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George Avakian, Jazz Producer and Scholar, Dies at 98

George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98. Avakian’s daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediate available. Avakian, an executive at Columbia Records and Warner Bros. among other labels, helped popularize such consumer standards as liner notes, the long-playing album and the live album. Few could claim as many milestones as Avakian, who started out as an Ivy League prodigy rediscovering old jazz recordings and became a monumental industry figure and founder of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, presenters of the Grammys. Through th...

Singapore to use driverless buses ‘from 2022’

Image copyright NTU Singapore Image caption Nanyang Technological University in Singapore already uses driverless shuttles at its campus Singapore plans to introduce driverless buses on its public roads by 2022. The government says they will be piloted in three new neighbourhoods which will have less-crowded roads designed to accommodate the buses. The buses will be used to help residents travel in their communities, and to nearby train and bus stations. Densely-populated Singapore hopes driverless technology will help the country manage its land constraints and manpower shortages. “The autonomous vehicles will greatly enhance the accessibility and connectivity of our public transport system, particularly for the elderly, families with young children and the less mobile,” the T...

Foxconn stops interns’ illegal overtime at iPhone X factory

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Foxconn has faced several claims of poor treatment of workers at its Chinese factories Foxconn, a main supplier for Apple’s iPhone, says it has stopped interns from working illegal overtime at its factory in China. It comes after a Financial Times report found at least six students worked 11-hour days at its iPhone X plant in Henan province. The practice breached Chinese laws preventing children from working more than 40 hours per week. About 3,000 students were reportedly hired to work at the Zhengzhou plant. Apple said the secondary school students worked voluntarily but they “should not have been allowed to work overtime”. Both the tech giant and Foxconn have said the interns were “compensated and provided benefits”...

KD: Testy interactions with Westbrook ‘just ball’

1:36 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — Tensions ran hot between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the court once again, as the two went forehead-to-forehead briefly in the third quarter and were each assessed a technical foul in the Thunder‘s 108-91 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. “Man, that’s just ball,” Durant said of the interaction. “He’s a competitor, I’m a competitor. We like to go at it, both of us, and that’s just part of the game, so I respect it. I’ve got nothing but love for it. I’m expecting it again when we play ’em again, but it’s all fun and games.” Russell Westbrook said his exchanges with Kevin Durant had nothing to do with their history. “It don’t matter who it i...

Beyoncé Is Selling New Holiday Merch

Beyoncé wants you to have a thicc holiday, Complex reports. It says so right on one of the sweaters she’s selling as part of her clever new holiday capsule collection of merch, which also includes ornaments, wrapping paper, and shirts that say “Beyoncé Holiday Sweater.” Check out the full collection here and take a gander below.

Crowd-pleasing nibbles and drinks to kick off your Thanksgiving celebration

(Renee Comet/For The Washington Post) While appetizers aren’t requisite at Thanksgiving, a few well-placed nibbles can provide a nice celebratory feel. One or two of these paired with some sliced apples or pears (and maybe a nice hunk of cheese) should do the trick. [A last-minute game plan for hosting Thanksgiving] Onion Mushroom Tarte Tatin. Savory, sweet and beautiful. (Jennifer Chase/For The Washington Post) Khachapuri Penovani. Buttery puff pastry filled with melty, warm cheese. This is one of several reader-submitted family favorites worth trying. (Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post) Dorie Greenspan’s Herb and Scallion Dutch Baby. Adjust the herbs as you’d like; cut this into little cubes to serve with drinks. (James M. Thresher/For The Washington Post) Party Mix. Never underestima...

Kansas City Chiefs surprise with signing of veteran Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis is a seven-time Pro Bowler and likely a future Hall of Famer. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) The Chiefs needed help in the secondary, and they hope they’ve found some in an unexpected signing: Darrelle Revis. The 32-year-old cornerback has been a free agent since the Jets released him in March, but he will have a chance to help Kansas City get back on track for the playoffs. “He’s ready to go now,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters (via the Associated Press). “He was coming off the wrist [injury] that he had last year, you know — this is when he was ready to go. We felt the same way. So it was a nice, mutual agreement that took place, and here we are.” We have signed free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis.  https://t.co/saJgrWpqE1 pic.twi...

Tennessee’s nightmare season continues as Vols dismiss WR for profanity-laced tirade

Jauan Jennings celebrates his game-winning catch against Georgia last year. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) In the land of “Rocky Top,” they are still waiting to hit rock bottom. Tennessee’s nightmare season marked another dismal chapter Wednesday, as interim head coach Brady Hoke dismissed wide receiver Jauan Jennings after the junior posted a profanity-laced tirade to the Internet. In an Instagram video, Jennings, who has been out with a dislocated wrist suffered in the Vols’ season opener, appeared upset at possibly having been told he couldn’t play in Saturday’s season finale against Vanderbilt. “I really f—— hate Vanderbilt,” the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native said to a camera. “The coaching staff is holding us back,” he said. “Please, Tennessee, send us a great-a– coaching staff.” In hi...

Vinyl revival: D.C. area will be home to one of the nation’s biggest record-pressing factories

Vinyl records had their day. Then they nearly died. Then they were revived. Now investors are so confident in the resiliency of the revival that they are investing millions of dollars so the record industry can keep spinning in abundance. And a big part of the future of this nearly bygone medium could unfold in the Washington suburbs. Eric Astor of Falls Church is opening a record-pressing facility early next year in Fairfax County that he says eventually could increase the production of records in the country by almost 20 percent. The United States produces about 50 million records annually, and his business, Furnace Record Pressing, will have the capacity to make about 9 million a year. The sprawling 50,000-square-foot plant would help relieve an industry stymied by a supply chain that c...

Police: MS-13 members in Maryland stab man more than 100 times and decapitate him

As many as 10 members of the MS-13 street gang lured a man into a park in Wheaton, Md., spoke with one another over walkie-talkies as he arrived, stabbed him more than 100 times, decapitated him and then cut out his heart, according to police documents made public Wednesday in Montgomery County District Court. The first alleged attacker to be arrested, Miguel “Timido” Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, was charged with first-degree murder and held in jail after a brief hearing Wednesday. “He is noted as being the first individual to thrust a knife into the chest of the decedent,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly McGann said in court. Police continue to search for other suspects. Police found the body buried in a grave, deep in the woods of Wheaton Regional Park, that the attackers dug before the slay...

How to Make the Creamiest Mashed Potatoes Ever

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