Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wednesday People

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wednesday People

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Remember him? Former P-D critic takes Pulitzer Prize

The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for criticism.

A finalist for the criticism prize last year, Kennicott, 47, joined The Post in 1999 and serves as its chief art critic. Before that, he worked at the Post-Dispatch as a classical music critic and editorial writer. He was a finalist in editorial writing in 2000 for a series he wrote for the Post-Dispatch about Missouri's proposed concealed-carry firearms law.

Let's stay together * Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has denied rumors of a split from his wife, Sharon, and apologized to his family for returning to drink and drugs.

The Black Sabbath singer says he was in a "dark place" but has been sober for 44 days.

In a message posted Tuesday on his Facebook page, Osbourne, 64, said that "for the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs."

He and apologized for his "insane behavior."

Osbourne added: "Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing."

The couple and their children, Jack and Kelly, became reality TV stars a decade ago with the MTV series "The Osbournes."

Songwriting honor * Benny Blanco, who has co-written and co- produced hits such as Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," is getting a songwriting honor.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Blanco, 25, will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at its annual gala on June 13. Past recipients include Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys.

Blanco has been behind a slew of hits in the last few years, including Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK." He has also worked with Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj, and often collaborates with mega-hitmaker Dr. Luke, who is his mentor.

Tony Hatch, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be inducted into the hall of fame at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

Magic's son is proud to be gay * The 20-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson is surprised by the public interest in his being gay, something that he revealed to his supportive family several years ago. …

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