UCLA survey finds most teens reject glamorized lifestyles in entertainment media

Key takeaways: Changing wishes. Few Gen Zers want to watch shows about glamorized lifestyles. Real-world issues matter. Teens prefer content that deals with family dynamics or social justice. Postive storytelling, please. They want to see more hopeful, uplifting stories about people. Not that long ago, teens binged on aspirational content, where the kinds of lives … Read more

Review: Coming up for air in Strout’s pandemic voyage

“Lucy by the Sea,” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) Returning to characters of previous novels, Elizabeth Strout folds them into COVID-19’s twist of fate in “Lucy by the Sea.” Lucy’s world is on the verge of collapse, a pandemic wreaking havoc on a country on the brink of a civil war. The broader social context … Read more

By the numbers: Facts and figures about the queen’s funeral

LONDON — Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday cap 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people packed onto the streets of London and millions around the world. Those are just a few of the staggering array of numbers generated by the death … Read more

Queen Paved the Way for Transition to Charles in Final Years

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — In retrospect, it seems as if she was preparing us all along. Whether it was due to age, ill health or a sense that the end was near, Queen Elizabeth II spent much of the last two years tying up loose ends, trying to make sure the … Read more

California 1st with law protecting children’s online privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids’ safety first by barring them from profiling children or using personal information in ways that could harm children physically or mentally, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday. “We’re taking aggressive action in California to protect the health and wellbeing … Read more

Palace Reveals Details of Queen’s State Funeral on Monday

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Two minutes of silence will be observed Monday across the United Kingdom at the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey, giving British public across the nation a chance to pay their respects to the late monarch. Buckingham Palace released more details Thursday about … Read more

Review: TC Boyle’s latest short stories are hit-and-miss

“I Walk Between the Raindrops” by TC Boyle (Ecco) An alcoholic author gets a strange visit that dredges up old memories. A couple becomes trapped on a cruise ship at the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two people quietly believe they’re taking advantage of one another in a bet for a French apartment. Each … Read more

AP PHOTOS: Seven decades of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign

By The Associated Press September 10, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/queen-elizabeth-ii-princess-diana-king-charles-iii-covid-entertainment-8b72436d7c4f3e7651e52b1556cb64d4 Queen Elizabeth II, who marked 70 years on the throne this year, was the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in British history. She endured through 15 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, becoming an institution and an icon — a reassuring presence even for those … Read more

Key milestones in Queen Elizabeth II’s life

LONDON — Key milestones in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at age 96 after serving more than seven decades on the throne. —April 21, 1926: Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in Mayfair, London, the first child of the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later … Read more

John Legend Talks Still Proving His Musical Relevance

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend may have multiple Grammys and achieved the rare EGOT status, but the prolific singer still feels the need to prove himself. That’s one of the reasons Legend cut back on traveling early last year to devote more time toward the writing process … Read more