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February 25, 2014
Franny Beecher, 92, a guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, who helped kick off the rock 'n' roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in 1955, died in his sleep Monday night at a nursing home near Philadelphia, his daughter Pauline Grinstead said. The Comets, whose hits also included "See You Later, Alligator," are credited by some music historians with having recorded the first rock 'n' roll song in 1953 with "Crazy Man, Crazy," according to the group's biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.
February 24, 2014 |
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.
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February 17, 2014 |
A bomb squad called in to investigate a loud ticking sound emanating from a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in Westlake did not find any explosives Monday, instead finding a more obvious explanation -- a clock. Authorities were called just before 7 a.m. by a pedestrian who walked by the mailbox near the intersection of James M. Wood Boulevard and Blaine Street and heard a loud ticking noise, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Orlando Chandler. When a bomb squad responded to the mailbox to investigate, it "turned out to be an alarm clock," Chandler said.
February 13, 2014 |
Undefeated Syracuse went into Pittsburgh on Wednesday night ranked No. 1 and unbeaten, but many believed they would lose. Tyler Ennis had other ideas. Ennis made a running 35-footer as time expired to give the Orange a 58-56 victory to improve to 24-0 this season. You can watch the shot in the video above. "I knew I didn't have that much time," Ennis said. "I just got it and tried to get down as fast as possible. That was the first open look I got. I knew I had to take it. I was watching the clock the whole way down the court.
January 30, 2014 |
Director-cinematographer Lotfy Nathan takes a decidedly judgment-free approach to the provocative characters and situations in his urban documentary "12 O'Clock Boys. " Good thing? Maybe. But some viewers may not prove as neutral as they consider this unvarnished, kinetic, often disturbing portrait of illegal dirt bikers in inner-city Baltimore. For three years, starting in 2010, Nathan follows a brash kid named Pug, who's 13 at the start. His goal is to join the controversial local dirt-bike group called the 12 O'Clock Boys, so-named for driving their bikes straight up like the hands of a clock.
January 15, 2014 |
The Doomsday Clock is set at five minutes to apocalypse. Didn't we already live through the end of the world? Before you run off to tell your family you love them, it's not an actual five minutes, but rather a figurative warning that we as an earthly population are far too close to all-out nuclear disaster and other deadly cataclysms. "I can't tell you what happens in the room, but I can tell you it's a spirited and extremely deep discussion," John Mecklin, editor in chief of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday about how the doomsday minute decision is made.