How Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page lost his prized guitar in Minneapolis and got it back 45 years later
MINNEAPOLIS — This is the story of Black Beauty. Not the horse, but a legendary guitar. And the people who possessed it. Or were possessed by it.Black Beauty has been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It has been heard on such 1960s classics as Petula Clark’s “Downtown” and Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” And it spent 45 anonymous years in the Twin Cities, mostly in the hands of a musician who didn’t know he had an instrument that was stolen from guitar god Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.The saga of Page’s Black Beauty — a 1960 Les Paul Custom Gibson electric guitar — fe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
A restaurant owner who helped others now needs help: 'I cried a couple of tears'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Rosako Bailey has a chance at a break, and he deserves one.In the pandemic, the persevering owner of Rosako’s Soul Food & BBQ has gone from the Food Network and the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” to barely paying the rent on his Bedford home-cooking restaurant.“At one point I cried a couple of tears,” Bailey said on a recent Eats Beat podcast on iTunes.“Customers were bringing me money. … . I have a huge support base — I’m very appreciative for that.”On top of business cutbacks and meat prices, a blown transformer and then a leaking gas line cost him both work days and a ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Joey Gallo's negative COVID-19 tests seem hopeful, but MLB can't make exceptions
ARLINGTON, Texas — Fifty-six of the 58 players on the Texas Rangers’ roster for summer camp have been cleared to participate after testing negative for COVID-19 in the pre-camp screening process.One of the final stragglers, though for reasons unknown, was Ronald Guzman, who was in the lineup Wednesday in a simulated game at Globe Life Field.The problem is that one of the two players who tested positive for COVID-19 is Joey Gallo, the Rangers’ best player. Left-handed reliever Brett Martin is the other player.Complicating the Gallo situation is that he is asymptomatic, feels great, and, oh, by ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas resumes executions after five-month virus break
Houston (AFP) - The US state of Texas on Wednesday executed an inmate convicted of murdering an elderly man during a 1993 robbery -- ending a five-month halt to executions due to the coronavirus crisis.Billy Joe Wardlow, 45, was pronounced dead at 6:52 pm local time (23H52 GMT) after being given a lethal injection at the penitentiary in Huntsville, prison officials said. His attorneys had filed an 11th-hour appeal with the US Supreme Court, but it was denied.With the help of his girlfriend at the time, Wardlow held up an elderly man, Carl Cole, in a bid to steal the man's truck.The 82-year-old...
US coronavirus cases top 3 million as multiple states face alarming resurgence
The United States has reached another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of confirmed infections surging past 3 million on Wednesday.The official tally, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is almost twice as high as the second hardest-hit country, Brazil, and represents nearly one-quarter of the world’s confirmed cases. The death toll also continues to rise, with nearly 132,000 fatalities reported nationwide.The latest milestone comes five months after the first infection was confirmed in the U.S. and only a month after the country recorded 2 million cases, a sign th...
New York Daily News
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston airing as HBO, HBO Max special
The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, Jon Landau, and Irving Azoff will get their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction after all, though it’ll be in a revised form.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the live ceremony that had been scheduled for May and then postponed until November is canceled. But a cable TV special honoring the inductees will air Nov. 7 on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.The changes all come in wake of the current pandemic.Get more information at rockhall.com.———©2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Texas set to resume executions after five-month virus break
Houston (AFP) - The US state of Texas was set Wednesday to execute an inmate convicted of murdering an elderly man during a 1993 robbery -- ending a five-month halt to executions due to the coronavirus crisis.Billy Joe Wardlow, 45, was scheduled to die by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Huntsville. His attorneys have filed an 11th-hour appeal with the US Supreme Court.With the help of his girlfriend at the time, Wardlow held up an elderly man, Carl Cole, in a bid to steal the man's truck.The 82-year-old Cole fought back, and Wardlow, then 18, shot him in the head.The fugitive couple tr...
Review: 'Bright Precious Thing,' by Gail Caldwell
“Bright Precious Thing” by Gail Caldwell; Random House (208 pages, $27)———“Bright Precious Thing” — that’s what Gail Caldwell calls her life — is the fourth memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning former book critic for the Boston Globe.The first, “A Strong West Wind,” described her hardscrabble childhood in west Texas. The second, “Let’s Take the Long Way Home,” told the story of her joyful midlife (platonic, though Caldwell is bisexual) friendship with fellow writer Caroline Knapp, which ended cruelly early when Knapp died of cancer at 42. The third, “New Life, No Instructions,” found Caldwell ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
5 big free agents Bulls missed out on, from Tracy McGrady in 2000 to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2010
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan parted ways after the 1997-98 season, severing ties after winning six titles in eight years.Why both sides called it quits was a topic of intense debate for decades. But while the reason for the Bulls’ dissolution is still argued, the results remain clear — the Bulls dynasty ended and the search for the next Michael Jordan ensued.After a painful start to the post-Jordan era, the Bulls were connected to nearly every star in the early 2000s. They made runs at Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. The list of name...
In Texas, Individual Freedoms Clash With Efforts To Slow The Surge Of COVID Cases
HOUSTON — The Fourth of July was a little different this year here in Texas’ biggest city. Parades were canceled and some of the region’s beaches were closed. At the city’s biggest fireworks show, “Freedom Over Texas,” fireworks were shot higher in the air to make it easier to watch from a distance. Other fireworks displays encouraged people to stay in their cars.After weeks of surging COVID-19 cases and dire warnings that Houston’s massive medical infrastructure would not be able to keep pace, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on July 2 requiring Texans to wear masks in pu...
Kaiser Health News