Portraits gifted by St. Louis-area nonprofit honor children lost to gun violence
ST. LOUIS — Artists who work with the nonprofit group Faces Not Forgotten all receive the same advice: Focus on the eyes. It was more than 10 years ago that Christine Ilewski founded the St. Louis-area organization that creates hand-painted portraits for families that have lost children to gun violence. Artists have completed more than 300 portraits of those killed across the country, including more than 60 from St. Louis, most age 20 and younger. "It's the eyes where you get the emotion," said Ilewski, a college art instructor who lives in Alton. "That's where you can connect that this was so...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Captain Comics: Sticking the landing. Or not
We are lucky to live in the era of Peak TV. But, as with every explosion of light, there are shadows. A dark side. And in the case of Peak TV, it’s the ending. The TV landscape is littered with formerly favorite shows that failed to stick the landing, and thus remain bitter in memory. “Lost.” “Dexter.” “Seinfeld.” There is no single reason, no obvious land mine to avoid. Series finales can remain unsatisfying because they’re tonally off, poorly thought out, morally suspect, badly written, implausible or just inexplicable and weird. (Looking at you, “Sopranos.”) But the biggest mistake seems to...
Tribune News Service
Candace Parker talks of her love for Portillo’s and Harold’s Chicken Shack on TNT. So Dwyane Wade ensures the new Sky star doesn’t go hungry.
CHICAGO — While WNBA standout Candace Parker’s decision to come home has been a boost for the Chicago Sky, other beneficiaries include Portillo’s and Harold’s Chicken Shack. Thanks to Parker and fellow studio analyst Dwyane Wade, the two Chicago-based fast-food chains have enjoyed national plugs — including a bit of late-night TV exposure on their NBA on TNT show. Parker talked about leaving the Los Angeles Sparks after 13 seasons, five All-Star selections, two Most Valuable Player awards and a championship. She has returned to the Chicago area where both she and Wade grew up — Parker a star a...
Sideline Chatter: Wrestlers were confused when they were awarded free throws
Who says pro rasslin' isn't real? Tim Donaghy — who once served 15 months in prison for betting on and affecting the point spreads of NBA games he officiated — made his Major League Wrestling refereeing debut in the "Fusion" main event, a Caribbean strap match. And helped throw the match. ——— Headlines —At @NOTSportsCenter: "BREAKING: Deshaun Watson rushed to a Houston hospital for extensive concussion testing and brain exams after saying his #1 preference was to play for the New York Jets." —At TheOnion.com: " 'Home gym equipment is still sold out everywhere,' man hopes." ——— Hammer time? The...
The Seattle Times
Burger King’s Stacker 4 Whopper is a mouthwatering mouthful
This cheeseburger is a mouthwatering mouthful. When a double — and even a triple — Whopper won’t do, there’s so much more than where that comes from. According to HypeBeast, the South Korean division of Burger King has launched three new menu options centered around the beloved signature hamburger. As part of a program called the Real Whopper Challenge, the brand’s fast food staple s now available with two, three, four and even five flame-broiled 4-ounce beef patties. The sandwiches are called Stacker 2 Whopper, Stacker 3 Whopper, Stacker 4 Whopper and Stacker 5 Whopper (which is only availabl...
New York Daily News
KFC’s new fried chicken sandwich is bigger, crunchier and much better
It was bound to happen. After several fast food chains revamped their fried chicken sandwiches over the past year in the hopes of standing out in the ongoing fried chicken sandwich wars, KFC is finally getting into the game. And as your humble fried chicken sandwich correspondent who once ranked 26 of the fast food options, I obviously had to investigate. Of course, KFC already had a few fried chicken sandwiches on its menu. But as I found a few years ago, they didn’t seem particularly well loved. It’s main offering, the crispy Colonel sandwich, was weirdly small and not particularly exciting....
Mike Sielski: The NHL makes its triumphant return (brought to you by Triumph Brewing Co.)
PHILADELPHIA — News item: The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that it had sold the naming rights of its four divisions this season to corporate sponsors. The divisions will be called the MassMutual NHL East, the Scotia NHL North, the Discover NHL Central, and the Honda NHL West. Last month, the league had revealed that teams would have advertisements on their players' helmets in an attempt to help recoup lost revenue from the pandemic. "Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the Wells Fargo Center for tonight's game between the Flyers, sponsored by Pat's Steaks, and the New York Ra...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Free, affordable health clinics play crucial role in coronavirus pandemic
DETROIT – When Ebony Bascomb's husband was diagnosed with colon cancer in September, she had to take a three-month leave of absence and cut back on her hours at the fast food restaurant where she is an assistant manager, to care for her husband and their five children. “It felt like I was about to lose my husband,” said Bascomb, who is 36 and lives in Dearborn Heights. He’s doing better now, she said, but Bascomb still worries about maintaining a virus-free environment for him and her family. Throughout, Bascomb said, family members have stepped up to help. So has their local health care clini...
Detroit Free Press