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Pan-Mass Challenge To Partner With WBZ-TV, myTV38 & CBSBoston.com

Originally posted on CBS Boston:

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BOSTON (CBS) – WBZ-TV, sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV), and CBSBoston.com will join the Pan-Mass Challenge, the largest single athletic fundraiser in the country, as its official media partner, starting in 2014.

The Pan-Mass challenge brings New Englanders together for the first weekend of August every year, as spectators watch thousands of bikers go the distance to fight cancer.

There are six two-day routes that range from 153 to 190 miles and five one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles.

Cyclists are required to raise between $500 and $5,000 to ride in the PMC, depending on the chosen route.

Billy Starr, the PMC Founder and Executive Director, said that the race demonstrates how capable people can be when they work together for a cause.

“We’ve seen tremendous progress in cancer research,” Starr told WBZ-TV.

“As always, our goal is to increase ridership as well…

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AMAs Worst Dressed 2013: See The Weirdest & Wackiest Looks

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

You saw the best, now check out the worst looks from the show & VOTE for who you think donned the absolute worst get-up of the night.

The 2013 American Music Awards treated fans to a star-studded red carpet — but that doesn’t mean everyone dressed to impress for the big night! While we saw a slew of gorgeous gowns and stylish minis, the red carpet was also crowded with ill-fitting ensembles, busy dresses, and loud looks — what were these stars thinking?! Browse the weirdest & wackiest dresses from the AMAs, see who missed the mark, and VOTE for who you think donned the worst get-up of the night.

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The Best Performances at the 2013 AMAs

Originally posted on Pop News, Artists, Celebrity Gossip, Fernando & Greg - 99.7 [NOW!]:

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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By Kevin Rutherford

The American Music Awards don’t tend to bring in much of a captive audience beyond the night itself; while the GRAMMYs and, lately, the MTV Video Music Awards tend to have something to talk about around the water cooler the next few days, the AMAs mostly underwhelm, with hit-or-miss performances that are sometimes fun in the moment and awards that everyone forgets the next day.

The latter instance may still ring true — quick, if you watched last night, name one winner of a category — but to the AMAs’ credit, it spawned quite a few performances that folks might remember moving forward. Hey, it’s a start.

Photo Gallery: The 2013 American Music Awards

The AMAs honored a bevy of culturally relevant artists Sunday (Nov. 24), many of them not even from America. One Direction took home trophies for Favorite Pop/Rock Group and Album…

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Fire Spreads To Several Row Homes In Delaware County

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SHARON HILL, Pa. (CBS) — A fast-moving fire destroyed five homes in Delaware County Monday.

The fire started shortly before 10 a.m. in the 1500 block of Roosevelt Drive in Sharon Hill.

According to fire officials, the fire started inside a row home and spread to several neighboring homes.

When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames billowing from the homes.

The frigid temperatures and the intensity of the fire were a major hindrance for the firefighters. Firefighters were eventually able to bring the blaze under control, but not before it destroyed five homes. The Red Cross says at least nine people have been displaced.

Alan McCall, whos home was destroyed in the blaze, says, “My house is gone.”

Luckily, his son was already in school when the fire began. He says, “My wife and I were not in there and we’re glad to…

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Knockout Game Gaining National Attention

Originally posted on CBS Atlanta:

Today on Powertalk with Lorraine Jacques-White, we discussed the brutal new game many teens are beginning to participate in, which has begun to gain national attention from citizens and law enforcement officials alike.

This “game” is played by teenagers simply approaching a person at random and punching them in the face without notice in efforts to knock the unsuspecting victim unconscious. Some teens would record these random acts of violence and post them to social media sites and blog sites.

Currently there has only been one shooting and one arrest stemming from these random attacks, with many taking place in the city of New York. It has been reported that anyone arrested for participating in this knockout game will be charged with a hate crime.

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‘Border,’ ‘TIR,’ ‘Road’ Unspool at Buenos Aires’ 2nd Italian Screenings

Originally posted on Variety:

MADRID – All offering opportune takes on the contempo world, three contrasting Italian Fest hits – Alessio Cremonini’s “Border,” Alberto Fasulo’s “TIR” and Elisa Amoruso’s “Off Road” – will feature at Buenos Aires’ 2nd Italian Screenings, a one-day market unspooling Dec. 7 at the venue of Ventana Sur, right after the Latin American mart’s close.

The directorial debut of Cremonini, who co-wrote Severo Costanzo’s 2004 Locarno Golden Leopard winner “Private,”

the RAI Trade-sold “Border” turns on two young sisters, both devout niqab-wearing Muslims, who are forced to flee from Syria to Turkey during Syria’s current Civil War.

Based on true events, shot in Arabic in Italy, and starring Sara El Debuch and Dana Keilani, “Border” world premiered to an upbeat reaction at September’s Toronto Festival, playing in its Discovery section.

From Fandango Sales, Fasulo’s “TIR” -  a pointed, docu-style portrait of the toil – and toll on others – of an Italian trucker…

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Tablet Wars Heat Up As The Holiday Season Approaches

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The tablet wars are heating up this week as Microsoft’s second-generation Surface and other Windows-based devices are set to appear in stores, and there’s an announcement from Apple expected tomorrow.

Another new iPad is expected to enter the market as the landscape of the market continues to change.

The full-size version of Apple’s flagship tablet hasn’t seen a major update since it got the ultra-high-resolution “Retina” display a year and a half ago.

“We’re going to see some big changes there,” says Rhoda Alexander, the top tablet market analyst for market research firm IHS.  “What we expect to see with that product is a much thinner, lighter version, taking in a lot of design elements that Apple did when they did the iPad Mini.”

The refreshed 9.7″ iPad likely also will be outfitted with the same fingerprint reader and quick processor as the just-released…

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Daily Talker: Is It OK To Text At Movie Theaters? Should There Be A Designated Area?

Originally posted on CBS Boston:

Airports have cell phone lots.
Smokers have designated areas to light up.
Now, movie theaters may soon have texting aisles.
At least 3 chains, including AMC and Regal, are looking for a place to put people who just can’t unplug during a movie.
And it looks the back row of the theater may be just the place.
AMC says it would soundproof its designated texting area and put a barrier to dim the light from smartphones.
This all comes on the heels of Madonna being banned at a Texas theater chain for texting during the premiere of a movie in New York.
Is it OK to text at movie theaters?
Or should there be a designated area for people to stay connected?

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Film Review: ‘I’m in Love with a Church Girl’

Originally posted on Variety:

The road to hell is paved with well-intentioned clunkers like “I’m in Love with a Church Girl,” a strenuously sincere but tediously schematic and heavy-handed attempt at cinematic proselytizing for Christianity. To be sure, one doesn’t expect much in the way of subtlety from filmmakers sufficiently hubristic to list God as an executive producer. (Inquiring minds want to know: Did He get points?) But like most other recent evangelistic pics, this one isn’t likely to reach beyond its target flock.

Didactically scripted by Galley Molina, a real-life pastor who reportedly based the screenplay on his own born-again experiences, and slackly directed by Steve Race, “Church Girl” tells the come-to-Jesus story of Miles Montego (rapper-actor Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins), a former drug kingpin who has reinvented himself as a legit concert promoter. Unfortunately, Miles undermines his reformation by hanging out with longtime buddies still active as gangstas. Even more unfortunately, his every…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Round smartphone has a curved display — and a US$1,000 price tag

Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it will release the Galaxy Round smartphone with a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology.

The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world.

The Galaxy Round will be released only in South Korea for now. SK Telecom, the country’s largest mobile operator, will start selling the handset Thursday for 1.1 million won (US$1,003) without a service contract, making it one of the priciest smartphones on the market.

In the next 18 months or so, we could see Samsung launching foldable display devices. That is going to be a game changer

Samsung said the curve will make it easier to grip. The high-end gizmo has some features that make use of the display’s curve, such as playing the next song in a music playlist by tilting…

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