Correction to This Article
In earlier verisions of this story, including the print edition of The Washington Post, an item on the death of singer Teena Marie incorrectly referred to her as Motown's first white act. Motown Records white acts, including Rare Earth, Chris Clark and even Pat Boone, preceded Teena Marie by many years. The Associated Press made the statement in an early version of its obituary before correcting it in later versions. This version of The Post's story has been corrected.
Names & FACES

Names and faces: Bristol Palin a new Phoenix homeowner

HOME BUYER: Bristol Palin paid cash for her purchase.
HOME BUYER: Bristol Palin paid cash for her purchase. (Brendan Mcdermid)
Monday, December 27, 2010

Bristol Palin buys a house

After news that Bristol Palin had paid $172,000 in cash for a five-bedroom, brown stucco house in a Phoenix suburb this month emerged from the Arizona Republic on Friday, no one seemed to know why. And a complete mystery was born.

"I'm not sure why she wanted to buy that home, but we are real happy for her," Michael Smith, the seller, told the Republic., citing unnamed "friends," came through with at least a plausible theory. The site on Saturday reported that Palin, 20, plans to move to Arizona to attend college, possibly Arizona State University. So that's where things stand for now. No comment from the university, the site reported Sunday.

According to public records and Web sites, Palin is the sole buyer of the 3,900-square-foot house with a tile roof, 21/2 baths, a three-car garage and access to a community pool in the Cobblestone Farms development in Maricopa, Ariz. Built in 2006 and originally sold for $329,560, the house went to foreclosure in January. Smith and his wife, Cynthia, from North Dakota, bought the place as an investment in May for $137,200.

Hefner to retie the knot

Twice-married Playboy founder Hugh Hefner thinks it's not too late for a third go-round. In a Saturday Twitter post, Hefner, 84, announced that he and girlfriend Crystal Harris, 24, had gotten engaged on Friday.

"When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner tweeted.

Tyler Perry saves the day

Christmas came early for an 88-year-old great-grandmother in Georgia this year when Tyler Perry came to town. Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter escaped a fire Tuesday that destroyed their home of 40 years in Coweta County, southwest of Atlanta, and all of their belongings. When Coweta County firefighters started soliciting donations, word reached the Atlanta-based Perry, who visited Ransby's neighborhood Thursday and offered to rent her a house for a year, pay for her utilities, buy her furniture and, yes, build her a new house on her property. Said Coweta Fire Chief Todd Moore: Perry's generous offer "made my Christmas."

Teena Marie dies

Motown recording star Teena Marie was found dead Sunday in her California home, according to her manager, Mike Gardner, who confirmed her death to CNN. The "Ivory Queen of Soul" apparently died in her sleep. There was no cause of death given, but she had suffered a grand mal seizure in November, her publicist told CNN. She was 54.

The singer-songwriter was signed to the legendary record label in 1979 and worked with her mentor, the late funk legend Rick James. A four-time Grammy nominee, her hits included "Lovergirl."

- Christian Hettinger, from Web and wire reports

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