American Regional English Dictionary Going Online

Nearly 50 years ago University of Wisconsin students and researchers set out in “word wagons” to record the different ways people across America talked.

Now, they’re doing it again.

But this time around work to update the Dictionary of American Regional English will be done in front of computers, reading online survey results.

The dictionary has more than 60,000 entries exposing variances in the words, phrases, pronunciations, and pieces of grammar and syntax used throughout the country.

The first of five print volumes came out in 1985 with the final one released last year.

The new online surveys designed to track changes over the past 50 years went live on Monday and will be open for people to fill out for the next six to nine months. (AP)

Daughter Says Mick Jagger to be Great-Grandfather

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is set to become a great-grandfather early next year.

His daughter Jade told The Sunday Times that her 21-year-old daughter, Assisi, expects to give birth in several months.

She tells the newspaper she does not expect Jagger to slow down now that he’s set to become a great-grandfather. The ever-popular Stones plan to tour Australia next year.

Assisi tells Hello! magazine that Jagger was pleased when she told him the news.

She tells the magazine, “He said, `Well done.”‘

She says, “I imagine it’s nice to be a great-granddad, although I’m not sure he likes the idea of getting old, or being called one. I call him Mick — I wouldn’t start calling him grandpa.” (AP)

Syd Field, Author of Screenplay How-To, Dies at 77

The author of the screenplay manual that inspired James Cameron and Judd Apatow to make movies has died.

A spokesman for Syd Field says the author died Sunday of a blood disorder at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 77.
Derek Christopher said Tuesday that Field was surrounded by friends and family, including his brother, Dr. Morton Field, and wife, Aviva Field.

“He enriched my life with his humor, his love and appreciation for the beauty in this world,” Aviva Field told The Associated Press. “Now he is my inner pillar of strength, courage and wisdom.”

She said she is “honored and overwhelmed by the love and appreciation the world has shown for him.”

Syd Field’s book “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” has been required reading in Hollywood since it was published in 1979. It has been translated into 23 languages and used in universities around the world.

A Hollywood-born graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Field wrote eight books on screenwriting and lectured across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Before his death, he was preparing to release video and audio recordings of his most recent lectures, given earlier this year. Christopher said he hopes the materials will be available in 2014.

Memorial arrangements are pending.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Adam Levine Named People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

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People has spoken and its named Adam Levine the “sexiest man alive” of 2013, the magazine announced Tuesday.

The 34-year-old is the lead singer of the group Maroon 5 and a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.”

He’s also not romantically available. Levine got engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo earlier this year.

In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, the musician described himself as “nerdy” in high school but admitted he “did OK” with girls.

Levine takes the “sexiest” crown from actor Channing Tatum. He joins the ranks of Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, who all have received the honor.

The annual “sexiest man alive” issue of People magazine hits newsstands on Friday. (AP)

Maria Bartiromo Leaving CNBC After 2 Decades

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CNBC says veteran anchor and reporter Maria Bartiromo is leaving the business news channel.

Bartiromo’s contract ends Nov. 24, concluding 20 years with CNBC, the channel said Monday. According to the Drudge Report, Bartiromo will join Fox Business Network.

The Fox network declined comment.

Bartiromo joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News. At CNBC, she pioneered daily live reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and won an Emmy Award for a documentary on Google.

Her high-profile work at CNBC and photogenic looks earned her the nickname “Money Honey.”

Bartiromo anchors CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and the syndicated “On the Money with Maria Bartiromo.”

CNBC is owned by NBCUniversal. (AP)

Emerson College to Name School After Ron Burgundy

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It’s kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication.

The college in Boston will rename the school — for one day only — the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious television anchorman.

Actor Will Ferrell, in character, is scheduled to share his path to journalism greatness with students. His visit will include a news conference, the renaming ceremony and a screening of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Ferrell, as himself, will introduce the movie.

College President Lee Pelton says Burgundy “understands the power of media, as well as hairspray, firsthand.”

Burgundy, known for telling people he’s “kind of a big deal,” says he hopes to let students know how hard it is to make it to the top, in his words, “especially if you don’t have good hair.” (AP)

Doctors Tell Franchitti he Can No Longer Race

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Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti says doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month.

Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

The 40-year-old underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

The four-time IndyCar champion has been the face of the series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011. His 31 victories are tied for eighth on the all-time list. (AP)