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Allman’s heart beats to a reggae rhythm

Poor health hasn’t robbed Gregg Allman of his sense of humor.

Just as it seemed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member was finally over the effects of his liver transplant two years ago, he’s been forced to delay his upcoming book tour to promote his new memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” for heart tests. But in an interview Thursday he seemed in good spirits as he described his latest health problem.

“It’s just one of those make-sure tests, you know,” Allman said. “My heart goes into A Fib (atrial fibrillation) and does those beats – you know, instead of going du-dun, du-dun, du-dun, it goes ta-da-dat-ta-da-doot-doot. There’s a little reggae in there somewhere.”

Allman, co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, is scheduled to undergo tests today at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. He had a liver transplant due to hepatitis C at the same clinic in 2010 and has been steadily recovering since, though he’s been forced to cancel or postpone performances from time to time because of setbacks.

Scorsese’s vision of the future: all 3-D

Martin Scorsese says he has become so enamored with 3-D filmmaking that he expects to use the technology in all his future projects.

Scorsese told a crowd of theater owners at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas this week that he wishes his landmark films “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver” had been three-dimensional.

Scorsese spoke at a filmmaking panel alongside director Ang Lee, who won an Oscar in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain.” Scorsese and Lee are among a growing group of prominent directors who claim 3-D technology is the future of filmmaking. Scorsese’s first 3-D movie, “Hugo,” won several technical Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards.

Cube creator helping design exhibit

Hungarian puzzle master Erno Rubik is in the United States to help develop a traveling exhibit that will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube. The exhibit will open in April 2014 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., just across the Hudson River from New York City.

The 67-year-old Rubik was an architect teaching a class in his native Budapest in 1974 when he built a cube to teach students about three-dimensional space. Since then more than 500 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold.

Rubik is to be honored today at a gala at the Science Center.

The birthday bunch

Actor Jack Klugman is 90. Announcer Casey Kasem is 80. Actress Judy Carne is 73. Rock singer Kate Pierson (The B-52’s) is 64. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 61. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 53. Actress Maura West is 40. Actor William Moseley is 25.


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U.S. Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north

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