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Rumps on desks, feet on chairs: Just say no [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

August 27, 2013


Dear Abby: In my university classroom, students place their feet on chairs, teachers lecture while sitting on their desks, and the dean of the school herself sits atop her desk and places her feet on a chair in front of her. Please tell me that this is not OK!

-- Proper in Washington

Dear Proper: It appears you come from a generation or culture in which the atmosphere has always been quite formal. I can tell you it's "not OK" if it will make you feel better, but if it's acceptable to the teacher, the dean and the school, then it's time for you to loosen up.

Dear Abby: What is proper when opening gift cards with money enclosed? My family has made it a habit for the nieces to open their cards in front of everyone. I feel it should be done in private.

-- Uncomfortable in Pennsylvania

Dear Uncomfortable: Opening the card is fine. Reading the sentiments inside is also perfectly acceptable. But to reveal the amount of the check or money enclosed is a no-no.

Write to,The March

9 p.m. on WQED

There have been many marches on Washington, D.C., but when people talk about "the march," they mean the one that took place 50 years ago this week and was the setting for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. This new documentary recalls the march through the words of those who helped organize it, those who took part.


9 p.m. on ABC Family

Danny and Archie (Avan Jogia, Grey Damon) have a confrontation that exposes treachery among the popular kids, forcing Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) to choose between them and Danny. Still being pursued by Tyler (Chris Zylka), Jo (Maddie Hasson) makes a decision she might regret. Marilyn (Stacy Haiduk) uncovers some surprising evidence refuting Karen's (Denise Richards) confession in the season finale.

Covert Affairs

9 p.m. on USA Network

Annie (Piper Perabo) teams up with an operative to stop an illegal weapon-selling operation, while Calder's (Hill Harper) suspicions about her increase. Carlos Leal and Michelle Ryan guest star.


10 p.m. on TNT

Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes matters into her own hands while working a dangerous case, and she ends up facing criminal charges. Pierce and Donnie (Eric McCormack, Scott Wolf) try to prove her innocence.


10:01 p.m. on USA Network

As Harvey (Gabriel Macht) butts heads with Stephen (Max Beesley) over Ava's (Michelle Fairley) case, he works with Jessica (Gina Torres) on their defense strategy. Louis (Rick Hoffman) seeks Rachel's (Meghan Markle) help in his battle with Nigel (Adam Godley).,by JERALDINE SAUNDERS

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Remain open to fresh viewpoints or alternatives to mundane tasks without insisting on change for the sake of change.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take the time to think things through without being sidetracked by interruptions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A surge of optimism makes for a pleasant atmosphere, but don't depend on getting much accomplished, because your comrades could be pulled in several directions.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have a great deal of energy at your disposal if you funnel it into constructive, not destructive, activities.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Overreliance on the opinions of others or a lack of facts might spoil results. You could be distracted by a fantasy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A gamble on positive end results could turn out for the best, but only time will tell.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Casual assurances can cause concerns. A promise that everything will be "just fine" could be considered a guarantee.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Relationships will run smoothly if you think carefully before you act.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): Not everyone means what they say. Make your own analysis of financial facts that affect you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You prefer quiet as you plot and plan, but people in your intimate circle may believe this is a sign you're avoiding them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't waste your time or money on a pastime that doesn't provide benefits.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): This could be a very good time to lay groundwork for the future or to ask for personal favors, but you lack persuasive skills.

Jeraldine Saunders writes

for Tribune Media Services.,'Berserk' gives taste of upcoming Eminem album

Will fans go berserk for the new Eminem single?

Find out Aug. 27, when "Berserk," the first volley from the rapper's upcoming "MMLP2" album, is unleashed.

Slim Shady slipped a snippet of "Berserk" into a promotional trailer Aug. 25 on his website. The propulsive party anthem opens with a gruff command:

"Take your shoes off, let your hair down, go berserk all night long."

Eminem, sporting a blond buzz cut, then charges in with trademark urgency:

"We're gonna rock this house until we knock it down, so turn the volume loud."

Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin are the executive producers of "MMLP2," out Nov. 5.

-- USA Today

'Blood' star Moyer cast in TV 'Sound of Music'

"True Blood" star Stephen Moyer has been added to the cast of NBC's "The Sound of Music" as World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp, according to

Though best known for playing a Louisiana vampire, Moyer has musical theater bona fides: Last month, he starred in the Hollywood Bowl's production of "Chicago," playing Billy Flynn.

NBC's three-hour production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic will air Dec. 5, with Carrie Underwood as Maria.

-- Wire reports

Franco nonplussed by Comedy Central roast

They ripped him for his Oscar hosting performance, for his varied roles, for his poetry, the sexuality of his screen characters and his artistic paintings. They even knocked his grandmother.

But James Franco insisted he came out on top of the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco filmed Aug. 25 at Culver Studios.

"It didn't hurt," Franco proclaimed after the show. "If you're going to do this kind of thing, you should just be ready for whatever. It's not like I haven't heard criticism about my performance in the Oscars. Or jokes about my choice of gay roles.

"I feel great and I feel everyone was awesome," he added.

During the show, which will air at 10 p.m. Sept. 2, Franco withstood barbs from friends Jonah Hill and roast master Seth Rogen. Aziz Ansari, "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader and Andy Samberg, and comedians Nick Kroll, Jeff Ross and Sarah Silverman joined in.

-- USA Today

First lady, daughters see 2 Broadway shows

Michelle Obama and her daughters caught two Broadway shows over the weekend -- "The Trip to Bountiful" and "Motown the Musical."

The first lady and Malia and Sasha saw the Horton Foote revival Aug. 24 and the Berry Gordy bio the next night.

After "The Trip to Bountiful," the trio went backstage and met the crew and cast, including Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The first lady was in town to promote her "Let's Move" campaign during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the U.S. Open.

-- Associated Press

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