BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 24 September, 2014


24 September, 2014

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M Is FOR MASHUP - September 24th, 2014

Five Mashup Albums You Will Love!

By DJ Useo

September is always my favorite month for mashup albums. The Summer slowdown of mashup compilations ends, & people generally release the collections they've been working on the last few months. Allow me to tell you of five records you'll be glad you heard.

01-Chocomang delivers the goods a third time with the fantastic mashup comp "La Masheillaise 3 - Mashups francophones". It's ten wonderful tracks of French musicians mixed by ten of the best French bootleggers. Listen for works from ToTom, Assal, ViC, Michmash, Mighty Mike, DRA'man, Jarod Ripley, & more. I personally found the content so appealing that the non-English vocals were completely satisfying. The full playlist, & links for the file are located here
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02-"Definitely Mashed: Oasis Definitely Maybe" is a full solo album mashup tribute effort by Chocomang. ( He's a busy fellow, eh? ) This collection is a year-old except there's a new track added. The collection rules, with marvelous genre clash mashups all using Oasis. If, by chance, you already picked up this set, there's a single link for the new track. It's so worth hearing, & adding to the album. The pairings use artists like Soundgarden, KT Tunstall, The Hives, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & more. You might not hear a better collection. Stream, or d/l here
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03-MASH UP YOUR BOOTZ' ( ) DJ Morgoth ( ) brings us the super "Bootsteaks - A Bootleg Tribute To The Beatsteaks".

I think Morgoth sez it best, so I copy & paste these words:

"Beatsteaks are a punk & alternative rock band from Berlin, Germany, formed in 1995. This year they released their 7th album, self-titled: „Beatsteaks". As the special edition of the album comes along with all Instrumental & Acapella versions of the album tracks, it was about time to mash them in total and maybe inwardly they requested a Bastard Pop treatment by some of the big names in the Mashup scene. Who knows?

This Mashup Tribute to the Beatsteaks contains 3 virtual CDs featuring a bunch of international mashup artists. On CD1 all Beatsteaks vocals are mashed against different kind of artists and music genres from yesterday to today. CD2 has a focus on the Beatsteaks instrumentals and we tried to get some well known voices on top of their songs. And finally, CD3 collects some Bonus Tracks of previously released & unreleased Beatsteaks Mashups, also containing material of their previous albums like „Smack Smash", „.limbo messiah" or „Boombox".

Furthermore you can listen to a stream of a full mixtape version of the BOOTSTEAKS album including all songs of CD1 and CD2.

If you like what we created here, buy the Beatsteaks original albums, support their music, go to their next concert, enjoy the mosh pits and great sing-alongs. It is an event.


I really enjoyed all'a this collection. Every track. I expect y'all will as well. All files available for streaming, or d/l here
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04-Available again after five years is the Useo-compiled collection "Beautiful Boots". Back in 2009, I invited four pals to join me in making the most beautiful mashups we could make. I only asked people I knew had already displayed a propensity for handling lovely material. I had to stretch, & grow myself, but I think I also managed to equal their wonderful tracks. Sfreeman, Qubic, Alpha1999, & DJ Newlight all mixed their hearts out & the album is mighty fine. Here's a preview track of one of mine "I Know Break Of Dawn ( Hybrid vs Mojib )
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Links for the full zip file of 18 tracks here
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05-"the rillen rudi collection #13" ( intentional lower caps ) is truly the thirteenth collection from International mashup fave rillen rudi. He's pleased me mightily with the previous 12 releases, & this one is only better! Listen for plenty of familiar songs done up in a wonderful new way. Ten tracks with over twenty source artists, all mixed for maximum appeal. Stream, or d/l them all here
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Zip file of all found here
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Get ready next week for the start of the Halloween mashup albums. I know of three so far, & I'm on each of them! Woot!

Mix Of The Week

Love that BMBX site! Here's the latest long work from there. Matrix pleases us again with his "XYZ 70s" mix. It plays the best retro songs all in alphabetical order. The results are terrific. He also has an 80's mix available in the same style from last month. Matrix is so great. He must have over 50 awesome long mixes on BMBX. Stream, or d/l here
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Mashup Tip

Keep backups of all your mixes on disc. External HD's are good, but it really hurts when you lose all those gigabytes of your precious releases.

Latest Useo Thing

I'm a huge Rush fan, & I really wanted to do a track with them singing. It took a bit of adjustment, but I managed to fit Rush singing "Working Man" over Sonic Youth's "Teenage Riot". I threw in some of the Police singing "Synchronicity II", & came up with "Teenage Working Man Riot" ( Rush vs Sonic Youth vs The Police ) . So, you get alt rock vs classic rock vs whatever the Police are. ;) ( Oh, & there's some original synth from my absent pal, Poet. ) Stream, or d/l here
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Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

Play the lottery today to actually win for once. Remember, I helped, so send me a "tip". lol. ( I forgot my mashup prediction, but this tip will prove more lucrative. )


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Robert Evans, Anonymous: 7 Weird Things I Learned as a Pickpocket in the Modern World (Cracked)
Pants: perhaps the most sacred space any of us keep. No one besides a lover, a doctor, or a tailor should be able to get close enough to your pockets to grab something out of them. And yet pickpockets violate this sanctuary for a living. Cracked wanted to know what makes these butt-targeting hooligans tick, so …

Kier Harris, Dash Adams: 5 Insane Things 'Deadliest Catch' Leaves Out About My Job (Cracked)
Commercial fishing is often called the deadliest job in the world (in reality, it's merely the second-deadliest), and fishing in the choppy, frozen waters off Alaska is the worst of the worst. The Discovery Channel wasn't exaggerating when they called their show about the industry Deadliest Catch (reality TV titles don't go for subtlety).

Henry Rollins: Public Space and Private Property (LA Weekly)
As in a lot of big cities, L.A. streets are a target-rich environment, and we citizens are the target. One is fairly assaulted by billboard advertising. Some can actually change images, so if you get that perfect red light, you'll be speed-bagged by multiple ads. It's like getting silently screamed at.

Ted Rall: Why Are "Feminists" Telling Women Not To Protect Themselves from Rapists?
Men will stop raping women when they no longer can. Neither I, nor the social justice types, know how to achieve that better society. Until someone comes up with that Big Idea, anything women can do to protect themselves - self-defense classes, carrying pepper spray, even a nail polish - is just common sense.

Suzanne McGee: Amazon's tantrum over books cost me $212 at a real bookstore (Guardian)
I paid $99 for an Amazon Prime membership, but the company's standoff with Hachette over ebooks forced me to spend more at bookstores to get the selection I needed.

Charlie Brooker: Apple's software updates are like changing the water in a fish tank. I'd rather let the fish die (Guardian)
As part of the iPhone 6 publicity blitz, Tim Cook also announced every iTunes user in the world would be getting U2's new album free of charge. It was downloaded automatically on to millions of users' phones, like a sinister virus. Music is meant to be catchy - but not until you've heard it. The album, which I haven't listened to yet, is terrible: even worse than their last one, which I didn't listen to either.

6 TV Shows That Put Insane Work Into Details Nobody Noticed (Cracked)

It's fun to poke holes in the plots of movies or TV shows -- that's a big part of our business model. But if we're going to mock the ones who do it wrong, we should take time to give a tip of the hat to the ones who are so obsessive about getting it right.

Jared R: 10 Terrible Events Behind Your Favorite Movies (Listverse)
It takes a whole heck of a lot of work to make a feature film. Hundreds of people are pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into films that could take years of labor before they get to see the light of day. With so many people working around the clock, it is easy to see why bad things can happen during production. But sometimes things can go from bad to downright terrible.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This entertainer's biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, was 1972's "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast". Who is the performer?

      Wayne Newton                                                      Source

Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942) is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. His well known songs include 1972's "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" (his biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard chart), "Years" (1980), and his vocal version of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (1965). He is best known for his signature song, "Danke Schoen" (1963), which was notably used in the score for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986).        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Wayne Newton

Charlie wrote:
   Wayne Newton

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Wayne Newton

Adam answered:
   Wayne Newton

Marian responded:
   Wayne Newton

Deborah replied:
   As soon as I read the song title I could hear the chorus in my head.
  The singer is Wayne Newton.
  Happy First Day of Autumn!

Dastard Sale of Diamond Springs, Norfallcali said:
   I hate Wayne Newton.
  From a 2012 lawsuit: Newton's ex-biz partner claims the Vegas icon was "so sexually reprehensible and intimidating" to a young female worker, the girl not only quit … she threatened to sue. According to the lawsuit, the girl claims Newton "engaged in obnoxious sexual behavior" - forcing her to withstand constant "wet, sloppy, and disgusting" kisses that were "clearly of a sexual nature."
  I hate Wayne Newton. He's a big ole Bullfruit Lesbian.

MAM   wrote:
   Wayne Newton.

1972                               2013

Casa de Shenandoah
Wayne Newton - Danke Schoen (1968)

DJ Useo responded:
   Wayne Newton tormented me with that very tune, so how could I forget?
  I didn't like "Donkey Chain" ( sic ) either.
  However, I do think he had a good bit of talent.
  Amazing he had success with that drek. Akk!
  My main exposure to him was seeing him as a teenager singing on sitcoms like those of Lucy, Jack Benny, & George Burns.
  I am largely unfamiliar with him otherwise.
  If I was in Las Vegas, however, I would gladly attend a performance.

Randall replied:
   Wayne Newton
  That's my guess: Wayne Newton
  Boy, has there ever been a greasier Vegas lounge lizard act than Wayne F'ing Newton?
  I know, I know - he grew up singing Dankeshoen or Donkey-Shane or however it's spelled, and as a kid he was cute and had a great voice

  but to me it seems as though he's morphed into a veritable PARODY of a Vegas act.
  I mean, gee...
  you think he's had any "work done"?

  There's so much collagen in that face that if he ever dove into a swimming pool the buoyancy would break his neck.
  Of course, there's so much Botox in his face that people would be saying, "Wayne? Wayne? Are you OK? I think he's ok... he's still smiling and seems to be alert!"
  ...unless I'm wrong and the answer isn't Wayne Newton.
  In which case: nevermind.

Joe S     took the day off.

Lois of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   is semi-retired.

  September 24 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 24 | Famous Birthdays

Sally is on hiatus.



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Last Night

Sunny and warmer.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Big Brother'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Kelly Ripa, Jim Gaffigan, and Paloma Faith.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Judd Apatow and Jackie Guerrido.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Andy Samberg, Kevin Durant, and Kenny Chesney.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Stephen King, James Harden, and Sam Hunt.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Megan Boone, Self, and "Who Charted".

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by the SERIES PREMIERE 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Nashville'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Patrick Dempsey, Lara Spencer, and Young Jeezy.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'Red Band Society'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI'< followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Wahlburgers', another 'Wahlburgers', 'Duck Dynasty', another 'Duck Dynasty', still another 'Duck Dynasty', yet another 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then a FRESH 'Epic Ink'.

AMC offers the movie 'Ocean's Eleven', followed by the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', then the movie 'Deja Vu'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Planet of the Ood
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Sontaran Strategem
 [10:00AM]    TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY-Season 4 - Ep 1 - The New World
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 1 - Ep 24 - We'll Always Have Paris
 [1:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - Revisited: The Fenwick Arms
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Lido Di Manhattan Beach
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Mama Maria's
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 3 - Episode 4
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 3 - Episode 5
 [6:00PM]    TOP GEAR: TOP FAILS-Volume 1
 [7:00PM]    TOP GEAR: TOP FAILS-Volume 2
 [11:00PM]    INTRUDERS - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Shepherds and the Fox
 [12:00AM]    BLADE RUNNER
 [2:30AM]    SPECIES-Species
 [5:00AM]    TOP GEAR: TOP FAILS-Volume 1    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing LA, another 'Million Dollar Listing LA', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing LA', then a FRESH 'Top Chef Duels'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Colbert Report', last night's 'Jon Stewart', 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'South Park', then a FRESH 'Key & Peele'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Tia Torres.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Bill Cosby.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Thor', then a FRESH 'The Bridge'.

History has all 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [9:15AM]    SWAMP THING
 [2:15PM]    JAWS 2
 [7:00PM]    HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
 [11:45PM]    LAND OF THE DEAD
 [1:45AM]    HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
 [3:45AM]    SWAMP THING

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-The Great Destroyer
 [7:00AM]    Happy-Go-Lucky
 [9:30AM]    The Spanish Prisoner
 [11:45AM]    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
 [2:15PM]    W.
 [5:00PM]    Black Swan
 [7:15PM]    Network
 [10:00PM]    Network
 [12:45AM]    Kinsey
 [3:15AM]    The Dreamers
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Waterworld', followed by the movie '10,000 BC'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Luke Wilson and Dhani Harrison & Friends.

TCM spends the night with Melvyn Douglas
 [6:00 AM]      Easy to Love (1953)
 [7:45 AM]      Baby Doll (1956)
 [9:45 AM]      Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
 [12:30 PM]      The Miracle (1959)
 [2:45 PM]      Something Wild (1961)
 [4:45 PM]      Bridge To The Sun (1961)
 [6:45 PM]      Lionpower from MGM (1967)
 [7:15 PM]      Twenty Classic Moments (2014)
 [8:00 PM]      I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
 [9:45 PM]      Hud (1962)
 [11:45 PM]      The Sea Of Grass (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      Advance To The Rear (1964)
 [3:45 AM]      The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Thursday   -  09/25/14

TCM spends the night with George C. Scott
  [6:00 AM]      My Forbidden Past (1951)
 [7:15 AM]      One Is A Lonely Number (1972)    [AKA: 'Two Is a Happy Number']
 [9:00 AM]      We Were Dancing (1942)
 [10:45 AM]      Broadway Limited (1941)
 [12:15 PM]      Lady Of Vengeance (1957)
 [1:45 PM]      Cover-Up (1949)
 [3:15 PM]      Brewster's Millions (1945)
 [4:45 PM]      Raw Deal (1948)
 [6:15 PM]      T-Men (1948)
  [8:00 PM]      Patton (1970)
 [11:00 PM]      The Hindenburg (1975)
 [1:15 AM]      Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
 [3:00 AM]      Petulia (1968)

 [5:00 AM]      Hollywood My Hometown (1965)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actor and co-founder of Matt Damon speaks during the plenary session titled "Cities as Labs of Innovations" at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New York, September 23, 2014. The CGI was created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2005 to gather global leaders to discuss solutions to the world's problems.
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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Suffers Crushing Loss


A California federal judge has delivered a legal earthquake in the music industry by declaring Flo & Eddie of The Turtles the victors in a lawsuit against SiriusXM over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. The plaintiffs are seeking $100 million in damages, but the money is hardly the only consequence of a ruling on Monday that could eventually disrupt the operations of the satellite radio giant as well as other services like Pandora.

The lawsuit was filed in August 2013 and dealt with music created before sound recordings began falling under federal copyright protection. Flo & Eddie aimed to punish SiriusXM for not seeking authorization nor paying royalties on hit songs like "Happy Together," "It Ain't Me Babe" and "She'd Rather Be With Me," while the satcaster warned that interpreting state laws to cover public performance "would radically overturn decades of settled practice."

U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez, who previously acknowledged that the case "could have far-reaching effects," has elected to grant summary judgment to the plaintiffs on the issue of whether SiriusXM violates public performance rights.

In reaching the conclusion, the judge examines a California law that was enacted in 1982 and meant to address pre-1972 recordings. The statute was silent on whether "exclusive ownership" of pre-1972 sound recordings carries within it the exclusive right to publicly perform the recording. As such, the judge had to determine whether California's law was inclusive or exclusive - and the judge's reading of the law is that other than the exception for cover songs, there's nothing exclusive about it.



Actor Neil Patrick Harris, left, poses with Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld at the Baby Buggy Fatherhood Program launch event at The Palm Restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Mexico Sees Sign Of Hope

Monarch Butterflies

Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year.

The head of Mexico's nature reserves, Luis Fueyo, said the first butterflies have been seen entering Mexico earlier than usual this year.

Fueyo said it is too early to say whether butterfly numbers will rebound this year from a series of sharp drops, but noted "this premature presence could be the prelude to an increase in the migration."

He said the first butterflies have been sighted in the northern border state of Coahuila. Most normally arrive in October from the United States and Canada, where they spend the summer.

Monarch Butterflies


Newhead News


Students Walk


Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

The youth protest involving six high schools in the state's second-largest school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground.

Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read "There is nothing more patriotic than protest."

The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls for instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials "promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights" and don't "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law."

The proposal comes from an elected board with three conservative members who took office in November. The other two board members were elected in 2011 and oppose the new plan, which was drafted in response to a national framework for teaching history that supporters say encourages discussion and critical thinking. Detractors, however, say it puts an outsize emphasis on the nation's problems.



Mikhail Baryshnikov arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


'Stand Your Ground' Politician Picked As President

Florida State University

Florida State University on Tuesday selected a powerful state politician to serve as its next president over the loud objections of angry faculty members and students.

John Thrasher, a Republican political veteran and state senator who lacks academic credentials but is chairman of Governor Rick Scott's reelection campaign, was selected by the university's Board of Trustees.

The 11-2 vote was greeted by a brief, furious outburst from about 50 student protesters, many waving signs with messages like "choose an academic" and "this is OUR university."

Thrasher, 70, is a former state House speaker who once led the Florida Republican Party. He touted his connections and political savvy as the key to raising funds to elevate FSU into a top-tier research university.

"You'd never choose a fire chief who'd never been a firefighter," communications professor Jennifer Proffitt told the 13-member Board of Trustees before the vote. "Please do the right thing, not the political thing."

Florida State University


Wake-up Call


Spared Prison


Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law.

D'Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to live in a center, which would allow him to leave during non-residential hours for employment, for the first eight months of a five-year probationary period.

Berman also ordered D'Souza to perform one day of community service a week during probation, undergo weekly therapy and pay a $30,000 fine.

D'Souza, a frequent critic of U.S. President Barack Obama, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.

Prosecutors said D'Souza asked two friends and their spouses to contribute $10,000 each to Long's campaign and then reimbursed them. One friend was Denise Joseph, who was engaged to D'Souza while he was still married to another woman.



In this image released by Starpix, opera singer Renee Fleming arrives at opening night of The Metropolitan Opera, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at Lincoln Center in New York.
Photo by Marion Curtis


Ex-West Point Cadet Loses Lawsuit

Patti LaBelle

A former West Point cadet has lost a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against members of R&B singer Patti LaBelle's entourage whom he accused of beating him as he waited for a ride outside a Houston airport terminal.

In his lawsuit, Richard King alleged he was attacked without provocation by LaBelle's bodyguard and two others while waiting outside Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011. King had just arrived in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.

After five days of testimony and 10 hours of deliberation, a federal jury in Houston on Tuesday night absolved Zuri Edwards, LaBelle's manager and son; Efrem Holmes, her bodyguard; and Norma Harris, her hairdresser.

John Raley, one of King's lawyers, told jurors that King was minding his own business outside the airport terminal when he was attacked without provocation by the 400-pound Holmes, as well as by Edwards and Harris. Raley said King had to drop out of West Point because of a traumatic brain injury he suffered when he hit his head on a concrete pillar during the attack.

Geoffrey Bracken, one of LaBelle's attorneys, blamed King's drinking for the incident and suggested that King's career at West Point was ended not by his injuries but by a previous history of poor academic performance. Raley said King had a blood alcohol level of 0.28 - more than three times the legal limit for driving - but that King was not driving and was no danger to anyone.

Patti LaBelle


Director of the movie John Ridley (L) poses with musician Steven Tyler at a special screening of "Jimi: All Is by My Side" at the ArcLight theatre in Los Angeles, California September 22, 2014. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 26.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


U.S. Will Abide By Except...

Mine Ban Treaty

The United States edged closer on Tuesday to compliance with the international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, saying it would abide by key requirements of the 1999 accord everywhere except on the Korean Peninsula.

"Outside of the unique circumstances of the Korean Peninsula, where we have a longstanding commitment to the defense of our ally South Korea, the United States will not use anti-personnel landmines," President Barack Obama told an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

"It's good that the Obama administration continues to inch toward joining the Mine Ban Treaty, but Korean civilians need protections from these weapons just as much as people in every other country," said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Goose noted that the United States sought an exception for Korea during negotiations on the treaty in 1997 and was rebuffed by its allies. "A geographic exception to the ban is no more acceptable today than when the treaty was negotiated," he said.

The White House landmines announcement came nearly three months after the United States pledged for the first time it would no longer make or buy anti-personnel landmines and would strive eventually to join the global treaty, which has been accepted by more than 160 countries.

Mine Ban Treaty


Gold medalists of China perform their Synchronised Swimming Free Combination routine at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 23, 2014.
Photo by Tim Wimborne


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Spain's justice minister resigned on Tuesday over a failed bid to restrict women's right to abortion, which had sparked mass protests and international condemnation.

The failure claimed the first scalp in Spain's conservative government since it took power in 2011: Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, 55, a top member of the ruling Popular Party (PP).

The new law would have ended a woman's right to freely opt for an abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, standard in much of Europe.

Although Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party government has survived protests over corruption scandals and economic cuts, the abortion reform proved too divisive to wrap up, despite being part of its election programme in 2011.



Workers prepare to lift a piece of "Unconditional Surrender," an 8-meter (25-foot) cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in lip-locked embrace, outside the Caen Memorial in Normandy, France, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The sculpture by Seward Johnson is based on a U.S. Navy photographer's black-and-white snapshot taken on Aug. 15, 1945, according to the Sculpture Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit that owns the work. It also resembles a famous photograph taken by Life magazine Alfred Eisenstaedt on that day. The sculpture is to spend a year outside the Caen Memorial, a museum focusing on World War II.
Photo by David Vincent


Sanctimony In Action

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman.

Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings met Saturday with about 300 parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, where he also led a Mass. About half the parishioners supported the Rev. Samuel Spiering's decision, while the other half were very angry, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

Tom Wojtowick, 66, and Paul Huff, 73, are longtime Catholics and have attended St. Leo the Great since 2003. Both sang in the choir, and Wojtowick is an organist.

The men have been in a committed relationship for more than 30 years and were married in a civil ceremony in Seattle in May 2013 to protect their finances as they age.

Warfel has said it was his understanding that the men did not publicize their marriage, but once it became known in the town of 5,900 people, it had to be dealt with publicly.

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings


Journalists walk through an installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during a press tour of her "Infinite Obsession," exhibit, at the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The retrospective exhibit, which marks the first time Kusama's work has been shown in Mexico, includes more than 100 of the artist's works created between 1949 and 2013.
Photo by Rebecca Blackwell


For Not Getting Raped By A Cop

Cop's Tip

In response to the arrests of three law enforcement officials in Oklahoma for sexually assaulting women while on the job, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper told women they can avoid getting raped by a cop if they simply follow traffic laws.

Raw Story first pointed out on Tuesday that Capt. George Brown, a state trooper, shared a few tips for women in an interview with local NBC News affiliate KJRH. Brown told the KJRH anchor that women can keep their car doors locked and speak through a cracked window if a trooper approaches them. If the trooper asks a woman to get out of the car, Brown said, she can ask "in a polite way" why he wants her to do that.

But the "best tip that he can give," the anchor said on air of his interview with Brown, "is to follow the law in the first place so you don't get pulled over."

In the past month, a Tulsa County Deputy, an OHP trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer have all been charged with repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting women while on the job.

Cop's Tip


A model wears a creation for British fashion designer Corrie Nielsen's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
Photo by Remy de la Mauviniere


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Carolina, NBC, 19.67 million.
    2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 17.88 million.
    3. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Indianapolis, ESPN, 14.89 million.
    4. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 14.75 million.
    5. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 14.71 million.
    6. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 13.64 million.
    7. "Dancing With the Stars Results," ABC, 12.68 million.
    8. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 12.21 million.
    9. NFL Football: Tampa Bay at Atlanta, CBS, 11.88 million.
   10. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.46 million.
   11. "The Good Wife," CBS, 11.06 million.
   12. "Mysteries of Laura," NBC, 10.19 million.
   13. "Football Night in America Part 3," NBC, 9.95 million.
   14. "NFL Pre-Kick Show" (Thursday, 8:20 p.m.), CBS, 9.11 million.
   15. "NFL Kick-Off Show" (Thursday, 7:57 p.m.), CBS, 7.343 million.
   16. College Football: Clemson at Florida St., ABC, 7.339 million.
   17. "Under the Dome," CBS, 7.04 million.
   18. "Big Brother" (Tuesday), CBS, 6.91 million.
   19. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.6 million.
   20. "Castle," ABC, 6.52 million.




In Memory

J. California Cooper

Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because they were an easier path to a paycheque, has died at age 82.

Cooper died early Saturday after experiencing several heart attacks over the past few years, her daughter Paris Williams said Tuesday.

She lived most of her life in northern California and wrote more than a dozen plays and had about a dozen books published after switching to prose fiction.

She met Walker after the Pulitzer Prize winner came to see one of her plays.

"Her advice to my mother was you should write short stories or novels because it was easier to get paid. She went home and wrote 12 stories," Williams said.

When Cooper asked Walker to write an introduction to her first story collection, the writer who had just been honoured for "The Color Purple" asked to publish the book at her own publishing house. Walker also helped Cooper get one of her stories published in Essence magazine and the book took off from there, Williams said.

Williams called Cooper a hard worker who worked a variety of jobs from a teamster on the Alaska pipeline to an escrow officer and a manicurist to pay the bills.

She went to the pipeline to work as a secretary and switched to bus and truck driving after she realized she could make a lot more money, her daughter recalls. She drove welders up to their work site and then panned for gold while waiting for the return trip, Williams said.

She was known for a folksy, conversational style and for stories of women scarred by violence or betrayal. Her work was praised for its power and at times criticized for being didactic.

Williams said her mother never took her fame seriously.

"She used to say people have forgotten all about me," Williams said. "But all her books are still in print. It's pretty amazing."

Her mother did not want a funeral and requested instead that she be remembered with personal acts of kindness or charity.

J. California Cooper



A man prepares his buffalo during an annual buffalo-racing ceremony at Virhear Sour village in Kandal province September 23, 2014. The ceremony, which started more than 70 years ago, is held to honour the Neakta Preah Srok pagoda spirit. It also marks the end of the Festival of Pchum Ben.
Photo by Samrang Pring



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