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  • 060614_aj finney cover.jpg Comedy clarity: A.J Finney finds sobriety expands what he can joke about

    Clean and sober for five months, Finney has observed a dramatic change on his comedy. His material has grown exponentially, and his life experiences have blossomed.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • 013114_livewire.jpg Joplin band LiveWire to headline Friday Galena Days events

    Joplin band Livewire, which has been recording in Nashville with the Way Out West Records label, will kick off a month-long tour today at Galena Days.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pridefest planners celebrate sixth year

    But for attendees of an annual festival celebrating LGBT lives, it's good to get away from politics and enjoy a day at the park, said Terie Caliguiri, treasurer of Joplin Pride.

    June 6, 2014

  • 060414 Segway 4.jpg Attraction allows guests to try out a Segway

    Seven days a week, Hager and Jose help Branson visitors master the unique vehicle and navigate the two-acre paved course. Hager remembered his first Segway experience. It wasn't a smooth ride.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Globe Phone Test: HTC One M8 looks even better than it sounds

    I remember the phones HTC used to make, and they weren't my favorite. Granted, I've been a BlackBerry geek for a long time, so I probably never gave HTC a fair shot. But the cruddy plastic phones with weakly jointed slider keyboards or flimsy chassis didn't really do a lot to impress me.

    Times have changed. And HTC's new One M8 smartphone is one of the market's best offerings right now.

    I tested out a device on loan from AT&T for about two weeks. It's performance is comparable to any top-of-the-line device on the market, and it's scaled-back, uncluttered version of Android 4.4.2 is clean as a whistle without an onslaught of unwanted apps.
     

    June 6, 2014

  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg Globe Phone Test: Concept is clever, but transitions tricky with Asus PadFone X

    It's kind of embarrassing to point this out, but "Candy Crush Saga" is one of the best ways to illustrate how well the Asus PadFone X, a smartphone and tablet combo really works.

    Anyone who has more than one device will understand this situation completely: Let's say a player fires up "Candy Crush" on his tablet computer and really digs the game. A lot. So much so that he downloads it to his smartphone.

    Only there's one problem: All the progress made on the tablet is stuck on the tablet. The smartphone has a completely separate path of progress, meaning the player has to play each level twice. This makes progress through the game twice as long. (This problem can be fixed by signing up for the game on Facebook, but no one really wants their Facebook friends to know they spend so much time crushin' candy.)

    The Asus PadFone X is the dream solution to this nightmare of a problem.

    Available exclusively from AT&T, the device is actually two devices. A standalone smartphone can be plugged into a tablet computer, meaning the owner can take his pick of how he wants to play the game, and all the progress he makes is saved on one device's hard drive.

    AT&T loaned us a device that we tested for more than two weeks -- didn't like having to send it back -- and we found a lot of its qualities and quirks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tantric tours in support of latest studio album

    "37 Channels," the latest album from Hugo Ferreira's band, features a lineup of guests including Hinder's Austin Winkler, Shooter Jennings, 3 Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch, Uncle Kracker guitarist Kevin McCreery, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett and Leif Garrettt.

    July 11, 2014

  • 071114_steve cindy head.jpg New exhibit combines works of married couple

    Steve and Cindy Head create different types of art, which means they can be each other's best mentor. Steve makes mixed media works assembled from photographs, headlines and more; Cindy paints vivid patterns and fanciful scenes with bold color palettes.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • r070714palacedrinks2.jpg Spirits school: Drink-making lessons taught at downtown bar

    Some patrons have dubbed it "Drinks with Daniel," but the official name is "Cocktails 101," which has been attracting "students" for the last several weeks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_108172906 Benji Tunnell: 'Transformers' reaches new level of terrible filmmaking

    Then there's "Transformers: Age of Extinction," a film so bereft of originality, spontaneity and life that one would assume its creator must be a talentless hack. That's when you remember that it was directed by Michael Bay.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo