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Trouble finds Tim McGraw at Auburn's White River Ampitheatre
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McGraw's run-in with trouble
If country singer Tim McGraw isn't looking for trouble, it must have been looking for him. Fan video shot Tuesday at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn shows the singer helping to eject an unruly fan. McGraw shouts, "Get rid of this guy," summons security and helps arriving crew members haul him onstage. The band's performance of "Indian Outlaw" never stopped. As if on cue, McGraw steps to the mic and picks up with the line "I ain't lookin' for trouble ... ." McGraw's representative said the singer intervened when security couldn't respond quickly enough.
Cuba's first gay-pride parade was abruptly canceled Wednesday, moments before the unofficial march, organized with Florida's Unity Coalition, was to begin. Gay activists in South Florida proceeded with a rally at Club Azucar in Miami on Wednesday afternoon to show support for Cuba's gays.
Classic win for Hendrix
At a concert by the New York Philharmonic in Central Park on Tuesday, the audience was asked to vote by cellphone on an encore and chose "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix over "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Atwood wins prize
Canadian author Margaret Atwood won Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Letters, topping 32 other nominees from 24 countries for the prize, worth almost $80,000. Atwood, 68, has written more than 25 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including "The Edible Woman," "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Robber Bride."
Call him Sir
Author Salman Rushdie went to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to receive a knighthood from Britain that angered many parts of the Muslim world when the honor was announced last year. In a break with normal procedure, the palace did not announce ahead of time that Rushdie would be honored Wednesday. Security has been a major concern for Rushdie since 1989, when Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence on the author, accusing him of blasphemy against the Muslim world in his novel "The Satanic Verses."
Beavers are back
Although the native beaver population in England was hunted into extinction in the 13th century, a pair of 2-year-old beavers brought over from Germany have in the last 10 days built a dam in southwest England. It is believed to be the first time in centuries that has happened. Conservationist John-Michael Kennaway, from the Escot Estate in Devon, said the construction of the dam is a welcome milestone in the plan to reintroduce beavers to England.
Leonid Hurwicz, who at 90 last fall became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize, died Tuesday in Minneapolis. He shared the Nobel Prize in economics for developing a theory that helps explain how buyers and sellers can maximize their gains.
Today in History
1945: The charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
1948: The Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
1950: President Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
Actress Eleanor Parker, 86. Musician Dave Grusin, 74. Actor Sean Hayes, 38. Actor Chris O'Donnell, 38. Actress Rebecca Budig, 35. Country singer Gretchen Wilson, 34. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman, 28.
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