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After spending the 1980s enjoying enormous success as one half of the synthpop duo the Eurythmics, Annie Lennox began a new phase of her career in 1992 with the release of her solo debut, Diva, and proved that she could do just fine on her own.

During her Eurythmics days, Lennox had become known for her powerful voice and her edgy, androgynous image. But with Diva, we get to hear — and see — the softer, more vulnerable, more feminine side of the singer. That doesn’t mean the edginess is gone, it’s just packaged a little differently. She’s still exploring themes like love, heartbreak, and sexual politics as she did with the Eurythmics, but in a way I don’t think she fully could working with Dave Stewart; Diva‘s sound is warmer and its lyrics are more personal.  As much as I loved Eurythmics Lennox, I was totally captivated by Diva Lennox.

Produced by Stephen Lipson, who is probably best known for his work with Trevor Horn, Diva was a commercial and critical success, topping the charts in the U.K. and reaching number 23 on the Billboard album chart in the United States. Since its release, it has been certified double-platinum in the U.S. and quadruple-platinum in the U.K. It also scored Lennox multiple award nominations, including three Grammys and four Brits.

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A nation mourned Wednesday night, as CNN’s Lou Dobbs, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, announced his retirement from the network. Though it’s still unclear which nation is in mourning, experts have conclusively ruled out Mexico.

According to the Associated Press, the controversial newsman “angered CNN management this summer by pressing questions about President Obama’s birth site after CNN reporters determined there was no issue.”

I myself was skeptical of the president’s birthplace until he drank a domestic beer — Bud Light — at the July 30 “beer summit.” Then I remembered that Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Bud Light, sold their company last year to InBev, a Belgian company. Thanks to CNN’s shortsightedness, we may never find out if InBev is secretly run by Kenyan expatriates.

This isn’t the first time Dobbs has left CNN. He was one of its original anchors back in 1980 when it debuted, overseeing financial news and hosting Moneyline. But in April of ’99, after being reprimanded by the network’s then-president, Rick Kaplan, for cutting away from a speech by President Bill Clinton on the Columbine shootings, Dobbs announced that he was departing CNN, saying he wanted to focus on a new website he’d founded, Space.com, because in space no one can hear you call your boss an idiot.

(I was working at CNN in a bottom-rung position back in 1999, and I would bet money that Kaplan’s voice, which combined the omnipotence of God with the volume of a T. Rex, can be heard in space. If I remember correctly, he was also nine feet tall.)