DISTRICT ATTORNEY: MEEK MILL DESERVES NEW TRIAL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia’s district attorney is calling for Meek Mill to get a new trial before a different judge. District Attorney Larry Krasner says in a brief submitted yesterday that Judge Genece Brinkley’s court “abused its discretion” in 2017 in sentencing Mill to two to four years in prison for a minor probation violation on a gun charge. Krasner’s brief says Brinkley “personally assumed the role of investigator” when she checked up on Mill at a homeless shelter where he was doing community service. He says Brinkley improperly referred to her own observations at a hearing. Brinkley has denied she was biased against Mill. Attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr., who has represented Brinkley, could not be reached for comment.
SOUL ASYLUM’S “RUNAWAY TRAIN” VIDEO REMADE TO HELP MORE KIDS
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ Soul Asylum is marking the 25th anniversary of their hit song “Runaway Train” with another attempt to help missing children. The video for that song featured 36 missing kids, 21 of whom were located. The band has granted permission to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to create a new video called “Runaway Train 25,” performed by Jamie N Commons and Skylar Grey featuring Gallant. The new video uses geolocation technology to update with profiles of missing children based on the viewer’s location. You can see the video at www.RunawayTrain25.com .
066819-r-485:28-(Jamie N Commons and Skylar Grey featuring Gallant, performing “Runaway Train”)-”(music fades)”-Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” video updated to help more kids (23 May 2019)
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ALABAMA 3 FOUNDER JAKE BLACK DIES
UNDATED (AP) _ One of the musicians behind the theme song to “The Sopranos” has died. The band Alabama 3 confirms on Facebook that musician Jake Black, whose stage name was The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, died Tuesday. His age and a cause of death were not given, but the band says his “transition was painless and peaceful.” Black had just performed with the band at a British festival last Friday. Alabama 3 formed in 1996 in Brixton, London. “The Sopranos” used their song “Woke Up This Morning” for its theme music.
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MORE DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT NEWLY FOUND ARETHA FRANKLIN WILLS
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ How did Aretha Franklin die without a will, then suddenly three turn up? According to a court filing, Franklin’s niece and estate representative Sabrina Owens found the key to a locked cabinet on May 3, where two handwritten wills were found. One says a will from decades earlier is “no good,” while the other is 11 pages long and has a notary’s signature. That same day, Owens found a notebook under the couch cushions that had another will, dated March, 2014. It’s four pages long and it’s hard to read, but it calls for Franklin’s son, Kecalf (KELF) Franklin, to be the estate’s representative. Franklin’s sons had agreed to let Owens oversee the estate, and a change would require a judge’s approval. Kecalf Franklin and Owens are at odds about her plan to sell a piece of the estate’s land for $325,000. Michigan law puts great weight on the wishes of a decedent, even recently allowing a man’s final words on his cellphone to count as his will. A court hearing is set for June 12.
HANK WILLIAMS JR. SEEKS HIS GRANDFATHER’S SHOTGUN
CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) _ Hank Williams Jr. wants his grandfather’s shotgun back so badly, he’ll pay $6,000 to whoever finds it, no questions asked. Williams posted a letter saying he can’t find his Granddad Sheppard’s Remington 16-gauge shotgun, serial number ending with 58111. Williams wants to pass it down to his own children and grandchildren. Williams’ lawyer, Steve Smith, says they don’t think the gun was stolen but probably lost when Williams moved. Smith is even offering to give the finder a gun or a guitar, if that’s better than the cash.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S OPENERS WANT MOM TIPS
NASHVILLE (AP) _ The opening acts on Carrie Underwood’s tour will be watching closely and taking notes, and not just about how she works a stage. Taylor Dye of Maddie and Tae admits she wants “all the super mom working tips.” Naomi Cooke of Runaway June says they look forward to seeing how Underwood is “a good mom, a good wife and a great performer.” Underwood says before she was a mom, she used to ask female headliners about their mistakes and how they outfitted their tour buses. Underwood wants something in return from her opening acts, though: collaborations. She says it would be a wasted opportunity to have so many talented ladies together and not make great music.
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MARTHA REEVES SINGS BEFORE ALABAMA LAWMAKERS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Motown legend Martha Reeves sang her 1964 hit “Dancing in the Street” in the Alabama House of Representatives, let the record show that lawmakers feel compelled to sing along. Reeves, a native of the state, led lawmakers in song yesterday. She was in town to receive the Distinguished Artists Award by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She told lawmakers that she’s thrilled to be back in her home state.
NEW YORK WILL RENAME STREET FOR NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
NEW YORK (AP) _ The intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street in New York will be renamed for the Notorious B.I.G. next month. Biggie’s mother, his two children, local politicians and unspecified “celebrity friends” will attend the ceremony on June 10. The street will be renamed “Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Way.”
by Margie Szaroleta