DECISION ON DANNY MASTERSON TRIAL DUE TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To send to trial — or not to send to trial. That is the question in the case of “That 70s Show” actor Danny Masterson. And the judge who held a preliminary hearing the past three days in Los Angeles is expected to provide the answer today. During the hearing, three women testified about incidents in which they say Masterson went from being a friend — to being a rapist. Masterson denies this and his attorney, Thomas Mesereau, tried to poke holes in the women’s testimony. If the judge rules Masterson should go on trial — and the actor is convicted — he could get up to 45 years in prison.
ORIGINAL DRUMMER FOR THE SWAMPERS DIES
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — In the lyrics of “Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrd Skynryd describes The Swampers as a band that has been “known to pick a song or two.” Truth be told, the house band at Muscle Shoals studios ended up providing backing music for hundreds of hit songs from dozens of top artists. The original drummer with the band has died. Roger Hawkins was 75 and suffered a long illness. It’s requested that instead of flowers, donations in Hawkins’ memory be made to the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation — or the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
SINGER AND FEMINIST ALIX DOBKIN DIES
NEW YORK (AP) — The lesbian singer and feminist activist who appeared in a 1975 photo wearing a t-shirt that read “The Future is Female” has died. Alix Dobkin of Woodstock, New York, was 80. She died at her home from a brain aneurysm and stroke, according to Liza Cowan, her friend and former partner. In 1973, Dobkin formed the group Lavender Jane and published the first album made entirely by women. Dobkin was an early leader and mainstay of Women’s Music, a genre made by, for and about women. The genre fostered a whole network of publications, recording labels, venues and festivals starting in the 1970s.
GROUND BROKEN IN NYC FOR HIP-HOP MUSEUM
NEW YORK (AP) — It got its start in the gritty South Bronx. And now hip-hop is a global force in both music, style and culture. Now the place that birthed hip-hop will be the place where it will get its props. Ground has been broken on what will be the site of a hip-hop museum. The Universal Hip Hop Museum will anchor a $349 million mixed-use project along the South Bronx waterfront. Among the musicians on hand for yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony were LL Cool J, Nas and Fat Joe. LL Cool J says it was hip hop that made him believe that “anything was possible.”
CNN: CHRIS CUOMO’S CONTACT WITH GUV-BROTHER’S AIDES “INAPPROPRIATE”
NEW YORK (AP) — If CNN has taken any disciplinary action against its Chris Cuomo, it isn’t saying. But the network has issued a statement saying it was “inappropriate” for the anchor to take part in strategy sessions with the staff of his big brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Washington Post reports that during the sessions, Chris advised his brother on how to respond to the sexual harassment allegations against him. The network says Cuomo hasn’t worked on the story about his brother’s scandal — either on or off the air. And it says he won’t have any more chats with his brother’s people on the issue. On his show last night, Chris Cuomo apologized, saying he made “a mistake” that put his CNN colleagues “in a bad spot.”