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Close finish in ‘Jeopardy!’

Thursday was a big day for 16-year-old Ananya Nrusimha. The Williamsville East High School junior was recognized by the Erie County Legislature, and then she appeared on the “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament.”

During the entire episode, Ananya was practically neck-and-neck with Alan Koolik, a senior at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, Fla. The two vied for first place up until Final Jeopardy, at which point Alan clinched the title of semi-finalist, ending Ananya’s chance to move on. The third contestant on Thursday night’s show was Kevin Huang, a recent graduate of Irvine California’s University High School.

Ananya started off the night by answering the first question, which asked what kind of a vehicle Marine One is. She correctly responded with “helicopter.”

She also knew that Franklin D. Roosevelt had been elected president a total of four times and that the name for the kind of architecture often associated with medieval churches is “Gothic.” She also showed her true Western New York colors by getting the one question related to hockey and the NHL correct: She knew the Ottawa Senators are the one other team, aside from the Washington Capitals, to be located in a capital city.

It all came down to the last question. Ananya was only slightly behind Alan going into Final Jeopardy, the topic of which was “Novel Words.” While the other two were able to correctly answer the question – “This word for a person without certain abilities has made it from the realm of fantasy to the OED” – with “muggle,” Ananya was unable to think of the term before the 30 seconds ran out. She ended up with $6,801, putting her in second place to Alan’s $31,001.

Baldwin, LaBeouf in court

Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts.

Both stars appeared in courtrooms a few blocks apart for separate disorderly conduct cases. LaBeouf is charged with disrupting a Broadway performance, while Baldwin was accused of getting belligerent with police who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.

Their shared court date was just a coincidence, but it paired stars who have become known for acting up, not just for acting.

“Looks like you have a short fuse,” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin while looking over the allegations against him; they’re violations, not crimes.

After Baldwin repeatedly said he’d pay a fine for the May 13 encounter – though the judge said he was just asking for an apology – DeLury put the case on track to be dismissed if the actor avoids re-arrest for six months. It’s a common outcome for low-level cases in Manhattan.

Meanwhile, LaBeouf’s lawyer and prosecutors said they were trying to resolve his case.

He’s accused in court papers of playing a boorish role in the audience at “Cabaret” last month, smoking cigarettes, yelling at the actors onstage, and swearing at security guards and hollering as he was escorted out: “Do you know who I am?”

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