House featured in ‘A Christmas Story’ to expand
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland house known for its appearance in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” is planning to expand.
The owners of the A Christmas Story House have purchased the home next door.
WJW-TV reports the next-door property also was featured in the film as the home of the Parker family’s neighbors, the Bumpuses.
The A Christmas Story House began offering overnight rentals last year. By acquiring the Bumpus house, more people will be able to stay overnight.
The 1983 film is based on childhood stories from radio and television personality Jean Shepherd.
The founder of the A Christmas Story House, Brian Jones, says he’s “always striving to offer new ways to make visiting Ralphie’s house on Cleveland Street a unique and memorable experience.”
Watch Snoop Dogg explain the Stanley Cup
NEW YORK — The National Hockey League is hoping Snoop Dogg can heat up interest on the ice as the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway.
The rapper and hockey fan is appearing in a series of Hockey 101 videos in which he gives shoutouts to the teams and some of the players. Snoop plays the character “Dogg Cherry,” who schools viewers about the rules and the Stanley Cup. That’s not to be confused with renowned Canadian hockey analyst Don Cherry.
Dogg Cherry says the cup is not only the most iconic trophy in sports but also the one with the most “superstitions, traditions and any other kind of itions you can think of.”
The playoffs started Wednesday, with Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Vegas taking 1-0 series leads.
Patriots owner calls for reform after prison visit
PHILADELPHIA — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.
Kraft and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin visited the Philadelphia-born rapper on Tuesday.
Kraft said Mill’s incarceration makes it clear that “we have to do something with criminal justice reform.” Rubin said he believes Mill will be released soon.
Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, is fighting for release while appealing a two- to four-year sentence for a probation violation.
A judge said his drug use, arrests and other issues while under supervision merited the jail time. Mill’s lawyers accuse her of a “personal vendetta.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney also visited Mill Wednesday for an hour at Rubin’s invitation, according to a representative.
First fashion week kick for women only
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has kicked off its first-ever fashion week with designs by Middle Eastern, Brazilian, U.S. and Russian designers, as well as shows by internationally renowned labels Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier.
In line with Saudi cultural norms and rules on gender segregation, the catwalks are open to women-only and no outside cameras are allowed to film inside.
Still, the event marks the latest turnaround for a country that for decades has been ruled by ultraconservative dogma.
While the kingdom has held fashion shows in the past, they have mostly been tied to charitable causes and did not include big names in the industry.
The catwalks kicked off Thursday and run until Saturday, when— in another first— the fashion week will conclude with a Russian ballet performance for a women’s-only audience.