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Star Quest's Annual Talent Show
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For twenty-one years, Star Quest of Pleasant Hill has been bringing amazing performances by our youth to the community, and its 22nd show at DVC Performing Arts Theatre on April 26 & 27  promises t...


COME TO THE CABARET!
Join the Alhambra High School Drama Club for Cabaret . Performances nightly from Wednesday ,  April 23 through Saturday, April 26 . Doors open at 6:30 and curtain at 7 o'clock.  You may purchase ti...
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Martinez Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner
On Saturday, April 26, we will be honoring citizens from the community for their contributions to the betterment of Martinez. The event will take place at the Martinez Event Center, 524 Main Street...
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Downtown Martinez Spring Wine Stroll
Come and enjoy the Wine Stroll in Downtown Martinez on Saturday, May 3 from 2-5:30pm. Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling from business to business in downtown Martinez. Stop in participating stor...
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A Florida man faces manslaughter charges after he allegedly told a funeral home employee that his mother asked him to kill her.
 
Richard Guyton Mathews, 62, is being held on $250,000 bail at the Flagler County Jail after his Wednesday afternoon arrest, authorities said.
 
The Daytona Beach News Journal reports Mary Shaw Mathews, 88, was found dead Feb. 21 inside her home.
 
Flagler County Sheriff's officials said her body was on a living room chair with no apparent signs of trauma.

An employee of a funeral home called deputies a few days later and told them a "highly intoxicated" Mathews broke down while discussing funeral arrangements and told them his mother asked him to kill her.
 
The medical examiner performed an autopsy and ruled she died by strangulation. Toxicology reports showed high levels of medications in her body.

According to the New York Daily News, authorities brought in Mathews for questioning, at which point he gave a statement indicating he was responsible for the death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

2014-04-24 06:03:00 -0700

All things aren't always what they seem in the world of advertising and Photoshop.  It has become so prevalent, that two congresswomen have proposed a bill to stop the over-perfection use of airbrushing.

The bill, called "Truth in Advertising Act of 2014," was introduced last month.  It was written by a Los Angeles father, Seth Matlins, who developed a female-empowerment website - Feel More Better.   

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According to Yahoo! Shine, Matlins' bill would force the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how perfected advertising impacts young girls and give recommendations to the companies on how to work with what he calls a social conscience, in a similar manner of how the FTC deals with cigarette and alcohol advertising. 

Matlins also started a Change.org petition to drum up support for the bill. 

In a Time article, Florida U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, Fla.), the bill's co-sponsor, said there is a link between the perfected ads and eating disorders, and that "young men and women have to have realistic expectations of their bodies. "

The bill only targets advertising that changes the model's height, weight or characteristics like cellulite, wrinkles or skin tone.  It doesn't tackle airbrushing that adjusts backgrounds, or the magazine covers themselves.  Covers have first-amendment protection. 

Earlier this month, original, untouched photos of a Lady Gaga Versace ad surfaced.  Take a look at the untouched vs. retouched versions:

2014-04-24 04:27:53 -0700

The mother of conjoined twins said she didn’t think they would survive pregnancy. They did and are home in Indiana, Pa., with their parents.
 
“We were told that I was going to have a stillbirth,” mother Michelle Van Horn told WPXI reporter Courtney Brennan.
 
Doctors were not optimistic when an early ultrasound showed Van Horn was carrying conjoined twins
 
The babies are conjoined from the chest to the navel and are sharing the same heart and liver.
 
Because they share those two vital organs, Andrew and Garrett were not separated when they were born.  It was a decision Van Horn and her boyfriend, Kody Stancombe, made.

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"They're breathing good.  They're crying.  They're doing everything a normal infant would do.  That's why we see them as our miracle babies," Van Horn said.
 
The babies’ parents said conjoined twins happen one in every 50,000 births.
 
While the newborns are bringing Van Horn and Stancombe great joy, there are challenges like feeding and dressing them.
 
“We basically take two outfits and snap them together,” said Van Horn.
 
As parents, it's heartbreaking to care for their sons knowing they might not have them for very long.  They said it's a blessing they have their little boys at all.
 
“They’ll continue to fight until it’s their time.  We will love them and cherish them until that moment and continue even after,” said Van Horn.

If you would like to help with diapers and clothing, Brennan reports you can email a family friend at danceriot78@yahoo.com.

2014-04-24 02:25:22 -0700

A Kentucky mail carrier is behind bars for hiding more than 44,000 pieces of mail in a storage facility and his dead mother's home.

Kentucky Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. hit William "Brent" Morse of Dawson Springs with a sentence of six months in jail and six months of home incarceration for “destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of U.S. mail.”  

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"He wanted to speed up his route," police Capt. Craig Patterson told The Courier-Journal. "I think he was lazy."

The federal employee was also ordered to shell out $15,000 in restitution to people who had their mail delayed or destroyed, the newspaper reported.

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2014-04-24 01:40:53 -0700

​Lupita Nyong’o seems to be taking over the world. She’s an Oscar winner and People Magazine revealed her as its “Most Beautiful” woman Wednesday. So what’s next?   

Before we look ahead, let’s first look at some of her recent accomplishments: the Yale School of Drama grad announced she signed with premier talent agency Creative Artists Agency, or CAA. 

 The Hollywood Insider reports, “She became the target of every major agency as soon as she signed on to ['12 Years a Slave'], but ... postponed taking any meetings not only until after the movie had wrapped but also until well after awards season.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

Earlier this month, she was announced as the new face of Lancome.

“Hi! I’m Lupita Nyong’o and I’m incredibly excited to let you know that I am the new ambassadress for Lancome. See you soon.” (Via Instagram / lupitanyongo)

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And Hollywood Life says the two are a perfect match. Nyong’o said, “I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”  (Via Hollywood Life)

From fans to speculators to haters, everyone is dying to know what her next project with be.  

There are many reports speculating that Nyongo’s next big gig may be in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie. Yep… Luke Skywalker move out of the way. Ms. Nyong’o is coming through.

Since her big Oscar win, numerous reports have cited Nyong’o recently meeting with “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams. (Via Business Insider)

But as the Los Angeles Times puts it, “Nearly every actor in Hollywood seems to have done the same.” ​

Point taken. Nyong’o has been tight lipped about her possible next role. But a Forbes writer says she needs to be the star and not in a supporting role, even if it is the multi-million dollar “Star Wars” franchise.

“For many reasons, the new Star Wars movie would be better served with Nyong’o as the star. It should be as much her character story as the original trilogy belonged to Luke Skywalker.”

Interestingly enough, that might not be the only film role in the works.

She may be teaming up with acclaimed novelist and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche — a.k.a. the girl-power, spoken-word artist on Beyonce’s latest track “Flawless.” Adiche hinted towards the “collab” in a recent interview.

“Lupita might be making an announcement sometime soon ... I don’t know ... It might be about ‘Americanah.’ I don’t know”  (Via Bustle)

But with the avalanche of the good news coming her way, Nyong’o is taking a second to just be happy.

"It’s through inter-contentment and happiness that I care about my presentation.” (Via People)

I guess we will have to stay tuned and play the waiting game to see what will be next for the big star.

2014-04-24 00:10:22 -0700
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