Esther Williams, a swimming champion who became "America's mermaid" when she starred in a series of Hollywood "aqua musicals" in the 1940s and '50s, has died.

According to The Associated Press, that word comes from her family and her publicist.

Did you know you would have been pitied if you told folks you lived in Park City in the 19th century?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

 

A new gastronomic guide to Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns — for a cool $35 — has just been published. A new boutique hotel perched on top of one of Rio's previously most dangerous favelas is about to open. And yes, there is a jazz club and yoga, too.

These are new services catering to a new kind of favela resident.

What do the movie Citizen Kane and Park City have in common?

Park City shares part of its origin story with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst – whom many people also believe the movie Citizen Kane is based on. Hearst’s father George Hearst was in Park City in 1872, when he met four men working a mining claim, and bought it for $27,000.

J.J. Abrams is back with another Star Trek story - but does he have another hit? Rick Brough takes a look.

The Friday Film Review is sponsored by the Utah Film Center.

Taking a trip back to the Flapper Era, with a backdrop of hip-hop, director Baz Luhrmann brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to the big screen one more time. Linda Jager has the Friday Film Review.

Sponsored by the Utah Film Center.

A former Park City police officer is behind bars – charged with 5 felonies for stealing money from the police evidence room as well as a non-profit organization that helps buy Christmas presents for kids.  KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher reports.

graphic by Monika Guendner / KPCW

America’s rivers – controlled by dams, levees and dredging – at what cost?  Amy Mills reviews Daniel McCool’s latest book, River Republic:  The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers.

The Park City High School Academic Decathlon team was challenged this year at the National championships – having to compete in the medium school category for the first time.  KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

The Park City real estate market is bounding back and the numbers for the first quarter of 2013 are looking strong.  KCPW’s Leslie Thatcher reports.

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