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‘X’ marks the spot

[black holes meet]

When black holes meet: ‘When two galaxies collide, massive black holes in their respective centers fuse in a dramatic flourish that creates a telltale “X” mark, according to astronomers. Jets from the core of radio galaxy NGC326 …seem to have abruptly switched direction, a possible sign of a black hole merger.

The conclusion offers strong support to the theory that the gravitationally powerful black holes merge when galaxies crash into one another.’ CNN

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  [RIP Lionel Hampton] Lionel Hampton, Who Put Swing in the Vibraphone, Is Dead at 94

Lionel Hampton, whose flamboyant mastery of the vibraphone made him one of the leading figures of the swing era, died yesterday morning at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 94.

  Although Hampton swung, I think the following is a reach:

Mr. Hampton… was an extremely important figure in American music, not only as an entertainer and an improvising musician in jazz, but also because his band helped usher in rock ‘n’ roll. In 1942, Mr. Hampton recorded one of the more influential recordings in the history of American music, “Flying Home,” which featured a honking and shouting solo by the tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet that set the emotional atmosphere for rock. — Peter Watrous in the NY Times

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What Charlie Haden may still love most: a pretty song: This Boston Globe

review of a recent performance by the beloved and lyrical 65-year old bassist catalogues his recent health misfortunes:

Despite his youthful appearance and impressive stamina, Haden has had a rough time lately, and the facial expressions might reflect or relieve his pain. A few years ago, he had back surgery, necessitated by decades of bending over his bass, at an almost perfectly perpendicular angle, to hear the notes more clearly. While in the hospital, he nearly died of pneumonia.


Shortly after, he and his wife, the singer Ruth Cameron, were attacked by a Rottweiler outside their home in Malibu. The dog bit Haden on his left hand, between the thumb and forefinger. He underwent extensive physical therapy and couldn’t play for three months.


”It still hurts,” Haden says, especially when he moves his hand up and down the neck of the bass, which he does most of the time.


Then there’s his longtime bout with tinnitus, which causes ringing in his ears, and hyperacusis, which heightens the perceived volume of sounds. He’s learned to ignore the ringing, and surrounds himself with plexiglass when he plays with horns or drums.


Doctors have told him he shouldn’t play at all anymore. ”But I’ve got to pay the mortgage,” Haden says in his soft, slightly high-pitched voice. ”And” – he pauses – ”I’ve got to play.”

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Anger over shoe with Nazi gas name

On the heels of the ‘Target “BB” ‘ story below comes this:

Jewish groups have expressed outrage that a British company is selling sport shoes with the same name as the Nazi nerve gas used to kill millions of Jews in the Holocaust.

Umbro, the firm that outfits the English national soccer side, said it was an “unfortunate coincidence” that its Zyklon shoe, on sale since 1999, bore the name of the poison gas Zyklon B.

Crystals of Zyklon B were dissolved in gas chambers at the death camps to produce the poison the Nazis used to exterminate millions of Jews and members of other minorities during World War Two. Reuters

The company says the shoes will be renamed or withdrawn. The name appears on the box but not the shoe itself, so it looks likely they will allow already-shipped stocks to remain in stores without modification.

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‘X’ marks the spot

[black holes meet]

When black holes meet: ‘When two galaxies collide, massive black holes in their respective centers fuse in a dramatic flourish that creates a telltale “X” mark, according to astronomers. Jets from the core of radio galaxy NGC326 …seem to have abruptly switched direction, a possible sign of a black hole merger.

The conclusion offers strong support to the theory that the gravitationally powerful black holes merge when galaxies crash into one another.’ CNN