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Sat July 23, 2011
The Record

Amy Winehouse, British Retro-Soul Singer, Has Died

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:12 pm

Amy Winehouse onstage in London in 2007.
Hayley Madden Redferns

Amy Winehouse, the brassy singer and songwriter who mixed gospel and jazz inflections into pop songs has died at the age of 27. According to the AP, her body was found at her home in London, and the police are calling her death "unexplained."

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Sat July 23, 2011

Read His Lips: No New Taxes

In this Feb. 19, 2010 file photo, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist jokes around as he is introduced prior to addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

President Obama and Speaker Boehner may be the center of attention in Washington right now, but just behind the scenes — and controlling a significant part of the discussion — is anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

In 1986, Norquist's group Americans for Tax Reform came up with a simple document with two simple messages:

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Sat July 23, 2011
Music News

Troubled Soul Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead

British singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her London apartment. The soul singer struggled with drink and drug addiction.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

Singer Amy Winehouse, who mixed pieces of soul, jazz, and gospel into pop ballads, was found dead in her apartment Saturday. Police are so far listing the cause of death as "unexplained." Her career as a musician was often overshadowed by her life off-stage, Winehouse struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout her life.

Winehouse wasn't one to apologize for her substance abuse. In fact, it's a big part of what made the singer so famous, or infamous. Winehouse released her first album, Frank, in 2003, but three years later she shot to super stardom, with her song, "Rehab."

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Sat July 23, 2011
Music Interviews

LMFAO: The Science Of Party Rocking

LMFAO, comprising members Redfoo (left) and SkyBlu, are the uncle-nephew duo behind "Party Rock Anthem."
Courtesy of the artist

The No. 1 song in America right now is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. It's also hit No. 1 in Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Brazil, the UK ... you get the idea. The duo behind LMFAO — the aformentioned party rockers — are Stefan and Skyler Gordy. Respectively, they are the son and grandson of the legendary Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. (For the record: The two are uncle and nephew, not father and son.)

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Sat July 23, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Calls Urgent Meeting On Debt Ceiling

President Obama has summoned Congressional leaders to the White House, after private deficit reduction talks with House Republican leaders broke down Friday night.