Jazz guitarist and activist Carline Ray died Thursday at Isabella House in New York City, according to a statement from her publicist. No cause of death was given. She was 88.
In the 1940s, Ray was a member of the pioneering all-female band, The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. Ray, who was born in New York City, joined the group with fellow Juilliard School of Music student Edna Smith after the pair graduated in 1946. Ray played guitar and sang with the band.
The Defense of Marriage Act was recently overturned. Now, New York State’s Comptroller is calling for more transparency for equal federal benefits for Same Sex Spouses. Tom Dinapoli is urging President Obama to change a provision in the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Nelson Mandela turned 95 today (Thursday), and as part of International Nelson Mandela day, people in Syracuse are joining a worldwide effort to serve their fellow man. One group of local Bhutanese refugees are using this day to make a difference.
A swarm of Police and Firefighters responded to Valley Field Days today… they were helping young and special needs children get the most out of the fair. Buses from Syracuse schools pulled into the parking lot at Meachem Field while firefighters and police prepared to help them enjoy the festival.