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January 22, 2019

JON BON JOVI’S RESTAURANT OPENS FOR FURLOUGHED WORKERS

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi’s restaurant usually is not open on Mondays or for lunch, but it did both yesterday. JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, provided free food to government workers and their families during the federal government shutdown yesterday. The restaurant allows customers to pay a donation or by volunteering.

LADY GAGA CALLS OUT TRUMP AND PENCE

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Neither President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence have responded to Lady Gaga’s criticism of them from the stage of her Las Vegas show on Saturday. Lady Gaga had asked Trump, with a profanity, to “please put our government back in business” because “there are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.” She blasted Pence and his wife, Karen, who recently announced she accepted a job at a Virginia school that has a policy of refusing to employ gay and lesbian teachers or enroll children with gay or lesbian parents. Lady Gaga called them “the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.” Lady Gaga says she’s a Christian woman, and Christians “bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome.”

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HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) — Huey Lewis and the News are about to release their first album of original material in 18 years. The title was not revealed, and a release date is set for the spring. Lewis says in a statement they believe it’s among their best work. Lewis did not address the vertigo and hearing loss he suffers that caused the band to call off all concerts last year.

THELMA HOUSTON GETS GRAMMY TO REPLACE ONE DESTROYED IN NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On last Thursday’s 25th anniversary of the earthquake in Northridge, California, Thelma Houston was presented with a new Grammy statue to replace the one that was broken in that earthquake. Houston won the best female R-and-B Grammy in 1978 for “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” Houston tells Billboard magazine she’s been carrying around the three pieces of the Grammy statue for years. Houston says she was reluctant to give up the broken one because it had all her “vibes.”

OZZY OSBOURNE BATS SELL OUT

UNDATED (AP) — The first batch of Ozzy Osbourne stuffed bats with detachable heads have already sold out. Osbourne announced the bats on Sunday, the 37th anniversary of the time when he bit the head off a bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. The bats are on back order and will ship in March.

“HOODIE SZN” STAYS AT NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie maintains his lead on the Billboard 200 album chart with “Hoodie SZN.” It’s number one for a second week after moving 56,000 units. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is in second, followed by 21 Savage and “I Am I Was.” ″Beerbongs and Bentleys” by Post Malone is number four, and “Championships” by Meek Mill is number five.

SHOWTIME WILL RUN DOCUMENTARY ON WU-TANG CLAN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A four-part documentary series on the Wu-Tang Clan will run on Showtime this spring. “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” will use new interviews with the surviving members and never-before-seen footage of their performances.

SUNDANCE WILL SHOW MILES DAVIS, DAVID CROSBY FILMS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Separate films about Miles Davis and David Crosby will be shown this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” utilizes newly released archive material to tell his life story. The creators of the documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name” are promising a brutal honesty and Crosby’s willingness to share shattering personal struggles.

by Margie Szaroleta

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