November 29, 2013 |
Jennifer Grout is a 23-year-old blond from Boston with a lovely singing voice and dreams of stardom who, like many an aspiring superstar before her, has turned to a reality TV in a bid for fame. But Grout is not competing on "The Voice" or "American Idol," but rather "Arabs Got Talent," the Middle Eastern version of the talent show franchise created by Simon Cowell and produced in Lebanon. Grout, who was profiled by both the Guardian and ABC News this week, developed an interest in Arab music as a university student in 2010.
January 8, 2011 |
After days of contradictory reports citing unnamed officials, an Iranian security official Saturday publicly confirmed the arrest of a female American described as an alleged spy along its border with Armenia. Deputy national border police Cmdr. Amir-Ahmad Geravand told reporters that a 34-year-old American woman named Hal Talaian was arrested near the border town of Jolfa along the Iran-Armenian border, according to Iran's state-controlled Al-Alam television and the semi-official Fars news agency.
July 23, 2012 |
Sally Ride, who became the first American woman to fly in space when she rode in the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, has died. She was 61. Ride died Monday at her home in La Jolla after battling pancreatic cancer, said her mother, Joyce Ride of Claremont. Besides serving as an astronaut, Ride was a NASA advisor who helped study the Challenger and Columbia disasters. She also taught at UC San Diego and began a website, sallyridescience.com . A Los Angeles native, Ride was a Stanford University graduate.
March 12, 2009 |
For a while, Lindsey Vonn was famous for a horrifying fall during a training run for the Turin Olympic downhill ski race. Now, she's famous for standing atop the podium -- a lot. Vonn, of Vail, Colo., on Wednesday became the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title twice, clinching her second successive crown by winning the last downhill of the season in Are, Sweden. Vonn, who won two gold medals at this year's world championships, finished the course in 1 minute 42.
July 23, 2005 |
The Berlin Philharmonic has named Pamela Rosenberg, general director of the San Francisco Opera, as the first woman and first American to serve as its administrative director, a spokeswoman said Friday. Orchestra director Sir Simon Rattle said he welcomed the board's decision. Rosenberg, 60, a native of Los Angeles, has served as general director of the San Francisco Opera since 2001.
February 16, 1989 |
An American woman was shot in the head and killed while driving her car in north Lebanon, one of her friends said today. Gail Pascoe Harfoush, 38, a native of Washington, D.C., was killed Wednesday afternoon as she drove her Mercedes-Benz from Tripoli to the village of Burj Akkar, 25 miles away, said her friend, Marilyn Rashka. Rashka said Harfoush was shot twice in the head and neck. The motive for the killing was unknown.