Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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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...

Bermuda battens down for Category 3 Hurricane Humberto

MIAMI (AP) - Powerful winds from Hurricane Humberto began hitting Bermuda Wednesday as the government urged people to stay off the streets during the British territory's close brush with the powerful Category 3 storm. And another growing storm threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific.Bermuda Gov. John Rankin called up 120 members of the Royal Bermuda Regiment to prepare for...

California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries.The closely watched proposal could have national implications as lawmakers, businesses and unions confront the changing nature of work...

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution.In a tweet, Trump said his action would result in less expensive, safer cars. He also predicted...

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation

OREM, Utah (AP) - Orem police used their vehicle sirens to drive a 2-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in the central Utah caused traffic delays Wednesday morning.State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the bear and remove it from the tree.Jolley said the bear was placed...

Analysts: Weapons in Saudi attack similar to Iranian ones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A cruise missile and drone fragments that Saudi Arabia says it recovered from an attack on its oil industry bear similarities to Iranian-manufactured weapons, though more information is needed to make a definitive link, analysts told The Associated Press on Wednesday.Particularly striking was the cruise missile, which they said resembled a Quds-1 missile...

Trump says he’d give Iranian leaders visas to attend UN

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says if it were up to him, he'd give the Iranian president and foreign minister U.S. visas to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly.Iran's state-run news agency says the president and foreign minister of Iran might not attend the general assembly in New York because the U.S. had not yet issued them...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

NEW YORK (AP) - The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That's down from 926,000 tallied...

NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024.Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told a Congressional subcommittee that NASA is doing its best to meet the White House-imposed deadline. But he noted: "I wouldn't bet my oldest child's...

Tech execs say they’re acting faster on extremist content

WASHINGTON (AP) - Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter are telling Congress they've gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hatred.The executives were questioned Wednesday at a hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee. They said they are spending money on technology to...

Actor Shabana Azmi’s Birthday

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Today is Actor Shabana Azmi's birthday. I am not a fan of Shabana Azmiji. But, I appreciate her sense of understanding a character. She had questioned the behavior of a female character in one of her movies. Being a fellow Virgo, I feel very nice about it. A multiple award-winning actor, she has also been conferred the Padma Shri....