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January 11, 2019 5:00 AM Canadian librarians’ top book picks for January and February

The Golden Tresses is the final book in Cobourg-born writer Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. “This is a great series! Flavia is a witter, clever and lovable character. Her adventures will have you laughing and cringing at the same time,” says Karly Uhl of Essa Public Library. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden prompted this comment from Stephanie 31

January 10, 2019 11:25 PM Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.6M vehicles to fix Takata air bags

DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators that can be dangerous. Takata inflators can explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds injured. The recall covers the 2010 through 28

January 10, 2019 10:30 PM R. Kelly’s streams increase after docu-series alleges abuse

LOS ANGELES - Nielsen Music says streaming numbers for R. Kelly have nearly doubled after a recent documentary accused the R&B singer of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. The Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed abuse allegations against R. Kelly in six episodes, but the singer’s streaming numbers grew significantly 22

January 10, 2019 3:50 PM Canada's Milos Raonic to face home-nation Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., is scheduled to play wild-card Shuai Peng of China. Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga won her second-round qualifying match Thursday — 6-2, 6-2 over Valentini Grammatikopoulou. Andreescu, who reached the final of the ASB Classic in New Zealand last weekend, began the week ranked No. 107 and needs 20

January 7, 2019 6:24 PM Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleads guilty to murder

KALAMAZOO, MICH. — A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton’s surprise move came more than three years after shootings, which occurred over the course a few hours in and around Kalamazoo. Dalton 23

January 5, 2019 5:00 AM Producers Guild film award nominees heavy with blockbusters

On the TV side, The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ozark and This Is Us were nominated in the episodic drama series category. Atlanta, Barry, GLOW, The Good Place and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were singled out in the episodic comedy series category. The nominees for limited series include The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American 45

January 3, 2019 10:02 PM Black Mirror: Bandersnatch actor quits social media over backlash

“I am privileged to have this platform,” he wrote. “I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone.” He concluded with a tongue-in-cheek nod to his Bandersnatch character: “This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path.” Poulter didn’t give specific 28

January 2, 2019 8:02 PM Bob Einstein, known as Super Dave Osborne, dead at 76

But for Canadian fans Einstein will forever be known as inept stuntman Super Dave. Einstein was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 20, 1942, but he spent a dozen years in Toronto appearing first on Bizarre and then his own talk series, The Super Dave Osborne Show. Writing about Bizarre for the Star in 2015, freelance writer Adam Proteau said Einstein 21

December 26, 2018 5:50 PM Alyssa Milano, Ellen Barkin react to Kevin Spacey’s ‘creepy’ Let Me Be Frank video

Kevin Spacey’s bizarre video, in character as Frank Underwood, is catching the eye of Hollywood, but not in a good way. Spacey, who faces a felony charge tied to a 2016 sexual assault allegation in Massachusetts, returned to social media Christmas Eve with a “House of Cards”-inspired monologue that appeared to criticize the #MeToo movement while employing 36

December 23, 2018 10:03 PM Patriots wrap up AFC East by beating Bills

New England improved to 7-0 at home this season and became the first franchise in NFL history to earn playoff berths in 10 straight seasons. It also marked the Patriots’ fifth straight win over the Bills and their 26th series sweep of Buffalo. Brady went 13 of 24 for 126 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions — his lowest output since he passed for 123 yards 33