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March 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Justin Hinds, 62, a Jamaican vocalist and songwriter responsible for dozens of ska and rocksteady hits in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer Thursday in his native Steertown, St. Ann's, in Jamaica. Hinds was a cruise ship singer when he was discovered by producer Duke Reid. He soon became Reid's most successful artist.
Thousands of miles and a world away from his police chief's office in South Pasadena, Michael Berkow craned over a harried Jamaican police dispatcher Thursday as a command center console crackled nonstop. "Shots fired. Olympic Gardens." "Crowd forming. No ballot boxes." "Barrytown, Montego Bay. No black books."
The conservative People's National Party won a crushing victory Tuesday in parliamentary elections marred by confusion approaching chaos and partisan conflicts that neared serious violence. With more than 60% of the vote counted, computer projections gave the PNP and its leader, Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, at least 64% of the vote against 36% for the opposition Jamaica Labor Party of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who conceded defeat.
September 24, 1989 | MARC LACEY, Times Staff Writer
One is a tough urban community that serves as home to a professional basketball team and horse racing. The other, a miniature island port known for its serenity, deep-sea fishing and river rafting. Inglewood and Port Antonio, Jamaica, thousands of miles apart, are planning a sister city arrangement in which they will share cultural exchanges. Inglewood has been the sister city of Pedavena, Italy, since 1981.
April 13, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
Grace Jones, who spent three days in a Jamaican jail on suspicion of cocaine possession, is determined to turn adversity into advantage. Released on $2,700 bail Tuesday, Jones, 36, has decided to return to the Kingston jail in which she languished this weekend to film videos for two cuts on her upcoming album, tentatively titled "On My Way," which is due out in June. She also made good use of her time in jail, writing six songs for a future album and completing a storyboard for a video, she said good-naturedly in a telephone interview from her home in Jamaica.
November 6, 2000
Winston Grennan, 56, an innovative drummer known as the inventor of the "one-drop" reggae rhythm and an original member of the influential group Toots and the Maytals. Born in Jamaica to a musical family--his mother, grandfather, grandmother and many uncles played in local bands--Grennan started playing homemade drums as a child.
December 1, 2002 | Beverly Beyette, Times Staff Writer
James Bond didn't sleep there, but he was born there 50 years ago in the pages of "Casino Royale." "There" is Goldeneye, the Jamaican cliff-top hideaway of Bond creator and author Ian Fleming. The recently released film "Die Another Day" brings 007 back to the big screen, the hero and his capers having evolved in the decades since Fleming introduced him.
August 18, 2008 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Beijing The Olympic sprints are officially Jamaica's world, and we're all just spectators at a rollicking party. Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart ran off with an unprecedented sweep of the women's 100-meter dash Sunday, an exhilarating victory that withstood American officials' protest that the field should have been called back after Torri Edwards' admitted false start. It was the first time since 1976 that no American woman finished in the top three in the 100 at a fully attended Olympics.
February 9, 1989 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
"I think we've all grown a little older and wiser and more mellow with the years," one-time socialist firebrand Michael Manley said, explaining both his conversion to moderate politics and the relatively bloodless calm that has preceded today's election in Jamaica.
April 30, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
The interactive musical stream flowing between north and south lately has tended to focus on the country that captivates so many other areas of the media--Cuba. And there's no question that the blendings between jazz and the rich rhythmic currents of the island nation have been creating remarkably palatable music for decades. But jazz has other connections to the south, as well.
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