CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2012 |
CAMP PENDLETON - Marine Cpl. Roberto Cazarez applied for U.S. citizenship shortly before he deployed for combat duty in Afghanistan. The expedited process allows enlistees who are permanent legal residents, like Cazarez was, to go to the head of the line for citizenship. Cazarez's application was pending at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services when he was killed by a roadside bomb blast in March, just weeks before his battalion was due to return to Camp Pendleton. On Thursday, in a short but emotional ceremony, Cazarez's widow was presented with a certificate indicating that her husband had been posthumously awarded his U.S. citizenship, retroactive to the day that he was killed.
December 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- One-hundred-and-thirteen years after John J. Pershing recommended him for promotion, Sgt. Paschal Conley, a Buffalo Soldier, would posthumously be elevated to second lieutenant under a Senate-approved defense bill. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sought the few lines in the massive bill at the behest of Conley's descendants. Conley was a member of the group of African American Army regiments, serving from 1879 until 1906 and fighting in the Spanish-American War, according to the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, which sought Sessions' help after the department's commissioner, W. Clyde Marsh, was contacted by the Conley family.
November 28, 2012 |
Nearly two years after his death, the first posthumous release from G-funk singer Nate Dogg is on the way. Billed as the final album from the hip-hop crooner, “Nate Dogg: It's A Wonderful Life” is expected to be released next year through a joint venture between Seven Arts Music and United Media & Music Group, according to a release from the label Wednesday. The album will feature previously unreleased and re-mastered performances from the late singer including collaborations with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z.
November 12, 2012 |
Before he died in August at the age of 68, Marvin Hamlisch recorded a brief cameo for "The Simpsons," playing a version of himself in an episode involving Abe Simpson's hidden past. On Sunday, the episode finally aired on Fox, making Hamlisch's vocal role a posthumous performance for the late conductor and composer. Sunday's episode, "Gone Abie Gone," focused on Abe's past love affair with a sultry jazz singer. They meet at a restaurant called Spiro's where Abe, Homer Simpson's dad, is working as a busboy while aspiring to become a songwriter.
August 9, 2012 |
As Whitney Houston's February death is revisited on the pop titan's birthday (she would have been 49 on Thursday), the late singer's label, RCA Records, is prepping a greatest hits package. A source at the label told Pop & Hiss that the catalog release was expected to come out this fall. Houston's first and sole stateside retrospective, 2000's “Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” has proved to be a lasting smash. To date, the two-disc set has sold 2.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and shifted a staggering 836,000 copies in the wake of her death, making it the fourth bestselling disc of the year.
August 6, 2012 |
Twenty seconds into “Enough Said,” the posthumous Aaliyah single that Drake released Sunday, it's impossible not to feel an eerie chill. When the low-end sounds of Drizzy's longtime producer Noah "40" Shebib open up to reveal a hypnotic percussion, Aaliyah's silky falsetto breathes a haunting life into the track. "I can tell it's somethin' up with you, tell me do you wanna talk about, talk about … I hate to see you feel this way," she coos effortlessly over the beat. More than 10 years after Aaliyah's death, her voice -- by way of vocal tracks left recorded but previously unheard -- is finally being heard outside an all-too-abbreviated discography.