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SPEARS’ PLIGHT SPAWNS EFFORT TO PROTECT THOSE UNDER CONSERVATORSHIPS
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Prompted by Britney Spears’ conservatorship fight, a bipartisan legislative effort is under way to protect the rights of more than 1 million people in the U.S. under protective arrangements. Yesterday, two members of Congress unveiled “The Free Britney Act.” Its goal is to give those under conservatorships more options. One is to let those under court care seek the removal of a conservator without having to prove they engaged in “wrongdoing or malfeasance.”

 

CHANCE THE RAPPER PLANS TO RELEASE FILM OF SECRET CONCERT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – While some used their time under pandemic lockdown to work on stuff like making sourdough bread, Chance the Rapper decided to learn how to make a movie. He had footage from a secret concert from four years ago – but backed off the project because he didn’t know how to edit the clips. When the pandemic hit, he learned to edit – and now you can see the results. “Magnificent Coloring World” drops Aug. 13 in select AMC Theaters. Chance could have put it on a streaming site – but says he wanted fans to experience one of his shows by seeing it on the big screen.

 

COLDPLAY GOES COSMIC
UNDATED (AP) – Coldplay is headed for the stars – at least artistically – with its next project. The British band is dropping a cosmic-themed album. “Music of The Spheres” is due out Oct. 15 and will be the group’s ninth studio album. It has already spawned one single, “Higher Power,” released in May. A second, “Coloratura,” drops Friday.

 

ALISON KRAUSS TO JOIN BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF FAME
UNDATED (AP) – A new honor for Alison Krauss. The Grammy-winner artist is joining the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The induction hails the veteran bluegrass star as a former teen prodigy who has gone on to be one of the most commercially successful artists in her genre. Her induction is set for Sept. 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN EXTRADICTED TO LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Most people wouldn’t turn down a free flight from New York to California. But the one Harvey Weinstein took yesterday was one he didn’t want to be on – because it was for serious legal business. The disgraced Hollywood mogul has been extradited to Los Angeles to face more sexual assault charges. Weinstein was convicted on similar charges last year in New York, landing him in prison. He fought efforts to be shipped to California to face the new charges. But that failed – and after spending the night in lockup, he could face arraignment on the new charges as early as today.

 

VIOLA DAVIS WRITING A BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Viola Davis says she’ll pull no punches when she puts her life story on paper. The Oscar winning actor says the memoir she’s writing will be “straight, no chaser.” The book, “Finding Me,” will be released by HarperOne next April 19. In it, Davis will trace her rise from growing up amid poverty and family violence in Rhode Island – to becoming of the world’s most acclaimed actors.

 

BIDEN “INAUGURATED” INTO DISNEY’S HALL OF PRESIDENTS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Some still question the results of last year’s presidential election. But as far as Disney World is concerned, there’s no doubt. The Florida theme park says it is ready to “inaugurate” Biden as first executive (hash)46 in its Hall of Presidents exhibit. The park says final touches are being put on the Biden animatronic figure, to be unveiled next month. Until then, the exhibit is closed to the public. The Hall of Presidents has been at the Magic Kingdom since it opened in 1971.

 

PRESIDENT BIDEN WELCOMES TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCS TO WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON (AP) – To the victors go the spoils. And the punchlines. That was clear when Tom Brady led his Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House to visit President Joe Biden yesterday. The quarterback cracked some jokes at the podium, and like most things in Washington these days, they were political. Brady trolled those who parrot ex-President Trump’s false claim that he won the 2020 election saying, “I think about 40% of the people still don’t think we won.” Biden responded, “I understand that.” Brady also riffed on Trump’s calling Biden “Sleepy Joe” – saying when he lost count of the number of downs in a game last year, people started calling him “Sleepy Tom.” It was the first visit by a reigning NFL champion since 2017.