Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
(CNN) -- If there was a musician who transcended the difficult boundaries between East and West, it was sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.
Panditji, as he was known to his fans, did it by remaining true to his craft. "He was an amazingly pure artist," says Kartik Seshadri, one of Shankar's pupils and a sitar master in his own right.
Though he's often thought of in the West as an experimenter and collaborator -- with guitarist George Harrison, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, saxophonist John Coltrane, composer Phillip Glass and conductor Andre Previn -- Shankar was a traditionalist.
Indian classical music, as ancient as the scriptures of Hinduism, flowed from his fingers with ease. His music transfixed even those who knew not one iota about the complexities of it.
"That is the beauty of his approach to music and how he was able to transfer that and translate that to an audience in the West," Seshadri says.
Shankar's music moved from introspective to playful.
"There's a whole gamut of emotions that finds a place with people," Seshadri says.
Shankar died Tuesday in San Diego, his home for many years. He was 92 and led a life rich with accomplishments and accolades.
I was one of those people who was transfixed the first time I listened to Shankar.
I was still in high school in Tallahassee, Florida, when Shankar and his troupe came to town for a performance at Florida State University's music school in December, 1978.
There were only a handful of Indian families in Tallahassee then, and not much was available to us in the way of homeland culture. It was a rare treat for us to be able to see Shankar in concert.
My mother was especially excited. She was trained in voice and sang the songs of another talented Indian, Rabindranath Tagore, India's sole Nobel laureate in literature. She played harmonium with her songs and sometimes, a tanpura, a string instrument that resembles a sitar but has no frets.
It was a moment of pride, as well -- in a time when India was known to many of my American friends as a land of human misery. When we wanted to boast of the greatness of our land, we uttered Shankar's name.
A few days before the concert, organizers called my mother with a special request: Could she possibly cook dinner for the musicians? Shankar was craving a home-cooked Bengali meal.
Of course, yes, my mother said. Who would not be honored to cook for the maestro? Then came days of cooking -- spiced rice pilau with raisins and pistachios, chicken curry, lentils and sandesh, a special milk sweet for which Bengalis are famous.
On the night of the performance, Opperman Music Hall was packed. The lights dimmed and the Shankar's music filled the air, mellifluous and luscious like the rich silk of a Benarasi sari.
I didn't understand the melodic forms and rhythms of the music that was played that night.
I knew that he had written the music for director Satyajit Ray's acclaimed "Apu Trilogy." But I was not unlike millions of others who connected Ravi Shankar's name to the Beatles and to the concert for Bangladesh.
I had expected to react in typical teenage fashion with boredom. Instead, I was transported to another sphere. Shankar's sitar was magical.
His music transcends the boundaries of race and religion. It is what humanity is all about. Journalist Partha Banerjee
The rhythms of the performance fell and rose with the improvisation of each melody framework known as a raga. His sitar told of joy and sorrow, of lives led and dreams dashed.
The intensity on stage rose as Shankar challenged tabla virtuoso Alla Rakha to match each one of his sitar riffs. I did not just hear a performance that night. I felt it.
Later that evening Shankar and Rakha arrived at our house. I sat in awe through every course of my mother's dinner.
It was my introduction to the classical music of my homeland. I realized then that I didn't need to understand the nuances of the notes. Shankar spoke to me in a language that was universal.
"He created an aura of spirituality," says journalist and musician Partha Banerjee.
"His music transcends the boundaries of race and religion. It is what humanity is all about." Harrison dubbed Shankar the "godfather of world music." Many Indians like to think of him as their cultural ambassador to the world.
Had he been born a Westerner, he might have been a household name like Beethoven or Mozart, Banerjee believes.
In later years, Shankar said he was happy to have contributed to bringing the music of India to the West, though he regretted his name forever linked to a 1960s culture of drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll. The music he played, he said, was sacred.
Not many ordinary Indians I know would eject their Bollywood CDs to listen to Shankar's sitar. He's not on top-40 lists.
But Ravi Shankar's gift went beyond his skills on the strings. He possessed an uncommon ability to reach across cultures. He introduced the traditions of my homeland to my friends in America.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:49:29 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) -- We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD. The school district isn't releasing much information but a spokesperson says the district wasMore >>
We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:39:13 GMT
OVERTON (KYTX) - Sidewalk renovation in Overton , it's gone on for about a week in front of Sheryl Thornton's hair salon, The Barber Pole. Thornton says it has already made her lose some business. SheMore >>
Sidewalk construction causes headaches for an Overton business owner.More >>