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Rape conviction overturned after man spends decades in prison

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The conviction of a Chicago man who says he was beaten into a rape confession was overturned Tuesday by a Cook County, Ill., judge.

COL FB: Baylor 70, Louisiana-Monroe 7

WACO, Texas, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Bryce Petty passed for four touchdowns and ran for another Saturday in 19th-ranked Baylor's 70-7 non-conference shellacking of Louisiana-Monroe.

COL FB: Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42

ARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Nick Florence replaced an injured Robert Griffin III and threw two long touchdown passes Saturday, helping 20th-ranked Baylor polish off Texas Tech 66-42.

Pilot cancels flight after attendant fight

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Passengers on a Pinnacle Airlines flight from Rochester, N.Y., to Atlanta said the plane was grounded due to a fight between flight attendants.

Former city employee wins $2 million suit

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The city of Franklin, Tenn., must pay $2 million to a former employee after firing him for having pornography on a city computer, his attorney said.

Democrats break with unions on teacher pay

DENVER, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. education reformers say the new Democratic Party platform indicates a split has occurred between the party and the teachers unions.

USC to honor Ella Fitzgerald

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (UPI) -- The University of Southern California is getting ready to celebrate the music of the late jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.

NEA spends millions opposing NCLB

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Washington think tank Education Sector has accused the National Education Association of spending millions in a campaign opposing No Child Left Behind.

Jazz bassist Keter Betts dead at 77

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jazz bassist Keter Betts, who helped introduce the bossa nova to the United States, has died, it was reported Monday. He was 77.

Society of Singers to honor Elton John

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- The Society of Singers will present its 14th Annual Ella Award to pop icon Elton John, the Beverly Hills-based organization announced Tuesday.

Robert Johnson music fest set

GREENWOOD, Miss., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Robert Johnson's family has organized a U.S. event in honor of the legendary musician with Honeyboy Edwards, who played with the late bluesman, as headliner.

Aerosmith blues album due out this month

NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- Veteran U.S. rock band Aerosmith will release a 12-track blues album called "Honkin' on Bobo" on March 30, Billboard.com reported Monday.

Two Houston cops write hot screenplay

HOUSTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Houston police department is short two officers this week as the pair head west to pitch a screenplay that placed third in a Hollywood competition.

For blues fans, a lot to smile about

The members of Congress who proclaimed 2003 "The Year of the Blues" probably didn't know what they were actually honoring. But the extraordinary outpouring of n
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Delmark Records, one of the most important companies in blues and jazz history, celebrates its 50th anniversary in this year.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music and Books has set the lineup for the first date in a monthly club series spotlighting the top works from its DIY Film Festival and DIY Music Festival.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Music lovers might like to know that 2003 has been proclaimed "Year of the Blues."
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Edward "Kid" Ory was born this date in 1886 in La Place, La. In 1919, in California, he recorded the first-ever titles by an all-black jazz band.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Eddie Barefield was born this day in 1909 in Scandia, Iowa. He worked in the midwestern territory bands before moving to New York with Bennie Moten.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist and singer Sammy Price was born this day in 1908 in Honey Grove, Texas. He recorded an influential series of solo boogie-woogie piano sessions in 1945 for Mezz Mezzrow's King Jazz label. Price died in 1992. -0-
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Guitarist Howard Roberts was born this day in 1929 in Phoenix. After moving to Los Angeles in 1950, he became a prolific and versatile studio musician.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Henry "Kid" Rena was born this day in New Orleans in 1898. He played alongside a young Louis Armstrong in the Color Waifs' Home Brass Band.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Drummer Shadow Wilson was born this day in 1919 in Yonkers, N.Y. At the height of his career, he worked with many fine big bands, including those of Lucky Millinder, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Count Basie and Woody Herman. He was equally pr
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Lester Young, one of the great classic tenor saxophonists in jazz, was born this day in 1909 in Woodville, Miss. He was so fine that Billie Holiday nicknamed him "Pres," as in president.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The Bluebird reissue series has assembled a four-CD retrospective that traces the roots of rock 'n' roll. "When the Sun Goes Down," scheduled for an Aug. 20 release, was culled from the archives of the RCA Victor and Bluebird record labels.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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