BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 15 April, 2015


15 April, 2015

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - September 26th, 2012 (The Year of the Mashup Album)

Mashups Remember The Sixties!

By DJ Useo

Listen & I'll tell of a lost mashup collection now found again! Earlier this year, I'd discussed with a few other dj's the idea of putting together a collection of tracks featuring songs from the 1960's. Then I 'falled' down, got hurt bad, & the project went into limbo. I eventually got better, but with all the meds & pain, & passage of time, the project slipped my mind. Recently someone contacted me on Facebook asking where they could find the album. I didn't even know what he was referring to. After pondering the situation for a bit, I remembered the 60's comp. Despite all the selected tracks being on my mac that's in the shop, It was incredibly easy to hook up with other bootleggers over Facebook & put together one stunning collection.

Funkorelic is owed a big thanks for getting me to finish the album. He even managed to get a track included at literally the last minute. You'll sure feel the benefit when you hear his track 'Can't Buy Too Many Fish' (Marvelettes vs The Beatles) . The rest of the album is one winner after another all the way through. 'The Institute Of Bootleggers-Classic Sixties Mashups Volume 17' ( ) contains seventeen of the best mashups you'll ever hear, let alone sixties mashups. The source artists employed range from Peter, Paul, & Mary to The Rolling Stones to Jefferson Airplane & many more. The new artists grafted onto the oldies include The Smiths, Pitbull, Katy Perry, The Pixies, & enough others to boggle your mind.

If you're familiar at all with mashups, you'll recognize most of the bootleggers featured. If you don't, here's your chance to discover incredible talent like Party Ben, DJ Lobsterdust, Soundhog, DJ Schmolli & 13 others of vast ability. Do a quick search on any of the contributors to unveil a wealth of mashup treasures. Now don't think for a minute that just because these tracks use 60's tunes, they'll sound dated. Take Soundhog's mix, for instance. It has Led Zeppelin singing 'Ramble On' atop of Traffic's 'John Barleycorn Must Die'. Both original songs are among the best human-released music, yet this combo raise the stakes making this track clearly one of the best mashups that humans have created.

I had a preview party for the album, & literally everyone who heard it stated that it ended too soon. I just now played it again while I was writing, & I felt the same way. One disc is just not enough for one sitting. Here's a link to preview my track ' I Dig Psycho Mantis Rock & Roll Music' (Peter, Paul, & Mary vs Matteo Poker)
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( ) Judging from the initial response, I expect the next volume to appear sooner rather than later. So, counting the SoundUnsound 70s album, the two volumes of 80's mashups & now this 60's collection, we've got much of the best music available mashed & ready for listening. As if that isn't enough, I can confirm there's an album being collected of all-new 1930's (!) mashups. This should be big news especially for those of you who thought music was invented in 2001. Lol. Tell your friends about this 60s album. They'll like you even more than before!

Mix Of The Week

Funkorelic has more than just the sixties track for you. He's done up an incredible The The mix called ' The The - Pornography Of Despair (43.26)'. Whether you know the music of the band THE THE or not, you'll enjoy this set. It's ten of their wonderful tracks thoroughly remixed into one seamless work. Listen or download here ( )

Mashup Tip

Practice mixing without listening a few times. When you get back to listening while you mix, you'll most likely find you've improved.

Latest Useo Thing

I went to see Midnight Oil in concert once. There was a lo-o-ong delay in them appearing, so the audience was left with only House Of Freaks to keep us from tearing the place apart. Despite being only a drummer & a guitar-player, House OF Freaks soon had the entire audience in the palm of their hand. The band no longer exists, but I still love 'em, so I took one of my fave tracks of theirs & created ' Broken Bones Pulse (House Of Freaks vs Dubsection)' . It's largely Folk vs Dubstep. The song is a deeply touching one, so prepare yourself for a bittersweet experience.
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Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

You'll spark up a jay for the first time in years after hearing the sixties album mentioned above.


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

CATHERINE THOMPSON: Everything We Know About The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Killing Of Eric Harris (Talking Points Memo)
A white reserve sheriff's deputy in Tulsa County, Oklahoma shot and killed a black man who was on the ground being arrested on April 2. Law enforcement initially said the reserve deputy had mistaken his own handgun for a taser while trying to subdue the man and bring him into custody.

MIKE BOSTOCK, SHAN CARTER and ARCHIE TSE: Is It Better to Rent or Buy? (NY Times)
The choice between buying a home and renting one is among the biggest financial decisions that many adults make. But the costs of buying are more varied and complicated than for renting, making it hard to tell which is a better deal. To help you answer this question, our calculator takes the most important costs associated with buying a house and computes the equivalent monthly rent.

Andrew Tobias: Rent or Buy: Terrific Real Estate Calculator
The only things this terrific New York Times calculator seems not to take into account are the truly "soft" factors. Like: what psychic value, if any, do you place on owning your own home? Or, for that matter, on the freedom you get from not owning your own home? (Fewer responsibilities; easier to pick up and move.)

Anonymous, Amanda Madden: 5 Insane Realities At My Fundamentalist Christian College (Cracked)
Religious schools are as old as religion itself, and there's nothing wrong with keeping the "God" in education(g). But when college students are sent to live at a Christian school where their every move is monitored, well, there is a certain potential for things to get weird. Pensacola Christian College, for instance, has come under fire for what has been described as a cult-like atmosphere, along with the little matter of not having any accreditation at all.

Rachel P: 5 Iconic Symbols Designed To Have The Exact Opposite Meaning (Cracked)
Most of what you say to the world is done via symbols. Just the presence of a certain ring on a certain finger tells the world something important about you (and how expensive that ring is says something else on top of that). A blue Mohawk says even more.

Jacob Brogan: You're Not Afraid of Spoilers (Slate)
You're afraid of the future.

Michele Hanson: Bring back squatting - it's the solution to our housing crisis (Guardian)
Speaking from my own experience in the 1970s, there is nothing wrong with squatting if you're homeless and you look after the building - let's occupy all those buy-to-leave homes going to waste.

Zoe Williams: Game of Thrones, season 5, episode 1, review - life's a drag, even for the Queen of Dragons (Guardian)
The new season takes its time as we see some of the Westeros B-listers moving into place.

Crispin Sartwell: Philosophy Returns to the Real World (NY Times)
When I was in graduate school at Johns Hopkins in the early 1980s, I played on the intramural softball team of the postmodern literary theorist Stanley Fish.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This iconic actor's first 3 wives were Helen Menken, Mary Philips, and Mayo Methot. What is his name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This children's game of very ancient origin is known by a wide variety of names including astragaloi, kugelach, batu seremban, or snobs. What do we call it in the US?

      Jacks                                                      Source

Knucklebones, Fivestones, or Jacks, is a game of very ancient origin, usually played with five small objects, or ten in the case of jacks. Originally the "knucklebones" (actually the astragalus: a bone in the ankle, or hock) were those of a sheep, which were thrown up and caught in various manners. Modern knucklebones consist of six points, or knobs, proceeding from a common base, and are usually made of metal or plastic.

As with many children's playground games, the game is known by a wide variety of names including astragaloi, hucklebones, dibs, dibstones, jackstones, chuckstones, five-stones jackrocks, onesies, jax, kugelach, batu seremban, or snobs.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Randall wrote:

  Knucklebones, Fivestones, Hucklebones, Dibs, Chuckstones
  whatever you wanna call it - don't step on those bad boys in the dark

Lefty Lois Of Oregon said:
   "Jacks" is an action packed game of skill that was originally played with knuckle bones which were tossed in the air to be caught before hitting the ground. If all bones are caught, play continues, adding a bone with each turn until the winner is out of fingers.
  Knew the answer to yesterday's question but experienced technical difficulties. I seem to remember Mr. Scott (who was a great hero of mine since childhood) saying he found it demeaning to compete against fellow actors as if they were race horses, but a meat parade is a meat parade. By the way, this OUTSTANDING lunch box can be yours for only $13.00 and is excellent for keeping meat of all kinds contained and immobilized! Also available: The Bacon Wallet for $11.95!
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Charlie replied:

Adam answered:
  Still no idea...

Marian responded:
   jacks or knucklebones

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
   You mean Jacks? Although Knucklebones sounds better, boys shot Craps, girls played Jacks. Yes, my Uncle Ed (every time he visited there was a Lucky Lager in one Meat hook and a lit Pall Mall Straight in the other) taught me the game of craps when I was seven. Phew!... Just got back from a yummy box lunch at Lady Anne's….Bones and Balls

DJ Useo answered:
   I'm surprised I know the answer is knucklebones.
  I only know, because I bought some plastic toy bones designed for that very game.
  They were on clearance, & most were clear ,or transparent, many with shiny glitter inside.
  Everyone who came by loved tossing them around.

MAM   , wrote:

Deborah said:
   I'm late; today was my Assoc. of Realtors' annual American Home Week celebration, and as a committee member my day started 2 hrs. before the 3-hr. event. Then I attended to business, and came wiped out.
  And yet I'm still awake.
  So I'm going to WAG it again and say the answer is hopscotch.
  If I'm wrong, oh, well. Maybe it's jacks. I excelled at both as a kid. Every last day of school my mother would announce that the TV was broken and had no money to have it repaired. We either played outside or inside, if it was raining, and never missed it. By the first day of school it was working again.
  I was in my 40's when my sister told me my mother unplugged the tv…none of her 3 older siblings thought to look. Doh!
  Yet lack of TV in the summer was a huge opportunity to play games, interact and deepen sibling relationships and friendships, to ride bikes with no destination or limit, to sit on the side of a creek and talk about our lives.
  I fear many of our current generation have no idea what it's like to swim under a railroad trestle, to catch fireflies, to experience moments without a device in their hands. I fear the kind of leadership that hasn't experienced a life unplugged.
  Maybe I'm just old and grumpy. Get off my lawn, already. Oy.

Joe S     took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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CONAN: Hillary Clinton's Chipotle Stop Was Just The Beginning

After some casual dining in Ohio, Hillary's campaign to demonstrate her "common touch" kicked into high gear. (live 5:30am, select nations only.)



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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Last Night

Sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'CSI: One Too Many'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Michael J. Fox, Amy Sedaris, Iron & Wine, and Ben Bridwell.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE are Nick Kroll, Katharine McPhee, and Kristen Stewart.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a RERUN 'Chicago PD'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 3/2/15) are Ryan Reynolds, Terrence Howard, and Kelly Clarkson.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/31/15) are Kevin Bacon, Chris D'Elia, and Eric Ripert.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/5/15) are Freddie Highmore, Caribou, and Alison Sudol.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a FRESH 'Nashville'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Tim Allen, Kiernan Shipka, and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'Supernatural'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'American Idol'.

MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.

A&E has 2½ hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then a FRESH 'Shipping Wars', and another 'Shipping Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'American Gangster', followed by the movie 'First Blood', then the movie 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Code of Honor
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Last Outpost
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 7 - The Rings of Akhaten
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 8 - Cold War
 [1:00PM]    Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Variable and Full of Perturbation
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Runaway Girl
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 7 - The Greek at the Harbor
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 3
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 4
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear: Apocalypse
 [7:30PM]    Die Another Day
 [10:00PM]    Broadchurch - Season 2 - Episode 7 NEW
 [11:00PM]    Die Another Day
 [1:30AM]    Broadchurch - Season 2 - Episode 7
 [2:30AM]    Top Gear: Apocalypse
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 3
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 4    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing NY'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Pineapple Express', then a FRESH 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Billy Crystal.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Chris D'Elia, Ian Edwards, and Fahim Anwar.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 2', then a FRESH 'The Americans'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

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 [3:30PM]    PREDATOR
 [6:00PM]    SHOOT 'EM UP
 [8:00PM]    FIGHT CLUB
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Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Iconoclasts-Sean Penn and Jon Krakauer
 [7:00AM]    Cold Mountain
 [10:15AM]    The Natural
 [1:15PM]    The Thin Red Line
 [4:45PM]    The American President
 [7:00PM]    We Are Marshall
 [10:00PM]    Black Rain
 [12:45AM]    We Are Marshall
 [3:45AM]    Sex, Lies, and Videotape    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The 13th Warrior', followed by the movie 'The Punisher'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Ice Cube, Christina Tosi, and Tame Impala.

TCM spends the night with Anthony Quinn
 [6:30 AM]      Rasputin And The Empress (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      Men Must Fight (1933)
 [10:00 AM]      Let's Try Again (1934)
 [11:15 AM]      Gaslight (1940)
 [12:45 PM]      The Prime Minister (1941)
 [2:30 PM]      An Ideal Husband (1947)
 [4:15 PM]      A Child Is Waiting (1963)
 [6:15 PM]      I Could Go On Singing (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Barabbas (1962)
 [10:30 PM]      The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
 [1:15 AM]      Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
 [5:15 AM]      Thieves Fall Out (1941)

Thursday   -  04/16/15

 [6:30 AM]      Bullets For O'Hara (1941)
 [7:30 AM]      Coney Island (1917)     SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      Number, Please? (1920)     SILENT 
 [8:30 AM]      I Vitelloni (1953)
 [10:30 AM]      The System (1964)     [AKA: 'The Girl-Getters']
 [12:00 PM]      Night Tide (1963)
 [1:30 PM]      Moonfleet (1955)
 [3:00 PM]      Miranda (1948)
 [4:30 PM]      The Woman On The Beach (1947)
 [6:00 PM]      The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      Holiday (1938)
 [9:45 PM]      Happiness Ahead (1934)
 [11:30 PM]      The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
 [1:15 AM]      Hard to Get (1938)
 [2:45 AM]      Breakfast for Two (1937)
 [4:45 AM]      B.F.'s Daughter (1948)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Robert De Niro, left, and Grace Hightower, right, attend the annual Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival kick-off party at the State Supreme Courthouse on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Big Kitty In A Big City


A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.

The 125-pound beast, easily recognizable by the collar and ear tag wildlife officials placed on him a few years ago, has been seen from time to time roaming the hillsides overlooking downtown Los Angeles. In 2013, National Geographic published a glamorous action shot of the mountain lion on the prowl near the Hollywood sign.

On Monday, a worker installing a home security system at James Archinaco's house found the animal lounging in a crawl space.

Soon, wildlife officials were throwing beanbags and tennis balls at the lion known as P-22, trying to flush him out as TV news photographers jockeyed for position. Within hours, the event was being broadcast live.

The lion, meanwhile, remained indifferent until everyone eventually gave up and left. Then he did, too.



Actress America Ferrera participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to interview Amber Tamblyn about her book of poetry "Dark Sparkler" at AOL Studios on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Artists Want Bust Returned

Edward Snowden

The mysterious artists who planted a bust of Edward Snowden on a Revolutionary War monument now want to free their sculpture from police custody and display it again, saying it was intended as a thought-provoking "gift to the city."

The artists are applying for permission to show parkgoers their likeness of the former National Security Agency secret-leaker, their lawyer, Ronald Kuby, told police in a letter Tuesday. In the meantime, a Manhattan gallery wants to show the sculpture next month.

Police said they're holding the sculpture while investigating its unauthorized, dark-of-night appearance April 6 in Fort Greene Park; it was removed within hours. Deputy Chief Kim Royster wouldn't comment on the status of the probe but noted that police may return confiscated property after investigations conclude.

The 4-foot-high, 100-pound, fiberglass-reinforced cement bust of Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after divulging secret U.S. government collection of phone records, turned up on a monument that honors American captives who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. The three artists say they considered the bust "a gift to the city" that could spur discussion about American ideals, values and heroes.

Edward Snowden


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'Temple of the Dog' Master Tapes

Chris Cornell

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said Tuesday that the co-founder of a famed Seattle recording studio has no legitimate claim to own the master tapes of a defining album of the grunge era - "Temple of the Dog," which Cornell recorded with Eddie Vedder and other members of Pearl Jam in 1990.

A&M records sued Raj Parashar, who founded London Bridge Studios with his brother, in March, demanding that Parashar turn over the master tapes. The label says it bought the album - and the master tapes - in 1991. In a statement issued Tuesday, Cornell agreed.

"A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio," he said. For Parashar "to pretend he has a right to keep the recordings makes no more sense than the owner of a laundromat claiming he owns the clothes you washed in his washing machine."

Parashar's lawyer, Warren Rheaume, said Tuesday that his client does in fact own the tapes. Raj Parashar helped engineer the album's production, was never paid for his efforts, and was not part of an agreement that his brother reached with the label in 1993, Rheaume said.

Chris Cornell


LaTanya Richardson Jackson, left, and Samuel L. Jackson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, April 13, 2015.
Photo by Matt Sayles


Cramped Seats Dangerous?

Airline Seats

The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers' health and safety.

Planes are filled with more passengers than ever before. Fliers are older and heavier. Flight attendants warn about an increase in air rage, and experts question if having rows of seats packed closer together might make it harder for passengers to evacuate after a crash.

A consumer advisory group set up by the Department of Transportation dove into all those issues Tuesday at a public hearing as part of its role to make non-binding suggestions to government regulators.

Charlie Leocha, the consumer representative on the committee, said the government sets standards for the conditions for dogs flying as cargo but doesn't dictate minimum space standards for passengers.

Fliers last summer squeezed into the least amount of personal space in the history of flying. In July, U.S. airlines sold a record 87.8 percent of seats on domestic flights, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statics. And that figure does not include all the seats occupied by passengers who redeemed frequent flier miles or airline employees flying for free.

Airline Seats


Wake-up Call


Witness Balks On Stand

Marion "Suge" Knight

A key witness in the hit-and-run murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight told a Los Angeles judge on Monday he was reluctant to "snitch" against the one-time rap music mogul, declining even to positively identify him in open court.

Cle "Boan" Sloan, one of two men Knight is accused of deliberately running over in his pickup truck at a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, took the witness stand at a preliminary hearing in the case.

On the witness stand at the start of the hearing, Sloan, who described himself as a "non-active gang member," balked at giving testimony that would incriminate the defendant, and he repeatedly said he recalled few of the circumstances surrounding their confrontation.

Asked by Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes if he could identify Knight as she pointed to him in the courtroom, Sloan said, "That doesn't look like Mr. Knight."

"I'm no snitch and I will not be made to be a snitch," he said. "I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison."

Marion "Suge" Knight


Don Cheadle, left, and Bridgid Coulter arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, April 13, 2015.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


Pink Panty Sheriff Loses Bid

Joe Arpaio

A judge on Tuesday rejected an Arizona sheriff's bid to cancel contempt-of-court hearings that will focus on the lawman's acknowledged violations of court orders in a racial profiling case.

The decision by U.S. District Murray Snow marks his second rejection of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's request to call off hearings that will examine how his office ran immigration patrols for about 18 months after a 2011 injunction ordered them to stop.

Arpaio and his second-in-command, Jerry Sheridan, have acknowledged the violations and offered to make a $100,000 donation from their own pockets to a civil rights group in a bid to call off the hearings. The sheriff's proposal marked a rare public expression of contrition for the normally unapologetic and defiant lawman.

Three other Arpaio aides are accused of violating the 2011 order, but they deny wrongdoing.

Joe Arpaio


Clark Gregg, left, and Jennifer Grey arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, April 13, 2015.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


Another Compassionate Conservative

Judge Mark Fuller

A misdemeanor charge against a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room in August 2014 has been dropped, a court official said on Tuesday, prompting an angry reaction from a U.S. congresswoman who has called for his dismissal.

The allegations against Alabama-based U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, which came amid a furor over the National Football League's perceived lenient treatment of players accused or convicted of domestic violence, triggered a judicial inquiry and calls for his removal from the bench.

U.S. Congressman Terri Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, said on Tuesday that the April 2 dismissal of the battery charge and its expungement from Fuller's record after his completion of a six-month domestic violence program sends the wrong message to perpetrators.

A 2002 appointee of former resident George W. Bush, Fuller is awaiting the findings of a special judicial panel that will recommend whether he should keep his job, a decision that could ultimately rest with the U.S. Congress, which has impeachment powers over federal judges.

Judge Mark Fuller


A devotee dressed as Hindu goddess Kali performs during a ritual as part of the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival at Pratapgarh, on the outskirts of the northeastern Indian city of Agartala, April 14, 2015. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favour of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes, and also to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year.
Photo by Jayanta Dey


War On Drugs


A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count.

Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white "college-boy ... khaki-pants types" who were "easy to intimidate."

That matches the description of some of the drug dealers who have testified at the six-week police corruption trial that the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during violent, no-warrant raids.

Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello always got a cut of the stolen money, while the others split "jobs" that they worked, Walker said. The city's police brass often celebrated the squad's work with splashy news conferences to announce large seizures.

"They liked that, as far as the bosses and supervisors were concerned. It made them look good. It was nothing but a dog and pony show," Walker testified.



A model wears a creation from Animale Summer collection during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, April 13, 2015.
Photo by Andre Penner


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 6-12. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin vs. Duke, CBS, 28.26 million.
    2. "NCAA Championship Pre-Game," CBS, 18.45 million.
    3. "NCIS," CBS, 16.85 million.
    4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.78 million.
    5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.33 million.
    6. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 13.75 million.
    7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 12.6 million.
    8. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 11.39 million.
    9. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.07 million.
   10. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.97 million.
   11. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.39 million.
   12. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.31 million.
   13. "Survivor," CBS, 9.84 million.
   14. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 9.73 million.
   15. "The Voice" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 9.64 million.
   16. "Mom," CBS, 9.03 million.
   17. "The Good Wife," CBS, 8.75 million.
   18. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.7 million.
   19. "Person of Interest," CBS, 8.67 million.
   20. "Chicago Fire," NBC, 8.43 million.




In Memory

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

His family said in a statement released through his manager, Mark Lyman, that he died "peacefully" at his home in Baton Rouge after a yearlong struggle with cancer. The cause of death was liver failure, Lyman said.

A No. 1 hit in 1966, "When a Man Loves a Woman" was Sledge's debut single, an almost unbearably heartfelt ballad with a resonance he never approached again. Few singers could have. Its mood set by a mournful organ and dirge-like tempo, "When a Man Loves a Woman" was for many the definitive soul ballad, a testament of blinding, all-consuming love haunted by fear and graced by overwhelming emotion.

The song was a personal triumph for Sledge, who seemed on the verge of sobbing throughout the production, and a breakthrough for Southern soul. It was the first No. 1 hit from the burgeoning Muscle Shoals music scene in northern Alabama, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones among others would record, and the first gold record for Atlantic Records.

Recognizable by his wide, gap-toothed smile, Sledge had a handful of other hits between 1966 and 1968, including "Warm and Tender Love," ''It Tears Me Up," ''Out of Left Field" and "Take Time to Know Her." He returned to the charts in 1974 with "I'll Be Your Everything."

Before he became famous, Sledge worked in the cotton fields around his hometown of Leighton in northwest Alabama and took a job in a hospital in nearby Sheffield. He also spent weekends playing with a rhythm-and-blues band called the Esquires. A hospital patient heard him singing while working and recommended him to record producer Quin Ivy.

In the 2013 documentary "Muscle Shoals," Sledge recalled recording the song: "When I came into the studio, I was shaking like a leaf. I was scared." He added that it was the "same melody that I sang when I was out in the fields. I just wailed out in the woods and let the echo come back to me."

Sledge said the song was inspired by a girlfriend who left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from a construction job in 1965. But in a decision that likely cost him a fortune, he gave the songwriting credits to two Esquires bandmates, bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright, who helped him with it.

While identified with Muscle Shoals, Sledge lived for most of his career in Baton Rouge. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January 2014 but soon resumed touring.

Fellow musicians gathered in Florence, Alabama, later that year for a concert to raise money for Sledge's health care. The performance closed with Sledge joining in on his famous song.

He is survived by his wife and 12 children, Lyman said.

Percy Sledge





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