Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camp

PARIS (AP) - France's interior minister has ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 migrants camped in Paris amid a standoff with City Hall over how to handle the long-running problem.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement Wednesday that he ordered police to work out an evacuation operation soon that would "reconcile" the demands of a tough new immigration...

A first for Georgia: Democrats pick black woman for governor

A first for Georgia: Democrats pick black woman for governor
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office.Abrams set new historical marks with a primary victory Tuesday that made her the first black nominee and first female nominee for governor of either majority...

LEADING OFF: Price faces old pal Archer; Verlander vs Giants

LEADING OFF: Price faces old pal Archer; Verlander vs Giants
A look at what's happening around the majors today:OLD CONNECTIONSRed Sox lefty David Price (4-4), coming off a complete-game victory over Baltimore, pitches against his original team and buddy Chris Archer (3-3) when Boston visits Tampa Bay. "There will be a little bit of banter, but it's all friendly," Archer said. Price might get a chance to face prized...

Fendrich on Tennis: Savor Nadal’s bid for 11th French title

Fendrich on Tennis: Savor Nadal’s bid for 11th French title
PARIS (AP) - Forget about trying to decipher whether a recent loss on red clay is better or worse for Rafael Nadal's mind-set as the French Open arrives.Did it alleviate a bit of pressure? Or did it make him feel more vulnerable? Did it make him aware things won't necessarily come as easily as they have been? Or did...

Wyoming makes rush for hyped new tech, results still virtual

Wyoming makes rush for hyped new tech, results still virtual
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Block Chain Gang LLC, Crypto Cowboy, Something Something Blockchain LLC: Based on the names of dozens of new companies registering to set up shop in Wyoming, the state's effort to lure the latest tech craze appears to be paying off.Proponents say blockchain - the ledger where transactions of digital currencies, like bitcoin, are recorded -...

Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest

Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on the situation in the Four Corners region - where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and...

A first for Georgia: Democrats pick black woman for governor

A first for Georgia: Democrats pick black woman for governor
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office.Abrams set new historical marks with a primary victory Tuesday that made her the first black nominee and first female nominee for governor of either majority...

Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states

Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming could allow grizzly bear hunting for the first time in decades when state officials vote Wednesday whether to allow as many as 22 grizzlies to be killed this fall outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Native American tribes say the hunt would undermine decades of work to...

Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby

Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out.Lava from a nearby, new volcanic vent entered, then stalled, on the 815-acre (329.8 hectare) property where the Puna Geothermal Venture wells occupy around 40 acres (16 hectares). Residents have been...

A first for Georgia: Democrats pick black woman for governor

A first for Georgia: Democrats pick black woman for governor
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office.Abrams set new historical marks with a primary victory Tuesday that made her the first black nominee and first female nominee for governor of either majority...