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August 24, 2018

BILL CLINTON, SMOKEY ROBINSON TO SPEAK AT ARETHA FRANKLIN’S FUNERAL

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week.

Clinton and the Queen of Soul were longtime friends. She sang at both of his inaugurations. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit.

Franklin’s rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, says other speakers will include former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, music mogul Clive Davis, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Franklin died last Thursday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Her funeral will be held in Detroit at Greater Grace Temple next Friday.

The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. will deliver the eulogy. He is pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta.

ROBIN LEACH DIES

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on the TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” has died.

Leach’s family said through a public relations firm that he died Friday in Las Vegas. He was 76.

Leach gave frenzied descriptions of yachts, mansions and private jets in his English accent on the syndicated show that ran for a decade. He signed off by hoping viewers would have “champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” a phrase that became a cultural touchstone.

Leach’s voice was constantly parodied. Both Harry Shearer and Dana Carvey did Leach on “Saturday Night Live.”

Leach began his career as a print journalist in Britain. He came to the U.S. where he wrote for the New York Daily News and People magazine before finding his calling in television.

BEAR WANDERS INTO HOTEL THAT INSPIRED ‘THE SHINING’

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — A creature was seen haunting the Colorado hotel that inspired “The Shining” recently, but it wasn’t a ghost. A black bear wandered into the lobby of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

The hotel’s vice president tells KDVR-TV that 300 guests were sound asleep as the bruin figured out how to open the door and climbed over furniture. A front desk supervisor captured video of the romp.

There was no damage, but the furniture got rearranged before the bear walked out of the lower level door.

The hotel opened in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There have been reports of ghosts roaming its hallways and rooms, spooking guests.

Stephen King wrote “The Shining” after he and his wife stayed at The Stanley in 1974. The 1980 horror film was not shot there.

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