Influential singer and guitarist Riley B. King died yesterday at the age of 89. He popularized electric Blues guitar and the Urban Blues musical style, performing under the name he adopted as a disc-jockey on WDIA radio in Memphis, B.B. King.
“Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been ordered to pay $10 million to a promotions company after an arbitration panel found he conducted an ‘unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy’ during his career.” — Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times
Armstrong is also being sued by his whistle-blowing teammate Floyd Landis and the U.S. Government for defrauding the cycling team’s sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs.
A dog co-owned by media heiress and former kidnap-victim-revolutionary-bank-robber-convicted-felon-movie-actress Patricia Hearst, now known as Patricia Hearst-Shaw, competed at the prestigious 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The purebred pooch, a
Symbionese tiny Shih Tzu named Tania Rocket (formally GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power), won Best of Group in the Toy Category. The hairy little rag-mop went on and competed for Best in Show, but lost to a beagle named Miss P.
Still, a good showing by Patty Hearst’s little Rocket. Westminster is the Super Bowl of dog shows.
Japan’s virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), performing “The World Is Mine” for 3,000 fans at at Zepp Tokyo concert hall in Odaiba. Often called a “hologram,” Hatsune Miku is more properly a 2-D back-projected animation whose synthesized voice was sampled from voice actress Saki Fujita (藤田咲). Hatsune Miku means “First Sound from the Future.”
Lebanese singer and film star Sabah (صباح) (née Jeanette Feghali) died Wednesday at the age of 87. She appeared in more than 90 movies and recorded over 3,000 songs during her long career, inspiring audiences throughout the Arabic-speaking world and composers such as Lebanon’s Rahbani Brothers and Egyptians Baligh Hamdi and Mohamed Abdel Wahab. She specialized in the expressive mawwal popular song genre, and was able to sustain a single note for up to 50 seconds. Her stage name means “Morning” but she was also known as al-Shahroura, “Song Bird,” and al-Ustura, “The Legend.”
Disgraced Food Network star Paula Deen rolled out her new online video network last week and no one noticed, despite her best efforts. Much of the new “network” content consists of reruns of Ms. Deen’s old cable shows. The price of entry: $9.99 a month, $119.88 a year (not including butter).
“The Future of Cheesecake Will Not Be Televised: Paula Deen Moves Online,” Felix Gillette, Businessweek
“Paula Deen Documentary and $10 Reruns Coming to New Network,” Khushbu Shah, Eater
“Paula Deen Is Still Apologetic and Very Confused,” Daniela Galarza
“The Leftovers,” Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Medium
“Steve Harvey Recruits Paula Deen to Teach Culinary Arts,” Natelege Whaley, BET News
“What’s Really Behind That Crazy New Paula Deen/Steve Harvey Partnership,” Holly Eagleson, Takepart
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“The more that he describes his wife as crazy, then it begs the question of well, if your wife was crazy, why didn’t you stop her?” — Andrew Cowan, former federal prosecutor.
“But the fact is, is the juror thinking this guy is a cad, or been-there-done-that, ‘I have a wife just like that, I come home and this is all I hear?'” — Attorney Barbara Van Gelder.
“McDonnell’s ‘Crazy Wife’ Defense Is Totally Unprecedented,” Catherine Thompson , Talking Points Memo
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified on his own behalf last week in his corruption and bribery trial. The devoted husband and father of five of the 2009 gubernatorial campaign explained that all the unfortunate events in question could be blamed on his screaming lunatic harridan of a wife, Maureen McDonnell.
There’s no real political downside for Mr. McDonnell, who already lost any chance of getting women’s votes when he backed a vaginal probe clause in a proposed Virginia bill. On the other hand, what Real American Guy wouldn’t want to drive a Ferrari and own a Rolex and doesn’t blame stuff on his wife?
Right before the trial, Mr. McDonnell moved out of the house he shared with his wife of 38 years. He’s been living with his priest at the rectory of St. Patrick’s Church in Richmond. He’s probably thinking that, if the couple are convicted, he can claim sanctuary and Maureen can plead insanity.