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AJ Willingham

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The secrets behind your favorite Christmas movie classics

Unusual props, hidden talents and musical mayhem make holiday staples like "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "It's a Wonderful Life" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" even more fun to watch. → Read More

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English speakers, here's how to pronounce 'Qatar'

The beginning of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will kick off another intense international sport: Pronouncing "Qatar." It's a no-brainer for Arabic speakers and speakers of similar languages. But it's one tricky letter after another for English speakers. → Read More

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He is a staunch gun rights supporter. She lost her son to gun violence. They overcame their differences to become close friends

Pati Navalta lost her son to gun violence. Maurice Solis is a staunch gun rights supporter. After Solis criticized Navalta's support of gun buybacks on Facebook, the two met in person -- and something surprising happened. → Read More

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Why Anne Hathaway and other women are saying enough to the haters

Anne Hathaway, Constance Wu, Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber are among the recent celebrities who have hit back at hateful trends they say have no place in today's culture. → Read More

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For some Christians, 'rapture anxiety' can take a lifetime to heal

Some groups of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are warned from childhood about the rapture -- an apocalyptic event in which the righteous will ascend to heaven, and sinners remain on Earth to suffer. The toll of so-called rapture anxiety is real, "exvangelicals" say, and it takes years to heal from that fear. → Read More

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The NFL's most iconic theme music has roots in everything from Batman to 'Star Wars'

NFL broadcast themes are memorable for the drama and deeply etched in football fans' minds. Learn more about the big names and the ideas behind the music associated with "Sunday Night Football," "Monday Night Football" and more. → Read More

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All the nerdy things you need to know about 'House of the Dragon'

Prep for your return to Westeros and all of its dragon-riding, relative-marrying wonders. Here is everything you need to know before you watch the new "Game of Thrones" prequel. → Read More

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Why Regency romance still reigns, 200 years after Jane Austen

Netflix's adaptation of "Persuasion" and the revival of the cult-favorite show "Sanditon" are the latest offerings to Jane Austen, whose memory must be regularly appeased by new odes to her groundbreaking romantic novels. However, the allure of Regency-era romance stretches far past her works. → Read More

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Chris Evans is not a fan of his fancy new iPhone

The iPhone 12 Pro is too heavy, says the man famous for playing Captain America. Plus, it lacks a key feature his beloved iPhone 6s had. → Read More

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How an author, a NASCAR star and a young boy flipped ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ on its head

Brandon Brundidge, 9, thought the 'Let's Go Brandon' signs were for him. His mom and NASCAR driver Brandon Brown set out to make it so. → Read More

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A Twitch streamer made every Super Nintendo manual available online

Lo, the ancient texts have been resurrected! → Read More

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'Handmaid's Tale' author has a message about Roe v. Wade

Margaret Atwood, author of the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," has shared her thoughts on the dissolution of Roe v. Wade with four small words and a coffee cup. → Read More

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The truth about common LGBTQ misconceptions

It's as good a time as ever for allies to learn how to better support their LGBTQ loved ones and reject harmful assumptions of what it means to be LGBTQ. As Pride Month comes to a close, we asked experts about some of the things that LGBTQ people wish others knew. → Read More

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Dave Chappelle says his former high school theater will no longer be named after him

Instead of Chappelle's name, the theater at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington will be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. → Read More

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An affirming hymnal is helping LGBTQ Christians keep the faith

"Songs of the Holy Other" is a collection of music that not only uplifts LGBTQ people, but affirms them as spiritual gifts to the church. → Read More

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The celebrity love affair with NFTs may be just beginning

Countless stars, athletes, artists and even sports teams have taken steps to promote crypto or NFT partnerships, sometimes to the derision of critics. But even in the midst of a volatile market, these attempts to connect virtually will likely continue. → Read More

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A nonspeaking valedictorian with autism shares her voice in commencement address

"Life is for service." Those are the words Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker lives by -- words that inspired Rollins' most famous graduate, Mr. Fred Rogers. → Read More

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5 things to know for May 13: Ukraine, Baby formula, Roe v. Wade, Covid, Capitol riot

Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. → Read More

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Meet the Savannah Bananas, TikTok's favorite baseball team

With nearly 2.5 million TikTok followers and a five-year streak of sold-out games, the Savannah Bananas are known as the 'Harlem Globetrotters' of baseball. → Read More

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The harmful trope that's still haunting queer TV

The series finale of "Killing Eve" fell victim to the "Bury Your Gays" trope. Viewers deserved -- and deserve -- better. → Read More