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  1. Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

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    NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on Saturday Night Live.

    This Sept. 25, 1982 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo. Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)
  2. She gave us 'The Giver': a Q&A with Lois Lowry

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    Since Lois Lowry's The Giver was first published more than 20 years ago, it's earned a Newbery Medal, become a staple of the classroom, sold millions of copies, and taught multiple generations to battle conformity. With the book — set in a totalitarian community in which "sameness" is championed and there …

    Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in The Giver: The powers that be may be getting it wrong.
  3. The joys of no longer being Harry Potter

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    He just turned 25. So there's no calling Daniel Radcliffe "kid" any more. But there is something of the "kid in a candy store" to his wide-ranging choice of roles in the short time since he hung up Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.

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  4. Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

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    Authorities on Tuesday detailed how Robin Williams' took his life, saying the actor and comedian hanged himself with a belt in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home.

    Coroner's officials say Robin Williams was last seen alive at home around 10 p.m. Sunday. [AP photo]
  5. Koko the sign language gorilla mourns Robin Williams (w/video)

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    Robin Williams touched people around the world with his sense of humor — people who were shocked and saddened Monday by news of his death.

    But he wasn't only mourned by people.

    Robin Williams meets Koko, a gorilla who communicates in sign language, in 2001 at the Gorilla Foundation offices in northern California. [Gorilla Foundation]
  6. Mother, cousin of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson injured in Clermont DUI crash

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    ORLANDO — Authorities in central Florida are investigating a traffic crash that injured the mother and cousin of professional wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tweeted this picture of the accident scene.
  7. Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

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    No laughter was ever loud enough for Robin Williams, a speed-of-instinct comedian whose most unpredictable act was his last.

    Robin Williams combined a manic persona in his comedy with an array of personalities as an actor.
  8. Seinfeld on the art of being a comedian

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    In the 16 years since his Emmy-winning sitcom went off the air, Jerry Seinfeld hasn't rested on his laurels. He's returned to his first love — stand-up — regularly working on his act in New York comedy clubs, and then taking it on the road, as with a current national tour. He has married and fathered three …

    Jerry Seinfeld (with Jon Stewart in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee): “Everything in life is funny to a comedian.’’
  9. From the graveyard, a coming of age tale

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    By Andrew A. Smith

    We all know from Coraline, Murder Mysteries and Dream Hunters how good a writer Neil Gaiman is. We also know from the Coraline, Murder Mysteries and Dream Hunters graphic novels how good an artist P. Craig Russell is, especially at illustrating Gaiman's …

     The Graveyard Book is a two-volume graphic novel by Neil Gaiman. MCT
  10. Give me a comic hero any day

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    We're closing in fast on the end of another frenzied season of movies spun from comic books. And if you've gamely squirmed through the portentous gloom and doom of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past — with Guardians of the Galaxy

    Rocket Raccoon knows the secret: Don’t take it too seriously.