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Gwen Eiklor took this photo of a mountain goat near Mount Rushmore National Memorial in October.


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Helen Mirren to get Movies for Grownups career honor

LOS ANGELES | AARP the Magazine says its Movies for Grownups Awards will be televised for the first time next year, when Helen Mirren will receive its lifetime achievement honors.

The magazine announced Wednesday that Mirren will accept the Career Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 5, 2018. The 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards will premiere on PBS on Feb. 23.

Mirren, 72, says she is "greatly honored" by the award, adding that she considers film a high art form and "the ultimate mirror up to nature."

Her eclectic film resume includes blockbusters like "The Fate of the Furious," "RED" and its sequel, as well as dramatic turns in "The Tempest" and "The Queen." 

She joins previous Career Achievement honorees including Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford and Sharon Stone.

AARP established its Movies for Grownups series in 2002 to celebrate and recognize filmmaking for audiences with "a grown-up state of mind."

'Jeopardy!' winner charged with crimes

ADRIAN, Mich. | Cyber shenanigans for 200? A former "Jeopardy!" winner has been charged with illegally accessing co-workers' email accounts at a small Michigan college.

Stephanie Jass is a former history professor at Adrian College. She appeared in Lenawee County court on Tuesday, charged with unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime.

No other details were released. But The Daily Telegram in Adrian reports that state police investigated after getting complaints from college staff earlier this year.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment for Jass' attorney Wednesday.

Jass won seven games on "Jeopardy!" in 2012. Adrian College declined to say when Jass stopped working at the school.

In 2014, Jass performed at Croswell Opera House in Adrian, singing songs and sharing stories about playing "Jeopardy!"


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Two Cents comments for Dec. 7

Kudos to the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City for bringing the a capella group Tonic Sol Fa to the Rapid City Historic Theater. The performance was amazing, and we look forward to them coming back. 

Beware everyone of the newest scam out there supposedly coming from the Social Security Administration. I received two calls supposedly claiming to be from Social Security saying my number is on hold until I call Social Security to verify my number — total scam per Social Security Administration, and they are investigating the number being given to call.

Don't get mad at Thune, Rounds and Noem. You all voted for them and contributed to this — and you are surprised about the tax scam?

What is really getting old are all the politicians catering to wealthy donors at the expense of the average citizen.

Reading the Journal's article about a drop in Colorado's unwanted pregnancies (54 percent) and abortions (64 percent) with increased access to free or low-cost intrauterine devices sounds positive as more focus should be on preventing South Dakota pregnancies. A small investment could save millions of social service tax dollars.


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12 07 history

ON DEC. 7, 1941, during a series of raids in the Pacific, Imperial Japan's navy launched a pre-emptive attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing 2,400 people, about half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. (The United States declared war against Japan the next day.)

In 43 B.C., Roman statesman and scholar Marcus Tullius Cicero was slain at the order of the Second Triumvirate.

In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1842, the New York Philharmonic performed its first concert.

In 1909, chemist Leo H. Baekeland received a U.S. patent for Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic.

In 1917, during World War I, the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary.

In 1946, fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta; the blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.

In 1967, the Beatles opened the Apple Boutique in London; the venture proved disastrous, and the shop closed the following July.

In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant who was shot dead by her bodyguards.

In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time, arriving for a Washington summit with President Ronald Reagan.

In 1993, a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 19. (The shooter was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.)

In 1995, a 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was presumably destroyed.

In 2004, Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.