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Lennon's Killer Denied Parole
Lennon's Killer Denied Parole
Mark David Chapman, behind bars for murdering former Beatle John Lennon in New York nearly 28 years ago, has been denied parole for a fifth time, Reuters reports.
Chapman is serving a sentence of 20 years to life for shooting and killing Lennon as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrived at their apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980. The New York State Division of Parole said in a statement that the 53-year-old Chapman's request for parole was denied "due to concern for the public safety and welfare."
Chapman, who is behind bars at Attica, may apply for parole again in 2010.
Hayes Died From a Stroke
Soul singer Isaac Hayes died over the weekend from a stroke related to high blood pressure, Memphis authorities said yesterday.
Hayes, 65, who once described himself as a "health fanatic," was being treated for high blood pressure and had suffered a nonfatal stroke last year. His body was found next to a running treadmill Sunday in his Memphis home, and there was no indication he had hit his head or suffered any trauma, according to Shelby County Medical Examiner David Kraus, who concluded Hayes died from a stroke.
"The Hayes family is comfortable with Dr. Kraus' recommendation to not conduct an autopsy," the Shelby County sheriff in Memphis said in a statement to Reuters.
Nabokov's Final Book on the Way
The son of Vladimir Nabokov says he will publish the Russian author's last manuscript, despite his father's dying request that it be destroyed, reports the German edition of Vanity Fair.
In the magazine interview, according to the Associated Press, Dmitri Nabokov says that had his father really wanted the novel, titled "The Original Laura," not to be published, he would have destroyed it himself.
"The Original Laura" was left behind on 138 notecards when the author died in 1977. He had asked his wife, Vera, to burn the work. She never did.
Nabokov's 74-year-old son says the book is slated for release in September.
Producer Sues Vanessa Hudgens
"High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens has been sued for $5 million by a music producer who claims Hudgens and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings, the Associated Press reports.
Songwriter and producer Johnny Vieira, described in the lawsuit as being "engaged in the business of discovering and developing artists in the music industry," says he entered into an agreement with Hudgens in 2005, when she was still a minor. That agreement, he says, called for him to share equally in advances, royalties and merchandising from her career. Now, he says, an audit has shown at least two instances where he is owed money, and Hudgens won't pay.
Vieira is also suing Greg Hudgens for defamation, claiming he sent an e-mail to others that accused Vieira of being a "predator." Hudgens's rep could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Expecting: Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, 56, and wife Erin, 36, are expecting their second baby this winter, People reports. The couple have a son, Colin, who turns 2 next month, and Stanley has a 14-year-old son, Evan, from his previous marriage.
Spotted: Former Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug (sporting a blond 'do slightly longer than the one we remember from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics) at the Tysons Corner mall yesterday morning, giving out motivational advice to youngsters from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington . . . Alan Thicke and wife Tanya Callou continuing their Washington vacay with a tour of the Newseum yesterday afternoon . . . Actor Kal Penn, a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, hosting an Asian Americans for Obama event at the Arlington home of Democratic strategist Toby Chaudhuri Monday night.
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports