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December 16, 2007 | Mark Heisler
How to characterize the new edict obliging coaches to wear microphones and do interviews during nationally televised games? Gee, what a novel idea. Or not. Dallas Coach Avery Johnson, obliged to take part in the inaugural, noted the NBA was trying to "catch up to NASCAR and baseball" . . . to name two more sports that tipped off their desperation by letting TV intrude in their events.
December 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to free Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) from having to pay damages to House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) for letting reporters hear an illegally recorded 1996 phone call among House Republicans. Without comment, the justices let stand an appeals court ruling that the Constitution's free-speech guarantee doesn't shield McDermott from Boehner's lawsuit. A judge ordered McDermott to pay Boehner $60,000 in damages plus legal fees and costs.
November 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Osama bin Laden called on Europeans to stop helping the United States in the Afghanistan war, according to excerpts of an audiotape broadcast Thursday on Al Jazeera television. Bin Laden called it unjust for the United States to have invaded Afghanistan for sheltering him after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying he was the "only one responsible." The message appeared to be another attempt by Bin Laden to influence public opinion in the West. U.S.
November 6, 2007 | Randy Lewis
Garth Brooks officially is the bestselling solo act in U.S. music history. Again. Brooks collected his latest hunka-hunka precious metal Monday from the Recording Industry Assn. of America, certifying total album sales of 123 million copies, allowing him to surpass Elvis Presley to reclaim the No. 2 slot. The Beatles have long been No. 1 on the RIAA's ranking of U.S. album sales, currently showing sales of 170 million and counting, but the No. 2 position has shifted over time.
October 26, 2007 | Chris Pasles
Those who missed Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone in Los Angeles Opera's February production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" have two chances to catch up. A high-definition DVD of the production will be released by EuroArts Music International on Dec. 18, and KCET will also broadcast the production Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Additionally, a DVD of L.A.
October 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Spam is now being served in audio form. The latest in unwanted electronic communication is an MP3 file that began landing in in-boxes around the world last week. It features a spooky, synthesized Darth Vader-sounding female voice touting the over-the-counter stock of Exit Only Inc. "Hello, this is an investor alert!" the halting, at times unintelligible, voice says. Her pitch invokes the growth prospects of Exit Only, a website operator that runs Text4Cars.
October 16, 2007 | Matea Gold
Country music superstar Garth Brooks' announcement Monday morning that he's releasing a special edition of his forthcoming three-disc "The Ultimate Hits" album to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure overwhelmed the breast-cancer awareness organization's website, forcing volunteers to switch to phones to continue fielding preorder requests. The "pink edition" of Brooks' album will be available exclusively on starting Nov.
October 12, 2007 | From Reuters
Music label Zomba said Thursday that it had sued gossip website, alleging that it illegally posted recordings by pop star Britney Spears. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, accused the site and its proprietor, Mario Lavandeira, of illegally obtaining and posting at least 10 completed songs and unfinished demos from Spears' upcoming album, "Blackout," during the last three months, Zomba said in a statement. "Blackout" was to be released Nov.
October 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Britney Spears' "Blackout" is coming sooner than expected. The pop star's new album will be released Oct. 30, Jive Records announced Wednesday, citing Internet leaks as the reason the date was moved up from Nov. 13. Jive said it "is doing everything possible to prevent and avoid any further illegal distribution of songs," including the leaking of "unfinished material and demos represented as completed legitimate songs."
September 26, 2007 | Randy Lewis
Turntable junkies, your loyalty just paid off. Although most Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fans will be waiting until next week to download or pick up the CD of the group's new album, "Magic," anyone still in possession of a functional turntable could start listening as of Tuesday. The vinyl version of the band's first album in five years trickled into retail stores in limited quantities. Amoeba Music in Hollywood reported a shipment of 30 copies.
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