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    Vegetables a la Grecque. This would be a lovely lunch or you could bulk it up with beans, poached eggs and/or a grain of your choice for a standalone dinner.

    For quick vegetables that sing, cook them simply — and then slather them in sauce

    An array of seasonal vegetables bathed in a quick sweet-and-sour sauce. This would be a lovely lunch (served with a piece of crusty bread), or first course for a spring or summer party.

    Lemon and Apricot Cinnamon Chicken. When you jumble together dinner in one pot, start with orzo.

    On the fridge: To make a happy jumble of a meal, start with orzo

    Orzo, the rice-shaped pasta, checks all the #DinnerInMinutes boxes for me. It’s quick-cooking, inexpensive and versatile. This dinner of orzo and vegetables drizzled with oil and served with a green salad comes together quickly.

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Phoenix Police Department shows former reality television star Jacob Harris. A court hearing is scheduled Friday, May 19, 2017, over an arrest warrant for Harris, accused of vehicle theft and drug possession in Phoenix. Harris, who used to be on the Discovery channel's "Deadliest Catch" series about crab fishermen in Alaska, was arrested April 22 after Phoenix police say he was possession of Xanax pills and crystal meth. (Phoenix Police Department via AP, File)

    Ex-reality TV star faces Phoenix hearing over arrest warrant

    A court hearing is scheduled Friday over an arrest warrant for a former reality television star accused of vehicle theft and drug possession in Phoenix

    Gloria Steinem poses Tuesday, May 16, 2017, before a dinner for the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem adored, reviled in divided Ohio

    Gloria Steinem says her work advocating for reproductive freedom and women's rights does not make her "pro-abortion."


    Feder: Radio legend Tom Joyner off the air in Chicago

    After more than four decades as a fixture on Chicago’s airwaves, Tom Joyner is being dropped by Crawford Broadcasting urban adult-contemporary WSRB FM 106.3, which has aired his syndicated morning show for eight years. For full story, see robertfeder.com.

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Tim Allen, star of the ABC comedy series, "Last Man Standing," arrives at the 87th Academy Awards - 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Allen tweeted that he is “stunned and blindsided” on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as ABC officially announced its 2017-18 line-up with “Last Man Standing” gone after six seasons. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    Tim Allen 'stunned' and fans outraged by ABC axing his show

    Have viewers seen the last of "Last Man Standing." Not without a fight, to judge by the uproar over ABC's announcement that the Tim Allen sitcom won't be back in the fall


    ABC's upcoming schedule for fall season

    ABC's upcoming schedule for fall season

    This cover image released by Doggystyle Records/Empire shows "Neva Left," the latest release by Snoop Dogg. (Chi Modu/Doggystyle Records/Empire via AP)

    Review: Snoop Dogg looks back on CD reflecting rap's shift

    Music Review: Snoop Dogg's new album, 'Neva Left,' is a deeply chaotic effort that reflects hip-hop's constant changes swirling around the rapper

    This cover image released by Red House Records shows "Transient Lullaby," a release by The Mastersons. (Red House Records via AP)

    Review: 'Transient Lullaby' filled with beautiful harmony

    Music Review: The Mastersons' 'Transient Lullaby' filled with state-of-the-art harmonies


    New mom can’t stop bragging on social media

    What’s a grandmother to do when the daily pictures, bragging and life updates of grandson on social media start to overwhelm?


    Winawer explores passionate love story in 'Scribe of Siena'

    Book Review: Melodie Winawer explores a passionate love story that stands the test of time in "The Scribe of Siena."


    YouTube TV Boosts Lineup With 7 New Channels

    The YouTube TV lineup is growing, but several major cable networks are still absent. The $35-a-month streaming TV service, which launched a little more than a month ago, recently added seven new cable networks to its list of available channels, as spotted by 9to5Google on Monday. Subscribers can now watch AMC, BBC America, Sundance TV, IFC, Telemundo, Universo, and We TV. By the numbers, the additions are significant: YouTube TV launched with 39 channels, so the list just got 18 percent bigger. As with any channel additions, however, their usefulness depends on your TV tastes: unless you speak Spanish or are a fan of indie TV shows, you're probably not overjoyed by the additions. YouTube has promised that its TV service will expand, both in terms of the channel lineup and the geographic areas it serves. For now, the service is a compelling alternative to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and other competitors, but even with the new additions, it has some major holes. There's no Cartoon Network, TBS, or TNT, and still no word on when or if they'll be added. You can augment the basic YouTube TV package by paying an additional $11 per month for Showtime and $15 per month for Fox Soccer Plus, and every subscription comes with access to YouTube Red. But there are no packaged tiers of channels like the ones that PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now offer. And you can't get any channels at all if you don't live in YouTube TV's current service area, which is limited to the metro areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Denizens of those cities can, however, stream YouTube TV while traveling to an unserved area. This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

    FILE - This Nov. 28, 2015, file photo shows singer Rod Stewart performing in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Many of the rock ‘n’ roll bands that were huge in 1977 will comprise a big part of the summer concert market 40 years later. Stewart is among those launching major tours this spring and summer. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

    Feels like the 1st time: many '77 rock kings still touring

    It's more than a feeling: Many of the bands that were huge in 1977 will comprise a big part of the summer concert market 40 years later

    This image released by Showtime shows Madchen Amick, left, and Peggy Lipton in a scene from "Twin Peaks." The series debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. (Suzanne Tenner/Showtime via AP)

    A damn fine list of 10 things to know about "Twin Peaks"

    "Twin Peaks" gave the public something to talk about with its 1990-91 ABC run, followed by a 1992 feature film, "Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me." It's still being talked about a quarter-century later as Showtime launches 18-episode limited-series follow-up

    This cover image released by Ballantine Books shows "Secrets in Summer," a novel by Nancy Thayer. (Ballantine Books via AP)

    Thayer intertwines complicated love stories in new novel

    Book Review: Nancy Thayer intertwines several complicated love stories in her novel "Secrets of Summer."

    This cover image released by St. Martin's Press shows "It's Always the Husband," a novel by Michele Campbell. (St. Martin's Press via AP)

    Review: "It's Always the Husband" is riveting novel

    Review: "It's Always the Husband" is a riveting novel. Author Michele Campbell expertly explores the line between love and hate and the effect of toxic relationships.

    Zac Efron arrives at the U.S. Premiere of "Baywatch" at Lummus Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)

    Zac Efron to play serial killer Ted Bundy in upcoming biopic

    Zac Efron has signed on to star as Ted Bundy in a biopic about the serial killer


    Element Integrates Amazon Fire TV Into New Sets

    Amazon's Fire TV media streamer has evolved into a pretty robust platform for watching your favorite online services through your TV, but it has thus far only been available on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. That changes next month with the launch of TVs with built-in Fire TV features. Element Electronics's Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs have the features of an Amazon Fire TV media streamer built right in. The concept is similar to Roku TVs manufactured by companies like Hisense, Insignia, and TCL, which offer the same features of a Roku media streamer. Most TV manufacturers offer connected televisions that provide access to streaming services and apps. While historically manufacturers have developed their own platforms, like LG's webOS and Samsung's Smart Hub, Roku TV and Android TV have been picking up momentum as fully developed platforms readily adaptable to different manufacturers' specifications. The new Element line indicates that Amazon may be entering that field as well. As a connected TV platform, however, only Element has signed on to adopt Amazon Fire TV; whether other manufacturers do the same remains to be seen. The new Element models are 4K TVs equipped with 3GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with an SD card or USB drive. That's a notable upgrade from the Amazon Fire TV, which has 2GB of memory and 8GB of storage, and is significantly better than the 1080p-only Fire TV Stick and its 1GB of memory. The TVs use an unspecified quad-core CPU/GPU chipset, and can stream content at up to 4K just like the Fire TV. Amazon has vastly expanded its Alexa voice assistant since its launch on Amazon Echo. It was added to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and it will be accessible on the Element Amazon Fire TVs. Each TV comes with a Voice Remote with Amazon Alexa, a remote control similar to the Fire TV devices' voice remotes with additional buttons for controlling the functions of the TV itself. Alexa on the Amazon Fire TVs will support the full range of Alexa features including smart home control, and will enable voice control over the TV as well. The new Element Fire TVs ship in June, and will be available in 43-, 50-, 55-, and 65-inch models. Prices will range from $449 for the 43-inch version and $899 for the 65-inch TV. This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

    U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was eliminated from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, May 15.

    Former Cub David Ross outlasts Simone Biles on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    Team USA will not repeat as "Dancing with the Stars" champions after Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was eliminated from the reality competition. Her elimination leaves former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross, NFL free agent Rashad Jennings and Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei in the finale.

    This image released by Showtime shows David Duchovny in a scene from "Twin Peaks." The series debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. (Patrick Wymore/Showtime via AP)

    'Twin Peaks': Too weird the first time; weird enough now?

    A quarter-century ago, "Twin Peaks" posed the question, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" _ but that was never really the point.

    Summer visitors have their pick of beaches in the Traverse City area, with 181 miles of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay shoreline as well as 149 inland lakes.

    Naperville pioneer put Michigan's Traverse City on the map

    Tourism is big business in Traverse City. Small wonder, with 181 miles of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay shoreline, 149 inland lakes and dozens of beaches, it's a summer playground. And its gentle hillsides and moderate microclimate make it ideal for producing some of Michigan's finest wines.

    Honey Whole-Wheat Clafoutis With Raspberries. Raspberries are called for here, but feel free to make delicious use of whatever fruit is in peak season.

    Honey Whole-Wheat Clafoutis With Raspberries
    This healthier take on the classic French-country dessert pancake uses whole-grain pastry flour instead of white and honey instead of refined sugar.

    Lemon and Apricot Cinnamon Chicken. When you jumble together dinner in one pot, start with orzo.

    Lemon and Apricot Cinnamon Chicken
    Orzo and vegetables drizzled with oil and served with a green salad comes together quickly. This is a recipe adapted from “Turkish Delights: Stunning Regional Recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea” (Kyle, 2016).

    Vegetables a la Grecque. This would be a lovely lunch or you could bulk it up with beans, poached eggs and/or a grain of your choice for a standalone dinner.

    Vegetables a la Grecque
    An array of seasonal vegetables bathes in a quick sweet-and-sour sauce.

    Bernie Madoff (Robert De Niro) faces the consequences of his actions in “The Wizard of Lies,” which premieres Saturday, May 20, on HBO.

    HBO’s ‘Wizard of Lies’ examines Bernie Madoff, with no apologies

    When the Bernie Madoff scandal broke in mid-December 2008, the housing bubble had burst and the economy was in free fall. For running the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, Madoff finally offered a human face at which to direct taxpayers’ anger. A new biopic on “The Wizard of Lies” premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, on HBO.

    “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

    Sandberg wants to change the conversation about death

    Dave Goldberg’s death made headlines around the globe, and Sheryl Sandberg was left to pick up the pieces for their two young children. Despite being one of the most famous women in the world, Sandberg found herself isolated after her husband’s death, which she explores in “Option B.”

    This cover image released by Warner Bros. Records shows “One More Light,” a new release by Linkin Park. (Warner Bros. Records via AP) The Associated Press

    Rap-metal heroes Linkin Park take a U-turn into pop

    Hold onto your tattoos, Linkin Park fans: The L.A.-based metal-rap genre-benders have followed up arguably their heaviest album — 2014’s “The Hunting Party” — with something so different that it may give listeners whiplash: a pop album.

    Jason Kessler, right, who grew up in Buffalo Grove, hosts “Trip Testers” with Jeff Miller.

    Stevenson alum travels the world on ‘Trip Testers’
    Buffalo Grove native Jason Kessler says he spent four years pitching his show, “Trip Testers,” until it was finally picked up by the Travel Channel.


    How to avoid estrangement from devout parents over religion

    What’s a daughter to do when she no longer shares her parents’ religion and is finding it increasingly hard to deflect her mother’s pointed questions and comments? Carolyn Hax responds.



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