March 7, 2014 |
Last summer Timbaland revealed he had been tapped to produce a new posthumous Michael Jackson album. The Grammy award-winning producer and rapper didn't offer many details, except the project was being helmed by Epic Records head L.A. Reid and that he had “a lot of unreleased” material to work with. As part of his Timbaland Thursday series of free tunes, the producer unleashed a snippet of a remixed version of “Slave to the Rhythm.” A version of the previously unreleased track surfaced last year featuring Justin Bieber trading verses with the late King of Pop over a pulsating, and generic, Europop beat.
February 28, 2014 |
HOUSTON -- Attorneys for the family of a man executed in Texas appealed to the governor and state parole board this week to reconsider the case in light of new evidence that he was wrongfully convicted of killing his three young daughters. “It's astonishing that 10 years after Todd Willingham was executed we are still uncovering evidence showing what a grave injustice this case represents,” said Barry Scheck, co-director of the New York-based Innocence Project assisting with the appeal. “The Texas clemency system is severely broken and must be fixed.” Cameron Todd Willingham, 36, was put to death a decade ago for setting a 1991 house fire in Corsicana, about 55 miles south of Dallas, that killed his children.
December 24, 2013 |
LONDON - Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British scientist whose code-breaking work helped the Allies beat Adolf Hitler and whom many consider the father of artificial intelligence, received a royal pardon Tuesday for the crime of having had sex with another man. Turing felt humiliated after he was convicted in 1952 of "gross indecency," the charge used against gay men in an age when homosexual relations were illegal in Britain....
November 21, 2013 |
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The state of Alabama can't rewrite a history shot through with hate and violence, but with the help of one determined woman it has added a postscript. On Thursday, Alabama's parole board pardoned the last of the long-dead Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers falsely accused of rape in 1931. Their case was monumental. It divided some residents here and united others, led to two landmark Supreme Court decisions, and precipitated the civil rights movement in the decades that followed.
June 25, 2013 |
To be married to a writer can be a peculiar kind of torture. Carolina Lopez saw her husband, the late Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño, take up with another woman for the final years of his life. (He died in 2003.) Lopez deserves credit for helping Bolaño become the first dead superstar of 21st century literature. Next month, New Directions will release Bolaño's 19th book in English, “The Unknown University,” a collection of poetry assembled from the archives Lopez oversees.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously Thursday to former Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a Korean War officer who is better remembered for his humility and kindness in prison camps than for his role in combat. “This is an amazing story,” Obama said at the ceremony. “Father Kapaun has been called a shepherd in combat boots.” Kapaun, a Catholic priest from Kansas, died in a North Korean prison camp 62 years ago. A handful of Korean War veterans, some of whom served with Kapaun, attended Thursday's ceremony.