September 6, 2012 in Nation/World

Copperfield donates King tape to museum

From Wire Reports

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Magician David Copperfield said he has purchased a newly discovered audiotape of a Martin Luther King Jr. interview and would donate it to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., to promote the civil rights icon’s message of nonviolence.

Copperfield told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he purchased the 1960 tape this week from a New York-based collector and broker.

The clear audio recording includes King discussing the importance of the civil rights movement, his definition of nonviolence and his visit to Africa. An excerpt of the audio released last month on the Internet went viral, and evoked emotions in those who were close to King, such as U.S. Rep. John Lewis who said he was moved to tears after hearing King once again talk about nonviolence.

Blume recovering from cancer

Children’s author Judy Blume says she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is “feeling stronger every day” after surgery.

The 74-year-old Blume wrote on her blog Wednesday that she learned in June that she had cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction in late July. She writes that she now walks a couple of miles each morning and dines out at night. Blume hopes to begin writing again soon.

Bloom’s books include “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret?”, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Deenie.”

Bynes charged in two crashes

Los Angeles prosecutors charged actress Amanda Bynes on Wednesday in connection with two alleged hit-and-run car accidents earlier this year.

Byrnes is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 27 in Van Nuys. Previously, Bynes was charged with driving under the influence after her arrest in April, when she allegeldy struck an L.A. County sheriff’s cruiser

Bynes, 26, is best known for her roles in the WB’s “What I Like About You” and the film “Easy A.”

The birthday bunch

Comedian JoAnne Worley is 75. Country singer David Allan Coe is 73. Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 69. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 68. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 65. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 60. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 54. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 49. Actress Rosie Perez is 48. Rhythm and blues singer Macy Gray is 45. Rock singer Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) is 41. Actor Idris Elba is 40. Rapper Foxy Brown is 34.

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