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People: Whitney Houston, John Updike, Lil’ Kim

People: Whitney Houston, John Updike, Lil’ Kim

Reuters, The Associated Press, The New York Times
Published: September 14, 2006

Their troubles were tabloid fodder and their relationship seemed to outsiders to be a mismatch. But for 14 years, the singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown publicly professed their love for one another. No longer. A publicist confirmed this week that Houston filed papers in Orange County Superior Court in Los Angeles on Sept. 15 for a legal separation from Brown, citing irreconcilable differences. Houston, 43, has requested custody of the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and has asked that Brown, 37, be allowed visitation rights. When they married in 1992, Houston was one of the best-selling singers in pop music history and Brown an R&B singer with a streetwise image. Drug use and violence have plagued their years together: Brown was arrested numerous times for drugs and alcohol, and once for hitting his wife; Houston checked into a drug rehabilitation program in 2004 and again in 2005. (AP)

John Updike has been named the winner of the annual $30,000 Rea Award for the Short Story. The award, established in 1986 by Michael Rea, a passionate reader and collector of short stories, goes to a living American or Canadian writer whose work has made « a significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form. » Updike, 74, is best know for his quartet of « Rabbit » novels, two of which won Pulitzer Prizes. (NYT)

Lil’ Kim is to give her first postprison performance next month at VH1’s annual Hip-Hop Honors celebration, which honors pioneering rap and hip-hop artists. Kim will be paying tribute to the female rapper MC Lyte, best known for songs in the 1990s like « Lyte as a Rock, » « Poor Georgie » and « Ruffneck. » Others being honored at the Oct. 7 show in New York will be Ice Cube, the Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, Rakim, Beastie Boys and the late Eazy E.and Lil Jon. Lil’ Kim was released on July 3 after serving 10 months in a Philadelphia jail on a federal perjury charge. She was convicted in 2005 for lying to a federal grand jury about a gun battle in 2001 outside a New York radio station. (AP)

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes threatened to upstage the action on the field this week when they watched the Washington Redskins football season opener as VIP guests of Cruise’s new business partner, Dan Snyder, the team’s owner. The couple were seen on the all-sports television channel, ESPN, sitting with Cruise’s daughter Isabella, 13, and son Connor, 11. Days after Cruise was publicly dumped last month by Paramount Pictures, the actor’s production company signed a deal to finance movies through Snyder and others in the investment firm First and Goal. (AP)

A French court has fined a businessman €200,000, or $253,800, for defacing his 18th-century home in a quiet suburb of Lyon while transforming it into a work of art that he titled, « The Abode of Chaos. » Thierry Ehrmann, who made a fortune from an online art data business, has spent €2.5 million on the project since 1999. His property is strewn with 2,500 works of art including a crashed helicopter and wrecked cars, and features a reproduction of an oil platform on the roof. The building’s walls are painted black and covered in signs and photographs of war as well as the faces of public figures including Osama bin Laden and President George W. Bush. « We are in a period of questioning, » Ehrmann told the French television channel TF1 this week, adding that the point of art was to ask questions. The court found that Ehrmann had violated town planning laws by modifying the property without permission, but it did not demand he restore the walls and facade to their original state. (Reuters)

It’s been a banner week for the original four members of R.E.M., who are rehearsing for a three-song performance at their Saturday induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Billboard magazine reported. The band’s vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry spent this week joining local acts in performing classic R.E.M songs at the city’s venerable 40-Watt Club. And they are planning a stop at an Athens, Georgia, studio with the producer David Barbe to record a new song for an as-yet-unannounced purpose. (Reuters)

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