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In open letter to Dr. King, Stevie Wonder calls for equality

NEW YORK — Stevie Wonder, whose advocacy helped make the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, is urging the incoming Biden administration to form a national commission on equality.
Review: Lisa Gardner marks a sharply-written return

Review: Lisa Gardner marks a sharply-written return

“Before She Disappeared,” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton) Frankie Elkin is a nomad. Owning only what she can carry, she wanders from town to town hunting for missing people whom the police have been unable to find.
COVID-19 vaccinations a key step for return to cultural events: survey

COVID-19 vaccinations a key step for return to cultural events: survey

OTTAWA — Nearly half of Canadians who plan to make an early return to concerts, theatres and other mass cultural experiences say it’ll take a vaccination before they feel comfortable to do so, according to a new survey.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30 Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 85. Singer Ray Stevens is 82. Singer Aaron Neville is 80. Singer Neil Diamond is 80. Actor Michael Ontkean (“Twin Peaks”) is 75.
Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

NEW YORK — Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Blanchet's choice to block critics on Twitter limits free speech: experts

Blanchet's choice to block critics on Twitter limits free speech: experts

OTTAWA — Dozens of people — including some MPs — say Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has blocked them on Twitter after they criticized his statements about Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, with some arguing they have a right to be heard
'Schitt's Creek' up for five Critics Choice Awards, including best comedy series

'Schitt's Creek' up for five Critics Choice Awards, including best comedy series

TORONTO — "Schitt's Creek" continues to flood the awards circuit. The Canadian CBC series, which swept the Emmys' comedy categories with seven trophies last September, is now up for five Critics Choice Awards.
Private broadcasters' group argues CBC is disrupting the market by selling ads

Private broadcasters' group argues CBC is disrupting the market by selling ads

TORONTO — A review of the CBC's licence renewal applications entered its second phase Monday, with some organizations and individuals presenting their call for greater accountability and transparency from the public broadcaster.

Heavy metal guitarist photographed at Capitol riot charged

INDIANAPOLIS — A heavy metal guitarist who was photographed with the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and is accused of spraying police officers with a pepper-based bear spray irritant has been arrested, the FBI said.
Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for 'Big Tech' book

Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for 'Big Tech' book

NEW YORK — Sen. Josh Hawley has found a new publisher after his book was dropped by Simon & Schuster in the wake of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.