Nancy Jones is convinced that God sent her to George Jones to save the country legend from himself.
The former Nancy Sepulvado wasn’t even a fan of the iconic singer when a friend dragged her along to a concert in New York in 1981. She tells Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper that changed as soon as he started to sing.
“My God, he walked on stage and the crowd goes wild,” she says. “And that voice. I thought, ‘How is that coming out of that man’s mouth? Dang, he’s good.’”
They soon became a couple, and married two years later. But Nancy had her work cut out for her; at the time, Jones had earned the well-deserved nickname No Show Jones due to his chronic absences from performances, which were caused by his drinking and drug use. She set about trying to rescue what was at the time a failing career, firing much of Jones’ team and taking over. She convinced him to contact all of the booking agents he had burned in the past and play the shows he had previously skipped out on.
Martina McBride is a veteran of industry awards shows, and she says they’ve changed since she first got into the country music business.
“The pace of it has changed,” she says. “I feel like there’s a lot more music that we put in, which is great for the fans. But sometimes I miss when there were all the acceptance speeches. But it’s all good.”
The powerhouse singer isn’t sure how she’d fare if she was a newcomer to country music in today’s environment. “I don’t know,” McBride admits. “I’ve always been about the songs just finding great songs, and right now the culture isn’t too friendly to females on the radio, so I don’t know.”
That said, McBride feels like things are beginning to come around once again for females in country music.
“I’m out looking for songs for my new record, and I can tell you that I feel the tide turning at the publishing, on the writing level as well,” she shares. “Some of them are story songs. It’s so early in the process I’ve only been doing it about a week and a half, so I haven’t found a lot of things. But I have found a couple that I like, and they’re just great story songs. Inspiring, just great songs.”
I had a story over the weekend about a Rochester-area lawyer who is trying to find out how many New Yorkers have registered their assault style weapons under the 2013 SAFE Act.
The law continues to rile up gun enthusiasts and the State Police, who maintain the data base of registrations contends that the law exempts them from having to say how many weapons have been registered.
Here’s the story from Saturday’s Times Union:
As her case winds through the courts, a prominent Second Amendment rights lawyer is hoping within the next few months to learn how many New Yorkers have registered their assault-style weapons under the NY SAFE Act gun control law.
“I am told that the decisions are forthcoming,” Rochester-area lawyer Paloma Capanna said, referring to an Article 78 action, a lawsuit against the state, seeking the number of NY SAFE Act registrations.
Actor Ron Perlman’s production company Wing and a Prayer Pictures will locate at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute facilities in Onondaga County, called the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, which is expected to open this summer.
Perlman’s company will produce at least five films upstate, with post-production work also to be done in the region, according to a Suny Poly release. The company will be eligible for tax-free status under the START-UP NY initiative.
Perlman starred in the Manhattan-set fantasy TV series “Beauty & The Beast” and played the patriarch of a motorcycle gang in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.” On the big screen, he’s a regular player for director Guillermo Del Toro, appearing in two “Hellboy” movies as well as “Pacific Rim.”
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported in February that the Hub’s other tenant was moving more slowly than anticipated on two productions, the baseketball drama “Sweetwater” and the sci-fi project “The Opium War,” aka “Sergeant X.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support for an expanded film and TV production tax credit has come in for criticism, especially after emails from the hack on Sony revealed studio executives being pitched to donate to the governor’s re-election effort and reaching out to Empire State Development Corp. officials seeking action on credit submissions.
Police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the weekend homicides of two men in downtown Winnipeg.
Images of a man that were taken by a surveillance camera were released by police Sunday in the hope the public could help identify him.
Police had called the man a person of interest because he had been seen in the Hargrave Street area — where the two victims were found about a block apart.
They also said they were looking for two other people, a man and a woman, who were in that same area between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday night.
Until Tuesday morning, police had refrained from calling anyone a suspect, referring to them only as persons of interest.
A single mother in Thunder Bay is struggling to cope after her car was impounded by police and she had to pay nearly $1,000 in towing and storage fees.
"I had no money. I had nothing left after this hurdle of coming up with this money," Shannon Mamakeesic said.
The trouble started in March, when Mamakeesic said she was informed during a random police check that her license was about to be suspended, but the officer said he couldn't explain why.
Mamakeesic said she went to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) office in the city, showed a clerk that she had paid her fine for a speeding ticket, and the reinstatement fee.
The clerk told her "it's $150 and I'll give you your licence back and you're good to go in 48 hours," Mamakeesic said.
Key findings from the spring report of the federal auditor general, released Tuesday:
- The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada should be doing more to mitigate the health risks posed by antimicrobial resistance — the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections, or "superbugs," due to the misuse of antimicrobial drugs.
- Despite accounting for tens of billions of dollars in annual government expense, the federal government's tax-based expenditures — boutique tax credit measures such as the children's fitness tax credit, for example — are not properly evaluated or subject to adequate parliamentary oversight.
People living in remote First Nations in Manitoba and Ontario aren't guaranteed to have access to clinical and client care services or medical transportation benefits, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in his report Tuesday.
The report found serious problems, including that only one of 45 nurses in the group sampled by auditors finished all five mandatory Health Canada training courses chosen for the audit.
An internal audit raised flagged the problem five years ago.
Vacancies and high turnover rate in these communities mean Health Canada's first priority is having enough nurses to staff health-care stations.
Health Canada also identified 30 "deficiencies" in the nursing stations chosen for the audit. Only four were fixed, but Health Canada couldn't find paperwork to prove it.
In one case, a nursing station residence was unusable for more than two years because of a broken septic system, leading medical specialists to cancel visits.
Ms. Cheyenne Brady (Sac and Fox/Cheyenne/Tonkawa) was crowned 2015 Miss Indian World on Saturday. Brady edged out 1st runner-up, Ms. Ashley Pino (Acoma/Santo Domingo/Northern Cheyenne), and 2nd runner-up, Ms. Baillie Redfern (Metis Nation) for the top honor in what the pageant staff called one the closest contest in recent years.
During her opening remarks, Brady, 22, said, "First, and foremost, I would like to thank the Creator. This is something that I've dreamed about since I was a little girl. I've been coming to [Gathering of Nations] since I was a baby. I have a picture of my mom, sitting in those same red bleachers, and I'm little baby in my red jumpsuit, just sitting there [beside her.] Growing up, I've always watched Miss Indian World, and seen what great role-models they are. I'm just so thankful."
For Native men who batter, it can take relearning their cultural role as a partner in their relationship to stop.
It isn't only non-Natives who violate Native women, though those numbers are sky high. For youth on some reservations, domestic violence in the home is becoming all too familiar. A Rosebud Reservation based organization, Wica Agli, is beginning to address the problem.
Wica Agli was co-founded by Greg Grey Cloud, Crow Creek Sioux, and Aldo Seone, Sanpesco Yaqui. They have developed a series of classes to encourage men to break this cycle of violence by teaching batterers, incarcerated men, and youth the traditional roles of the Lakota man.