May 4, 2012 in City

Barker opens area for chimps with HIV

From Wire Reports

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Retired game-show host and animal rights advocate Bob Barker is opening a new area for five HIV-infected chimpanzees at a sanctuary in northwestern Louisiana.

The former host of “The Price Is Right” donated $380,000 to create space at the Chimp Haven near Shreveport.

The animals came from a sanctuary in Texas that closed because of overcrowding and a lack of money. Other sanctuaries took the rest, but none would take the five because of their illness. They are named Doc, JoJo, Murphy, Flick and Pierre.

Jolie an honorary Sarajevo citizen

Angelina Jolie says she is grateful and proud to have officially been named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and that she will visit the city this summer to personally express her gratitude.

The city held a ceremony to bestow the honor upon Jolie on Thursday. In an audio message played during the event at the National Theater, Jolie said she was “proud to now be a part of such an extraordinary part of the world and fellow citizen to the people I deeply love and admire.”

The city decided to honor the actress for her role in preserving the “truth about the war” in Bosnia through her directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

Jolie was invited to attend the ceremony Thursday but said in her message she will be able to come in July.

Mick Jagger to host ‘SNL’ finale

Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the “Saturday Night Live” season finale.

The Rolling Stones frontman has been a musical guest twice before on the long-running NBC show, and the network said Thursday he will perform musically on the May 19 finale. But he has never been host before, a job that usually requires participation in several comic skits.

The Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary as a band this year but have yet to announce any activities to commemorate the occasion.

Jagger last year put out a disc as part of a group called SuperHeavy, which also included reggae singer Damian Marley and Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart.

The birthday bunch

Opera singer Roberta Peters is 82. Jazz musician Ron Carter is 75. Rock musician Dick Dale is 75. Actor Richard Jenkins is 65. Country singer Stella Parton is 63. Irish musician Darryl Hunt (The Pogues) is 62. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Oleta Adams is 59. Country singer Randy Travis is 53. Actor Will Arnett is 42. Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 40. Singer Lance Bass (‘N Sync) is 33.

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