• Mother's Day is the hardest day of the year (for some of us)

    Erin Adair, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Discover what not to say to childless women and what they wish you knew.

  • Video game adaptation 'Ratchet & Clank' has merit, but can't compete with the big boys

    Josh Terry, Deseret News | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    "Ratchet and Clank" has enough high points to make it a reasonable second option for families who have already taken the kids to "Zootopia" or the new "Jungle Book," but on its own it struggles to move the needle.

  • 6 ways to protect your child from abuse

    Candace Johnson, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here are 6 tips to preventing abuse from happening to your children.

  • Forgiveness isn't for the offender

    Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Learn why forgiving others helps you more than it helps those who've wronged you.

  • 9 ways you're unknowingly making yourself unattractive

    Melinda Fox, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    You have more control over how attractive you are than you would think.

  • Police say this boy, once his 8th-grade graduation speaker, became a killer at 17

    By Peter Hermann, Hamil R. Harris and Emma Brown, Washington Post | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    From the time he was in grade school, Maurice Bellamy struggled to stay focused and control his temper. But within the structure of specialized private schools in Maryland, the young man seemed to show promise. He won a citizenship award for exhibiting “a model of behavior and social respect,” and he spoke at his eighth-grade graduation. He wanted to run a company and design computer games. Later, at a high school for children with learning disabilities, Bellamy passed all his classes, even earning an A in algebra. All that changed in December 2013, when his family moved to Southeast Washington. For five weeks, Bellamy, then 15, drifted while his mother tried to get the school system to enroll him at Ballou High School, within walking distance of the family’s new home. When Bellamy finally started classes, absences, bursts of anger and failing grades quickly piled up. He threatened staff members, and was arrested and put on probation. The city eventually moved the teen to a private school, but he missed more days than he attended. Those months appear to have marked a steep decline for a young man who, according to authorities, would become a killer at age 17. Police said Bellamy gunned down a 15-year-old boy at the Deanwood Metro station in March because of a glance he thought was disrespectful. Months earlier, police said, the youth fatally shot a Secret Service officer during a robbery. Both victims were strangers to Bellamy.

  • 3 things to do for yourself this Mother's Day

    Tammy Greene, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Here are 3 things every woman should do for herself on Mother's Day. You've earned it!

  • Andrew Jackson’s adopted son Lyncoya: Why did Jackson bring home a Creek Indian?

    Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    n the wake of the Treasury Department’s announcement last week that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson  on the front of the $20 bill, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) wrote  an editorial defending Jackson in theWashington Post . “Far too many of our important discussions are being debated emotionally, without full regard for historical facts,” Webb argued. Glossing the issue of Indian Removal, Webb ended a paragraph excusing Jackson’s actions toward Native Americans with this salvo: “It would be difficult to call someone genocidal when years before, after one bloody fight, he brought an orphaned Native American baby from the battlefield to his home in Tennessee and raised him as his son.” Jackson named this “son” Lyncoya (sometimes spelled “Lincoyer”). A  monument to his short life , near the site of the lopsided 1813 battle that claimed the lives of most of the people in his village, shows how defenders of Jackson have long used Lyncoya to finesse Jackson’s historical reputation in relationship to Native Americans. The monument reads, in part: "At this site … Gen. Andrew Jackson found a dead Creek Indian woman embracing her living infant son. … Because of his compassion, Gen. Jackson took the infant to Fort Struther … where he nursed him back to health. Gen. Jackson then took the baby to his family home, the Hermitage, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he and his wife Rachel named the child Lincoyer and adopted, raised, loved, and educated him as their son." Why would Jackson, who made war on the Native tribes of the Southeast for decades, and was instrumental in their removal to Indian Territory, “adopt, raise, love, and educate” a Creek orphan? Jackson was  famously orphaned himself , during the Revolutionary War, at the age of 14. Does this seemingly compassionate act really reveal some kind of buried altruism toward Native people, as Webb would have us believe?  

  • Uber says tipping drivers isn’t expected, but let’s be honest: it is

    By Andrew J . Hawkins, The Verge | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    If you've been following the news about Uber's  landmark $100 million settlement  with its drivers in California and Massachusetts, you may think that tipping your driver is now a thing. After all, Uber said it would now allow drivers to start soliciting tips as part of the agreement. But the company just emailed riders in New York City to clarify that "tips are not included nor are they expected on Uber." "Nothing has changed," writes Josh Mohrer, Uber's New York City general manager. "As we've said for many years, being Uber means you don't need to tip. Of course, if you want to tip your driver—we estimate riders offer tips on only a very small number of trips—you’re free to do so, and drivers are free to accept." Mohrer's email isn't an isolated missive. Uber also  published a post on Medium  that goes into greater detail about the company's position on tipping. "Whether consciously or unconsciously, we tend to tip certain types of people better than others," Uber says. "This means two people providing the same level of service get paid different amounts. With Uber, drivers know that they earn the same for doing the same trip, no matter who they are or where they’re from." Uber also cites a  2008 Cornell University study  that finds "consumers of both races discriminate against black service providers by tipping them less than white service providers." That's right: tipping is racist.

  • Sweet little ‘East Side Sushi’ on DVD

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The low-budget, independent film “East Side Sushi,” a sweet little movie that deserves to be seen, is on DVD this week.

  • Five for Families: 'Jungle Book' live-action adaption of animated classic

    Caresa Alexander Randall, Deseret News | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The recent release of "The Jungle Book," continues the line of live-action Disney films, adapted from classic tales. The lavish scenery makes for a realistic adventure. Here are five live-action Disney films for families to consider.

  • Cary Grant’s earliest work on DVD

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The epitome of cinematic sophistication, Hollywood superstar Cary Grant is the subject of a new DVD box set with 18 of his earliest movies.

  • 5 totally valid reasons why he hasn't kissed you

    David Snell, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Need a snapshot into your man’s brain? You can thank me later.

  • The 5 best free gifts your mom wants for Mother's Day

    Mariana Abeid-McDougall, FamilyShare | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Make Mom's day without spending a penny. Give her a gift that costs nothing yet says everything.

  • 'Mother's Day' means well but misses its mark

    Josh Terry, Deseret News | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    In its haste to account for the perils of family, "Mother's Day" never quite manages to celebrate motherhood. Families are made up of imperfect people, but Marshall's film feels more like a recovery group than breakfast in bed from the kids.

  • How American Universities Discriminate Against Conservatives

    By EMMA GREEN, The Atlantic | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    “I don’t think I can say it too strongly, but literally it just changed my life,” said a scholar, about reading the work of Ayn Rand. “It was like this awakening for me.” Different versions of this comment appear throughout Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.’s book on conservative professors, Passing on the Right, usually about people like Milton Friedman and John Stuart Mill and Friedrich Hayek. The scholars they interviewed speak in a dreamy way about these nerdy celebrities, perhaps imagining an alternate academic universe—one where social scientists can be freely conservative. he assumption that most college campuses lean left is so widespread in American culture that it has almost become a caricature: intellectuals in thick-rimmed glasses preaching Marxism on idyllic grassy quads; students protesting  minor infractions  against political correctness; raging professors trying to prove that  God is, in fact, dead .  Studies  about professors’ political beliefs and voting behavior suggest this assumption is at least somewhat correct. But Shields and Dunn set out to investigate a more nuanced question: For the minority of professors who are cultural and political conservatives, what’s life actually like? Finding out wasn’t easy, in part because so many conservative professors are—as they put it—closeted. Some of the people they interviewed explicitly said they identify with the experience of gays and lesbians in having to hide who they are. One tenure-track sociology professor even asked to meet Shields and Dunn in a park a mile away from his university. “When the sound of footsteps intruded on our sanctuary, he stopped talking altogether, his eyes darting about,” they write. “Given the drama of this encounter, one might think that he is concealing something scandalous. In truth, this professor is hiding the fact that he is a Republican.”

  • Watch: Woman records man who followed her into bathroom after questioning her gender

    By Tom Steele, Dallas News | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    A Dallas woman says she had an unsettling confrontation this week after a man followed her into the women’s restroom at a Frisco hospital. Jessica Rush posted on Facebook that the man came into the bathroom at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco after her because he thought she was a man and he was worried for his mother’s well-being. Rush was able to record the tail end of the encounter on her cellphone. “When I saw you enter … I thought you was …,” the man starts to say. Rush interjects: “A boy?” “Yeah, I was kind of confused,” the man continues. Later, he adds, “It’s difficult. … You dress like a man.”

  • San Antonio travelblog: 80 mph speed limit & Uber

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Houston four weekends ago. Dallas last week. Might as well make it San Antonio this weekend. Our tour of Texas cities continues, with the Thunder opening the Western Conference semifinals at the Spurs. And this is my favorite stop. I like Dallas and don’t care for Houston, but I love San Antonio. Great place. Great feel. Eddie Sutton used to say that there are three or four American cities that stand out for their originality. He had San Antonio on the list, along with New Orleans and San Francisco, and I assume he would include New York and Chicago, too. I never had been to San Antonio until 1997. Then I went three times in a year. For an OSU-Texas basketball game, the Dish and I went down a little early and spent a

  • Comedian Chonda Pierce plans to "Focus on the Funny" in metro

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    It’s impossible to get through an interview with Chonda Pierce without giggling. The comedian certainly lives up to Billboard magazine’s description of her as the “the country comic.” Pierce, 56, is bringing her “Focus on the Funny” tour to the metro at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, 6789 NW 39th Expressway. A self-described PK – preacher’s kid – Pierce often performs shows at churches and other faith-based events across the country.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 30, 2016: See Jewel Box Theatre's 'Light Up the Sky'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Today's featured event: See Jewel Box Theatre's production of "Light Up the Sky" at 8 tonight or 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 3700 N Walker. Moss Hart's 1948 comedy is about the inner workings of getting a play onto a Broadway stage. To read the NewsOK review of the production, click here. Performances continue through May 8. For more information, go to www.jewelboxtheatre.org. For more events, go to http://newsok.com/events.