CHRIS BROWN ARRESTED
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting sheriff’s deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge and booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail. The warrant accuses Brown of hitting a man who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said the entertainer was released after posting $2,000 bond on the battery charge issued by the Tampa Police Department. The 29-year-old entertainer’s record of violence includes a guilty plea to felony assault for beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 and a 2016 arrest on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He’s currently in the middle of his Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour.
ELVIS COSTELLO CANCELS TOUR DATES
LONDON (AP) — Elvis Costello has canceled the rest of his European summer tour after undergoing surgery for a “small but very aggressive” cancerous tumor. The post-punk singer-songwriter says he needs time to recover after the operation. The 63-year-old musician said in a statement Friday that he initially thought “normal service had been resumed” but now realized he needed more rest. He said “therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour.” He vowed to “return at the soonest opportunity.” The canceled concerts were in Britain, Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden. Costello, whose hits include “Alison” and “Oliver’s Army,” urged men to go to their doctors if they had symptoms they were worried about.
“FIFTY SHADES” DVDs HIDDEN FROM LIBRARY PATRONS
BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) — Fifty Shades of Shade? It sure looks like someone in the Detroit area has been throwing some serious shade at the racy “Fifty Shades” movie series. The library in Berkley says someone has been going around pulling DVD copies of the hit movie from its shelves. At first, library officials thought they were being swiped — and replaced them at a cost of more than $100. But now they say the culprit appears to have simply stashed some of the copies in the library — where no one could find them. The library has taken steps to prevent a sequel; they have put the “50 Shades” DVDs on a prominent shelf along with other R-rated titles. Also on the shelf: a sign that says it isn’t cool to hide stuff from other library patrons just because you don’t think someone should see or read it. Still a mystery — who was hiding the DVDs in the first place.
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JAMES WOODS SAYS AGENT DROPPED HIM
NEW YORK (AP) — So what did YOU do on the Fourth of July to show off your independence? James Woods says his agent celebrated the holiday by dropping him as a client. Woods is one of the more vocal conservatives in left-leaning Hollywood. And he says agent Ken Kaplan cut him loose on Wednesday because he was “feeling patriotic.” Woods disclosed the email his ex-agent sent on the fourth, which says directly: “I don’t want to represent you anymore.” The same day, Woods sent out tweets accusing Democrats of seeking “illegal votes” through immigration and calling former President Barack Obama a “stain” on America.
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XXXTENTACIONN SHOOTING PROBE
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Monday will mark three weeks since fledgling rap star XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-ta-see-YAWN) was shot to death in Florida. And authorities still haven’t heard from a man they have tabbed as a “person of interest” in the case. Officials in Broward County say detectives are still looking to speak with Robert Allen about what he knows concerning the rapper’s death. Besides asking about the rapper’s murder, authorities say Allen is wanted on a felony warrant for probation violation — for having a synthetic drug and carrying a concealed weapon. There is already one man in custody in the case. That man, 22-year-old Dedrick Williams, faces murder charges.
STAN LEE: JUDGE WEIGHS IN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has found that an attorney who had obtained an elder-abuse restraining order on behalf of Stan Lee does not in fact represent him, in a rare public airing of the private power struggle surrounding the 95-year-old behind Marvel Comics. Attorneys affiliated with Lee’s daughter asserted in court Friday that they were Lee’s proper lawyers. As they had hoped, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Ruth Kleman said that she did not recognize Tom Lallas as Lee’s lawyer, and dissolved the temporary restraining order against Lee’s former personal adviser Keya Morgan. The attorneys affiliated with Lee’s daughter J.C. Lee said outside court that they had already filed for their own restraining order against Morgan. It was not immediately clear whether the new order has been granted.
“IT TAKES TWO” MARKS THREE DECADES AS A HIT
CHERRY HILL, NJ (AP) — Here’s something to make some of us feel a little older. You know the song, “It Takes Two?” It’s 30 years old. And the man who helped make it a hit says the tune is “like wine” — in that it gets better with age. Rob Base says though the song has been around since the 90s, he can perform it in concert today and see kids who weren’t born when it was released singing all the words. Base says when he and DJ EZ Rock recorded It Takes Two, they though it would be a local hit, not the big one it became.
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PINBALL MACHINES AND MUSIC
CLEVELAND (AP) — They both have swallowed up their fair share of our quarters over the decades: jukeboxes and pinball machines. Now the two are being united for a special exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The museum in Cleveland will have a display linking pinballs and music. Of course, it will feature the classic “Wizard” and “Tommy” machines — as well as the guitar Pete Townshend of The Who used to compose the song “Pinball Wizard.” The exhibit opens next Wednesday.
WATER SLIDES AND INSPECTIONS
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Every year, tens of millions of people look to cool off at the nearly 1,000 water parks in the U.S. But how safe are water rides? It’s a question being asked in the wake of a case last month in which a woman on a new waterslide at Six Flags St. Louis claimed she got whiplash. She was riding the “Typhoon Twister,” which features a five-story drop and what’s described as a “45-foot, zero gravity wave wall.” The problem: in Missouri the slide is exempt from being inspected by state officials — because it doesn’t meet the definition of a “ride.” A rep for the state Department of Public Safety says because the slide doesn’t have a mechanism to get a person high enough to the top of the attraction, it isn’t technically a ride. There are six states that don’t regulate amusement park rides at all. And oversight is lax in many other states.
GERMANY - CIRCUS ELEPHANTS
BERLIN (AP) — Remember the animal rights protests that helped doom the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus here in the U.S.? Some of those same protests are gearing up in Germany, this after an incident at a circus in Berlin on Wednesday. An Indian elephant ran amok — and head-butted another elephant into the audience. An audience member got minor scrapes, but stayed until the show ended. A PETA rep tells a German news agency wild animals should be banned from all circuses in the country. A circus rep says “it was an accident” and accidents sometimes happen, even at a circus.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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