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Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

Happy Fathers Day!

Jun 17, 2012

WVAS-FM wishes all the biological, adoptive and chosen ones a very Happy Fathers Day. Join Milton Shirdan on Bill Boynton's SwingTown from 12 until 3PM on June 17th for a salute to fathers and a farewell to spring.

Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

Jun 8, 2012

Ohio-born trumpeter Sean Jones played lead for approximately five years with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was a member of Sean's section. When was asked what he learned from Marsalis, Jones answered in two words: "work ethic."

Now 35-year-old Sean Jones is touring with the Marcus Miller group, an Associate Professor at Duquesne University and Oberlin Conservatory, Interim Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and leading his group in Detroit with music from his album No Need for Words.

June is National Black Music Month

Jun 6, 2012

Music is the universal language which spans all cultural, regional and racial boundaries. Tune in to WVAS-FM throughout the month of June as we celebrate America's Classical Music - Jazz.

It began with the crisis on Wall Street in 2008. Alexis Cuadrado, from Barcelona and now Brooklyn, remembered the poetry of the surrealist Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), whom all Spanish students study in school.

Betty Carter Salute

May 15, 2012

Betty Carter was born Lillie Mae Jackson on May 16, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a musical salute to Betty Carter on her birthday. Listen during the 9:00 hour exclusively on WVAS-FM.

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

The Art Of The Deejay

Apr 25, 2012

April is Public Radio Music Month and WVAS-FM gives you a look into The Art Of The Deejay, a one hour special exploring the history of radio, clips from radio personalities from the past and conversations with current deejay. Featured are Aqueelah Jam, Brian Carter, Charles Twitty, David Brent Johnson, Dyana Williams, Gene Knight, Larry "Doc" Elliott, Mel Marsjhall and Milton Shirdan. Tune in at 6;00PM on WVAS-FM or online at www.wvasfm.org.

 

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