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“John Wick” Creator Tapped for “Dungeons & Dragons” Live-Action TV Series

It feels like the development of a television show or movie based on the popular board game “Dungeons & Dragons” has been in development since time immemorial. Now, we might be one step closer. Derek Kolstad, the man behind the Keanu Reeves-starring “John Wick” franchise has been tapped to write and develop a pitch for a live-action TV series based on the game. Kolstad is said to be one of many writers being courted to work within the universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a separate entity from the feature film which Paramount and eOne, the film division of game owners Hasbro, already have in the casting stages and announced with Chris Pine in the lead. It’s unclear whether this would be a companion series to the filmed feature, with the same cast, or if this would be

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Some in GOP parrot far-right talk of coming civil war

Supporters of President Donald Trump listen as he speaks to the crowd in the Ellipse near the White House on Jan. 6. Trump has now been impeached for inciting the crowd, many of whom then marched to and attacked the Capitol, delaying the counting of electoral votes that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. | APDuring the Capitol attack, a Republican Party official in California declared on Facebook: “The war has begun. Citizens take arms!” Such heightened rhetoric mimics language white supremacists have used for years. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — War-like imagery has begun spreading in Republican circles after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting pleas to tone down rhetoric ca

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Could Alabama beat the Pac-12 all-conference team? We did the research; judge for yourself

The enormity of the talent gap separating the Pac-12 from the top teams in the land was on full display in the national championship game, when Alabama pummeled an opponent, Ohio State, that would itself dominate the best the conference has to offer. In fact, we were left wondering if a Pac-12 all-star team could beat Bama. Fortunately, there’s a way to frame the discussion. The Hotline compared the recruiting profiles for each member of the Crimson Tide’s starting lineup to those of the Pac-12’s first-team all-conference performers. The results suggest an even deeper talent disparity than we initially imagined. Alabama’s lineup for the title game had more than twice as many four- and five-star recruits as the Pac-12’s all-conference team. The player-by-player breakdown is below, but here’

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Aaron Rodgers, On the Verge of His Third MVP, Is About to Make History

At 37 years old, Aaron Rodgers is having the best year of his illustrious career. He’s the front-runner for the NFL MVP and he helped guide the Green Bay Packers to the top seed in the NFC. He’s a win away from reaching the Super Bowl and the accolades keep on coming. Now, Rodgers is about to make some personal history. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense clicked all season RELATED: Why Was Aaron Rodgers So Intimidating to Danica Patrick? The Green Bay Packers have won their last seven games and nine of their last 10. They have scored 30-plus points in seven of their last eight games and are showing no signs of slowing down. Against a tough, tenacious Los Angeles Rams defense Saturday, the Packers put up 32 in a victory that sends them to the NFC title game Sunday. Veteran

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California man allegedly hid 3 months at O’Hare because of coronavirus

Aditya Singh, 36, was arrested Jan. 16 in a restricted area at O’Hare Airport. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-TimesAditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft. A California man who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly has been arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at O’Hare Airport for three months. Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft after he was arrested Saturday. At a court hearing on Sunday, a judge ruled that the Orange, California, man could be released if he paid $1,000, but said that Singh was prohibited from setting foot in the airport. As of Monday morning, Singh remained in the Cook County Jail. Th...

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Newsom’s bungled vaccine rollout misleads seniors

It may have been the biggest bait and switch event ever perpetrated in  California, affecting the vast majority of the state’s 6 million-plus senior citizens, people aged 65 and up. So far, there has not even been an apology from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, which was responsible. If this had been an inside job aimed at stoking the current recall petition drive against Newsom, it could not have been carried out more effectively. Here’s what happened: On a Wednesday afternoon in mid-January, the state Department of Public Health issued a press release announcing in bold black letters that “Seniors 65+ Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine…” Except most were not. It’s the latest of many embarrassments for Newsom’s two-year-old administration, accused by recall organizers of being g

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Danny Trejo Got Clean in Prison. This L.A. Recovery Center Helped Him Stay that Way

While spending most of the 1960s in prison on drug and robbery charges, Danny Trejo managed to become a champion boxer at San Quentin—and he kicked heroin. Set free, Trejo stayed clean with the help of a new addiction treatment center in L.A. called CRI-Help. Five decades later, Trejo has nearly 400 acting credits to his name and is still working with the organization to help other people get sober, including his own children. Now, as CRI-Help gets set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in May, Trejo spoke with Los Angeles about his long relationship with the non-profit, and why the pandemic may be “the best damn time” to work on recovery. Trejo will be an honored guest and the main speaker at a gala planned for the fall; there will be a virtual event in May. How did you first find CRI-Hel

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The founder of the 170,000-subscriber newsletter Girls’ Night In shares her best tips for growing a loyal audience and turning your side gig into a full-time business

Summary List PlacementIt all started at her mom's dining-room table.  After the 2016 presidential election, Alisha Ramos was experiencing professional and emotional burnout. Ramos, who was 26 at the time, had been working as the design lead for HealthCare.gov, which was undergoing major changes as a result of the new administration.  "I was showing up to work every day, but I had no fulfillment," Ramos told Business Insider. "I couldn't really do my job and it was incredibly draining. I had been running full steam ahead in my career in technology and I hadn't really stopped to take a breath and slow down and take care of myself." Ramos finally did take that breath as she sat down and made a list of everything she was passionate about. What she wrote down at her mom's indicated that her ...

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Letters: Newsworthy legislators (1/18/21)

Newsworthy legislators Why don’t you comment on real-action congressional heroes making news instead of giving Rep. Lauren Boebert space? There is Rep. Dianna DeGette, representing Colorado’s 1st District, who stayed in Washington, D.C., after Trump’s failed coup attempt on Jan. 6. to put forth articles of impeachment. Or why don’t you talk about Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, who is working on legislation prohibiting Trump’s name from appearing on any federal building or agency in order to not make a monument in his name? Or how about Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey, who, after ratifying Joe Biden’s presidential win, in the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 7, spent time on his knees in the U.S. Capitol picking up trash that Trump’s henchmen left behind. Let’s talk about our heroes and how they

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Everything You Need to Know About Brandon Staley, the LA Chargers’ New Head Coach

The Anthony Lynn era in Los Angeles is officially over, and the Chargers have already found his replacement. They didn’t even have to leave LA to find him, either. Brandon Staley, who served as the defensive coordinator of the LA Rams for the 2020 NFL season, had been pegged as the Chargers‘ new head coach. Here’s everything you need to know about Staley and what Chargers fans can expect from the first-time head coach? Brandon Staley’s extensive coaching career Re: concerns w/ Brandon Staley being a “defensive coach” and Justin Herbert being a young QB…Staley was a highly decorated HS QB in Ohio, played QB at Dayton, and has connected w/ QB’s at the Community College, D3, D1, and NFL levels. Chargers got a great HC today. @gmfb— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) January 18, 2021 RELA

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Antiques Roadshow guest floored by value of boar statue he dug up from his garden as a child

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video An Antiques Roadshow guest was left speechless after being told that a boar statue he dug up from his back garden as a child could be worth £10,000. In the latest episode of Antiques Roadshow, host Fiona Bruce took viewers to Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Suffolk. In scenes which aired last night, one man sought advice from expert John Foster, who was hoping to find out if the statue was worth anything. Speaking about how he got the tiny boar figure, the guest began: ‘Well, I think I was about four years old when I was in the garden digging with a spade. ‘I was the kind of kid to pick things up, weird shaped rocks and things and put them

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Wish We Were There: Readers share their travel dreams

For years, our readers have shared their travel adventures every Sunday, submitting their “Wish You Were Here” vacation selfies and adventures, and offering travel tips to help fellow readers globetrot, too. Now with vaccines beginning to arrive, it’s time to dream again of palm-fringed beaches, rustic hillside towns and the chic cities we’ll one day explore. Here’s just a sampling of “Wish We Were There” travel dreams, with more to follow. (It’s not too late to share yours. Just email jburrell@bayareanewsgroup.com.) Dreaming of Spain I’m a high school freshman living in San Jose. When we are fortunate enough to travel again, I most look forward to returning to Spain. During the summer of 2019, after I had taken Spanish for one year, my mom, my brother and I spent three incredible weeks ex

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Here’s to hoping Joe Biden remembers his ‘you can’t eat equality’ line

Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump in 2016 generated a lot of soul searching among Democrats confused about how they could lose to such a loathsome creature. Predictably, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the growing left-wing of the party called for more efforts to fight inequality, social injustice, racism, globalism, and whatever other –ism of the day motivates their always-outraged, activist followers on any given day. Clinton seemed content to put on her tin-foil hat blaming the nefarious forces of Russian Facebook bots instead of her own lackluster campaign. Meanwhile, among the Democrats, only Joe Biden seemed to get it. The then-vice president correctly diagnosed the problem to be that the Democrats had run too far to the left blaming racism,

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Yan Bingtao proves experts wrong as he finds the calm in the storm to win the Masters

Yan Bingtao is Masters champion (Picture: WST)Winning the Masters at 20-years-old is one of the most remarkable snooker achievements in recent memory, and it might just be enough to convince the experts that Yan Bingtao’s substance over style approach is one that deserves the ultimate respect. Yan was making his Masters debut this year and scrapped his way to the title, demonstrating plenty of quality, but even more of his incredibly calm, nerveless demeanour. His first three games came against grizzled veterans of the baize and all went to deciding frames, a situation in which you would normally fancy the more experienced player. The youngster defied the odds each time and saw off Neil Robertson, Stephen Maguire and Stuart Bingham to make it to the final where he would face the c

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