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Pastor steals the show

Media | The Voice crowns an unexpected winner
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 5/26/20, 07:50 pm

From Aretha Franklin to Justin Timberlake, it’s not uncommon for singers to get their start performing in front of congregations. A church background isn’t unusual on TV singing competitions either. Kris Allen, the 2009 winner of American Idol, served as worship leader of a nondenominational church in Arkansas, and Chris Blue, a 2017 finalist on The Voice, served in the same capacity at a Methodist church in eastern Tennessee. What’s a little more out of the ordinary is for any singer to score his big break in his fifth decade of life.

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Faith, family, and wild stunts

Entertainment | Going backstage with YouTube sensation Dude Perfect
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 5/19/20, 06:32 pm

Cody Jones and his roommates at Texas A&M University weren’t looking to start a media empire when they bought an $80 basketball goal for their backyard. They just wanted to have a little fun between classes. The competitive friends started one-upping each other with trick basketball shots and recording their antics. In 2009, they uploaded their first YouTube video, called “Backyard Edition.” It went viral within a week, launching the internet sensation now known as Dude Perfect, a nod to the praise friends give each other when they sink a shot.

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Picasso lottery to help needy countries

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/19/20, 11:05 am

The winner of a raffle by Christie’s Paris could own a painting by Pablo Picasso for less than the cost of a trip on an airplane. The auction house sold tickets for 100 euros ($109) each for a chance to win the 1921 oil on canvas Nature Morte in a drawing on Wednesday. Pandemic restrictions in France delayed the event by eight weeks. Christie’s said it sold only 50,000 tickets, one-fourth of the anticipated 200,000, due to the pandemic.

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