Monica Lewis, 1922 — 2015

June 18, 2015

Monica Lewis, “America’s Singing Sweetheart,” replaced Peggy Lee in the Benny Goodman Band, had her own radio show and recording contracts, performed on Broadway, on early network television, in nightclubs and in movies. She died last week at the age of 93. Despite her impressive résumé, she will always be remembered as the voice of Chiquita Banana.

More:

“Monica Lewis, singer-actress known as voice of Chiquita bananas, dies at 93,”Matt Schudel, Washington Post

“Monica Lewis, 93, Dies; Her Apple-Pie Appeal Sold Chiquita Bananas,” Sam Roberts, New York Times

“Monica Lewis, Actress Who Sang in Chiquita Banana Cartoons, Dies at 93,” Variety

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Trump Declares … Something or Other

June 17, 2015

Trump Declares . . . Something or Other

Donald John Trump, Sr., reality television performer, golf course owner, beauty pageant promoter, casino owner, and chairman and president of Trump This n’ That, has made a takeover bid for the 2016 Republican candidacy for the U.S. presidency. He outlined his platform Tuesday in a speech at the Trump Tower of Barad-dûr in midtown Mordor:

The Economy:

“I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice…I’m really rich.”

“I’m really rich. And by the way, I’m not even saying that to brag. That’s the kind of mindset, the kind of thinking, you need for this country… We have the opposite thinking: We have losers.”

Immigration:

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”

International Diplomacy:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

“I beat China all the time.”

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Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb!

June 16, 2015

Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb! Jeb!

The excitement and the exclamation points could not be contained as John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, railed against “the pampered elites of Washington” and declared his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.

Mr. Bush, a graduate of the Phillips Academy, has been an international banker, Florida real estate developerNigerian business negotiator, chairman of three offshore private equity funds, advisor to the British bank Barclay’s, a consultant to Lehman Brothers and on its Private Equity Advisory Board, and was formerly on the board of fraud-prone Tenet Healthcare, a private Swiss bank, and the Heritage Foundation. He is the son of former President George H. W. Bush and younger brother of former President George W. Bush.

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Comet Lander: It’s Alive!

June 15, 2015

Comet Lander: It's Alive!

The Philae device the European Space Agency landed on a comet has emerged from 7 months of hibernation and phoned home, sending a radio signal from Comet 67P. The ESA Rosetta Orbiter landed Philae after a 10 year space voyage, but the washing-machine-sized device bounced into a shadowed part of the comet’s surface and couldn’t recharge its solar cells until now.

More:

“European space probe, thought lost, awakes in comet’s shadows,” Thomas Atkins, Reuters

“ESA’s Philae comet lander wakes up after seven months of hibernation,” Sebastian Anthony, Ars Technica UK

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I Shall Be Released

June 14, 2015

Bobby McFerrin and the Atom String Quartet perform “I Shall Be Released,” written by Bob Dylan and arranged by Gil Goldstein, at the Solidarity of Arts festival in Gdańsk, Poland, August 17, 2013.

Bobby McFerrin (vocal), Gil Goldstein (accordion), David Mansfield (guitar), Armand Hirsch (guitar), Louis Cato (guitar).

Atom String Quartet: Dawid Lubowicz (violin), Mateusz Smoczyński (violin), Michal Zaborski (viola), and Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello).

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Charnice Milton

June 13, 2015

Charnice Milton

Washington DC journalist Charnice Milton was fatally shot on May 27th while waiting for a bus. A graduate of Ball State University with a Masters Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she is missed by the members of her profession and the community she covered. Her killers, a group of illegal dirt bike riders who have roared through several DC neighborhoods over the past few years, have not been apprehended.

More:

“Charnice Milton Was Killed in Community She Loved,” Richard Prince, The Root

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Ornette Coleman, 1930 — 2015

June 12, 2015

Ornette Coleman, 1930 -- 2015

Musician, composer, and Pulitzer Prize winner Ornette Coleman died on Thursday. He was 85 years old.

More:

“Ornette Coleman, Composer and Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85,” Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“Ornette Coleman’s Revolution,” Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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DC Cat Café Opens June 20th

June 11, 2015

DC Cat Café Opens June 20th

Crumbs & Whiskers, DC’s first cat café, is opening at 3211 O Street NW in Georgetown on June 20th. Kickstarter backers can schedule now, Gentlemeow’s Club members can sign up on June 15th, and the rest of us must wait until June 18th.

So reservations are required; sounds pretty exclusive. Will there be valet parking?

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Mobile is Murdering the Cyber Café

June 10, 2015

Mobile is Murdering the Cyber Café

Internet Cafés are an endangered species. Why? Because everyone has a smartphone now, even in RwandaBangladeshChina, India and Nigeria. In the USA, some cyber cafés are staying solvent by offering an extra amenity: Illegal gambling.

More:

“Internet cafes in the developing world find out what happens when everyone gets a smartphone,” Newley Purnell, Quartz

“No takers: After the smartphone boom, cybercafés dying a slow death in Mumbai,” Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times

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Can’t Find My Way Home

June 9, 2015

Steve Winwood performing his song “Can’t Find My Way Home” in front of a snapping fireplace. He originally performed it with the “supergroup” Blind Faith in 1969. Notable versions have been recorded by Joe Cocker, SwansBobby McFerrin, and Alison Krause.

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