Jill Corey, 85, Coal Miner’s Daughter Turned Singing Sensation, Dies

Norma Jean Speranza was born on September 30, 1935, the youngest of five children. Her father, Bernard Speranza, worked in a coal mine in Kiski Township, Pennsylvania; When Norma became Jean Jill, she bought it for him and renamed it Corey Mine. Her mother, Clara (Grant) Speranza, died when she was 4 years old. Her … Read more

Bhaskar Menon, Who Turned Capitol Information Round, Dies at 86

Bhaskar Menon, Who Turned Capitol Records Around, Dies at 86

In 1970, Capitol Records’ business was in trouble. The Beatles, the company’s top act, had passed away. Hits were rare in the remaining list. That year the company lost $ 8 million. It needed a savior, and it found one in Bhaskar Menon, an India-born, Oxford-trained manager at EMI, the British conglomerate that owned the … Read more

Turned Again by Italy, Migrants Face Perilous Winter in Balkans

Turned Back by Italy, Migrants Face Perilous Winter in Balkans

ROME – To avoid persecution in his homeland, a 27-year-old Pakistani man walked over mountains and forests on an arduous 18-month journey through Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia until he finally reached the Italian border. A few hours later, Italian guards took him up a hill in the city of Trieste, counted to five and told … Read more