‘I was frozen’: Cosby accuser says she was drugged, groped

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s chief accuser took the stand at his sexual assault trial Tuesday to tell her story publicly for the first time, saying the comedian violated her after giving her three blue pills that left her paralyzed and helpless. “In my head, I was trying to get my hands to m
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First ladies on the edge in two plays and a musical

First ladies have fluttered at the fringes of Washington theater this spring, and the titles stack up rather badly for their subjects. How else would you describe a pop-up cluster that began with April’s “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington,” continued with May’s
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The scene in ‘Wonder Woman’ where you can’t help but think of Syria

Spoilers ahead.NINETY-NINE years ago today, in France’s Belleau Wood, U.S. soldiers launched their first large-scale battle in the “War to End All Wars.” By month’s end, after nearly 10,000 men died, the United States won that fight, but not before the German Gen. Erich Ludendorff had unleas
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‘The Answers’ raises haunting questions about a young woman’s mind and body

It’s no wonder Catherine Lacey’s 2014 debut, “Nobody is Ever Missing,” was widely admired. A smart, slightly off-kilter account of a young woman’s experiences after she leaves both her husband and comfortable Manhattan life to travel aimlessly through New Zealand, it called to mind both Sy
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Chris Pine in ‘Wonder Woman’ shows there are other ways to save the day in a superhero movie

Note: Major spoilers for “Wonder Woman” ahead.Even though he didn’t play a lead superhero in “Wonder Woman,” that didn’t prevent actor Chris Pine from delivering one of the most charismatic and heroic performances in DC’s new “Justice League”-era of movies.Pine was once rumored t
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‘Mom’ star Janney visits, donates to Planned Parenthood

NEW YORK — The star of the hit CBS sitcom “Mom” and one of its creators paid a visit Tuesday to the president of Planned Parenthood, and they didn’t come empty-handed.Actress Allison Janney and “Mom” co-creator and co-executive producer Gemma Baker dropped in on Planned Parenthood Presid
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With ‘Wonder Woman’s’ milestone opening, can comics draw Hollywood out of its sexist cave?

SOME FILM FANS bemoan superhero saturation while also rightly spotlighting the lack of diversity among top-grossing Hollywood directors. What they perhaps don’t appreciate, though, is that nerd-culture films might well be the best spear point for changing the entertainment landscape.Case in point:
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In ‘Grief Cottage,’ Gail Godwin explores the long shadow of loss

Ghosts haunt Gail Godwin’s new novel, “Grief Cottage.” Some are actual ghosts, such as the confederate soldier who sometimes shows up on the South Carolina beach where the story mainly takes place. But when Marcus, the novel’s 11-year-old narrator, visits the abandoned Grief Cottage, he sees
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Everyone’s a soloist in Eclipse Chamber concert

A non-principal orchestral musician recently reminded me, in response to a review focusing on first-chair players, that elite musicians are sitting in every seat in most orchestras. The Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, composed of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, regularly offers the cha
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Best science fiction and fantasy books to read this month

Neal Stephenson has teamed up with novelist Nicole Galland to create “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. ” (Morrow), a sprawling mix of science fiction and fantasy. In this historical novel, linguist Melisande Stokes has a chance meeting with a handsome military intelligence officer named Tristan Lyo
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