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March 19, 2013
Bobbie Smith Original member of Spinners R&B group Bobbie Smith, 76, a singer with the Spinners soul music group since the 1950s, died Saturday in Orlando, Fla., of complications from pneumonia and influenza. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November, according to a statement from the band's manager. Along with Henry Fambrough, Smith was one of two remaining original members still performing with the R&B group. His tenor voice was out front on a number of the Spinners' biggest Atlantic Records hits in the 1970s, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "I'll Be Around," "Games People Play" and the 1974 Dionne Warwick duet "Then Came You. " Originally calling themselves the Domingoes and then the Detroit Spinners, Smith and Fambrough formed the vocal group in their native Detroit in 1957 with high school classmates Pervis Jackson, George W. Dixon and Billy Henderson.
March 19, 2013 |
Bobby Braswell, the basketball coach at Cal State Northridge since 1996, is out as coach. The school announced that it would not renew his contract. Brandon Martin, the school's new athletic director, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon, "I want to thank Coach Braswell for his 17 years of service and contributions to our men's basketball program and the university community at large. I wish Coach Braswell and his family all the best moving forward. " Braswell, a Northridge graduate, had been the coach for 17 seasons, compiling a 251-258 record.
March 18, 2013 |
Singer Bobbie Smith of the Detroit soul group the Spinners died Saturday in Orlando. He was 76. Smith, according to a statement released today by the band's manager and reported by Associated Press, died of complications from pneumonia and influenza. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November. Along with Henry Fambrough, Smith was one of the group's two remaining original members still performing with the band. His tenor voice was out in front on a number of the Spinners' biggest Atlantic Records hits in the '70s, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "I'll Be Around," "Games People Play" and the 1974 Dionne Warwick duet "Then Came You. " PHOTOS: The scene at SXSW 2013 Originally calling themselves the Domingoes, Smith and Fambrough formed the group in 1957 with high school classmates Pervis Jackson, George W. Dixon and Billy Henderson.
March 11, 2013 |
Mardy Fish gets a dispensation. He is seeded 32nd in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and, by the numbers, was expected to beat fellow American Bobby Reynolds, 30, a qualifier, who if he has gained any stardom, it has come from anchoring the Washington Kastles during the World Team Tennis season. But Fish has been tentative and emotional since discovering last summer that he has an uneven heartbeat. He had a procedure done on that most vital organ and didn't play in the Olympics.
March 4, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The Ducks' charter flight was scheduled to leave the Arizona desert just before midnight Monday - or about three days too late for Coach Bruce Boudreau's liking. Because when the Ducks landed here last week, they had not lost consecutive games in more than 11 months, had given up more than three goals in regulation only once in three weeks and had not lost a game all season in which they scored more than twice. All three of those streaks had ended before the team boarded the bus for the airport after a second straight 5-4 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
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March 4, 2013
Bobby Rogers, an original member of the Motown group the Miracles, who collaborated with lead vocalist and songwriter Smokey Robinson and kept the musical franchise going after its biggest name left, died Sunday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73. His death was confirmed by Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Rogers had been in poor health for several years. The group known for such hits as "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "The Tracks of My Tears" was formed in 1956 by Rogers, Robinson, Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White.
March 3, 2013 |
Bobby Rogers, a singer-songwriter who was a founding member of the Motown group the Miracles, has died at 73. Rogers died early Sunday morning in Detroit after a long illness, according to the Associated Press. As a songwriter, Rogers worked frequently with Smokey Robinson, and the two co-founded the Miracles in 1955 along with three other partners - Claudette Rogers, a cousin of Rogers; Pete Moore; and Ronnie White. The group's hits included "The Tears of a Clown," "I Second That Emotion" and "You've Really Got a Hold on Me. " PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but Rogers was reportedly too ill to attend.
February 27, 2013 |
This is a column about two big deals in Southern California horse racing, the Santa Anita Handicap and Bobby Frankel. One will be run Saturday and the other is no longer with us. Neither will ever be forgettable. If it seems odd to talk about a live race via a dead man, then you don't understand the value horse racing puts on its legends and legacies. When Frankel died of cancer Nov. 16, 2009, at age 68, he had had hundreds of huge moments as a race trainer, including six Breeders' Cup victories, a Belmont Stakes win, five Eclipse Awards and a 1995 Hall of Fame induction.
February 27, 2013 |
Bobby Brown was sentenced Tuesday to 55 days in jail and four years' informal probation after pleading no contest to a DUI charge - one of two such arrests he had last year. Call it the "fool us once" sentence? Brown also pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license. He'll be required to complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program, and has been ordered to hit three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week. He got 10 days for drunk driving, another 10 days for driving on a suspended license and 35 days for violating his probation on his prior 2012 DUI, L.A. Now reported . Brown will also get an ignition interlock device on his vehicle - one of those things that tests blood-alcohol level before allowing the ignition to turn over. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots The New Edition singer had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26 arrest, which happened in the early afternoon after he was first pulled over in the Valley for talking on his cellphone while driving.
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February 14, 2013 |
Michael Parrish Former editor of the Los Angeles Times magazine Michael Parrish, 67, who oversaw the reinvention of the Sunday magazine in the Los Angeles Times in the mid-1980s, died Friday of liver failure while under hospice care in the Los Angeles area, friends said. When the newspaper replaced the Home magazine it had long published with the broader-interest Los Angeles Times magazine, Parrish served as its editor, from 1985 to 1989. During his tenure, the magazine's reporting and writing was repeatedly recognized by the Greater Los Angeles Press Club.