Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Music-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Music-Report

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DICKEY BETTS - BRAIN SURGERY

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Things look good for Allman Brother Band guitarist Dickey Betts after his surgery Friday. His website reports he had successful surgery to relieve swelling on his brain. Betts had hit his head while playing with his dog last week at his home in Sarasota, Florida. His family says the "outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing." Betts was already recovering from a mild stroke suffered last month when the freak accident happened.

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ELTON JOHN - LIBEL AWARD

LONDON (AP) _ Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, have accepted an apology and libel damages over a newspaper report that said their dog severely hurt a child during a play date. John and Furnish had sued News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and the Sun on Sunday, over a February story that said the dog inflicted "Freddy Krueger-like injuries." Jenny Afia, the lawyer for John and Furnish, says the allegation was false. She says the newspapers have apologized and will pay significant damages and court costs. The newspaper group's attorney, Jeffrey Smele, says the company is "pleased that the matter has been amicably resolved."

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PAUL SIMON - FAREWELL TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) _ The only guest musician at Paul Simon's final concert of his farewell tour was his wife, Edie Brickell (EE'-dee brih-KEL'). She whistled the solo to "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard." Simon closed out his tour Saturday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, a 20-minute bike ride from where he grew up. Halfway through the concert, Simon brought out a baseball glove and said he wanted to play catch. He threw the ball into the audience and twice it was thrown back over his head, but the third return was dead on. Simon has said he will still do the occasional concert -- but he won't do full tours. …

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