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RIP Colonel Meow: 'Minions' mourn death of Internet-famous sourpuss

Colonel Meow

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Colonel Meow visits the Take Two studio for an interview on May 23, 2013.

Colonel Meow

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Colonel Meow visits the Take Two studio for an interview on May 23, 2013.

Colonel Meow

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Colonel Meow visits the Take Two studio for an interview on May 23, 2013.

Colonel Meow

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Colonel Meow visits with "Take Two" host Alex Cohen on May 23, 2013.

Colonel Meow

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Colonel Meow visits with KPCC host Steve Julian during an interview with Take Two on May 23, 2013.


Get your tissues ready, celebrity cat lovers.

Beloved Internet-famous sourpuss, Colonel Meow, has died. His keeper, Anne Marie Avey, announced his passing Thursday via his Facebook page

 

 

Believe it or not, before he became a famous cat, Colonel Meow was homeless in Seattle. Luckily, he was rescued by the Seattle Himalayan and Persian Society, who put him up for adoption in 2011. 

That's when Avey, strolling through her local Petco, happened to catch a gray fur ball in the adoptable cats section. She was drawn to Colonel Meow (before he was named Colonel Meow), and after watching him claw and meow at her through the glass, she decided she had to have him. Avey and the Colonel later moved to Los Angeles.

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Super Bowl XLVIII commercials: See 19 ads before they air on Sunday

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Video: Toyota ad starring Terry Crews and the Muppets.

The Super Bowl is Sunday, and we know many of you just watch the show for the commercials, some of the funniest or fanciest that the ad industry creates all year.

Advertisers pay $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the Fox broadcast, expected to draw up to 100 million viewers in the United States. But you can see them many of them for free right here, days before the game itself. (Plus a couple you won't see.)

Companies looking to jump the gun and take advantage of Super Bowl advance hype to hype their own products have posted a number of ads already — though the game itself will likely have some big ads we don’t get to see until they hit the airwaves. Los Angeles is home to the shoots for a number of these ads, so keep an eye out for any locations you recognize.

1. Budweiser: “Puppy Love”

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Jay Leno tells '60 Minutes' he's done with late night

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Jay Leno talks about his relationship with his soon-to-be-former employer, NBC, with "60 Minutes."

Jay Leno is retiring from late night after leaving "The Tonight Show." Really this time, according to a new interview he gave to "60 Minutes," despite saying previously that he was considering his options and speculation that he could jump to another network.

Leno says in the interview that he can't recreate the "Tonight Show" with a new show, the Associated Press reports, so he'll be leaving late night to successor Jimmy Fallon.

He tried once before. Leno faced a backlash after staying on the NBC airwaves after he left "The Tonight Show" in 2009 with "The Jay Leno Show," before returning to "Tonight" at 11:35 p.m. and ousting his attempted successor, Conan O'Brien.

Leno tells "60 Minutes" that he was "blindsided" by being told by NBC that he was out and would be replaced by O'Brien, and that it felt like having a girlfriend break up with him.

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Grammys 2014: 4 reasons you have to watch the show

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Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

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Adele accepts Best Pop Solo Performance for "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Singer Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Kelly Clarkson photobombs actress Portia de Rossi (L) and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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LL Cool J performs on stage at the Staples Center during the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 10, 2013.

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Singer Justin Timberlake (L) and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Singer Adele at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Backstage And Audience

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(L-R) Singer Justin Timberlake, actress Jessica Biel, singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z attend the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Sting, Ziggy and Stephen and Damian Marley perform on stage at the Staples Center during the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 10, 2013.


Sunday night, the Grammy Awards hit the Staples Center, with the record industry honoring the best music of the past year — at least the best music that sold records.

Ratings for the event's CBS broadcast were down last year, from 40 million to 28 million viewers, but that seems largely due to 2012 drawing a huge number following Whitney Houston's death. Last year still had almost 2 million more viewers than in 2011.

Still, the show can be polarizing, with those who aren't as into the current music scene feeling disconnected from the show — many of the commenters who posted about the Grammys on KPCC's Facebook page noted how little interest they had in the program. Here are the things worth watching the show for.

1. Memorable duets

The Grammys serve as a place for performers to duet, often in surprising combinations, to deliver one-of-a-kind team-ups. Elton John played a part in two of the most famous, performing alongside Eminem following Em being criticized for being anti-gay:

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NPR host Jesse Thorn takes his podcast onto a battleship

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The USS Iowa berthed at its new permanent home in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

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Naval officers disembark from the USS Iowa after the ship was towed to Pier 87 in San Pedro.

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File: The battleship USS Iowa is pushed stern first by tugboats on Suisun Bay in 2011.


The popular "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" podcast, hosted by NPR "Bullseye" host Jesse Thorn and comedian Jordan Morris, is taping a live show this Saturday here in Los Angeles. Lots of podcasts do that, but Jordan and Jesse are upping the stakes by recording the show from inside the historic USS Iowa battleship.

Thorn explained to KPCC in an email how this event on the high (docked) seas came into being.

"We had a listener email us about something completely unrelated, and at the end of the email, he said 'and incidentally, I'm the events director of a battleship, so if you ever want to do something...' And we ignored everything else he was emailing about and just honed right in on the battleship part," Thorn wrote.

Tickets are $20, or $35 if you want a tour of the ship, with the proceeds going to Swords To Plowshares. It's a non-profit, founded in 1974, that benefits veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the organization, they serve 2,000 veterans every year.

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