Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 2:16 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday, her niece, Sabrina Owens confirmed. She was 76. Franklin was one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of gospel, R&B, classical and jazz, she blossomed out of her father's Detroit church to become the most distinguished female black artist of all time, breaking boundaries while placing nearly 100 hits on Billboard’s R&B chart — 20 of them reaching No. 1. The Queen of Soul, as she was coronated in the 1960s, leaves a sprawling legacy of classic songs that includes "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "Angel," "Think," "Rock Steady," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Freeway of Love," along with a bestselling gospel catalog. Her death follows several … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’ who transformed American music, dies at 76
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Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds." The statement continued: "We have been deeply touched by the incredible … [Read more...] about ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies, aged 76
IN PICTURES: The 57 women battling to be crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee The Rose of Tralee International Festival is as quintessentially Irish as the rain, Guinness and going to Mass on a Sunday and it all kicks off on Friday August 17, 2018. To launch our gallery of photos of all 57 women competing in this year’s competition click on the logo in the bottom left corner of the photograph above or on the link, also above. 2018 ROSE BIOGRAPHIESABU DHABI ROSE – SARA KATE MANGANMy name is Sara Kate Mangan, I am 26-years old, and honoured to represent Abu Dhabi in the Rose of Tralee Festival. At the age of 18 I moved to Liverpool to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. After three fun filled years living in the city of The Beatles, a leap of faith took me even further afield from my humble Mayo roots to Abu Dhabi. What an adventure it has been. I am a dedicated and caring nurse working in the state of the art Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi where we provide exceptional … [Read more...] about IN PICTURES: Meet all 57 women hoping to be crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee
As the nation waits expectantly for England to start their World Cup 2018 campaign against Tunisia tonight at the Volgograd Arena in Russia, their wives and girlfriends are getting ready to cheer them on. Back in 2010, then-England boss Fabio Capello clamped down on WAGs from distracting players at the World Cup in South Africa, limiting visits to once a week. But current manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly allowing families to spend time with players at the team hotel the day after games to help them relax during this World Cup. With WAG supremo Coleen Rooney no longer the World Cup Queen following her husband’s retirement last summer, there’s a new crop of glam women supporting Southgate’s squad, and they’re all gearing up for the tournament in very different ways. Here’s the lowdown on what the Manchester WAGs been up in the lead up to England’s first game ... Paige Milian Instagram The model fiancee of England and Manchester City superstar … [Read more...] about What are Manchester’s World Cup WAGs up to this summer?
Martin Rogers and Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 12:01 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 LONDON – Imagine it is five years from now, and you’re walking across the parking lot at a shopping center, perhaps to collect some dry cleaning or a quart of milk. On your way back to the car – no, it won’t be driving itself to collect you at the curbside yet – you’re distracted by a sign advertising the weekend’s NFL games, and how you can profit from them. It is a gambling office, where you wager on sports just as easily as plucking groceries from a shelf. “It is coming,” sports betting expert and best-selling author Declan Hill told USA TODAY Sports. “Betting shops, betting in stadiums, stadiums named after betting companies, a lot of ads promoting betting. That’s what you see in the United Kingdom, and without question you’ll see it in America before long.” More: Your state-by-state guide to sports betting in … [Read more...] about What the U.S. can learn about legalized sports betting from the U.K.