Archive for March 9th, 2009

Saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer Ornette Coleman turns 79 today. He’s credited with pioneering the free jazz movement in the 50s and 60s, and even recorded a 40-minute improvisational album titled Free Jazz in 1961. Inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008, his most recent album, Sound Grammar, released in 2006, received a […]


President Barack Obama’s paternal step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, 87, will help eradicate the tsetse fly, an insect that causes sleeping sickness, or trypanosomiasis. She was given a spray pump and insecticide by African Union representatives during a visit to her Kenyan village (Kogelo) last month to treat 3,000 animals. Yes, animals can be infected with the disease, just like humans. According […]


Update (3/9/09): Hundreds of text messages exchanged between or sent and received by former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former aide Christine Beatty have been released. They were released shortly after 12 noon today. Supposedly, Wayne County, MI, Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny believes the text messages may expose misconduct in city government. Speak your peace. […]


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Commenting on the situation, Oprah said, “Love doesn’t hurt…if a man hits you once, he will hit you again.” She also wants to dedicate a show to the “Rihannas of the world.” It doesn’t matter who started the fight. A man should never put his hands on a woman. The rest of us, however, should probably […]


Grammy-winning R&B artist Macy Gray recently recorded a new, self-financed album for which students in a UCLA Extension music business course will help her write the marketing plan to distribute and sell the record. Doors manager Jeffrey Jampol teaches the course for UCLA students and non-students. The cost is $595 for students. Gray won a Grammy […]


Update (3/9/09): Although many Zimbabweans believe otherwise, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Monday he doesn’t believe the car accident that killed his wife on Friday was caused by foul play. He plans to bury his beloved Susan this week. Rest in peace. (3/7/09) Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was injured in the car crash Friday that […]