimony.Since Bolton had said he would testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed, it was thought he would respond to a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee.Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said on MSNBC Wednesday night that “there’s been absolutely no decision made” on whether to subpoena Bolton but indicated Bolton would still be hostile toward such an ef...
Tribune News Service
Trial date for R. Kelly in Brooklyn pushed back to July
NEW YORK — Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly had his Brooklyn federal trial pushed back two months Thursday to July, with his trial in Chicago set to proceed before he heads east.Kelly, 52, appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court via video conference. He kept his hands crossed over his orange jail jumpsuit and occasionally whispered with his Chicago-based lawyer.Kelly is currently being held in federal custody in Chicago.“I’m told that the trial in Chicago is scheduled for the end of April, which makes our May date somewhat unrealistic,” said federal Judge Ann Donnelly.The “Ignition” singer is charged in...
New York Daily News
ICE agent shoots two unarmed brothers while executing deportation order in Brooklyn
NEW YORK — A federal ICE agent shot two unarmed men — one in the face — while trying to nab an undocumented immigrant in Brooklyn Thursday, officials and witnesses said.Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, armed with a deportation order, were escorting a man from a home on W. 12th St. near Quentin Road in Gravesend about 8:15 a.m. when the shooting occurred.When the man’s brother tried to intervene, a shot was fired, officials said. The bullet went through the brother’s hand into his sibling’s cheek, sources said.During the chaos, the man shot in the face ran back into the home...
New York Daily News