Names in the News
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ A judge threw out a $500,000 lawsuit from a housekeeper who claimed Bill Cosby fired her just days after she injured herself on the job.
Senior U.S. District Judge Frank Freedman threw out the claims of Susan Isles on Wednesday, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to go to trial, Cosby’s lawyer, Francis Dibble Jr., said.
Isles, 41, had been seeking damages from Cosby, who fired her in December 1993, just two days after she allegedly slammed her head on a pipe and passed out at his home in Shelburne, about 90 miles from Boston.
Isles had claimed the Cosbys broke a promise of lifetime employment and fired her because she tried to collect workers’ compensation payments.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Little Lilly Winwood is the latest addition to the family of rocker Steve Winwood.
Lillian Eugenia Winwood, weighing 7-pounds and 4-ounces, and her mother, Eugenia, returned home after the birth Monday. Lillian is the couple’s fourth child.
Steve Winwood, 47, who moved to Tennessee from England, began his career as a teen-ager as lead singer for the Spencer Davis Group. He was also a member of the groups Blind Faith and Traffic, and has since had solo hits including ``Higher Love″ and ``Roll With It.″
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Snoop Doggy Dogg can remain free on $1 million bail while he awaits his murder trial but must be monitored electronically, a judge ruled.
Prosecutors wanted him jailed for allegedly pointing a gun at a police detective on the freeway July 5. Snoop’s lawyer says phone records prove it could not have been the rapper.
Superior Court Judge Paul Flynn ruled Friday that Snoop _ whose real name is Calvin Broadus _ can remain free through his trial but must wear an electronic monitor. The trial is scheduled for Oct. 23.
Snoop and two other men pleaded innocent to murder in the 1993 drive-by shooting of Philip Woldemariam, who Broadus said was stalking him.
NEW YORK (AP) _ A federal appeals court has upheld a $6 million verdict against a lawyer and an accountant accused of plundering Bob Marley’s fortune.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday affirmed a 1992 verdict that found that the two committed fraud in helping siphon more than $20 million from the reggae star’s estate.
The lawyer, David Steinberg, and the accountant, Marvin Zolt, were ordered to pay the estate $2.8 million in compensatory damages and $3 million in attorney fees. Steinberg was also ordered to pay $250,000 in punitive damages.
Steinberg’s lawyer, Jeremy D. Mishkin, denied the accusations and hopes the Supreme Court agrees to look at the case.
Marley died of brain cancer in 1981.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ The blacklisted screenwriter of ``Lawrence of Arabia″ who insisted throughout his life that he deserved credit for the work, will receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination.
Michael Wilson was recently recognized by the Writers Guild of America as the co-author of the 1962 film’s script, along with Robert Bolt.
The classic lost in Oscar screenwriting voting to Horton Foote’s script for ``To Kill a Mockingbird.″ ``Lawrence of Arabia″ did win best picture that year, however.
Because of the blacklist, Wilson’s script contributions were kept hidden. Wilson, who died in 1978, was awarded a posthumous Oscar in 1984 for writing 1957′s ``The Bridge on the River Kwai″ with Carl Foreman.
The nomination was to remedy ``one of the last ripples from that sad era″ of Hollywood blacklists, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesman John Pavlik said Friday.