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A first-timer's guide to having fun in Los Angeles

Somehow, despite our non-planning, our first-time trip to Los Angeles became one of the best vacations we'd ever had.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Willie Nelson has been setting music standards for decades

Some 30 years ago in Nashville, singer-songwriter Paul Williams was the keynote speaker at the annual Nashville Songwriters Association International banquet.He began his remarks by singing, "Worry? Why should I let myself worry? Wondering, what in the world I should do."
Lewis Tradition off for beach weekend

One of the longest-running bluegrass music festivals in the nation takes place this weekend in the convention center at Myrtle Beach, S.C., with two local groups performing.
Missing in action: 1992 convention stars

CHICAGO - When former U.S. Rep. Ben Jones limped into a gathering of Georgia Democratic National Convention delegates, he was greeted like a one-time rising political star fallen on hard times. After six knee operations that required two years of medical procedures and recuperation, the man who once played "Cooter" on the Dukes of Hazzard leaned on a cane as he answered questions about his health and talked up the Democrats' chances this fall. "Politics has ruined me," he jokingly told delegates.
Many dress part during annual sci-fi, comics event

ATLANTA --- It's hard to find a familiar face in the crowd. Most are buried under masks or layers of body paint at DragonCon, the convention that draws an estimated 30,000 people, including waves of Augustans, over the four-day Labor Day weekend.
Automakers make TV stars of new cars

NEW YORK --- In this fall's TV season, a secret agent speeds around in a Chevrolet Camaro, a man tries to save the world with the help of a Dodge Ram pickup, and a famous talking car returns to the streets in the form of a Ford Mustang.
Life & style
Cast belongs in unemployment line

Jessica Simpson, Dane Cook, Dax Shepard and colleagues will not be in the running for Hollywood's employee of the month for their new comedy.
At the Movies: 'Beerfest'

"Beerfest" is like tapping a keg that's had a bumpy ride to the party: The first pints keep coming up pure foam, with so much undrinkable froth you begin to wonder why you bothered showing up.
The Dillards have taken bluegrass to television, movies

Fans of The Andy Griffith Show and the 30th anniversary reunion show in 2003 know Rodney and Doug Dillard for playing guitar and banjo, respectively, as brothers Rodney and Doug Darling in the hillbilly band The Darlings.
Ramblin' Rhodes
Oscars spoof, the Razzies, announces nominees

LOS ANGELES - Bad sequels and remakes tortured movie audiences last year, and they provided a smorgasbord for the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that pays heed to the worst in Hollywood.