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Study finds most people would do just fine without their local paper: Do you feel the same?

Seeing as you’re currently visiting EW.com (thanks, by the way!), it’s a safe assumption that you’re not seeking out your local news at the moment. Unless, of course, you live on Wisteria Lane or Redemption Island or you consider Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs a reliable weather prediction source. As it turns out, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, many of you have changing attitudes — and habits — about how you get your local news.

The report, which was conducted back in January and sampled 2,251 adults aged 18 and older, found that 69 percent of the U.S. population believe “if their local newspaper no longer existed, it would not have a major impact on their ability to keep up with information and news about their community.” But don’t start collecting donations for a possibly displaced Family Circus just yet: Local newspapers are more of necessity to people’s lives than they thought. READ FULL STORY

Andy Rooney to retire '60 Minutes' segment Sunday

In recent years, Andy Rooney has become an easy target. He didn’t know who Lady Gaga was. Heck, he didn’t even know who Kurt Cobain was. Pop culture has spent the better part of the last two decades lampooning the personality’s “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” 60 Minutes segment, transforming its star into a famous version of your out-of-touch grandpa. All the while, though, it was tough not to throw accolades at Rooney as often as you threw jokes at him. We are, after all, talking about a 92-year-old man who still brings his best to every Sunday’s 60 Minutes.

So it’s a shame — to 60 Minutes fans and, yes, comedians alike — to hear that Rooney will be retiring his “Few Minutes” segment. READ FULL STORY

ESPN's 'Catching Hell': The foul treatment of Steve Bartman -- VIDEO

Steve-Bartman

He wore glasses, a green turtleneck, and most damningly, Walkman headphones so he could listen to the Cubs’ historic pennant-clinching game on the radio. We would later find out that he was a computer consultant who still lived with his parents, but he looked like a little kid, which is what Fox announcer Steve Lyons initially thought he was. Steve Bartman, the 26-year-old Chicago Cubs fan who reached onto the field for what seemed like a meaningless foul ball in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 National League playoffs, fit a profile. Even his name — Bartman — seemed to contribute to making him a villain, the scapegoat who cost the cursed Cubs a chance for their first World Series title since 1908. READ FULL STORY

Are you a responsible pet-lover suffering from 'Harry Potter' withdrawal? Padfoot is now up for adoption!

Over the past few weeks, beta testers for J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore experiment have expressed a range of opinions about the interactive site. Many have complained about the slow admittance process, but the fortunate few who have seen the site have praised both its artwork and the completely immersive experience it has to offer. Keith Staskiewicz, EW’s lucky Potter-tester, said the site will “let you experience some of the fun of living in the world of Harry Potter.”

The fun of living in the world of Harry Potter, eh? Isn’t this ‘fun’ what we’ve all been chasing since our first visit to Hogwarts in 1997?  Isn’t it the reason behind the valuable time I’ve spent taking Sorting Hat quizzes (Hufflepuff? I think not), and debating whether to  buy a plane ticket to Orlando to sample Universal Studios’ interpretation of Butterbeer? My verdict is a definitive yes. Anyone who has read this series without experiencing the serious side effect of Hogwarts-envy is probably a Death Eater.

Well, now Potter fans (or really just responsible dog lovers) can join in on the fun by making a beloved member of the Potter family a member of their own family! READ FULL STORY

Farewell, 'All My Children.' Sniff.

Todd Wawrychuk/ABCOkay, I knew I would get verklempt over the end of All My Children, but I didn’t expect my heart to break even before the final show aired. But it did as I watched Agnes Nixon cry this morning on The View‘s grand goodbye to the long-running ABC soap. It was a fitting tribute with Nixon and many of the actors who embodied her characters.

I’m taking a deep breathe and getting ready to watch the finale. How about you? And I’m with you every step of the way — I’ll be back to EW.com to discuss the finale later today.

(By the way, fans can actually buy a limited edition print of the cast photo you see here, which was taken on the last day of production.)

UPDATE: Now that we’ve all watched the final episode, here’s what I think: READ FULL STORY

'Child Bride' Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison sign reality show deal. Do we want to get to know them?

If you’re an enthusiastic supporter of tweets like this (random excerpt: “…drenched in a soak ‘n wet white mini-T & pink panties…”) and this: (random excerpt: “…it’s gonna be a WOUGH ‘n WILD one!…”), then you will be very pleased to learn that “child bride” Courtney Stodden and former Dharma Initiative employee Doug Hutchison have inked a deal to star in their own reality show. (If you have avoided the Internet over the last five months, or happened to miss one of the most unsettling Good Morning America segments in recent history, know that then 16-year-old Stodden married the 51-year-old Hutchison back in May, resulting in a media frenzy over their 35-year age difference.)

Banca Studios will produce the project, and the head of the production company, Roy Bank, told EW that the show will be Stodden and Hutchison’s “chance to let people meet them… to hopefully let people get to know the real them.” But do people really want to get to know “the real them”? (I put this in quotes because, as a colleague recently expressed, Stodden could be mistaken for a 30-year-old. If the world is just, then all of this is just a cruel, sick joke.) READ FULL STORY

Heidi Klum could give you a virus! Well, your computer! But she's still officially 'dangerous'!

“As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day… ” you have viruses and malware on your computer because you Googled Heidi Klum! The web security company McAfee released their annual list of the top ten most dangerous celebrities on the Internet today, and this year the chipper Project Runway host stole the crown from last year’s winner Cameron Diaz. Klum could not be reached for comment, but McAfee says that searching for pictures and downloads of the former model “yields more than a 9 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware,” the company said in a release. Doesn’t she look so cute and innocent in this photo? For shame, Heidi!

Using celebrity names is a common way for tech-savvy ne’er-do-wells to lure people to sites that can steal your personal information and flood your computer with malicious software. Did you think you were safe searching for that sexy True Blood screensaver? McAfee says you’re not — Anna Paquin made the list at number seven. Were you hoping for some topless Piers Morgan pictures to add to your already impressive collection? Proceed with caution, because the Piers Morgan Tonight host landed the number three spot, and the title of “most dangerous male celebrity.”

McAfee used their SiteAdvisor software to provide ratings that indicate which sites are risky, and calculated an overall risk percentage for the top celebrity names on the web. See the full list of dangerous celebrities below: READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor Pad' season finale: 'Really? Here is where I find out?'

Well rose lovers, were we not entertained? SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t finished watching tonight’s epic three-hour Bachelor Pad finale. If you have, you’re probably still hoarse from yelling at your TV after Holly and the Pad producers left poor Mike Stagliano bruised, battered, and broken hearted. (Okay, maybe I’m the only one who was yelling.) Of course, tonight we also crowned the “winners” — and thank GOD their names did not rhyme with Stacey and Brianna. Did the right team take home the money? Did Ella really need that new nose? Did Team Bachelor go a little too heavy on the flat-iron with Ben’s hair? So many pressing questions! Stay tuned for my full TV recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click for Kristen Baldwin’s full Bachelor Pad finale recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive Bachelor Pad blog), but in the meantime, post your thoughts about tonight’s Bachelor Pad finale below. Farewell, rose lovers! Meet you back here in 2012!

Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, and Stephen Baldwin among celebs to tell '110 Stories'

In the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, many are already using this as a time to reflect on the tragic events of that terrible September morning. In addition to a bevy of TV specials that are airing throughout the week, a celebrity benefit reading of Sarah Tuft’s heartbreaking play 110 Stories will take place over two evenings on the stage of NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, beginning tomorrow, Sept. 8.

Tuft’s play, which tells harrowing, true stories from those who were down at Ground Zero in the wake of the horror that unfolded (“I wrote 110 Stories to preserve, not just history, but also a window into who we really are as revealed by our behavior under extreme circumstances,” the playwright said in a statement,”) will be performed by an impressive assembly of actors, including…  READ FULL STORY

Rush Limbaugh says Obama hoped for greater hurricane disaster

As many as 40 people were killed by Mother Nature and in accidents related to Hurricane Irene, and more than 8 million lost power during the storm that flooded areas of the East Coast, but there was nevertheless a great sigh of relief that the damage wasn’t as massive as initially feared. Rush Limbaugh, however, thinks that President Obama is disappointed that Irene didn’t cause more havoc. On Monday’s radio show, the conservative pundit lambasted the media for inflating the threat of the storm — a reasonably fair criticism with the benefit of hindsight — but he went on to accuse the president of craven opportunism. “I’ll guarantee you Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster as another excuse for his failing economy,” he said. “If he’s out there blaming tsunamis, if he’s blaming earthquakes, and whatever natural disasters there are, this one was made to order, but it just didn’t measure up.” MediaMatters has the short clip below: READ FULL STORY

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