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September 6, 2012 |
Joe South, a versatile singer-songwriter who penned "Games People Play," "Down in the Boondocks" and other pop-rock hits in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 72. South died Wednesday at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group. The company published South's music. Marion Merck of the Hall County coroner's office said South died of natural causes stemming from a heart attack. Beginning in the late 1960s, South rode a wave of success with his combination of melodic songs and compelling lyrics.
July 2, 2012 |
In the age of headline news and Twitter, the name of a proposed law must get as much focus-grouping as the content of the law itself. Remember the George W. Bush administration's "No Child Left Behind"? Sounds so caring and concerned. Eventually the name became a much-parodied punchline. Names of propositions and laws like Megan's Law and Marsy's Law, named for crime victims, carry so much emotional weight that voters can be swayed by the names alone, never mind the content.
May 13, 2012 |
The gig: Alton D. Romig Jr., 58, is "chief skunk" at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s famed Skunk Works secretive weapons development facility in Palmdale. It's one of the most coveted jobs in aerospace. For more than 70 years, workers at the shadowy site have designed and built the world's most innovative military aircraft, including the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter. About 2,000 people work on 600 programs at Skunk Works, which got its nickname in 1943 at its original Burbank headquarters that was located next to a manufacturing plant that produced a strong odor.
March 8, 2012 |
One year after the Air Force blasted it into orbit, an experimental robotic space drone continues to circle the Earth. Its mission and hush-hush payload, however, remain a mystery. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which looks like a miniature unmanned version of the space shuttle, was launched last March from Cape Canaveral, Fla. At the time, Air Force officials offered few details about the mission, saying that the space plane simply provided a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components.
November 18, 2011 |
In Beverly Hills, one can shop at the finest upscale luxury boutiques and dine at world-renowned restaurants, but one thing that's not so easy to find in the middle of all that fancy is a genuine nightclub. Owners of a just-opened lounge called Confidential aim to change Beverly Hills' sleepy reputation via a European-style clubbing destination to rival similar clubs in West Hollywood and Hollywood. "We want a little bit of night life to return to Beverly Hills," says co-owner Solomon Moss.
August 3, 2011 |
Every one of the 13 chairs at the Hair Station is occupied this afternoon by women getting a wash and set or soaking their tired feet. Their chatter is louder than the bubble-top dryers. Miss Janie has decided to eat a slice of mixed berry pie with ice cream and call it lunch; the bridesmaids at Mary Baird's daughter's wedding will be wearing short yellow dresses and cowboy boots. You wouldn't know it from the cheerful talk, but this little Southern town has lately acquired a sad distinction: Women here are likely to die nearly a decade sooner than their counterparts less than 200 miles away.