Simulator modeled on 'Star Trek' holodeck

CLEVELAND, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A researcher in speech therapy at an Ohio university has created her own version of the "Star Trek" holodeck to help patients.

Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 sidekicks

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Entertainment Weekly has released its list of the 50 greatest sidekicks, including Ed McMahon, Chewbacca, Ethel Mertz and Samwise Gamgee.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2006 with 223 to follow.
By United Press International

Frankie 'Space Cadet' Thomas dead at 85

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., May 17 (UPI) -- Child actor Frankie Thomas who skyrocketed to fame in the 1950s as TV's "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet," has died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at age 85.

Falk considering 'Columbo' film

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Veteran Hollywood actor Peter Falk says he is considering bringing his beloved "Columbo" character to the big screen.

'Masterpiece Theatre' announces season

BOSTON, July 13 (UPI) -- "Masterpiece Theatre" announced its upcoming PBS season Wednesday, which will kick off with Rupert Everett in the role of Sherlock Holmes.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2005 with 223 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: It ain't so, father of Gonzo

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- News of the death of Hunter S. Thompson -- self-styled "gonzo" journalist and icon of the whacked out and weird factions of the political left flank -- greeted
CARMEN J. GENTILE, UPI Chief Latin America Correspondent

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2004 with 223 to follow.
By United Press International

Tiff over papers of Sherlock Holmes writer

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 18 (UPI) -- British government officials were under intense pressure Tuesday to stop the auctioning of papers belonging to the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes back on the job, sort of

LONDON, March 23 (UPI) -- London bobbies are hunting a Sherlock Holmes look-alike who conned a car dealer out of a new Toyota Previa, the Sun reported Tuesday.

Lost Doyle papers valued at $3.6M

LONDON, March 16 (UPI) -- A lost collection of personal papers belonging to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle has been found and valued at $3.6 million, the BBC reported.

Global terror unleashed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- In "The Sign of the Four," Sherlock Holmes famously says that if we "eliminate all other factors, the one which remains must be the truth." In his latest book,
HORACE COOPER, A UPI Outside View commentary

Fox in $100 million copyright lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The recent Sean Connery movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," already a critical and commercial disappointment for Twentieth Century Fox, is now the su
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Film review: 'Gentlemen' & 'Pirates'

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- A couple of American adventure movies set in British Empire days are bringing old-fashioned subject matter back to the theaters. Of the two, Johnny Depp's "Pira
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Analysis: Bye-Bye, Buffy

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- She has impaled her last bloodsucker: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" hung up her sharpened stake Tuesday after seven spectacular TV seasons and an astonishing impac
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2003 with 223 to follow.
By United Press International

Karen Akers takes theater songs to cabaret

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- Karen Akers, the elegant cabaret artist with a voice like a cello and crystal diction, is performing a program of theater songs at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room as a tribute to "Nine," the 1982 Broadway show that touched off her stellar career as an actr

Inside Mexico: Telcel territory

QUERETARO, Mexico, May 8 (UPI) -- Some challenges in life are big. Success we cannot be sure of, we can only try our best.
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Chief Economics Correspondent

Cathy's World: Columbo-a-go-go

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Veteran character actors sometimes develop a halo of almost supernatural cool. This happened (almost literally) to Peter Falk in the late '80s, when German director Wim Wenders cast him as an ex-angel named Peter Falk in "Wings of Desire."

Watercooler Stories

DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Watercooler Stories

NOT ALL DIOCESES WINCING FROM SCANDAL As the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston resigns in disgrace and others try to put that financially ruined organization back together, many other Catholic dioceses find themselves in better shape.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Come January, it will be 10 years since trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie lost his battle against cancer. It ended a distinguished and innovative career for one of the
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today's consumer: News you can use

This has been a bad year for Listeria contamination in the nation's meat supply. Tons of product have been recalled and massive clean-up operations have been undertaken at processing plants.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Cathy's World: Know-it-alls

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- It's a sign of just how far the envelope is being pushed these days that, though full frontal nudity has not yet (quite) appeared on broadcast TV, full dorsal n
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