• York Weekend Best of August 2014 - 08/01/2014 12:03 AM EDT
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    Manny Roth, founder of Café Wha?, dead at 94

    08/01/2014 05:43 PM EDT
    Manny Roth, founder of the Greenwich Village club Café Wha?, has died. Roth, who gave early breaks to such future superstars as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen, died July 25 at age 94. 
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    Guitarist, songwriter for Alice Cooper dies at 71
    08/01/2014 03:43 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. Full Story

    Wein to lead Newport All-Stars 1 more time
    08/01/2014 01:06 PM EDT - NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein doesn't know if this year will mark the end of a tradition dating back to the inaugural event 60 years ago: playing with his Newport All-Stars band. Full Story

    Usher 'overwhelmed' by supporters of foundation
    08/01/2014 07:36 AM EDT - ATLANTA (AP) — Rhythm and blues singer Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon. Full Story

    At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics
    08/01/2014 07:34 AM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics. Full Story

    Met Opera workers say they hope to avert lockout
    08/01/2014 03:43 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers at the Metropolitan Opera said Friday they want to work with management to avoid shutting down one of New York City's most prestigious cultural institutions. Full Story

    Lawsuit over Slipknot bassist's death dismissed
    08/01/2014 09:28 AM EDT - DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor. Full Story

    Russell Simmons, LL Cool J visit youth at NYC jail
    08/01/2014 07:24 AM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — A group of young people at a jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. Full Story

    Atlantic City hosts free Blake Shelton concert
    07/31/2014 07:26 PM EDT - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than 60,000 fans are rocking to a free Blake Shelton concert on the Atlantic City beach. Full Story

    Russell Simmons, LL Cool J visit youth at NYC jail
    07/31/2014 07:32 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. Full Story

    Otter attacks swimmers in Washington river

    SEATTLE (AP) — State and federal wildlife agents are trying to trap the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Full Story
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    Food in Jars: Pickles how you like 'em

    One of my family's favorite snacks has always been pickles. At every family gathering, there's a tray out with several different kinds of pickles, from sweet to spicy to dilled. Full Story
    (Chris Pizzello/AP)
    Stars willing to risk opinions on Gaza clash

    When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn't hesitate to sign on. Full Story