November 23, 1990 |
Don't misjudge an album by its cover. Because of the Guitar Player magazine logo, the new "Legends of Guitar" series may look like an instructional guide that is of interest only to guitarists. In fact, the series offers an imaginatively designed collection of some of the finest guitar performances of the modern pop era.
April 29, 1994 |
Even if you hate interminable drum and guitar solos in concert, the latest series of CD retrospectives from Rhino Records should prove engaging. * The theme of the five-volume series is explained in its title: "Rock Instrumental Classics." As usual, however, the label's creative team hasn't simply thrown together dozens of instrumentals in random fashion. Producers Gary Stewart, James Austin and David McLees have arranged the 90 songs in the series by era and pop genres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 |
Early prison releases of the kind ordered by a federal court panel pose no threat to public safety, according to experts who testified on the matter the last time it came up in California. In those 2009 hearings, five experts on crime, punishment and prisons told the court that allowing inmates with good behavior to shorten their prison terms by several months has little, if any, effect on crime in the community. "There is no difference in recidivism rates by length of stay," James Austin, a Washington-based corrections consultant, testified at the time.
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December 7, 2008 |
After years of failed attempts by California officials to rein in their overburdened prison system, three white-haired federal judges appear determined to find the solution themselves in a lofty courtroom here. The judges are presiding over a trial in two long-running lawsuits intended to discover whether an overcrowding crisis is the prime cause of medical and mental healthcare so poor that it violates inmates' constitutional rights; if it is, they will decide how to fix the problems.
January 19, 1995 |
A single man so eager for a family that he paid a surrogate mother $30,000 to bear his child was charged Wednesday with beating his 5-week-old son to death. James Alan Austin told police that he had beaten the boy with his fists and a plastic coat hanger, authorities said. The 26-year-old bank analyst from the Bethlehem, Pa., area was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide in the death of Jonathan Alan Austin. Bail was set at $500,000. Jonathan was born Dec.
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October 19, 2012 |
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on behalf of people who say they were denied bail for minor offenses after being flagged by immigration authorities. British filmmaker Duncan Roy, who says he spent nearly three months in L.A. County jails without a chance to post bail, is one of the five plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which will be filed today in U.S. District Court. Roy was arrested Nov. 15 in Malibu on an extortion charge. He was in the country legally but was identified as a suspected illegal immigrant through a federal program called Secure Communities, which sends the fingerprints of all arrestees through an immigration database.
September 21, 1992 |
The Milwaukee Brewers are making a run at Toronto in the AL East on the strength of aggressive baserunning. The Brewers stole four bases Sunday at Milwaukee and scored eight runs in the sixth inning during a 9-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles that helped Milwaukee pull to within four games of Toronto.
June 9, 1993 |
The Cleveland Indians, badly in need of an attitude adjustment, got it from a well-timed thunderstorm Tuesday night. The Indians gathered their courage during a 27-minute rain delay, then overcame a four-run deficit against Roger Clemens and beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, at Cleveland. Jeff Treadway drove in the winning run with a two-out, ninth-inning single off Jeff Russell, giving the Indians their third victory in the last 10 games.
February 16, 1990 |
It's not unusual for two greatest-hits albums by a single recording artist to be released simultaneously. But it is rare to have two compact disc albums released by different record companies. That's what is happening this month, however, to Merle Haggard, one of the dozen most compelling singer-songwriters ever in country music.
October 18, 1991 |
With most of the CD box sets being released in anticipation of the holiday sales season, the main selling point is either the number of hit singles or a teasing array of previously unreleased material. Among the pop artists being saluted with box sets this season: Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Patsy Cline, Fats Domino, the Monkees, Crosby, Stills & Nash and producer Phil Spector. Between them, the collections probably feature more than 200 pop, country and R&B hits.