Lil Wayne on Solitary Confinement; Lennon's B-Day Bash Set

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Lil Wayne on Solitary Confinement; Lennon's B-Day Bash Set


Music can save your soul but it can also land you in a hole.

That's exactly what happened to incarcerated rap superstar Lil Wayne as he was put on solitary confinement after breaking jail rules by keeping contraband music paraphernalia inside his cell.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper was moved last Monday into what city jail officials call "punitive segregation" for a month as punishment for stashing a charger and headphones for a digital music player in his cell, said Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello.

Lil Wayne is expected to spend the rest of his stay behind bars alone in his new cell 23 hours a day instead of being allowed to mingle with other inmates, with visits and showers the only exception. "He'll eat inside his cell and won't get to socialize during his hour-a-day recreation," Morello said.

The 28-year old rap superstar will also have to do without TV, and will be limited to one phone call a week, except for calls to his lawyer.

Lil Wayne has been held in the Rikers Island Jail complex since March after pleading guilty in October 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Wayne admitted to having a loaded semiautomatic gun in his bus in 2007.

Lil Wayne got a one-year sentence but is expected to serve only eight months for good behavior, despite the music player gear offense. Officials said the headphones and charger was found tucked inside a potato chip bag in a garbage can in the rapper's cell last May. The items are considered contraband.

Lil Wayne is scheduled to be released this November.

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The man may be gone but not forgotten.

John Lennon's 70th birthday celebrations will be in full swing as fans around the world remember his birth.

An array of events and projects will mark this starting Oct. 9.

In Iceland, Yoko Ono will present the bi-annual Lennon Ono Grant for Peace Award to "Gasland" director Josh Fox, nature/culture writer Michael Pollan, author/human rights activist Alice Walker and human rights/safety activist Barbara Kowalcyk. Ono will attend the annual lighting of the Peace Tower and will perform with son Sean Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band in Reykjavik.

On the same day in New York City, PBS will screen the documentary "LENNONYC," the American Masters documentary which focuses on Lennon's life in New York during the '70s. The film, which features unreleased recordings and home movies, will air nationally on PBS on Nov. …

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