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Leslie Jordan, versatile Emmy-winning actor, dies at 67

LYNN ELBER and MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writers LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leslie Jordan, the actor whose wry Southern drawl and versatility made him a comedy and drama standout on TV series including “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story,” has died. The Emmy-winner, whose videos turned him into a social media star during the…

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Adidas ends partnership with Ye over antisemitic remarks

LONDON (AP) — Adidas has ended its partnership with the rapper formerly known as Kanye West over his offensive and antisemitic remarks, the latest company to cut ties with Ye and a decision that the German sportwear company said would hit its bottom line. “Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate…

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Historical society preparing for Persimmon Fest Nov. 5th

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Historical Society and Museum (CCHS) is delighted to bring back the annual Persimmon Festival. Mark calendars now for Saturday, November 5, from 10-2. Watch the Facebook page or call at 217-824-6922 for more details. CCHS is going to have a persimmon bake-off contest this year. Categories are Cookies, Bread,…

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For better roast chicken, slather spices under the skin

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Slathering sauces or seasonings over a chicken before roasting may produce a beautiful bird, but it can deliver lackluster flavor. That’s why we prefer to season a chicken under the skin. Sliding spices and aromatic seasonings under the skin boosts flavor by putting the ingredients in direct contact with…

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Bland, rubbery cheese need not apply

Lynda Balslev As the saying goes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I agree with this philosophy, but with one caveat: You can always add more cheese — especially when making a potato gratin. A potato gratin is a cheese lover’s gift, with ultrathin layers of sliced potatoes blanketed in oozing cheese, cream and,…

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Saga of last US slave ship finds life in ‘Descendant’ doc

KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the murky waters of an Alabama river, diver Kamau Sadiki said he had to pause before entering the last known slave ship to the United States, where 110 people were confined in hellish conditions. “You feel the reverberation, the pain and suffering, and the screams and…

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Jury: Kevin Spacey didn’t molest actor Anthony Rapp in 1986

LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A jury sided with Kevin Spacey on Thursday in one of the lawsuits that derailed the film star’s career, finding he did not sexually abuse Anthony Rapp, then 14, while both were relatively unknown actors in Broadway plays in 1986. The verdict in the…

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Rape allegations aired against ‘70s Show’ actor Masterson

BRIAN MELLEY and ANDREW DALTON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A prosecutor on Tuesday described rape allegations by three women against “That ‘70s Show” actor Danny Masterson from two decades ago that contained some of the same disturbing elements. Two women became woozy or passed out after a couple drinks and were tossed in…

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Teary Kevin Spacey testifies of sex abuse claims: ‘Not true’

TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An emotional Kevin Spacey testified in a New York courtroom Monday that he never made a sexual pass at the actor Anthony Rapp, who has sued for millions of dollars in damages, claiming the Academy Award-winning actor tried to take him to bed when…

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