Mariah Carey, Neptunes, Lennox in Songwriters Hall of Fame
After a glittering career stuffed with No. 1 hits — not to mention a two-year pandemic delay — Mariah Carey was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but not before challenging her new fellow members to do better by women.
Hartlepool by-election ‘is the Conservatives’ to lose’
The Conservatives are heading for victory in Thursday's by-election in Hartlepool, the leader of the council believes, as Boris Johnson warned that the party faced a fight. During a visit to a seafront fish and chip restaurant in the north-eastern constituency, the Prime Minister said: "I have always believed that it was going to be a tough fight, and I still believe that is the case." Mr Johnson said he hoped voters would focus on the "massive opportunities" the Tories had brought by delivering on Brexit. Hartlepool residents backed leaving the European Union by 70 percent in 2016. He said: "Here in Hartlepool, for instance, you've got a fantastic community that voted for change in 2016 and we're delivering that change and I hope that they will come forward and vote for change again." Read more: Will more bricks fall from the 'Red Wall'? Despite Mr Johnson's warning of a "tough" ride at the polls, Shane Moore, the independent leader of Hartlepool Council, told The Telegraph the feeling on the ground is that the Tories will win. He said: "It's theirs to lose. "Hartlepool over the years was Labour through and through. People said 'I voted Labour because my dad voted Labour', but it's been broken and it's difficult to get those votes back. Almost perversely, Boris Johnson has, bizarrely, managed to speak more to the working class and Hartlepudlian."news.yahoo.com
Sherelle Jacobs in Hartlepool: Are sleaze claims cutting through in the Red Wall?
"This by-election hasn’t got anything to do with the red brick or the red line or whatever you call it," sighs Mike Tilling, the headmaster of the Hartlepool’s High Tunstall College of Science. "Outside journalists come to do political stories here and they head straight for the dole centre and the Wetherspoons." As we walk through his comprehensive school’s sparkly new building, he tuts that not one candidate has visited the school, even though it’s just had a multi-million pound refurbishment. Instead, Chancellor Rishi Sunak opted for a visit to the town’s snazzy new film studio development at the town’s Northern School of Art, dubbed the ‘Pinewood of the North’. "Hartlepool’s problem is all the buzz about development is unfocused. The town lacks a single anchor - like the Nissan plant in nearby Sunderland. If a big employer moved in, the local school curriculums could be organised around specific technical skills," says Mr Tilling. "None of those standing seem to quite get it." By-elections are notorious for exposing the gulf between Westminster and local world-views. Career politicians are parachuted into a place they have never visited. The London commentariat descend in their droves, determined to insert the day’s exotic location into some wider Westminster psychodrama.news.yahoo.com
Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, dies
FILE - Johnny Mandel appears at the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Awards Ceremony and Concert in New York on Jan. 11, 2011. Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, arranger and musician, died Monday, June 29, 2020, of a cardiac ailment at his home in Ojai, Calif. There are many ways to describe the legendary composer Johnny Mandel. I just work with whats there and try to do the best with whats there.As an arranger, Mandel worked with some of the greatest singers of his time. Why didnt you write the lyrics to The Shadow of Your Smile? Mandel told the NEA.