Police detain a participant in the pre-St. Patrick's Day 'Blarney Blowout' near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. According to the Amherst police department, four police officers were hurt as they worked to disperse hundreds of unruly students who were throwing beer cans and bottles at police on Saturday as large crowds gathered at the off-campus apartment complex. Police in riot gear arrested 35 at the event. (AP Photo/The Republican, Robert Rizzuto)TRIBUNBERITA.BLOGSPOT.COM
Police surround participants in the pre-St. Patrick's Day 'Blarney Blowout' near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. According to the Amherst police department, four police officers were hurt as they worked to disperse hundreds of unruly students who were throwing beer cans and bottles at police on Saturday as large crowds gathered at the off-campus apartment complex. Police in riot gear arrested 35 at the event. (AP Photo/The Republican, Robert Rizzuto)TRIBUNBERITA.BLOGSPOT.COM
A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual 'Blarney Blowout.' There were more than 70 arrests and four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and snowballs, officials said.
Amherst police said early Sunday that 73 people had been arrested after authorities spent most of the day Saturday attempting to disperse several large gathering around the UMass campus for the party traditionally held the Saturday before spring break. The partying carried through Saturday evening into early Sunday, and Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said in a statement that police were busy with numerous reports of fights, noise and highly intoxicated individuals.
Gundersen called the daylong partying 'extremely disturbing and unsafe.'
'Perhaps one of the worst scenes we have ever had with drunkenness and unruliness,' Gundersen told The Republican in Springfield. 'It is extremely upsetting. It is very dangerous.'
UMass denounced the 'unruly behavior' Saturday and spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said students who were arrested will be reviewed under the school's code of conduct and that sanctions could include suspension or expulsion.
The size and scope of the gatherings have led to violence and fights, injuries, severe alcohol intoxication, sexual assaults, excessive noise, property damage, and violence toward the police and community members, police said.
Most of the arrests came at an off-campus apartment complex, where large crowds began gathering Saturday morning for the annual event, which was started by bars to allow the students to celebrate the holiday before their spring break begins this week.
Police from the city, university and state troopers in riot gear converged on a crowd of about 4,000 people at an apartment complex shortly after noon, police said. Authorities said there were acts of destruction of property and, as officers began to disperse the crowd, they were pelted with glass bottles, beer cans and snowballs.
After quieting the disturbance at the apartment complex, several thousand people assembled near a frat house. That gathering became dangerous and out of control, officials said, and when officers tried to clear the crowd they again faced people throwing bottles, rocks, cans and snowballs.
Police say pepper spray was used to disperse the crowd because of the size and 'assaultive behavior.'
Three officers were hurt when they were hit by bottles and one was injured while attempting to make an arrest, Gundersen said. None of the injuries required serious treatment.
Police say charges ranged from inciting to riot and failing to disperse to disorderly conduct, liquor law violations and assault and battery on officers. They said early Sunday some of those arrested had been released on bail, while others were held, depending on charges.
The university had warned students earlier this week that police would have an increased presence around town Saturday, especially after several people were arrested at last year's 'Blarney Blowout.' Letters were also sent directly to students disciplined in the last year for alcohol-related misconduct.
Amherst Capt. Christopher Pronovost described the day as 'mayhem' to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
'This can't be in any way, shape or form be characterized as a party,' he said. 'This is destruction of property (and) assaultive behavior.'
Collecting bottles and cans around the scene of the mayhem Saturday night, Amherst resident Raul Colon told the Gazette that the day's events looked like 'a revolution, like in the countries that have revolutions between the students and the government.'
Gundersen said that numerous participants in the revelry were also injured.
Other colleges across the country have gone on high alert around St. Patrick's Day to deal with alcohol-fueled students. At Penn State, the school paid licensed liquor establishments to stay closed this month during the unofficial drinking holiday known as State Patty's Day for the second year in a row.
State College, Pa., police Chief Tom King said that the strategy, along with a fraternity ban on parties, helped lead to a 75 percent decrease in arrests and citations this year compared to 2011 - the fake holiday's heyday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Xavier Thames and Matt Shrigley each made two free throws in the final 9 seconds to complete No. 10 San Diego State's rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a 51-48 victory over No. 21 New Mexico on Saturday night to win the outright Mountain West Conference title.
Thames finished with 23 points for SDSU (27-3, 16-2), which clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament in Las Vegas. Josh Davis, SDSU's other senior, had nine rebounds.
The fans rushed the court and black and red confetti fell from the ceiling at Viejas Arena, where the Aztecs were 15-1 this season. Their only home loss was to Arizona on Nov. 14.
Cameron Bairstow scored 20 points and keyed two big runs for New Mexico (24-6, 15-3).
SDSU used a 19-1 run to take a 44-42 lead with 4:59 to go.
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Austin, Texas (CNN) -- From his sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, with roughly a dozen police officers outside, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Saturday that everyone in the world will be just as effectively monitored soon -- at least digitally.
'The ability to surveil everyone on the planet is almost there and, arguably, will be there in the next couple of years,' said Assange, speaking via Skype to a large audience at the South by Southwest Interactive festival here.
Assange rocketed to international fame, and infamy, in 2010 after Wikileaks began helping publish secret government documents online.
Ecuador granted Assange asylum in June 2012 and he fled to the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he raped one woman and sexually molested another.
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He calls those charges false and politically motivated, but has said he fears Sweden will transfer him to the United States, where he could face the death penalty for the work of WikiLeaks if he were charged and convicted of a crime.
On Saturday, he called life in the embassy 'like a prison,' adding that actual inmates 'arguably' have it worse.
Saturday's talk was billed as a question-and-answer session, but because of technological glitches it ended up being mostly an hourlong speech by Assange, punctuated occasionally with questions from Twitter.
The one-sided conversation seemed to turn off some members of the 2,000 people in the audience, many of whom streamed out before Assange was finished speaking.
With little to guide him other than his own thoughts (moderator Benjamin Palmer's audio connection appeared to go down after about 15 minutes), Assange was largely left to expound upon his views that world powers like the United States and England have overstepped their bounds in terms of online surveillance.
He said the U.S. National Security Agency has become a 'rogue agency' with too much power, even suggesting that President Barack Obama would be toppled politically if he attempted to disband the agency.
'They would come up with all of this dirt (on Obama),' he said. 'Congress may impeach him ... a criminal act would come to light.'
Assange described activist groups like WikiLeaks as freedom fighters in an age when governments have occupied what should be their citizens' private online space.
'Now that the Internet has merged with human society, the laws of human society should apply to the Internet,' he said.
He said that because governments keep so much information secret, citizens don't have a complete picture of what is happening
'We're all actually living in a world that we don't understand,' he said. Assange called it a 'fictitious representation of the world,' an illusion in which 'the true nature of government power structures is obscured.
'We're walking around constantly in this fog.'
He also had harsh word for private Internet titans such as Facebook and Google, who have come under scrutiny in recent years for collecting data about their users.
'What is going on is an unprecedented theft of wealth from the majority of the population by those who already have a lot of power,' said Assange when asked a question about Facebook and privacy.
'They're doing that in part by stealing information from all of us. Knowledge is power, and so they're accumulating a lot of power.'
He had similar complaints about Google, noting that there are now 1 billion Android devices in the world. 'That's a big problem, that a single group is able to capture that much information (about people). You are all the product.'
Assange's talk was one of several high-profile events at this tech-themed conference dedicated to online privacy and transparency. On Monday, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is scheduled to address an SXSW crowd via a live feed from his exile in Russia.
President Barack Obama got out on a Florida golf course Saturday with two former professional athletes and the cousin of one of his top advisers.
Obama's foursome included Ahmad Rashad, Cyrus Walker and Alonzo Mourning, the White House said.
Rashad is a sportscaster and former NFL wide receiver. Mourning is a former center for the NBA's Miami Heat who has helped raised money for Obama's campaigns. Later this month, Obama is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the House Democrats' campaign arm at Mourning's Miami home.
Mourning is also helping the administration promote Obama's new health care law. He played golf with Obama in Florida last November.
Walker is a cousin of Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha, arrived Friday afternoon at the Ocean Reef Club for a weekend getaway. The private, by-invitation-only membership club has two championship 18-hole golf courses.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama was looking forward to some warm-weather downtime with his family.
Before escaping the cold weather in Washington, Obama recorded his weekly radio and Internet address. In the message, Obama said he's hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Congressional Republicans are resisting Obama's pleas to raise the wage to $10.10 an hour, saying it will lead employers to eliminate jobs.
In the Republican address, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says Obama's proposed 2015 budget taxes too much and spends too much. Portman says Senate Republicans have a plan to spark economic recovery by getting government out of the way.
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President Barack Obama got out on a Florida golf course Saturday with two former professional athletes and the cousin of one of his top advisers.
An international tech consulting firm confirmed Friday the federal government is investigating its use of U.S. visas to bring in foreign workers.
A federal audit finds New Jersey did nothing wrong when it used a no-bid contract to hire a firm to clean up debris left behind by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Sarah Palin on Saturday took her requisite swipes at President Obama and the rest of his Democratic Party but saved some of her sharpest criticism for the old guard of the Republican Party -- telling potential voters to get rid of the 'GOP beltway boys.'
The former GOP Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate delivered her remarks as the keynote speaker of the Conservative Political Action Conference -- a friendly audience that hooted and clapped at her sometimes comical and irreverent speech.
'ObamaCare suckers,' Palin began. 'You are the ones paying the bill in this brave new world.'
Palin told the hundreds in the audience that America is on the edge of an awakening -- sparked last year by Tea Party champion and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to defund ObamaCare.
'The filibuster worked by waking up America to the folly,' she said to applause.
She argued that Congress already has 'some good guys' including conservative scrappers such as GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert, Texas, and Trey Gowdy, South Carolina.
But it's time to send them re-enforcements,' she said. 'They need their re-enforcements because people are hurting today. ... I feel good today because people aren't putting up with it. There are stirrings of a great awakening. I do feel the eyes of America are being opened.'
Beyond Obama and other Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Palin argued, the Republican establishment is to blame for many of the country's problems.
'And they are a different breed of cat,' said Palin, suggesting the GOP establishment has become too complacent in their election strategy by focusing only on criticizing ObamaCare and watching the economy tank.
'Why reward them with your vote,' she said. 'The age of Obama is almost over.'
Palin closed the event and her speech by arguing that Democrats, not Republicans, have waged a war against women.
'We know better than to fall for that victimization line,' she said. 'But if you have a sister or a friend, you have to set them straight. They entice girls to think they need guys to grow government. That's not liberation; that's subjugation
Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul has won the CPAC straw poll Saturday for potential 2016 presidential candidates, taking first place for the second straight year.
The first term senator won 31 percent of the vote, ahead of second-place finisher Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz who took 11 percent. They were among a crowded field of hopefuls on the ballot at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference gathering in suburban Maryland.
'I am grateful to all the attendees who stood with me,' Paul said afterward. 'Together we will fight for what is right. Thank you and onwards to victory.'
The results are considered a key indicator of what conservative voters are thinking and how they might vote in 2016.
The third-place finisher was Dr. Ben Carson, with 11 percent. He was followed by New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie, 9 percent; Wisconsin GOP. Gov. Scott Walker, 7 percent; former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum, and Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, at 6 percent. Rubio finished second last year.
CPAC officials said 25 potential candidates were on the ballot and that roughly 2,000 people who attended the event voted.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A marathon spelling bee between two Kansas City-area students who exhausted the initial word list last month ended after 29 more rounds Saturday when the eventual runner-up stumbled over the word 'stifling.'
For more than an hour, seventh-grader Kush Sharma and fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman went toe-to-toe in the continuation of the Jackson County Spelling Bee, which began two weeks ago but had to be extended after the two breezed through the word list provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee, then 20 more words picked out of the dictionary.
The contestants had no problem correctly spelling words like 'boodle' and 'slobber,' often asking the moderator for a word's origin, definition or part of speech. But at the end of the 28th round, Sophia appeared puzzled when attempting to spell 'stifling,' and even more so when the bell rang to indicate she had gotten it wrong.
Following a lengthy break to listen to audio of the round to make sure Sophia had heard the word correctly, the judges ruled that she had misspelled it, meaning Kush could claim the title if he correctly spelled his word in the 29th round.
After being given his final word, 'definition,' Kush drew chuckles from spectators watching from a different room in the Kansas City Public Library when he asked for the definition. He promptly spelled it correctly and won the bee.
The end of the match brought to a close a whirlwind two weeks for Kush, a student at Frontier School of Innovation in Kansas City, and Sophia, a Highland Park Elementary School student in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit.
Three days after they finished in a tie on Feb. 22, both of their families were flown to New York to make appearances on CNN and 'Good Morning America.' The two said they had become close friends because of the experience.
'I was pretty sad when she got that word incorrect,' said Kush, who now moves on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. 'That's the game, you know? It's going to come down to one person, whether you're friends or not.'
Sophia said she was excited that she made it so far in the bee and that she planned to compete again next year. Kush said he, too, would be back, and he wouldn't be surprised if the two dueled even longer next year.
Mark Hoffman, Sophia's father, called his daughter a tough kid who gained a lot from the competition despite the emotionally upsetting conclusion.
'I think it is part of the growth of the kids to learn how to work through disappointment and come out stronger,' he said.
(CNN) -- The d-e-f-i-n-i-t-i-o-n of a good spelling bee may have forever changed in Missouri.
It took seventh grader Kush Sharma more than 90 rounds and two days to finally get the winning word.
He beat fifth grader Sophia Hoffman, who went out on the word 'stifling,' for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The two met a month earlier at the Kansas City Public Library for the regularly scheduled competition, where they exhausted all the words on a list provided to the judges.
After more than 60 rounds the rematch was called.
'We didn't want to just go through the dictionary and give them more words. We feared that someone would get a word that was too easy while the other would get an extremely difficult word. We wanted to be a bit more calculated and neutral, and we wanted to give each an equal opportunity,' Mary Olive Thompson, outreach coordinator for Kansas City Public Library, said at the time.
Saturday's rematch drew a crowd and the library had to provide a live stream to about 100 spectators in the lobby, Thompson said.
'We anticipate similar circumstances next year since both students are young enough -- they could face each other again,' she said, admitting that the end of the marathon bee was emotional.
'We got to know the kids; they are both great kids. This is not the last we are going to see of Sophia,' she said.
Come for the montage of flaccid penises, stay for the emotional penetration
Lars von Trier sets out to ruin audiences' sexual fantasies with his latest provocation, 'Nymphomaniac.'
The examination of a young woman's journey through the bedrooms, back rooms and wherever else Europeans make the beast with two back is currently available on demand. It hits theaters on March 21. Not content with limiting his exploration of on-screen coitus to one film, a second part will debut in theaters next month. Clearly, endurance is not an issue with the Danish master.
Part one has scored with critics, who have taken the odd pot shot, but nevertheless found the experience pleasurable, rewarding it with an 86 percent 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Uma Thurman in various states of undress.
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For The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, 'Nymphomaniac' has a beating heart that elevates it above past von Trier instances of cinematic bomb throwing. He credited the picture with having a certain 'pulpy brilliance.'
'For the very first time, I think Von Trier has given us a film without any of the tiresome hoax provocation that has always been a part of even his most admired works,' Bradshaw wrote.
Sex may be its selling point, but 'Nymphomanic - Part I' is concerned with more than just slipping between the sheets, I GN's Joe Utichi argued.
'Von Trier once more upsets his doubters, by delivering a film that's at turns funny and frank, and that prods and pokes at the line without ever needing to cross it,' he wrote.
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L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson seemed surprised that the penetration was mostly of the emotional variety. Come for the montage of flaccid penises, stay for the psychological insights, she argued. Nicholson said that the first film left her wanting more.
'I'll be sad if this devolves into a film where promiscuity gets punished - and I'm still nervous that there's an 'Aha!' moment ahead where she turns out to have been molested by her devoted father, Christian Slater,' Nicholson wrote. 'Yet if this surprise screening of the first half of 'Nymphomaniac' is his way of luring us to watch the rest, consider me seduced.'
The shifts in tone and time dazzled Time Out's Dave Calhoun, who noted the film deftly veers between tragedy and X-rated farce.
'There's plenty of flesh (much of it belonging to porn doubles), although the film is rarely, if ever, what most people would call erotic or pornographic,' Calhoun wrote. 'It's neither deeply serious nor totally insincere; hovering somewhere between the two, it creates its own mesmerising power by floating above specifics of time and place, undercutting its main focus with bizarre digressions (fly-fishing, maths, religion), a ragbag of acting styles and archive footage.'
New York magazine's David Edelstein admired von Trier's camera work, but felt his screenwriting could have used some polishing.
'The film's frame is anything but extraneous: It's where all the hefty philosophizing happens,' Edelstein wrote. 'Von Trier intends to be dazzlingly ironic and perhaps to send up his own pretensions, but the whole thing sounds like badly translated Ibsen ('I've always demanded more from the sunset').'
Those minor quibbles paled in comparison to David Edwards' evisceration of the film in the Daily Mirror.
'Will you be shocked, outraged, titillated?' he asked. 'No, just bored.'
KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are getting a bit of rest and relaxation in South Florida this weekend.
The president hit the links Saturday at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. One of his golfing buddies was former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning.
According to the White House, before golf, President Obama also made a few calls to world leaders regarding the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
He spoke to the British Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister, French President and hosted a conference call with Lithuanian President, Latvian President, and Estonian President.
This is their second day in South Florida.
On Friday afternoon, President Obama and the First Lady, arrived aboard Air Force One at Homestead Air Reserve Base.
They then paid a visit to Coral Reef High School to kick off a new effort to help students take the first step toward getting a college education.
Mr. Obama, in a speech to the school's seniors in the school gymnasium, announced a new initiative to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form.
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- During breaks in his murder trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes confers intensely with his camp, murmuring in the ear of his chief defense lawyer. When witnesses testify, the double-amputee athlete takes notes or sits with hands clasped, occasionally covering his face, head bowed, as though troubled by the graphic accounts of how he fatally shot his girlfriend last year.
'Make way,' hefty bodyguards bark at the end of the day as they usher 27-year-old Pistorius, who is free on bail, past jostling journalists and onlookers to a vehicle with tinted windows outside the courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa's capital.
The drama in the North Gauteng High Court captivates people around the world and especially South Africans, many of whom are getting a look at their own criminal justice system for the first time because, under a judge's rare order, much of the trial is being televised.
At its core is the shocking tale of a woman slain in the night. The court scene has also become a stew of fallen celebrity, media circus, quirky tradition and the legal parsing of words and memories under the stern oversight of a judge who on Friday warned people in the gallery they would be 'chucked out' if they misbehaved. Some discussion seems numbingly repetitive; at other times, the atmosphere is on edge, for example when a doctor testified to seeing Pistorius weeping and praying over his bloodied girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
There is Pistorius' lead lawyer, Barry Roux, in a black gown, trying to cast doubt on the testimony of prosecution witnesses in what veterans say is standard cross-examination, and what many laymen perceive as a badgering, bullying performance.
'There's a design on your side to incriminate. And that's unfortunate. But we'll deal with it,' Roux said Thursday to Charl Johnson, a neighbor who said he heard a woman's screams and then gunshots on the night that Pistorius killed Steenkamp.
Pistorius, the first amputee to run in the Olympics, has said he fired through a closed toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder in his home on Feb. 14, 2013; the prosecution alleges he intentionally killed her after an argument.
Chester Missing, a puppet character that satirizes South Africa on television, tweeted: 'Next Roux will be cross examining the door: Can you be sure you were closed?'
Roux swings from sarcasm to borderline hostility to a kind of patronizing courtesy with prosecution witnesses, and shows theatrical deference for the red-gowned Judge Thokozile Masipa, a former crime reporter flanked by two assistants.
'My lady, I'm in your hands,' he has said.
In a bow to tradition, the witnesses don't directly answer Roux and chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, instead responding 'My Lady' as though they were having a conversation with the silent judge on the dais.
At one point, Nel accidentally addressed Masipa as 'Madam,' drawing laughs in the austere, wood-lined room and a bashful apology from the prosecutor.
Masipa, who will deliver a verdict because there is no jury under the South African system, has warned the media not to violate a court order that limits the broadcast of witness images as well as the use of camera flashes in the courtroom. She got irritated when a reporter's laptop made a piercing noise in court.
'Our whole justice system is on trial,' said Marius du Toit, a criminal defense attorney who is not involved in the case. He said the trial gave 'ordinary folk' an insight into South African justice, arguing it sets a benchmark even if most people would be unable to afford a legal team of the caliber that is defending Pistorius.
With all the scrutiny, some were surprised at a shaky performance by a court interpreter who was translating witness Michelle Burger's testimony in Afrikaans into English. Burger, a neighbor of Pistorius, later resorted to English after saying: 'Some of the words are not what I am saying.'
The courthouse is a boxy building with an iron rail fence in front. At lunchtime, Cafe Eden on the fourth floor fills up with lawyers, journalists and sometimes members of the Pistorius family or people connected to the Steenkamp family. The two camps don't interact.
Across the street is the colonnaded Palace of Justice, where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid leaders were sentenced to life in prison in 1964. On the first day of the Pistorius trial, a small drone with cameras - presumably a media outlet's device to get ahead of the pack - buzzed past the majestic, 19th century structure in a melding of technology and history.
At the end of the trial's first week, a police officer explained why his unit had to be firm with people pressing for a glimpse of Pistorius.
'We must look after this guy,' the officer said. 'If we leave him alone, he won't survive.'
President Obama will deliver the introduction to the new Fox science series ' Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' in the premiere episode Sunday night being carried on 10 Fox channels and the National Geographic Channel.
The president's introduction 'invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future,' according to a statement issued by Fox.
The 13-part series is hosted by scientist and educator Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a successor to Carl Sagan's popular 1980 PBS series, 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.'
In his review for The Times, Robert Lloyd writes: 'The subject - everything that is and how it got that way - is obviously a big one, encompassing not only planets and stars and amoebas and people, but the lenses through which we've viewed it all. Most important, it celebrates scientific inquiry itself, which Tyson defines as 'generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules: test ideas by experiment and observation; build on those ideas that pass the test; reject the ones that fail; follow the evidence wherever it leads; and question everything.' '
Fox and National Geographic hosted a preview of the series at the White House on Feb. 28 as part of the first White House Student Film Festival, which ties in with the Obama administration's efforts to boost the use of technology and science in school classrooms across the country.
'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' will air Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox and Mondays at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel with bonus footage and behind-the-scenes content. The series, which also will be shown on 220 channels in 181 countries, is a collaboration between ' Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane 's Fuzzy Door Productions and Cosmos Studios, the company founded in 2000 by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's widow.
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