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  1. Prince's addiction and an intervention too late


    CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prince Rogers Nelson had an unflinching reputation among those close to him for leading an assiduously clean lifestyle. He ate vegan and preferred to avoid the presence of meat entirely. He was known to eschew alcohol and marijuana, and no one who went on tour with him could indulge either.

    Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Last month, friends sought urgent medical help, alarmed by his hidden dependency on painkillers. [Chris Pizzello | Invision via AP]
  2. Comedian Katt Williams arrested in Georgia (for the fourth time this year)


    ATLANTA — Comedian and actor Katt Williams was arrested after he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager, police in an Atlanta suburb said Thursday.

    Katt Williams was arrested, police said, after he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager. 
Associated Press (2013)
  3. Bar review: Tampa finally has a bar-arcade in Lowry Parcade

    Bars & Spirits

    It's hard to overestimate how culturally important video arcades were in the '80s and '90s. If you were a kid or young adult during this period, there's a very good chance that you spent a significant chunk of your free time dropping quarters into coin slots and furiously mashing buttons under the glow of an arcade …

    Tampa’s Lowry Parcade: Does it get any better than this? Vintage arcade games and fine brews are served up. NBA Jam? Frogger? Tron? Yes, yes and yes.
  4. Kelly Ripa returns to 'Live;' says apologies have been made (w/video)

    The Feed

    NEW YORK — Kelly Ripa returned to her daytime talk show Tuesday after time off to "gather (her) thoughts" after learning her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving, saying the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect.

    Kelly Ripa, left, poses with Michael Strahan, her co-host on the daily television talk show "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael," during a ceremony honoring Ripa with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles last October. Ripa returns as co-host of the morning show after a four-day absence after ABC announced Tuesday that co-host Strahan will leave the show to join "Good Morning America" full-time. [Associated Press]
  5. Prince cremated and celebrated in private ceremony, publicist says


    MINNEAPOLIS — Some of Prince's "most beloved" family, friends and musicians celebrated his life in a small, private service on Saturday after his remains had been cremated.

    A memorial for Prince is set up on the fence outside his home at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., on Friday. [Associated Press]
  6. Prince's death raises numerous questions about prior health (w/video)


    MINNEAPOLIS — Prince talked dirty in song but had a reputation for clean living. He also had an ability to put on shows that were electrifying in their athleticism.

    A woman kneels by the memorial at First Avenue on Friday in Minneapolis were Prince often performed. The pop super star died Thursday at the age of 57. [Associated Press]
  7. From Broadway to Paisley Park, the many beautiful and purple ways people paid tribute to Prince

    Music & Concerts

    The world grew a little darker Thursday.

    Prince, one of pop music's most influential and innovative artists, was found dead at age 57 in an elevator at Paisley Park.

    Guests dance to Prince music as a slide show flashes images of the artist above the stage during a memorial dance party at the First Avenue nightclub on Thursday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota near Minneapolis. [Scott Olson | Getty Images]
  8. Jay Cridlin's tribute: It can't be; Prince seemed as immortal as his music


    Prince is not dead. Prince cannot be dead.

    Prince performs in concert during the Purple Rain Tour at the Omni International Arena in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 3, 1985. {CHERIE DIEZ | Times]	
  9. An ode to the 'Purple One': Prince's 5 most memorable albums

    Music & Concerts

    Prince has been releasing music steadily since 1978, making for one of the most daring, radical and inventive catalogs in all of pop. Here are five of his finest albums, released at turning-point moments in his career, that show the artist in his fullness: a cunning vocalist, a fiery musician, and a peerless songwriter …

    Prince in concert on May 21, 1986. The artist died on April 21, 2016. He was 57. [David Brewster | Minneapolis Star Tribune via TNS]
  10. Success of 'Hamilton' may have saved Hamilton on $10 bill

    Pop Culture

    WASHINGTON — For more than 100 years, women have waited for a portrait of someone of their sex at the center of a paper note, a wait that appeared to be ending when Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced 10 months ago that he would choose a woman for a new $10 bill in development.

    Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda is the creator of the broadway smash 'Hamilton.' [Associated Press, file]