Archive for April 18, 2012

‘American Bandstand’ Host Dick Clark Dies

April 18, 2012

Dick Clark, who changed the way people listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose annual “Rockin’ Eve” became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

I have many a New Year’s memory staying up late on New Year’s Eve to countdown to midnight and watch the latest (and greatest) musicians take the stage on “Rockin’ Eve”. Over the past couple years since his stroke, Dick Clark has played a minimal role on the show, giving way to Ryan Seacrest. But, he was still there this past New Year’s, counting down to the ball drop.

One of my favorite quotes from Dick Clark came just before the 2010 New Year’s celebration:

“I do the best I can and have been encouraged to continue because I hear it serves to inspire many others.”

RIP Dick Clark!

From The New York Times:

The television legend Dick Clark, who originated “American Bandstand” and the perennial New Year’s Eve celebration on ABC, died Wednesday morning, his representative Paul Shefrin said.

Mr. Shefrin said that Mr. Clark, 82, had suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Clark “had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure,” Mr. Shefrin said in a statement. “Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.”

Racist Cake Causes Stir in Sweden

April 18, 2012

Sweden’s culture minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, is in hot water after a weekend art exhibit in which she cut up a cake baked into the shape of what was considered to be a stereotypical African woman.

From CNN:

A group representing Swedes of African descent has called for Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth to resign over that it called a racist caricature. But Liljeroth defended her participation, saying the cake was designed to “challenge the traditional image of racism.”

“While the symbolism in the piece is despicable, it is unfortunate and highly regrettable that the presentation has been interpreted as an expression of racism by some,” Liljeroth said in a statement issued by her office. “The artistic intent was the exact opposite.”

The artist who designed the cake, Makode Linde, is of African descent himself and said the piece was aimed at condemning the practice of female genital mutilation. Pictures from the Sunday exhibition showed Liljeroth slicing into the cake from the “genitals” and feeding it to Linde, who told CNN he made himself the head of the figure and screamed in pain when it was cut.

Bin Laden Widows, Daughters Face Deportation

April 18, 2012

Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two daughters could be deported from Pakistan after their period of house detention expired.

From CNN:

A Pakistani judge ordered earlier this month that the five women be deported back to their countries of citizenship after serving their sentence for living illegally in Pakistan.

The 45-day detention period ended Tuesday night, said Aamir Khalil, the widows’ lawyer. But he said he had no information on when they would be deported.

The widows — identified by U.S. and Pakistani officials as Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar — have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

Bombers’ Bodies Photos Condemned

April 18, 2012

According to Defense Secretary Leo Panetta, photos of U.S. soldiers posing with bodies of suspected Afghan insurgents depict behavior that “absolutely violates” U.S. regulations and values.

From CNN:

“This is not who we are, and it’s certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there,” he said.

The two photos published by the paper are among 18 provided by a U.S. soldier who wanted “to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline,” The Times reported.

The military said an investigation is under way.

Casey Anthony: Defamation Lawsuit Can Move Forward ‎

April 18, 2012

Judge Lisa Munyon has ruled that the defamation lawsuit against Casey Anthony can proceed.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Judge Lisa Munyon heard several hours of arguments last month on two motions — one filed by Anthony’s defense and the other by attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez — but reserved ruling.

At issue is whether or not Anthony identified Gonzalez specifically enough when she talked to her parents in a jail visitation session.


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