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December 14, 2018

NANCY WILSON, CLASSY VETERAN SINGER, DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She could sing just about anything. And she could sing just about anything well. Nancy Wilson has died. The self-described “song stylist” whose versatile voice made her a top-selling artist and concert performer died after a long illness last night at her home in the California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park. Wilson’s career was shaped by early influences like Dinah Washington and Nat King Cole and other stars. And she was able to handle everything from jazz standards to pop songs to Broadway tunes. She defied being pigeonholed as an artist, saying she wanted to be known as a singer whose voice could interpret any kind of music. Wilson won a Grammy in 1965, won another 40 years later and scored another Grammy win two years after that, in 2007. At one point during the 1960s, Wilson released eight albums — each of which went to the top 10 on the Billboard pop charts.

Nancy Wilson was 81.

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NANCY WILSON - IN HER OWN WORDS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Wilson says she loved to perform — but she saw her work as a job, not a calling. In a 1994 Associated Press Radio interview, Wilson said she had to sacrifice much to be a recording artist — like family. She says while singing before cheering fans was certainly better than other jobs, it was still hard work. She says she always appreciated her fans — but wanted them to know their cheers didn’t substitute for the love she had for her family, children and home. Wilson was married twice — to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She had three children.

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NANCY WILSON - MORE THAN MUSIC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She will always be remembered as a singer. But Nancy Wilson was busy in other fields, too. She was in several TV shows and movies. Among her credits were the TV series “Hawaii Five-O” and “Police Story.” Filmmaker Robert Townsend cast her in his superhero spoof “Meteor Man.” And Wilson spent years hosting the NPR series “Jazz Profiles.” Aside from entertaining, Wilson was a civil rights warrior. She marched with Martin Luther King in the 1965 march on Selma, Alabama. And in 1998, she received an NAACP Image Award for her efforts to promote a positive image for African-Americans through her life and career.

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NANCY WILSON - FANS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Wilson once said she didn’t need to roll with an entourage — because she liked venturing out on her own, despite having many fans. Asked about that in a 1994 Associated Press Radio interview, Wilson says she tried to act in a way that would keep fans from getting crazy if they met her on the street. She says she carried herself as a regular person — because that was what she was — and she says if fans wanted to acknowledge her, or ask for an autograph or a photo — that was fine. But she said since she didn’t have a posse around her, she always felt comfortable around fans — and they felt comfortable with her, too.

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KELLY CLARKSON - LIP-SYNCHING

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kelly Clarkson is sending love and support to a basketball fan caught on a fan cam lip-synching to one of her songs. The video of Mandy Remmell’s performance of Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” has captured more than 700,000 views online. It became a thing after Remmell attended the University of Maryland basketball game Tuesday. She was caught on camera — and her 10-year-old son reacted by pulling his hoodie over his head in shame. Clarkson tweeted about Remmell, “This is my kind of mama.” Remmell is returning the favor, saying she’s happy that Clarkson can relate to her situation.

VETERAN ACTOR, DIRECTOR SONDRA LOCKE DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She was a movie actress and director — and was an Academy Award nominee for her work in the 1968 movie “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” But in many ways, the career trajectory of Sondra Locke was closely tied to her relationship with actor Clint Eastwood. Locke co-starred in six films with Eastwood. They also dated for 13 years. As they stayed together, she had a series of hit films with him, including “Every Which Way But Loose” and the 1980 sequel, “Any Which Way You Can.” But things began to unravel personally and professionally in 1989 — when Eastwood broke up with her. She wrote in her memoir that the locks on their house were changed and her personal things put outside a home she thought he’d gifted her. Locke sued Eastwood for palimony, then fraud. They settled the cases in 1996.

Locke has died. She passed away more than a month ago — Nov. 3 — at her Los Angeles home. She suffered cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. She was 74. It’s unclear why it took nearly six weeks for her death to become known — and that, only after RadarOnline reported it yesterday.

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CBS SETTLES WITH ACTRESS OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s another case of sexual misconduct in the news. CBS has reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku. The payment comes after she said she felt uncomfortable over on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network’s show “Bull.” The network confirms the payment in a statement to The Associated Press. Dushku was written off the show after complaining about Weatherly’s comments on her appearance and jokes involving sex and rape — jokes made in the front of cast and crew in early last year. The settlement remerged during the investigation of former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. He was ousted in September after the New Yorker published allegations from 12 women who say he sexually mistreated them — and threatened retaliation if they resisted his advances.

BOB BRYAN, HALF OF COMEDY DUO, DIES

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — He was half a comedy team that became an inspiration to the likes of Garrison Keillor and Penn Jillette. Bob Bryan of Bert and I has died. He was 87 when he died at his home in Quebec, Canada. Byran and the late Marshall Dodge crafted their humor from the byplay they observed between people of Maine and know-it-all tourists who passed through the area. The team’s immortal punch line, “You can’t get there from here,” has been repeated over the decades — even as many who do don’t realize it stemmed from the humor of Bert and I.

RYAN REYNOLDS - FOOTBALL

KANSAS CITY (AP) — As an actor, Ryan Reynolds is used to having the director calling the shots. So maybe that’s why he says if he had the chance to be a football player, he’d rather be a quarterback — so he can call the plays himself. The actor mused over his gridiron dreams in an interview on last night’s Thursday Night Football game. Reynolds, who’s Canadian, spoke with Michael Strahan (STRAY’-han) about being a fan of the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. He also says when it came to the NFL, he’s a Seattle Seahawks fan. Reynolds was also on to talk about the new “Deadpool” movie he’s in.

STEPHEN CURRY - MOON LANDING

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry says yes, he knows man really did land on the moon. The Golden State Warriors star says he was just joking on a podcast when he questioned whether astronauts really explored the lunar surface. Of course, once Curry’s comments hit social media, they got people riled up. He told ESPN this week that he didn’t respond to the controversy right away because he was “silently protesting” that people actually took him for “a fake-moon-landing truther.” Meantime, Curry says he will take up NASA on its offer to tour the lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

DWAYNE WADE, GABRIELLE UNION SUPPORTING EXPELLED STUDENT

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union recently welcomed their first child into the world. But that doesn’t mean they won’t lend a hand to someone else’s kid. The NBA star and his actress wife are backing attorney Benjamin Crump as he tries to help an expelled student and family friend get back into high school. The couple released a statement supporting Cyrus Nance, who played basketball in his first year at American Heritage High until he was expelled last month after a verbal altercation with a coach of another team at the school. The attorney says Nance wants to return to school, but the school won’t his transcript until his mother signs a non-disclosure agreement and pays a fee. School officials, citing privacy issues, didn’t directly respond to the allegations.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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