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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's \"This Week\" \u2014 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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NBC's \"Meet the Press\" \u2014 Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

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CBS' \"Face the Nation\" \u2014 Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former CIA Director John Brennan.

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CNN's \"State of the Union\" \u2014 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

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\"Fox News Sunday\" \u2014 Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Terry McAuliffe, D-Va.

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DETROIT (AP) \u2014 Detroit-raised rocker Jack White is building on a vision to blend music and manufacturing in a part of his hometown that long inspired him.

The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and producer is overseeing the launch of a vinyl record pressing plant in the back of his Third Man Records shop north of downtown Detroit. Third Man Pressing holds its grand opening on Saturday.

The eight presses represent some of the first newly built machines installed in the U.S. in more than three decades \u2014 corresponding with a vinyl revival. White told The Associated Press on Friday that \"there's so much demand for the records and so little supply.\"

\"Two years ago we could not buy new presses,\" said White, decked out in yellow shoes and custom-made Third Man shirt. \"We're the first place to really be the guinea pig of this.\"

White marvels at the bright yellow, German-made machines, which earlier this week churned out records by some legendary Detroit bands that inspired him, including The Stooges and MC5. He said the presses will kick out the jams, as it were, by pressing eye-popping, genre-spanning platters by Detroit bands of renown and then spread to other Third Man artists and those of other small labels.

The plant also is part of a revival for a part of the city where White and his former band, The White Stripes, got its start 20 years ago. White also attended high school at nearby Cass Tech, ran an upholstery shop and took \"a couple classes\" at Wayne State University.

\"Out of the darkness comes the light: What was traditionally known as the roughest neighborhood in Detroit, the Cass Corridor, is now showing the most incredible fruits and beauty and progress,\" said White, who has recently collaborated with Beyonc\u00e9 and A Tribe Called Quest.

White, who employed vinyl for his earliest releases, founded Third Man in Detroit in 2001 and both he and the business relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Detroit's retail store opened in 2015. White and Shinola, a Detroit-based maker of watches, bikes and other goods, jointly bought the building.

\"Down the street, Shinola is selling $2,500 turntables that they're making right there in front of people's eyes behind glass. We're going to be making records two doors down in front of glass. Can you believe this?\" he mused. \"This is in the Cass Corridor. You would have never have guessed any of this was going to happen. It's worth every cent, every second of energy people have put into it.\"

His goal is to keep expanding in Nashville and Detroit so that \"there's nothing involved in the record that is not part of the Third Man system,\" including making record sleeves and metal plates for the presses. He likens the goal to that of another famous Detroit manufacturer, automotive pioneer Henry Ford.

\"They had an idea about pouring raw materials into one end and out the other end came Model T cars,\" he said. \"We're going to get there.\"

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Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffkaroub . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/jeff-karoub.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Obamas just can't quit Broadway.

Former President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's \"The Price.\" They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on Friday.

In \"The Price,\" a police officer feels that life has passed him by while he took care of his now-dead father. He and his estranged brother must reunite to sell off dad's possessions.

The Obamas were big boosters of Broadway during his presidency, especially \"Hamilton,\" ''A Raisin in the Sun\" and \"Joe Turner's Come and Gone.\" Members of the Obama family also attended \"Memphis,\" ''Kinky Boots,\" ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,\" ''Sister Act,\" ''The Trip to Bountiful,\" ''Motown the Musical\" and \"The Addams Family.\"

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 At the close of the first-ever residency at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, country vocal group Little Big Town gave the audience a glimpse of how some of the first performers on that stage sounded like.

\"We're going to try to sing without mics. That's the way it used to be here,\" said singer Karen Fairchild before the four-piece vocal group launched into \"The Beginning.\"

The Grammy winning band launched their residency at the 125-year-old venue in Nashville, Tennessee, nicknamed the \"Mother Church of Country Music,\" for its role in popularizing the genre. Without amplification, the room grew quiet as the four vocalists stood on the edge of the stage and let the acoustics of the venue carry their voices.

Little Big Town marks a return to their roots with the album \"The Breaker,\" out Friday, with the No. 1 single \"Better Man,\" written by Taylor Swift. It's the first single off their new record.

The four-piece Grammy-winning country group is also celebrating an addition to the family \u2014 singer Kimberly Schlapman recently announced that she has adopted a daughter, Dolly Grace.

Singer Phillip Sweet said the timing of these milestone events has given him pause. \"It's almost like this moment is marked by this beautiful little life that has come into our world,\" he said. \"And it's so precious and special and I think it makes us truly stop and enjoy that moment in our real lives.\"

Sweet and Schlapman, along with husband-and-wife Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild, make up the vocal band that hit a career high in 2015 with the multiplatinum hit \"Girl Crush,\" which earned accolades at the 2016 Grammys. They also experimented outside the genre with a pop record \"Wanderlust\" produced by Pharrell Williams in 2016.

And the band didn't let that momentum fade.

\"We didn't want people to know who wrote it for a little while because we wanted everyone to hear the song with no subtext,\" Sweet said of \"Better Man.\" ''I feel like people listened with different ears because of that.\"

In a departure from previous records, the band members only had a hand in writing three songs on the album. \"Don't Die Young, Don't Grow Old,\" co-written by Fairchild and Schlapman with \"Girl Crush\" writers Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose after Westbrook's sister Joyce died in 2015 due to cancer, has a poignant message for the band.

\"It was kind of therapeutic for them obviously to write it,\" Sweet said. \"This is what you would say to someone you loved. Just a reminder to always live in the moment every chance you get.\"

The group has a tradition on release week to play their entire album beginning to end. Friday's show was the first of at least nine dates they have booked at the Ryman throughout the year, with more dates likely to be added. Built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the building has become synonymous with country and bluegrass and served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Musical icons from Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Patsy Cline, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe have all graced its stage over the past 125 years.

Sally Williams, general manager of the Ryman Auditorium and vice president of concerts and entertainment at Opry Entertainment Group, said the Ryman wanted the first residency to reflect the diversity of the musicians who have performed there.

\"We wanted to be working with someone who was genre bending, who was very firmly rooted in country music, which is Nashville, but also very open and creative and inclusive of other genres,\" Williams said. \"And Little Big Town is so much that.\"

The band also welcomed two of country music's biggest stars to the stage, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, to sing with them during the show. After playing their new album in full, they finished the evening with a collection of their biggest hits including \"Pontoon,\" ''Tornado,\" ''Boondocks\" and \"Girl Crush.\"

Swift, who has said she's not touring in 2017, performed \"Better Man\" during a special performance in Houston as part of the pre-Superbowl festivities, but Sweet said the band is ready if the pop star ever wants to perform the song with them.

\"I mean, come on, Taylor,\" Sweet said. \"We would love to do it. If she's up for it, we're up for it.\"

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Online:

www.littlebigtown.com

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Follow Kristin M. Hall at twitter.com/kmhall

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, \"The White Helmets,\" that has been nominated for an Academy Award.

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding \"derogatory information\" regarding Khateeb.

Derogatory information is a broad category that can include anything from terror connections to passport irregularities. Asked for comment, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, Gillian Christensen, said, \"A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States.\"

\"The White Helmets,\" a 40-minute Netflix documentary, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short. If the film wins the Oscar, the award would go to director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. Khateeb is one of three people credited for cinematography; Franklin Dow is the film's director of photography.

The film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Many of the group's members have been killed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air forces. The group also was nominated for last year's Nobel Peace Prize.

\"The White Helmets\" includes emblematic scenes of the deadly 6-year-old conflict: people digging through destroyed homes looking for survivors, at constant risk of \"double tap\" attacks that target first responders after they've arrived at the scene of a strike.

Khateeb had been issued a visa to attend the ceremony with Hollywood's biggest stars. But Turkish authorities detained him this week, according to the internal U.S. government correspondence, and he suddenly needed a passport waiver from the United States to enter the country.

The correspondence indicated he would not receive such a waiver. There was no explanation in the correspondence for why Turkey detained Khateeb.

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Talk about a multi-use trail. One afternoon this week, the Linda Vista Trail northwest of Tucson attracted a human hive of people with a diverse mix of outdoor pursuits including:

And that was just in the first mile or so of the trail at the base of spectacular Pusch Ridge in the Catalina Mountains.

One reason the Linda Vista Trail attracts a large and diverse group of users is that it lives up to its name, which means \u201cbeautiful view\u201d or \u201clovely vista\u201d in Spanish. Other reasons for its popularity include its generally easy hiking terrain and convenient location just 0.2 miles east of Oracle Road in Oro Valley.

The route includes a main segment that\u2019s a little more than a half-mile in length and connecting segments ranging in length from about a third of a mile to 1.5 miles.

Sonoran desert plants \u2014 everything from huge patches of prickly pear cacti to tall saguaros stabbing at the sky \u2014 offer step-by-step scenery.

As hikers, runners and horseback riders streamed past on the trail, Jerry Strangio, a member of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society, produced a colorful work depicting rugged Pusch Ridge while other members of the group painted nearby.

\u201cIt\u2019s a beautiful area,\u201dStrangio said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Meryl Streep, whose Golden Globes speech prompted President Donald Trump to call her \"overrated,\" has been added as a presenter to Sunday's Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Friday unveiled its final batch of presenters, including Streep. The actress is also a nominee for a record 20th time. She's up for best actress for her performance in \"Florence Foster Jenkins.\"

In her speech at the Golden Globes last month, Streep drew a loud standing ovation for a speech that bluntly criticized Trump. She particularly voiced disgust for his mocking of The New York Times' Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter.

Other presenters announced Friday include Ryan Gosling, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Aniston, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's \"This Week\" \u2014 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

___

NBC's \"Meet the Press\" \u2014 Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

___

CBS' \"Face the Nation\" \u2014 Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former CIA Director John Brennan.

___

CNN's \"State of the Union\" \u2014 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

___

\"Fox News Sunday\" \u2014 Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Terry McAuliffe, D-Va.

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PARIS (AP) \u2014 George Clooney used the stage at the 42nd Cesar awards, France's equivalent of the Oscars, to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump, without directly calling him out by name.

Receiving an honorary Cesar on Friday, Clooney said that \"citizens of the world\" must work \"harder and harder not to let hate win.\"

He said that \"the actions of this president have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies and given considerable comfort to our enemies.\"

The fault, he said, \"is not really his\" because fear was already present. \"He merely exploited it, and rather successfully.\"

The critique was delivered with some humor, with French 2012 best actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin providing a purposely wacky translation, and adding his own dig: \"Donald Trump is a danger for the world.\"

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News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.

The Associated Press chose not to participate in the briefing after White House press secretary Sean Spicer restricted the number of journalists included. Typically, the daily briefing is televised and open to all news organizations credentialed to cover the White House.

\"The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible,\" Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement.

On Friday, hours after President Donald Trump delivered a speech blasting the media, Spicer invited only a pool of news organizations that represents and shares reporting with the larger press corps. He also invited several other major news outlets, as well as smaller organizations including the conservative Washington Times, One America News Network and Breitbart News, whose former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, is Trump's chief strategist. When the additional news organizations attempted to gain access, they weren't allowed to enter.

The White House said it felt \"everyone was represented\" by those in the pool and the invited organizations.

\"We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that,\" said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

When asked by a reporter attending whether he was playing favorites, Spicer said the White House had \"shown an abundance of accessibility,\" according to an audio recording of the briefing later circulated by the pool.

The pool included Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, Hearst Newspapers and CBS Radio. Others in the briefing were Fox, NBC and ABC. Bloomberg reported that its reporter was unaware of the exclusions until after the briefing.

John Roberts, Fox's chief White House correspondent, told anchor Shepard Smith on the air Friday that Fox supports complaints being filed by the White House Correspondents Association and pool TV networks.

\"You can speculate, Shep, that there might be some extenuating circumstances as to why those people were not invited, we're going to look into that further....\" Roberts said.

In a statement, the correspondent association's president, Jeff Mason, said the group was \"protesting strongly\" against how the briefing was handled by the White House.

CBS News said in a statement that it was the pool's radio and TV outlet Friday.

\"We recorded audio of this event and quickly shared it out of an obligation to protect the interests of all pool members,\" the news division said.

When Spicer was asked by a reporter at the briefing whether he was playing favorites, he said he \"disagreed with the premise of the question,\" according to the audio.

\"We've brought more reporters into this process. And the idea that every time that every single person can't get their question answered or fit in a room that we're excluding people. We've actually gone above and beyond with making ourselves, our team, and our briefing room more accessible than probably any prior administration. And so I think you can take that to the bank.

\"We do what we can to accommodate the press. I think we've gone above and beyond when it comes to accessibility, and openness and getting folks \u2014 our officials, our team.\"

During a panel discussion last December, Spicer said that open access for the media is \"what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.\"

Reaction to Friday's events from the barred outlets and others was swift.

Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, called the newspaper's exclusion \"unfortunate.\"

\"The public has a right to know, and that means being informed by a variety of news sources, not just those filtered by the White House press office in hopes of getting friendly coverage,\" Maharaj said in a statement. \"Regardless of access, the Times will continue to report on the Trump administration without fear or favor.\"

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, said that \"nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.\"

CNN's Jake Tapper took aim at the White House as he kicked off \"The Lead with Jake Tapper\" hours after the briefing.

\"A White House that has had some difficulty telling the truth and that has seemed to have trouble getting up to speed on the basic competent functioning of government, and a president who seems particularly averse to any criticism and has called the press the enemies of the American people \u2014 they're taking the next step in attempting to avoid checks and balances and accountability.

\"It's not acceptable. In fact, it's petulant, and indicative of a lack of basic understanding of how an adult White House functions,\" Tapper said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists also condemned the move by the White House.

\"We are concerned by the decision to bar reporters from a press secretary briefing,\" CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement. \"The U.S. should be promoting press freedom and access to information.\"

___

Elber reported from Los Angeles. AP Writer Frazier Moore in New York contributed to this report.

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PARIS (AP) \u2014 George Clooney, attending the Cesar Awards in Paris, apparently doesn't agree with President Donald Trump that Paris isn't what it used to be.

\"Yes, no one wants to go to Paris anymore because it's horrible here, apparently,\" Clooney quipped with a smile as he stood next to his wife, Amal, on the red carpet. \"Well, we have some things to work on in the United States.\" He added: \"I think you guys have some of the same issues here, so good luck.\"

Clooney was at the Cesar Awards, the French version of the Oscars, to receive an honorary award.

Trump, speaking earlier Friday at a gathering of conservative activists in the United States, said that \"Paris is no longer Paris\" \u2014 due to the threat of terrorism \u2014 and that a friend of his never goes there anymore.

Amal and George Clooney are expecting twins in June.

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The Tucson Festival of Books is like a patchwork quilt: separate, distinct pieces of varying designs and textures are stitched together to create a sweeping, singular composition.

The festival\u2019s literary-focused pieces \u2014 authors, activities, entertainers, presentation venues and vendors \u2014 come together 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12 and blanket the University of Arizona Mall.

Some of the pieces \u2014 like columnist Maureen Dowd, novelist T.C. Boyle, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and other best-selling, noted authors headed to the third-largest book festival in the nation \u2014 come to the forefront.

However, it takes many authors from across the genre spectrum to complete the festival quilt. Here\u2019s a look at some of the pieces.

Plenty of mystery

The mystery genre \u201cwill give the festival-goer the chance to see familiar faces and get to know new authors,\u201d says Chris Burke, who heads the festival\u2019s mystery committee. \u201cTo me this is what TFOB does best.\u201d

Some of the familiar faces in the mystery genre include Michael McGarrity, John Sandford and Craig Johnson, Burke says.

Poetry

While having the U.S. Poet Laureate and first Chicano laureate of the nation stands out, Tyler Meier, who heads the UA Poetry Center, says Arizona\u2019s inaugural Poet Laureate Alberto R\u00edos will be reading from his new book \u201cA Small Story About the Sky.\u201d

R\u00edos and Herrera will be on the panel, \u201cBecause We Come from Everything: Poetry and Migration,\u201d which explore the relationship between the imagination and language.

Other poets include Monica Youn, whose \u201cBlackacre\u201d was on the long list for the 2016 National Book Award and Dana Levin, whose \u201cBanana Palace\u201d is a humor-laced look at a dystopian future, says Meier.

College lineup

The UA College of Social and Behavioral Science is among the groups sponsoring its own stage.

\u201cWe are extremely excited about our diverse and engaging lineup of authors and panels this year\u201d says Danielle Bishop, the college\u2019s outreach coordinator. Among the speakers and presentation on the college\u2019s stage:

Currents

In addition to Dowd, current-issues authors include Sam Polk, who wrote the memoir, \u201cFor The Love of Money,\u201d after he realized he\u2019d lost himself in an obsessive pursuit of money, getting angry with a Wall Street bonus of $3.75 million \u2014 because it wasn\u2019t enough, says Ginia Desmond, who heads the current issues, politics and social science committee.

Desmond, a writer and producer, will join Michael Tolkin for a session on screenwriting panel. Tolkin\u2019s first screenplay to be produced was the 1992 satire \u201cThe Player\u201d with Tim Robbins, for which he won the Writers Guild Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a consulting producer and writer for the Showtime series \u201cRay Donovan\u201d and his new novel is \u201cNK3.\u201d

Also on the panel, is local neurosurgeon Allan Hamilton, who has been the medical consultant for 150 episodes of \u201cGray\u2019s Anatomy\u201d and all of \u201cPrivate Practice.\u201d A horse trainer, Hamilton is the author of \u201cLead with Your Heart: Lessons From a Life with Horses\u201d and \u201cZen Mind, Zen Horse.\u201d

Love is in the air

Looking for a little romance? It\u2019s at the book festival.

Entertainment

Music, dance and frivolity will complement the authors, panels and presentations.

There will dancing from around the world. Folklorico; belly dance; Irish dance; folk dancing from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland and Finland; Chinese folk dance and lion dance are among the international hoofers on the agenda.

And martial arts, percussion, song and dance fuse within the Afro-Brazilian arts of Capoeira and Samba de Roda at the festival.

As for music, a trombone ensemble, an accordion duet, an Old West style musical revue with can-can dancers as well as country-Western, jazz swing and bebop, and that old time rock \u2018n\u2019 roll will take the stage.

The 30-40 faculty, staff and graduate students from the UA sing a variety of music styles including Broadway, classical, jazz, contemporary and more.

You can also tune in to the Star\u2019s David Fitzsimmons presentation of \u201cThe Arroyo Caf\u00e9 Old Pueblo Radio Hour\u201d which celebrates the Tucson Festival of Books special guests, mystery writer J. A. Jance, and award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea. The delightful old-time variety show will be taped for broadcast on Arizona NPR 89.1, in front of a live audience.

\u201cIt\u2019s rumored Ms. Jance will be asked to sing for her supper at the Arroyo Cafe and Luis will tell a magical tall tale or two,\u201d says Fitzsimmons.

The show stars Mindy Ronstadt and the One Bill Band, Lindsey McHugh, Marty Bishop, all the Arroyo Caf\u00e9 players and host, Fitzsimmons.

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Joe Coughlin is a front-row kind of guy.

In fact, that\u2019s one of his big rules when it comes to school.

\u201cStudies show there\u2019s a one-letter grade difference between the front and back,\u201d he says. \u201cIn front, there are no distractions. You\u2019re right in front of the teacher.\u201d

He\u2019s also always the first to queue up for POL 150C2: \u201cWhat is Politics?\u201d (Yes, there\u2019s a line to get into class.) This is even more impressive when you know about Coughlin\u2019s complicated commute to take the University of Arizona\u2019s general education course: He hops a bus and then rides a train from \u2026 Bakersfield, California.

That\u2019s 2\u00bd hours on the bus, 9\u00bd hours on Amtrak\u2019s Sunset Limited. Total travel time: 12 hours.

Twice a week.

\u201cIt\u2019s kind of an adventure to me,\u201d says Coughlin, 63, the married father of three who owns Coconut Joe\u2019s, a beach-themed restaurant that\u2019s been a Bakersfield landmark for nearly 30 years. It\u2019s the kind of place where servers have the regulars\u2019 orders into the kitchen as soon as they walk in the door.

Coughlin knew he had to take the course after his son \u2014 a recent UA Eller College of Management grad \u2014 told him renowned linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky was teaching a seven-week politics course that started Jan. 12. The Tuesday/Thursday lecture class, co-taught with Professor Emeritus Marv Waterstone, explores climate change, nuclear weapons, militarism, globalization and capitalism\u2019s impact on social inequality.

\u201cI immediately got on the phone,\u201d says Coughlin, who\u2019s read many of Chomsky\u2019s books and considers the man his hero. \u201cI didn\u2019t know if outsiders could get into the class. I was going to talk my way in.\u201d

Turns out, community members \u2014 even if they\u2019re from a community 598.4 miles away \u2014 are more than welcome and account for 278 of those enrolled in the class, according to the UA. Another 232 are matriculated students. People start lining up at 4 p.m. for the 5 p.m. lecture. No one waltzes in late.

\u201cIt\u2019s an honor to be in the class,\u201d says Coughlin, who has two daughters in college. \u201cWe treat it as such.\u201d

Coughlin, who has always preferred road and rails to planes, has pretty much the same weekly travel itinerary. He leaves Sunday night to drive from his home on a bamboo-studded acre in Bakersfield for Los Angeles\u2019 Union Station. He folds his 6-foot-1 frame into a sleeping car \u2014 which costs more, $200-ish versus $47 to spend the night upright in a seat \u2014 and snoozes his way across state lines.

Then, he hightails it over to Prince of Tucson RV Park. Yeah, one day he skipped the bus and train and drove his RV over after finding out the hard way that February is high season here.

\u201cThe gem show ate up every hotel room in town,\u201d Coughlin says, forcing him to once take refuge all the way in Casa Grande and another time at a motel so skeevy that check-in and check-out happened pretty much simultaneously.

\u201cI\u2019ve had umpty-umpteen problems, but it\u2019s been fun,\u201d he insists. \u201cThis experience has taught me to not have to be in control of everything. I tend to plan things out. I\u2019ve become more easygoing.\u201d

Like, not flinching when his RV engine blew up on Grant Road. Or, the time he trekked all the way to Bakersfield, only to turn around and then drive 10 hours round trip to San Francisco. As part of his treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia, he must head up there to get his blood drawn once a month. Now that, he says, was a commute.

Coughlin, who regularly speaks at schools and in seminars about life lessons through what he calls \u201cCoconut College,\u201d figures the $225 course is probably costing him around $4,000. He hasn\u2019t yet tired of the grind because he gets so much out of the class. \u201cIt\u2019s just eye-opening,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s so mentally stimulating.\u201d

This is a dude who really values education.

Not that you\u2019d guess from his high school transcripts. A solid C-minus student, college wasn\u2019t in the cards. His parents didn\u2019t encourage their three kids to go. The youngest, Coughlin says he \u201ccrashed and burned\u201d as a young adult. He was stocking green-bean cans in a grocery store in Virginia without much of a future when he joined the Navy Reserve at 24.

Two years later, armed with a top-recruit award, Coughlin talked his way into a meeting with the dean of Virginia Commonwealth University, promising if he didn\u2019t earn straight A\u2019s, the dean could kick him out. Coughlin had a 3.9 GPA when he transferred to Arizona State University the following year. Don\u2019t hold his Sun Devilness against him, though. Coughlin \u2014 who met his wife, Leah, there \u2014 says he often thought about transferring to the University of Arizona. He much prefers the campus and vibe in Tucson.

Between lectures, Coughlin bides his time doing homework, shopping Urban Outfitters\u2019 book section and dining at La Cocina or Frog & Firkin. You\u2019ll spot him on campus toting a black backpack and Takamine guitar, which he taught himself to play by watching YouTube videos.

Because of Coughlin\u2019s always-hunker-down-in-the-front-row rule, he\u2019s actually sat next to Chomsky, who joins the students in the audience for Waterstone\u2019s Tuesday lectures.

\u201cI don\u2019t know of anybody I more respect,\u201d Coughlin says. \u201cHe has no agenda, no ideology he\u2019s pushing. He\u2019s coming from the perspective of making the world a better place.\u201d

While he\u2019s talked to Waterstone, Coughlin has yet to chat up Chomsky.

\u201cWhat I\u2019d really like,\u201d Coughlin grins sheepishly, \u201cis to get a picture with him.\u201d

Spoken like someone who\u2019s a card-carrying member of the Noam Chomsky Fan Club, which, he is. In a way. Coughlin has a blue plastic card with his name printed on it in white letters that must be scanned to prevent crashers from sneaking into the popular class.

Coughlin smiles. \u201cIt would be easier to get into Fort Knox.\u201d

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Oscar front-runner \"La La Land\" opens with a bang, or should we say a burst \u2014 of leaps and pirouettes, not to mention bicycles sashaying along the roofs of automobiles. It's not easy to stage a successful dance scene for the cameras \u2014 especially on a highway interchange \u2014 but when such a scene works, it can be memorable.

One secret, says \"La La Land\" choreographer Mandy Moore, is not to compete with the camera, but in a sense, to find a way to dance WITH it. \"When it's done right, it's this perfect marriage of how the camera is moving in conjunction and collaboration with the movement of the dancer,\" she says.

Dancing on a stage is three-dimensional; on a screen, you lose an entire dimension. But what you can do is use the camera to convey emotion in a dancer in ways you can't onstage. \"You can see how dance changes the person \u2014 that's a key,\" says Wendy Perron, former editor in chief of Dance Magazine and author of \"Through the Eyes of a Dancer.\"

Because everyone has their favorite dance moments in movies, and because the Oscars are coming, and because, hey, it's just fun to remember this stuff (all available online), here are a few scenes where the cameras helped create dance magic:

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YEP, IT WAS HEAVEN

\"I'm in heaven,\" Fred Astaire sings to Ginger Rogers, warbling Irving Berlin's \"Cheek to Cheek\" in the 1935 film \"Top Hat.\" And so are we. \"Fred is so cool and she's so coy,\" Moore notes, adding that the scene is so successful because it tells a story through movement. \"They're almost a little icy the way they start, and then just this beautiful way that they open up through the performance, and they're just so free and gorgeous through dancing together,\" she says. Check out those swoon-worthy twirling lifts toward the end.

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LOG-SPINNING AND ARM-WRESTLING

There's some real gymnastics in the rip-roaring choreography by Michael Kidd in the 1954 film, \"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.\" The big dance in the barn \u2014 with guys competing for the gals \u2014 is a showstopper. Moore loves that this dance story is told without lyrics. \"These days, we're so used to being spoon-fed what we're supposed to feel,\" she says. Check out that guy on the spinning log, not to mention what can best be described as a balance beam routine that includes arm-wrestling.

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DANCIN' IN THE RAIN

Of course, Kelly's rain-drenched virtuoso performance in the title song of \"Singin' in the Rain\" (1952) is a wonder \u2014 especially when you consider that, according to movie lore, he had a bad cold and fever. Then there are Donald O'Connor's athletics \u2014 including wall-climbing somersaults \u2014 in \"Make 'Em Laugh.\" But let's consider the recently departed Debbie Reynolds, who at age 19 had no dance training, and somehow held her own, expertly tapping away with Kelly and O'Connor in the joyous \"Good Morning\" \u2014 which she has said made her feet bleed.

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MAMBO IN THE GYM

There's no debating the brilliance of Jerome Robbins' choreography for \"West Side Story\" (1961). But which dance scene gets top billing? For Moore, it's that opening with the Jets and Sharks and those snapping fingers. \"You just do that snap and a little jump and everybody instantly knows it's 'West Side Story,'\" she says. For Perron, it's the Mambo dance at the gym, where Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer) fall in love. Especially that cinematic moment \"when all the others blur out, and Tony and Maria come into focus, and it's just an amazing falling-in-love moment. The music slows down, and there's an inevitability about their coming together and ignoring the whole world.\"

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THE MAGIC OF MIKHAIL

You can dispute the overall quality of the 1985 \"White Nights,\" but here's one thing you can't dispute: the dancing prowess of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. The two, who both play defectors (it's complicated), have silly dialogue but compelling dancing, together and apart. And, if you only have two minutes on your hands, search for \"Baryshnikov\" and \"11 pirouettes.\" For 11 rubles, he does what is really one single pirouette with 11 revolutions \u2014 perfectly. In street clothes.

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STEP IN TIME

They're doing a high-profile \"Mary Poppins\" sequel, but for many it will be hard to match some of the memories of the 1964 original, like Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke dancing in \"Step in Time\" \u2014 that joyful chimney sweep scene on the London rooftops. \"It takes the dirty, sooty experience of working on chimneys and makes it magical,\" says Perron.

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TRAVOLTA TRIFECTA

You gotta hand it to John Travolta, who's provided more than his share of lasting dance memories. First there was \"Saturday Night Fever\" (1977), where the actor earned big-screen fame as Tony Manero, king of the disco floor and champion of the strut. Only a year later he tore up the gym floor in \"Grease,\" co-starring Olivia Newton-John. And in 1994, there was that understated \u2014 but unforgettable \u2014 twist contest with Uma Thurman in \"Pulp Fiction.\"

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YOU KNOW, THAT LIFT

No one leaves Baby off a list. Before Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling did \"La La Land,\" they did \"Crazy, Stupid, Love,\" (2011) in which they recreated the famous \"Dirty Dancing\" lift made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in 1987. You know the one. Enough said.

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A STORM OF DANCING

If you watch one dance clip, let it be this: the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold, in their have-to-see-it-to-believe-it performance in \"Stormy Weather\" (1943). It's not just that the brothers, who overcame racial hurdles to earn fame for their astounding talent, tap and twirl and jump onto tables; they jump into full splits, too, in moves that look like they'd be horribly painful. At the end, they leapfrog over each other down a staircase, landing in splits each time. And then they get up and smile. \"They're unstoppable,\" says Perron. \"And they make it look so much fun.\"

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) \u2014 In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian's multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago.

The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, accused of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Prosecutors wanted to put 13 more women on the stand to show that his alleged conduct was part of a distinct pattern of behavior.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill disallowed all but one of those women, saying in a one-page ruling that he carefully weighed the possible value of their testimony against the potential prejudice to Cosby.

The one witness who can testify says the comic drugged and assaulted her in 1996 at a Los Angeles hotel.

Cosby's lawyer had no immediate comment, but the actor himself re-tweeted news stories on the ruling, adding the hashtags \"#KeepWatching\" and \"#PayAttention.\"

The judge's decision is a setback for prosecutors and means the case will now rest more heavily on Constand's credibility.

\"There is an obvious value to the prosecution when you have numerous accusers. That alone adds tremendous weight to the case,\" said lawyer Joseph McGettigan, a prosecutor in the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

The ruling could also shave weeks off the trial.

Cosby, who is free on $1 million bail, could get 10 years in prison if convicted. He is expected in court again Monday to ask that the jurors be selected from another county because of the heavy publicity.

Prosecutors compiled the list of 13 potential witnesses from the nearly 50 women who have come forward in recent years to say they were drugged and molested \u2014 a barrage that destroyed Cosby's good-guy reputation as the star of TV's \"Cosby Show\" in the 1980s.

His lawyers objected to the testimony about \"prior bad acts,\" saying that in some cases the sex was consensual, while others involved models and actresses falsely accusing Cosby to gain money or attention.

His attorneys also argued that some of the allegations were so vague \u2014 with some of the women unsure of when the alleged encounters even took place \u2014 that it would be impossible for Cosby to defend himself.

While the ruling is a big victory for Cosby at his trial, it could deprive him of grounds for appeal if he is convicted. In 2015, a Pennsylvania appeals court threw out a Roman Catholic Church official's conviction because the jury was allowed to hear from 23 priest-abuse victims who were not directly part of the case.

\"It's the best of times and the worst of times for Cosby. It gives the defendant the opportunity to try the case that should be tried, the lone accuser,\" said defense lawyer William J. Brennan, who was involved in the church case. \"If it doesn't go his way, he probably is limited on appellate issues. However, I'd take this, hands down, over the alternative.\"

The ruling is one of two key pretrial issues in the case. The judge earlier ruled that the jury can hear Cosby's damaging testimony from Constand's 2005 lawsuit against the comedian.

Cosby's deposition runs to nearly 1,000 pages and covers a string of extramarital liaisons dating to the 1960s. It was the release of the sealed testimony in 2015 that led prosecutors to reopen the case.

Constand told police he gave her three unmarked pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she drifted in and out of consciousness. The comedian has said the sexual contact was consensual.

The additional accuser who can testify worked for one of Cosby's agents and had known the entertainer for six years when he invited her to lunch at his bungalow at the Bel Air Hotel to discuss her career plans.

She said he was in a robe and slippers when she arrived and offered her wine and a pill that she consumed after he assured her it was safe. She said he then sexually assaulted her on his bed.

At a news conference in 2015, she said she wanted to come forward at the time but feared retaliation. She said she left her job at the William Morris Agency because \"I did not want to see or work with Mr. Cosby.\"

Among the other accusers who won't be allowed to testify, one said she was an aspiring actress when Cosby assaulted her at a home near Reno, Nevada, in 1984. Another said Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the late 1960s after befriending her and her 9-year-old son.

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