• Royalty

    Palace announces Prince William, Kate expecting third child

    LONDON >> Kensington Palace said Monday that Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child. The announcement comes as a surprise, as there had been little indication that William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton, was pregnant. As with her other two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a form of severe morning sickness, and was forced to cancel her engagements Monday. “The queen and...


  • Obituaries

    Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67

    LOS ANGELES >> Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died. He was 67. His official website announced his death Sunday with no further details. Donald Fagen said in a statement Sunday that his Steely Dan bandmate was not...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Concerts

    Ex-Lakers star Kobe Bryant returns to spotlight at Hollywood Bowl

    Light saber-wielding fans showed up at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, Sept. 1, expecting to hear John Williams conduct the L.A. Philharmonic in, as he called it, “some music from ‘Star Wars.'” They had no idea they would hear Kobe Bryant. The former Lakers star, who retired in April 2016, took the stage to narrate “Dear Basketball,” the letter he wrote in November 2015 when he...

    Todd Harmonson

  • Legislation

    Pacoima’s own Ritchie Valens is getting a stretch of the 5 Freeway named after him

    PACOIMA >> A stretch of the 5 Freeway in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens, thanks to a bill approved by the state Legislature. “His music inspired and influenced a generation of Chicano artists in our community and throughout the world. It’s only fitting to name this segment of the I-5 after a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer who grew up right here in Pacoima,” Assemblyman...

    City News Service|

  • Celebrity News

    Possible star-studded telethon next month for Hurricane Harvey relief

    LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles might play host to part of a star-studded telethon next month to raise money for relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Texas. Houston rapper Bun B told the website he is working to plan a Sept. 12 three-city event that would be nationally televised. The event would be hosted in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The rapper said he is working with organizers — including Scooter Braun — of the Ariana Grande One Love Manchester...

    City News Service|

  • Obituaries

    Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director, dies at 74

    LOS ANGELES >> Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died. He was 74. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Sunday said Hooper died Saturday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. It was reported as a natural death. Along with contemporaries like George Romero and John Carpenter, Hooper crafted some of the scariest...

    By ROBERT JABLON and JAKE COYLE Associated Press|

  • Automotive accidents

    Wife of Don Rickles involved in Malibu crash on PCH

    MALIBU >> The wife of the late comedy icon Don Rickles escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash involving a large truck along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday. Barbara R. Rickles, 80, was driving a 2014 BMW 740LI, when the crash occurred at 1:10 p.m. Saturday on the northbound Pacific Coast Highway, north of Big Rock Drive, the CHP reported. A 1999 International 4900 was at one point stopped on the right shoulder of the highway when,...

    By City News Service|

  • Celebrity deaths

    Jay Thomas, TV actor and Power 106 radio host, dies at 69

    Comedian and actor Jay Thomas, best known for his Emmy Award-winning guest appearances on “Murphy Brown” and renowned in Los Angeles as host of the Power 106 “Morning Zoo” radio program, has died, his publicist said Thursday. Thomas was 69. “Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years plus,” Tom Estey of Tom Estey Publicity & Promotion said in a statement Thursday to...

    From staff and wire reports|

  • Screen Actors Guild Awards

    Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

    LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman was today named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Freeman will be presented with the SAG-AFTRA performers union’s highest tribute, which is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” on Jan. 21 at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and...

    City News Service|

  • Celebrity deaths

    Jerry Lewis, Dick Gregory remembered on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    HOLLYWOOD >> Legendary comedians Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis, who died over the weekend, were remembered Monday with tributes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lewis’ granddaughter Kimi Lewis joined fans as she kissed her hand before touching her grandfather’s star at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, where flowers were placed. Lewis, a beloved comedian, actor, philanthropist and filmmaker, died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. • RELATED STORY:

    From staff and wire reports|

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