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Sue Grafton, writer of popular ‘alphabet’ mysteries, dies

LOS ANGELES, United States --- Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77. Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted on the author's website. "Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly," the posting said. Grafton began her "alphabet series" in 1982 with "A is for Alibi." Her most recent book, "Y is for Yesterday," was published in August. "Many of you also know that she was adamant that...Keep on reading: Sue Grafton, writer of popular ‘alphabet’ mysteries, dies.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 30th, 2017

Popular S. Korean boy band member dies in possible suicide

SEOUL, South Korea — The lead singer of popular South Korean boy band SHINee died on Monday, police said, in a possible suicide......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

Willy Cruz, writer of hit OPM classics, dies

Willy Cruz, writer of hit OPM classics, dies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Popular Girl Lives and Dies Seven Times in “Before I Fall”

Popular Girl Lives and Dies Seven Times in “Before I Fall”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2017

Popular girl lives and dies seven times in ‘Before I Fall’

Popular girl lives and dies seven times in ‘Before I Fall’.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

Before and after success

Instagram, the hugely popular photo sharing app, is not exactly the medium one thinks of when wanting to write a story. It does, after all, focuses on photos and is purely visual. But writer Anna Todd started writing on the app......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 20th, 2016

Phil Chess, co-founder of blues label Chess Records, dies

CHICAGO — Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess, who with brother Leonard helped launch the careers of Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and others and amassed a catalog of rock and electric "Chicago" blues that profoundly influenced popular mu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 20th, 2016

Arnold Palmer, who made golf popular for masses, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

’8 Mile’ director, Oscar-winning writer Curtis Hanson dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for "L.A. Confidential" and directed the psychological thriller "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop "8 Mile," has died. He was 71......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

‘We need it like we need a hole in our head’: Chinese friendship bridge in Manila not so popular with the locals

Construction of an friendship bridge gifted to Manila by the Chinese government to ease traffic congestion has been delayed yet again, sparking questions over the project's necessity a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News3 hr. 10 min. ago

‘We need it like we need a hole in our head’: Chinese friendship bridge in Manila not so popular with the locals

Construction of an friendship bridge gifted to Manila by the Chinese government to ease traffic congestion has been delayed yet again, sparking questions over the project’s necessity a Source link link: ‘We need it like we need a hole in our head’: Chinese friendship bridge in Manila not so popular with the locals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News3 hr. 36 min. ago

Ateneo coach Silva on 3 Eaglets in NBTC 24: ‘They deserve to be there’

Ateneo de Manila High School is undefeated in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. And with a lineup as talented and as deep as they have, the Blue Eaglets are expected to go all the way to the Finals – and even get the championship. Led by three players in the top five in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) in the UAAP in second-running Kai Sotto, third-running SJ Belangel, and fourth-running Dave Ildefonso, indeed, no team is as talented and as deep as the kids from Katipunan. For head coach Joe Silva, those three are only worthy of being mentioned as top talent not only in the UAAP, but also the entire Philippines. “The three of them really are blue-chip talents sa high school,” he said. The first-ever NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 high school player rankings seems to agree with him as in the initial list revealed last Monday, Sotto was deemed the top talent among all players taking part in the NCAA, UAAP, CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), MMBL (Metro Manila Basketball League), and FCAAF (Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation). The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players which will ultimately be used to select the participants in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game at the MOA Arena. There, Belangel was ranked fifth while Ildefonso was eighth. That means that Ateneo has three players in the top eight in all of the Philippines. In Silva’s eyes, there is no doubt that his three prized prospects are nothing but deserving of their ranks. “They deserve to be there,” he said. That statement is even truer for Sotto, the towering teen who has long had scouts drooling about his potential. “If you put him in another team, he’d dominate, double-double yan easily. We’re not about individual stuff, but it’s not a surprise that Kai’s number one,” he said. The 7-foot-1, 15-year-old has per game counts of 12.6 points in 53.7 percent shooting, 12.6 rebounds, and 4.9 blocks in just 23.2 minutes of play. Silva was quick to remind Sotto, Belangel, and Ildefonso, however, “Good for them, pero they shouldn’t settle. They should work harder, stay humble, and focus on their studies.” The Blue Eaglets mentor, though, would also like to see two more names of his players on the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24. “For me, Jason Credo and Joaqui Manuel should be there. Maybe they’re being overshadowed kasi medyo malakas yung team namin kaya they don’t get their numbers,” he said. He then continued, “Pero versatility-wise, value to the team, I believe they should be there.” Manuel has been their breakout player with averages of 11.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while Credo has been their glue guy with norms of 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals. Manuel and Credo’s next chance to get on the list will be next Monday when the new rankings will be released. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 10 min. ago

Elliott tallies triple-double as Hong Kong takes out frustrations on Formosa

Coming off their first loss in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, Christian Standhardinger and Hong Kong were nothing but determined to get back on track. They did just that on Thursday at the Souhorn Stadium in Hong Kong, waking up Formosa from dreaming of an upset, 99-79. The Filipino-German again proved to be a force with a team-high 25 points, but it was reigning and defending World MVP Marcus Elliott who showed the home team the way back onto the win column. Elliott was all over the court and collected 19 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season. With him fronting the charge, the Dreamers just had no chance from start to finish. The rout is much welcome for Hong Kong which was downed for the very first time in the season more than a week ago by Saigon. Now at 8-1, they continue to pace the tournament. The exact opposite goes for Formosa which fell for the eighth time in nine games. Lenny Daniel led them in the losing effort with 19 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 10 min. ago

Vivo Local Endorsers

Vivo is a global brand known for its selfie-centric smartphones which actualize the brand’s mission of empowering self-expression for the next generation. There are already about 200 million Vivo users globally as of 2017. In the Philippines, Vivo has risen to be the third most popular smartphone brand with at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores nationwide, and counting!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated News16 hr. 36 min. ago

Ray Allen to visit Manila in Comic-Con Asia 2018

NBA legend Ray Allen will be among those attending the first-ever Comic-Con Asia 2018, which will be held March 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Allen, who won two NBA titles as a player, will be in the country in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's movie, "He Got Game", which starred the NBA career leader in three-pointers made and Denzel Washington. Sen. Manny Pacquiao will also be in the event as he was chosen as the event's ambassador last September. Headlining the two-day event will be former comic-book writer and Marvel legend Stan Lee, who has already confirmed his attendance.     Get your spidey senses tingling as Marvel’s comic legend, Stan Lee, is coming to ComicCon Asia 2018! Who’s excited? We definitely are! Be sure to keep following our page to learn more about how you could meet and greet him soon! #ComicConAsia2018 #CCAsia2018 A post shared by ComicCon Asia (@comiccon_asia) on Jan 17, 2018 at 4:48am PST Also joining the 95-year old Lee and Allen is Walter Jones, the original Black Ranger from the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". The full slate of guests has also be announced and as follows: Cosplayers:  Hoku Props Vampy Bit Me Nana Kuronoma Anna Redei Jay Tablante (photographer) Local talents:  Yael Yuzon Harvey M. Tolibao (comic book artist) Carlo Pagulayan (comic book artist) Ian Sta. Maria (comic book artist) Armand Serrano (Walt Disney Animation Studios)  Visitors may register here. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Stan Lee is coming to Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Marvel fans now have a chance to see Stan Lee in more than just a movie cameo. The comic book writer and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief is scheduled to make a stop in Manila as part of ComicCon Asia 2018, which will be held a the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Pogoy sparks TNT s charge to silence Elite

With TNT in trouble against a very dangerous Blackwater team, RR Pogoy took it upon himself to rescue his KaTropa in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The reigning Rookie of the Year led TNT's fightback in the second half against the Elite and the KaTropa scored a huge 92-83 victory Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Following a flat first half, Pogoy sparked a third-quarter rally for TNT, allowing the flagship MVP franchise to take over after a 29-14 run. The KaTropa ended up leading by as many as 17 points in the fourth, which was enough to holf off the Elite and get back to .500 with a 2-2 record. "Our rotation messed up in the first half, good thing we recovered in the second half. Going into this game, we knew that we gonna have a hard time against Blackwater," head coach Nash Racela said. "We knew that it's not gonna be easy getting a victory over them. It would take our absolute best and they really able to challenge us, especially in the second half, our shots started to fall," he added. Down by as many as 10, TNT clicked in the third behind Pogoy, who ended up scoring eight points including a highlight dunk on the break. The KaTropa took an eight-point lead into the finals 12 minutes where Jayson Castro helped finish the job, dropping a very confident Elite crew. Pogoy finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds while the Blue added 17 points of his own. RR Garcia started the game and dropped 12 while Anothy Semerad poured 11 points, also in a starting role. For the Elite, JP Erram continued his fine play going for 20 points and eight rebounds but it wasn't enough as Blackwater dropped to 2-2 for the season.   The Scores: TNT 92 - Pogoy 24, Castro 17, Garcia 12, Semerad 11, Rosario 9, Williams 6, Tautuaa 6, Reyes 2, Golla 0, Onwubere 0, Carey 0. Blackwater 83 - Erram 20, Cortez 14, Digregorio 9, Belo 9, Maliksi 9, Jose 7, Sumang 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 4, Pinto 2, Cruz 0. Quarterscores: 15-16, 36-43, 65-57, 92-83.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

'Angkas' saves Kelly Williams from traffic on his way to the PBA

In one of the most random things to happen this season, ride-hailing app "Angkas" came through in the clutch for veteran TNT forward Kelly Williams. Coming from his home in Alabang, Williams got caught in heavy traffic along C5 and was acutally late for TNT's Philippine Cup matchup against the Blackwater Elite Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Already in panic, Kelly had to go the unconventional route and got help from the "Uber for motorcycles." "Yeah, oh my God. I was having a panic attack in my car. Coming from the south, I got to Taguig and about two and a half hours, I heard there was a fire in C5 and I was just like 'oh my God what am I gonna do.'" Williams said, detailing the entire incident. "So my driver said check Angkas so I was like okay, Uber for motorcycles. I got out of the car in the middle of C5, in the middle of traffic, and found this guy under the overpass. He was surprised to see me, I put my helmet on, jumped on the motorcycle and we got here. We were on the road for about 40 minutes," he added. Williams, who didn't play in the first half but still managed to get six points, six rebounds, and four blocks, said that it was a fun experience overall. However, that was the first and last time for him. "It was fun, it was actually pretty fun but, gosh, never again. Plan ahead guys," the 2008 PBA MVP said. "Initially I was scared, because he was swerving pretty well. But I got used to it, we got to the open air and it was fun. I was more worried about what coach would say," Williams added. "Coach said 'don't do it again.'" Overall, the entire thing can be charged to experience Kelly said. More importantly, he added that he tipped his driver pretty well for coming through in the clutch. "I considered running, I considered jogging. Whatever you gotta do. It was a good experience though, thank you to the cyclist. I think his name was Richard. He was a life saver," Kelly said. "I tipped him very handsomely. it was about a hundred [fee] but I'm sure I paid whatever was in my pocket because I was very grateful," Williams added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Yung defense namin parang bata -- Alas on blowout loss

Phoenix’s terrible decision-making on offense and passive defense made Rain or Shine look good. Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas was furious with his team’s performance as Phoenix absorbed a 99-120 beating against the Elasto Painters in the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Big Dome. The mentor admitted that he felt that the game was already out of hand after his squad gave up 39 points in the opening period alone.  “Bad decision-making namin offensively fuels their transition offense,” said Alas. Rain or Shine converted Phoenix’s 19 turnovers to 30 points and outran the Fuel Masters to cop 22 fastbreak points. “First half 72% field goal (ang Rain or Shine), paano ka naman mananalo dyan? Defensive team ang gusto mong maging trademark mo, gi-give up ka ng 39 points in the first quarter, that’s bad,” said Alas, whose squad’s next assignment is on Saturday against Magnolia. “I just told them, ‘If we will have the same attitude on Saturday expect the same score.’ So it will be a test of character.” Ed Daquioag toyed with Phoenix’s defense as he scored 21 points to pace the Elasto Painters while James Yap, who was just averaging 3.3 points in three games, scored 20 points in an 8-of-10 clip from the field. If not for a bad fall on an and-one play off rookie Jason Perkins with 7:33 left in the third, Daquioag, the second-year guard out of UST, would’ve done more damage against Phoenix. He never got to shoot his bonus free throw and sat out the rest of the game. “(Si) Daquioag parang nagra-round robin. Sabi ko, ‘What kind of a defensive team are we? We have to shape up.’ Talagang kapag ang sama ng opensa ko, di kami maka-stop sa depensa,” said Alas. “We've got six keys to win, checkin natin lahat... lahat wala kaming nagawa. Yu’ng pick and roll defense namin, parang bata. Sabi ko. ‘'Yan ba ang gusto niyong defensive identity natin? Giving up 39 points in one quarter? We're not like that,’” he added. The Elasto Painters got their game going to build some separation early, and their lead ballooned to 86-47 in the third. “Nu’ng first three plays pa nga lang, nag-timeout ako ng mabilis eh. Sabi ko, ‘Guys, we're very passive.’ Dalawang TOs agad ‘yun,” said Alas. “First quarter nakadalawang timeouts kaagad ako just to stop the bleeding.” Alas pointed that he has to address the problems they had against the Elasto Painters as they prepare for Magnolia.    “Unang-una ‘yung shot selection namin. Kasi kapag nagmintis ka makikita mo kukunin mo na lang yung inbound su-shoot na yan. We need to adjust that and defensively kailangang pagbutihin namin ‘yung transition defense naming,” he said. “We need to improve on that several notches higher.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

KaTropa take care of 'must-win' game

TNT's game against Blackwater Wednesday had that "must-win" feel to it. Lose and the KaTropa would be down to 1-3 in the Philippine Cup. The win enabled TNT to get back to .500 and right in the middle of a crowded pack. "Must-win talaga namin yun kasi para makabawi kami. 1-2 yung standing namin eh," RR Pogoy said after the game. "Buti na lang maganda yung nilaro ko," he added. Pogoy came through for TNT in the win, sparking a third-quarter run and finished with a game-high 24 points. Veteran point guard Jayson Castro basically shared the same sentiment, saying that it would have been disastrous if TNT lost again. "Sobrang important yung panalo na to kasi if natalo kami dito, di ko alam saan kami pupunta," the Blur said. With the KaTropa stuck with a 2-2 record so far, now is the time to have a little sense of urgency Castro stressed. "Siguro challenge na dapat every game do-or-die ang mindset namain kasi may tendency kaming mag-relax," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018