Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/18/18, 11:05 am

Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs in Ghana who rose through the ranks of the United Nations to become the first black African secretary-general, has died of an unspecified illness. He was 80.

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Such a time as this

Entertainment | The prophetic voice of Aretha Franklin
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/17/18, 04:38 pm

From 1967 to 1972, Aretha Franklin was on fire. She had released her first album, a gospel collection, in 1956 at age 14 and gained popularity as a jazz and blues singer. But it wasn’t until she moved to Atlantic records in ’67 and recorded Otis Redding’s “Respect” that her career burst into full flame, fanned by the winds of the feminist and civil rights movements.

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Jury considers Manafort’s fate

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/17/18, 01:44 pm

President Donald Trump on Friday defended Paul Manafort as a jury entered its second day of deliberations in the former Trump campaign chairman’s fraud trial. Manafort faces 18 felony counts of tax evasion and bank fraud stemming from payments he received for advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine. His trial is the first to arise from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the alleged crimes happened before Manafort served as Trump’s campaign chairman.

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