Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:54 pm
In its first three weeks in Mexican movie houses, the film Nosotros Los Nobles (We Are the Nobles) is breaking records. The movie, about the father of rich, spoiled children trying to teach them how to live in the real world, has grossed more than $110 million and has been seen by more than two million Mexicans. At this rate the movie is on course to overtake Mexico's previously number one (non-animated) grossing movie The Crimes of Father Amaro.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:39 pm
Uruguay's congress has approved a law that legalizes gay marriage. Once President José Mujica signs it into law, as is expected, the country will join Argentina as the only other Latin American country to legalize gay marriage.
"'I agree that family is the basis of society but I also believe that love is the basis of family. And love is neither homosexual nor heterosexual,' said opposition lawmaker Fernando Amado of the center-right Colorado Party.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:50 pm
MTV says it won't air the second season of the reality show Buckwild following the death earlier this month of one of its stars.
As we've reported, Buckwild star Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle and a friend were found dead April 1 inside their vehicle in a wooded area near Sissonville, W.Va., about 15 miles from Charleston. The cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The Gandees were buried Sunday in Charleston.
Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:05 am
A SWAT team moved into a Suwanee, Ga. home, killing a suspect who was had been holding a group of firefighters hostage on Wednesday.
Cpl. Edwin Ritter, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said during a televised press conference that one officer appeared to have been shot in the hand and the four firefighters had superficial wounds caused by an explosion set off by the SWAT team.
"All of them will be going home today," Ritter said.
Visitors stands in front of the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, on Wednesday. The museum was closed for the day after workers walked off the job to protest what they say is the increasing problem of pickpockets in the museum's vast galleries.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:26 pm
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American Major League Baseball player. He wore "42" on his uniform for the Brooklyn Dodgers, a number that has since been retired by every MLB team in his honor. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson in the new biopic, 42, and he came in to talk with Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon about the playing such a legend.
Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 9:18 am
Marchers dressed in white descended on Wednesday on the Capitol to press Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration policies. One of the key thrusts of their appeal: an on-ramp to citizenship for the millions of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States.
The last time the federal government offered a pathway to citizenship was in 1986 during the Reagan administration. The Immigration Reform and Control Act, or IRCA, granted amnesty to millions of people.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 4:38 pm
Until well into the 19th century, if you lived in the U.S. and wanted to heat your house, fire your forge, or whatever, you did what people had done for thousands of years: You chopped down a tree and burned it.
It wasn't until the rise of the railroads in the mid 19th-century that coal became a significant energy source in this country. As industrialization continued in the second half of the century, the use of coal continued to rise, powering heavy industry (think U.S. Steel), heating urban homes, and generating electric power.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:03 pm
Virtually everyone writing about the Tokyo String Quartet's final tour this year is drawn to the word "bittersweet," and with good reason: After 43 seasons, the group gave its farewell Boston concert last week at WGBH. The quartet is rising to the emotional occasion by playing with heightened finesse and dimension, sounding better than ever.