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“Jezebel of Jazz” Anita O’Day dies at age 87

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Anita O’Day, best known for her sassy rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Honeysuckle Rose” died in her sleep early Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2006. She was 87.

Known as the “Jezebel of Jazz,” she was one of America’s most respected jazz vocalists whose vocal contemporaries included Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.

A Chicago native, she gained national recognition while touring with Jazz legends Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton. Her first national hit was on “Let Me Off Uptown” with Gene Krupa’s orchestra, which became a million dollar seller. Downbeat magazine named her “New Star of the Year” in 1942. After touring with Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, and recording “And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine,” her talent shown as a solo star. Her style became a foundational influence upon modern jazz recordings.

Her innovative scat style singing and lyrical ballads were recorded on Verve Records in the 1950s. Her colorfully innovative vocal style was evidenced in motion pictures “The Gene Krupa Story” and “Jazz On A Summer’s Day.”

Having a close brush with death from heroin addiction in 1967, she also survived alcohol addiction. She completed her autobiography “High Times, Hard Times” in 1981 and is the subject of a full-length documentary “Anita O’Day – the Life of A Jazz Singer,” which has yet to be released. Her last album, which she recorded at age 85, “Indestructable Anita O’Day,” on the Kayo Sterophonics/MRI label, was released last year.

Robbie Cavolina, her manager, said she was recovering from pneumonia at a Los Angeles convalescent hospital. And recollected that “On Tuesday night, she said to me, ‘get me out of here.’ But it didn’t happen.”

Referring to her renewed musical activity, he said that “She got to see how many people really loved her at the shows we did, in New York, in London. She had come back after all of this time. She really lived a very full and exciting life.”

Born Anita Belle Colton O’Day, October 18, 1919, she escaped from a broken home at age 14, and began contesting with touring walk-a-thons popular at the time, and was occasionally asked to sing. Upon her return to Chicago, she landed her first legitimate singing job at Planet Mars, a Chicago nightclub. Carl Cons, Down Beat magazine’s then-editor, was so impressed with her performance that he invited her to open his new jazz club.

As a showcase for promising jazz talent, The Off-Beat was frequented by such musicians as drummer Gene Krupa, and others. During one of her performances there in 1941, Krupa recruited her to join his orchestra.

In 1943, Anita left Krupa’s band and married professional golfer Carl Hoff. She later briefly joined clarinetist Woody Herman’s band, then reluctantly Stan Kenton’s. Thinking her style wasn’t compatible with hers, she was surprised when in 1944 the tune “And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine” became a national hit.

Anita’s fierce love of swing beats, conflicted however with Kenton’s infatuation with strident rhythms and novelty tunes, and a year later, left over artistic differences.

Her improvisational style, and love of bebop lured her toward those with whom she could hone her talent, and by the late 1940s began her career as a solo jazz vocal artist.

She invited John Poole, a drummer whom she met at the Club Starlite in Los Angeles, to join her. She once said of John, “If the drummer is no good, I can’t make it. That’s why I like John Poole. He’s my favorite drummer.” Their musical affiliation lasted 32 years.

In 1955, Norman Granz signed Anita to his company, Verve records, and her debut album “This is Anita” was the label’s first LP. Though she rarely sang ballads, her interpretation of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” was considered so enthralling and fascinating that rocketed her career to new levels.

Her performances with jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Thelonious Monk, George Shearling and others were renown. She became an international star after her performance of “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, which later became a documentary film.

Anita recorded 16 albums between 1957 and 1963 with a variety of groups, ranging from small ensembles, big bands to large orchestras. Her performances’ ranged from vibraphonist Cal Tjader to The 3 Sounds, a hard bop trio. Her first Japanese tour in 1964 was received with acclaim while stateside, the popularity of jazz was decreasing.

Her nonconventional, self-initiated cold-turkey recovery from heroin addiction at a Hawaiian retreat was successful, and she later returned to work. Her last public performance was at Hollywood, California‘s Cinegrill Cabaret Lounge at age 83.

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CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate David Sparrow in Don Valley West

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Friday, October 10, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with David Sparrow. Sparrow is a candidate in Ontario’s Don Valley West riding, running under the New Democratic Party (NDP) banner. The riding was set to vote in a by-election on September 22, 2008, following the resignation of John Godfrey, but Stephen Harper’s sudden election call nulled that effort.

Also running in the Toronto riding are Liberal Rob Oliphant, Conservative John Carmichael, Green Georgina Wilcock, and Communist Catherine Holliday.

The following is an interview with Sparrow, conducted via email. The interview is published unedited, as sent to Wikinews.

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By Jeff Nenadic

Here’s a scenario for you to think about. Your child is out in the back yard, running about with your 1-year old dog, when unexpectedly, you hear that dog yelp in pain. Wasting no time, you head out the door and observe that the dog appears to have an injured hind leg, holding it aloft as it trots along on the other three. As if by magic, the dog starts running again on all fours like normal, appearing that nothing had been wrong in the first place.

To add to this scenario, it dawns on you that you have noticed this behavior becoming more and more frequent so now you are concerned enough that you wonder if you should call your veterinarian and make an appointment. Stop wondering and make the call. Your cherished pooch is most likely the victim of a luxated patella, or more simply, a lipped kneecap (or trick knee).


This discomforting malady is hereditary and causes the kneecap to move out of its normal position (dislocates), typically shifting towards the inside of the animals leg. Additionally, it normally occurs in both of the back legs but to a more severe degree in one than the other. When the dogs kneecap is positioned normally, it sits within a deep groove where it slides down and up in a controlled manner.

As this groove gets more and more out of shape or becomes increasingly shallower, the kneecap begins to slip out of its normal position more frequently. The leg then locks up, causing the foot to be elevated off the ground. As a result, the dog cries out from the discomfort that results. Typically, the condition is more common in the smaller breeds of canines than the medium-sized or larger ones. The result of the conditions onset is immediate lameness and pain.

In less severe cases, the kneecap slides freely in and out of position voluntarily, but as the condition becomes increasingly more severe, the dislocation can become permanent requiring a vet to either pop the kneecap back into place or, in the most severe cases, correct the condition surgically. Also, as the condition worsens, the knee capsule itself is injured and the dog appears to be bowlegged.

As we mentioned above, the condition doesn’t just happen overnight, although the initial onset of it would make the owner of the animal speculate as such. Luxated patella is an inherited condition and is most likely present when the puppy is born. Fortunately, the condition is not crippling even in its most severe stages. The worst case scenario is that it will have to be surgically repaired and your dog should be able to live a happy and normal life afterwards.

As a final cautionary note, assuming that this condition is inherent to the breed of dog and then neglecting to take action is a huge mistake with unpleasant consequences. In younger dogs, not taking care of this oftentimes results in torn ligaments or more severe damage to the knee. In older canines, neglecting the condition has been known to lead to diseases in the bones and the joints as well as causing arthritis. So please, don’t gamble with your dogs well-being get the condition corrected immediately.

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Wikinews 2020: An ‘Original reporting’ year in review

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Friday, January 1, 2021

After an active year of original content published on the English-language Wikinews, we take a look back at some of the two dozen-plus original reports from our contributors during 2020.

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Fl Gov Bush gives speech – 1pm Oct 23 2005 – on CNNSays SW Florida – Cat 2 – including keysMandatory evacuation – evacuation since 14 months agoVoluntary evacuation underway as wellTolls suspended on Florida TurnpikeTraffic flowing smoothly23 shelters open; more will open, includes shelter for frail and elderlyPet shelters openingAs of 10am this morning, there were more than 220m gallons of fuel (diesel and gasoline) at Florida portsAdequate fuelGeorgia, Mississippi, texas, NY helping too200 trucks ice, 86,000 MREsPlus FEMA support“As I said, this is a team effort,” says Governor Bush.Speech in two languages: English and SpanishCraig Fulgate, Director of Florida Emergency Management also speaks“You need to pay attention to your local officials,” says FulgateBen Nelson, State Meteorologist, says that the storm is currently category 2Storm tomorrow, 25mph, extra danger for parts within the eye and south of the eye“There is no cause for a New Orleans like concern,” says Gov. BushPorts are to be closed, including Port Canaveral
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The many benefits of Meridian Window



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If it is casement windows which you want we have them. Casement windows available at Meridian not only look good but are also functional as they allow excellent ventilation and are weather tight. Awning windows at Meridian are designed in such a way that they open out from the bottom which lets air in/out of the room while simultaneously keeping out the rain and snow. Available in single, stacked or side-by-side designs, these windows are stylish as well and can be great replacements for old windows.At Meridian Window, fixed windows allow replacing old windows quick and easy. These windows are ideal for a panoramic view and they can easily be blended into any other window style. They can also be custom made to fit any architectural requirements like arches etc. Single hung or double hung; at Meridian Window you can choose from either as both allow good ventilation and easy cleaning. The exterior frames of both styles are beveled for an elegant look. If you have a small room and are wondering how to replace the existing cramped window, look no further than a single slider option as the sash opens inwards with a tilt to permit good ventilation and easy cleaning. A double slider on the other hand is ideal for rooms with big windows as it gives proper ventilation without compromising on the view. Meridian Window also stocks end vent windows which are great for rooms which could do with a sliding window but the width of the opening becomes a problem. Its central picture window becomes a lovely focal point and this economical yet well-designed window is a popular choice among builders. Want to add elegance to your room with some stunning curves and arches to your windows? At Meridian Window, we take pride in custom designing windows in any shape in any size along with offering the standard shapes and sizes. We offer the latest technology which allows for custom designing which can replace the existing windows without too much of a fuss. Bay windows are a wonderful way of letting in more light and air into your home especially where there is a panoramic view to be enjoyed. Meridian window can custom-build it within the specifications of the space given. A wide range of glass options is offered by Meridian window which is suitable for any climate and provides optimal energy efficiency and tar round comfort. A huge array of colors and accents for exteriors and interiors as well as a large variety of decorative grills is available at Meridian window. Tinted panels, stained and textured glass and many more decorative panels can be chosen from at Meridian window to give a total makeover to your existing windows. Meridian Window can be contacted for further detailed information.

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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

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On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2020

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Monday, November 2, 2020

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Free and Equal Elections Foundation holds two presidential debates, three candidates who did not participate in those debates give their final pleas to voters, and three political pundits give their predictions on the outcome of the election.

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By Darrell Miller

Dogs do experience anxiety also. This may be manifested by excessive barking or growling and restlessness even though the stimulus is already not around. However, responses to anxiety stimuli vary from one dog to another. Anxiety may also be caused by stress towards the dog. Therefore, if the dog is experiencing anxiety, it is important that the owner must carefully assess the cause of stress and patiently relieve the stress by constant training. Correct behavioral therapy or proper desensitization to the dogs unpleasant stimuli is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress among dogs.

Like humans, there are also many herbs that are safe and effective in managing anxiety attacks among dogs. Some of these are:

1. St. Johns wort is an herb commonly taken by people to help control anxiety and depression. It is believed to improve the mental health your pet. Its anxiolytic or anti anxiety property is also effective among cats as well. This herbal supplement is often prescribed for treatment of mild anxiety caused by loud noises such as thunder, presence of strangers or many people and other simple phobias.


2. Valerian is a European perennial herb which is widely utilized as a natural remedy for anxiety experienced by dogs. Studies show that this herb is composed of certain chemicals that can stimulate the production of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter.

3. Skullcap is also popularly employed to relieve anxieties among dogs because it has an effective sedative, antispasmodic and anticonvulsant property. Studies using this herb have revealed high effectivity in controlling nervousness and aggressiveness among dogs and cats most especially after an exposure to an unpleasant incident. Skullcap is an anxiolytic herb which does not have a side effect such as sleepiness and motor or reflex incoordination. Taking this herb together with valerian herb is best for epileptic mammals.

4. Passion flower also contains a nerve calming chemicals which make it an effective treatment for dog aggressiveness and nervousness. It has many other names which include maypop and apricot vine. The active chemicals in this plant are flavonoids, cyanogenic glycosides and alkaloids. These are helpful in treating dogs with epilepsy and anxiety. Though this herb does not have a sedative effect like the other anxiolytic herb for dogs, it has a promising calming effect. This is the reason why it is usually prescribed as an effective relaxing agent for overexcited or frightened dogs.

5. Chamomile, on the other hand, has both calming and sedative effects. This herb is usually used among dogs that will be traveling or for a stroll.

6. Hops is a flowering vine which has a relaxing property. It is beneficial in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. This herb is often taken in combination with the other anxiolytic plants.

These natural herbal plants are guaranteed to be safe and effective. However, like any other drug and supplements, over dosage of these medicinal plants may be damage the liver. To be completely safe, it would be best to avoid using these herbs on pregnant animals.

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Parts of internet break as ‘512k day’ reached by routers

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

On Tuesday many internet routers, used to find the pathways to different parts of the web, reached their memory limit of 512,000 entries in the tables they use to store the routes, causing problems for many users.

A router is used to direct a user towards the area of the internet where they will find the content they are looking for, e.g. a web page. The recent problem was caused by the arbitrary memory limit built into the design of many aging routers. A limit was needed to prevent the cost of hardware from becoming prohibitively expensive in the days when physical data storage was still comparatively expensive. This small amount of memory in turn limits the number of directions which can be stored on a single router leading to different parts of the internet. When this limit was reached, it caused outages of services among Internet Service Providers. Many routers, including older ones provided by Cisco Systems Inc., are limited to storing a total of 512,000 routes or paths.

This limit was reached on Tuesday, reported to have been triggered by Verizon publishing another 15,000 paths. Those affected included eBay, LastPass, and clients of the web hosting company Liquid Web, who lost much of their services until Verizon withdrew some of these new paths. Problems nevertheless continued throughout the day, even after the withdrawal.

A longer term fix is possible, but it would require manually replacing old routers with newer, more capable ones. It is hard to tell what issues would temporarily cascade though the internet by taking down routers from part of the internet for maintenance. Many experts have warned that problems could continue until these difficult fixes have been implemented, although the recent switch to a newer form of IP Addresses, IPv6, will temporarily help the issue. Wired News reported that Andre Toonk, a network engineer, had stated that the number of network outages on the internet, typically around 1,500, yesterday peaked at 2,587, enough to become clearly noticeable.

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