Saturday, August 30, 2014
'Made In America' concert kicks off in Philly

The "Budweiser Made in America" concert has kicked off in Philadelphia with Young & Sick performing on the main stage.

This is the third year the Jay Z-curated festival has been held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over Labor Day weekend.

LA's Made in America concert set to rock downtown

Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival.

The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and announced its West Coast expansion this spring.

Medford art program helps at-risk youths

About 250 works of art — some digital, some recycled, some graffiti and some unfinished — hang on the walls of the Life Track Art Gallery and Youth Center in downtown Medford, while another 120 pieces are tucked away in closets, drawers and wooden trunks just waiting to be displayed.

The gallery and youth center at 106 S. Grape St. opened in January, giving at-risk youths age 10 to 22 a space to express themselves creatively, hang out and open up about issues they are facing, such as bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' draft released

An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released — 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.

The fifth chapter, from a 1961 draft, describes an extra room in the factory called the "Vanilla Fudge Room," which features a "colossal jagged mountain" made of fudge. The draft also featured more children, and showed that Charlie originally went into the factory with his mother, not his grandfather.

VENICE WATCH: Director's praise for Robin Williams

VENICE, Italy — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:


49ers' Aldon Smith apologizes for suspension

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues.

In a statement released through the NFL Players Association on Saturday, Smith said: "I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks. Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I'm working hard to grow from my experiences.

5 takeaways from a punch-less summer box office

The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally.

But really, the movie of the summer was "Star Wars: Episode VII." Even though it's not due in theaters for more than a year, no other film captured the popcorn-hunger of moviegoers quite like J.J. Abrams' resurrection of George Lucas' space opera. As the blockbuster-to-come went into production over the summer, every bit of casting news was eagerly consumed; every hint of its plot was carefully parsed. Nothing can stop it, not even the broken leg of an aged Hans Solo (Harrison Ford), at the mercy of a mechanical door on his trusty Millennium Falcon, no less.

Benedict Arnold to be 'indicted' by theater group

A New London theater company is planning to "indict" Connecticut native Benedict Arnold in advance of a festival that will see a nine-foot likeness of him burned in effigy.

The Flock Theatre says an indictment of Arnold, a native of Norwich, will be read Tuesday in front of the Shaw Mansion. A proclamation will also announce his "burning" at the Custom House Pier on Sept. 6. On that day in 1781, he led the British into New London and torched it. Dozens of Americans died during the Battle of Groton Heights.

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