All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.
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Thursday 22 March 2012
Red Holloway, a tenor saxophone player who had a tone as big as the side of a house, made his name in jazz, but more quietly – or musically, more loudly – worked for John Mayall and a variety of rhythm'n'blues stars. "I enjoyed playing with Mayall," Holloway said. "He's a very good self-taught entertainer and I admire that. It takes an awful lot of nerve and perseverance to become successful like he did... We had a good working relationship."
Wednesday 21 March 2012
Friday 16 March 2012
Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, began a 14-year jail term in Colorado yesterday. The one-time golden boy of Democratic Party politics in Illinois was found guilty of corruption. His immediate predecessor, George Ryan, was jailed for the same reason.
Tuesday 13 March 2012
Professor Sherwood Rowland was one of the scientists responsible for raising awareness of the damage being caused to the earth's ozone layer by a group of chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). His work in the field, which began in the 1970s, has led to a worldwide phasing out of these substances and the gradual, natural repairing of the hole in the ozone layer.
Tuesday 28 February 2012
In a profession renowned for its individualists, the publisher Barney Rosset was an eccentric among eccentrics, a man of strong passions who seldom listened to others – and never, if they wished to persuade him to change his course of action. In 1951 he bought a defunct New York publishing company, Grove Press, and devoted his energies to turning it into the most prestigious and adventurous literary publishing company in America. Professor Wallace Fowlie, of the New School University in Greenwich Village, gave him tips about current French literature and Sylvia Beach, of Shakespeare and Company, told him about a talented Irish writer in Paris called Samuel Beckett. In 1954 Rosset published the first US edition of Waiting for Godot and Beckett remained his most faithful author.
Saturday 25 February 2012
Steve Kordek was an unsung revolutionary of 20th century America. His chosen field was notwarfare or politics, sport or art.
Thursday 23 February 2012
Organ donation to stranger starts an amazing series of events across 11 US states
Saturday 18 February 2012
The Belgian mezzo Rita Gorr, whose operatic career lasted an astonishing 58 years, was one of the great singers of the second half of the 20th century.
Sunday 05 February 2012
Out of America: The US loves movies about bizarre creatures wreaking havoc. Now it's got them for real
Friday 20 January 2012
The St Louis Rams will face the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium this October in the first of three visits to London by the team owned by Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.
Friday 20 January 2012
The only time I saw the late Gil Scott-Heron perform was in a New York nightclub in 2001. I had huge expectations of this iconic, radical, spoken-word artist and musician whose jazz-funk syncopations and uncompromising lyrics spawned generations of imitators. But it was already too late to see the great man as he once was. He would soon be busted for the drug addiction that led to two spells in prison. That night, his crack-ravaged performance was so bad, the audience talked over him.
Wednesday 18 January 2012
The capital of the Midwest may be home to some of the best chefs in the US and boast an eclectic culinary scene, but the Windy City still has a taste for hot dogs and pizza
Saturday 14 January 2012
Denise Darcel was a voluptuous actress and singer who appeared in several feature films in the early 1950s.
Friday 13 January 2012
The new year has its first great party album: a no-nonsense distillation of the most infectious elements of party funk, with a welcoming approach that emphasises peaceful good times.
Friday 13 January 2012
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