In other news: Beyonce fires her dad; judge won’t guarantee Willie Nelson’s singing plea deal


Beyonce and her father Matthew Knowles at the 2004 Grammys. (Mark J. Terrill/ AP)

• Beyonce has parted ways with the manager who steered her career since childhood — her dad. No animosity, both sides insist. “He is my father for life,” the superstar said in a statement. Matthew Knowles, meanwhile, told the AP his daughter is a “very smart businesswoman” who naturally “at 29 years old, almost 30... wants to have more control of her business.”

• The Texas prosecutor in Willie Nelson’s marijuana bust says he wants to offer him a plea deal — pay a small fine and sing “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” in the courtroom. “He’s been my favorite artist all my life,” Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett told the Big Bend Sentinel, in an interview that quickly went viral. “We all know he smokes a little pot.” Unclear if the courtroom concert will happen, though; Judge Becky Dean Walker told the paper Tuesday that she has the final say, and that he won’t get special treatment “just because he’s a star.”

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