He was the first person from San Diego County to make the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, and the feeling now — 20 years later — is that it probably didn’t bother him at all.Andrew Cunanan wanted so desperately to be wanted.The San Diego native’s killing spree in the spring and summer of 1997 culminated in the point-blank shooting of Gianni Versace on the steps of the fashion icon’s Miami Beach mansion. Cunanan, 27, quickly became the stuff of criminal legend, an elusive, gay chameleon who stirred the public’s fears and fascination and kept the fledgling 24-hour media beast fed with a swirling mix of sex, celebrity and murder.Some of the people he’d known in San Diego and elsewhere went into hiding, lest they become his next victim. Others sold their stories — one former roommate got $85,000 — to tabloid magazines and TV shows. Supposed sightings of the accused killer came in from almost every state in the country as the FBI … [Read more...] about 20 years later: Cunanan, Versace and celebrity culture
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PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 11:28 PM EST Jan 31, 2019 The first day on the job as a full-time journalist and sports writer was Aug. 5, 1974, a hot, bright Monday morning, three days before President Richard Nixon resigned, and with a 7 a.m. start at the Battle Creek Enquirer. A guy two months after grabbing his journalism degree from Michigan State had secured that most aspired of all prizes: a job at a daily newspaper. I walked into the office and joined my two sports-staff partners, Dick Lovell and sports editor Bill Frank. My first task: write a cutline (photo caption) for an Associated Press photo of Jack Nicklaus from the Pleasant Valley Classic's final round. Four decades and many million words later, it ends, formally anyway, today at The Detroit News, a wondrous employer for nearly all of the past 40 years. There have been moments and minutes so magical, and so frequent, as to defy any orderly account. But here goes on … [Read more...] about Henning: 45 years covering sports provide endless memories
Viet Nam News KON TUM — Tết is a special time of year for everyone in Việt Nam, but it means a bit more for some families this year. After 10 years of nomadic "living on the water" at the fringes of a hydropower plant reservoir in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, 29 families of about 100 people are excited to spend Tết (Lunar New Year) on dry land. That’s because they finally have recognition as legal residents and houses. In the newly formed village named after the Sê San 4 reservoir in Ia Tơi Commune, the usually stern fishermen are relaxed with a quiet contentment. Nguyễn Hai Triều, a 45-year-old man, said his house was built after Ia Tơi Commune’s authorities decided to grant each household 400sq.m of land and VNĐ50 million (US$2,160). He used all his savings and borrowed more money to complete the house, with a total cost of VNĐ300 million, a decision that other families in the village quickly … [Read more...] about Fisherman living on rafts to enjoy their first Tết on solid ground