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Clarksdale, Mississippi, Mayor Bill Luckett (left) owns the Ground Zero Blues Club with actor Morgan Freeman, a fellow native of the Magnolia State.  (YouTube)

Mississippi blues club owner hopes to rescue state’s image

- The Washington Times

Bill Luckett is keenly aware that his home state is a punch line. The mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and owner of the Ground Zero Blues Club shakes his head over the stereotype of a state filled with backwards people who “stay in the kitchen and run around barefoot.”

Ryan Gosling accepts the Vanguard award for "La La Land" at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Kidman, Huppert, Gosling among honorees at Palm Springs Film Festival

While receiving the Vanguard Award for the musical “La La Land,” star Ryan Gosling paid tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds, who died Dec. 28, just one day after her own daughter, Carrie Fisher, died following a heart attack.

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- Associated Press

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, talks with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, after an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Steelers won 18-16. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs' Andy Reid believes holding should have been no-call

- Associated Press

Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn't believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been called.

AP source: Bautista and Blue Jays working hard on return

- Associated Press

Outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays are "working really hard" to bring him back to the club, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday.