Briefly: James Gandolfini, Serena Williams, Sean Parker

June 24, 2013

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Brief news from elsewhere:

James Gandolfini’s funeral will be held Thursday in New York. His body was flown back from Italy Sunday night; his family thanked the Clintons for helping to expedite that process. (AP, Variety)

Tennis catfight! Serena Williams apologizes to Maria Sharapova for snotty comments in that continuously controversial Rolling Stone interview, blames the reporter, again. (Early Lead)

Sean Parker blames the wedding venue for misleading him about whether he needed permits for that massive ceremony in protected forest, says they didn’t do any harm anyway: “We made the illusion of it being pristine.” (New York Post)

Looking for today’s Reliable Source? Start here: Barbara Walters’s retirement: Buckle up, it’s going to be bumpy year of tributes

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