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TSA Halts 'Chewbacca' Over 'Lightsaber'

Peter Mayhew's lightsaber-shaped cane causes brief uproar

(Newser) - The latest TSA brouhaha is more amusing than enraging: Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, was stopped last week because agents didn't like the looks of his cane ... probably because it looks like a lightsaber. The 69-year-old, 7-foot-2-inch actor tweeted about the incident, and says... More »

Geeks Flock to Class on ... Light Sabers

San Francisco aficionado teaches eager young padawans

(Newser) - A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the light saber. The "Golden Gate Knights" club is run by self-proclaimed Jedi Master Alain Block, who... More »

Citizens Make Own Galaxy Far, Far Away

New York Jedi teaches lightsaber; ‘skill and confidence’ emerge

(Newser) - One unemployed theater techie is giving Industrial Light & Magic a run for its money, bringing lightsaber skills to a Manhattan dance studio and “high personal ethics” to everyday geeks. New York Jedi braintrust Master Flynn teaches swordplay, along with meditation and yoga techniques, to men bearing replicas of... More »

The Force Is With the Discovery

Lucasfilm loans original light saber to NASA for upcoming flight

(Newser) - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery will have a bit of extra protection on their next mission: Luke Skywalker's original light saber from 1977's Star Wars. Lucasfilm has loaned the prop—in real life not much more than a slick flashlight—to NASA for the shuttle's launch this October, reports... More »

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