February 9, 2013 in Nation/World

Rock legends lobby for bit of privacy

From Wire Reports
 
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Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, center, his attorney Dina LaPolt, left, and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood in Hawaii on Friday.
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Rock legends Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood convinced a Hawaii Senate committee on Friday to approve a bill to protect celebrities or anyone else from intrusive paparazzi.

The state Senate Judiciary Committee approved the so-called Steven Tyler Act after the stars testified at a hearing, saying they want to fiercely protect the little privacy they have as public figures. The bill would give people power to sue others who take photos or video of their private lives in an offensive way, such as using telephoto lenses or other advanced equipment to record them on their private properties.

Tyler said he asked Sen. Kalani English to introduce the measure after paparazzi took a photo of the Aerosmith frontman and his girlfriend in his home, and it was published by a national magazine as part of a report saying the two were getting married. “It caused a ripple in my family,” Tyler said. “I hadn’t told anybody.”

Fleetwood, the drummer from Fleetwood Mac, said he’s gotten used to the constant attention but realizes that it’s a “grim reality.”

“The islands shouldn’t represent this to people coming here,” Fleetwood said.

Fashion follows Super Bowl for Flacco

Joe Flacco is soaking up all the opportunities that come with being a Super Bowl champ, including nabbing a front row seat at New York Fashion Week. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback and his wife, Dana Grady, had prime real estate for Tommy Hilfiger’s ever-preppy menswear collection Friday at the Park Avenue Armory.

“It was pretty cool. It was a lot quicker than I thought it would have been,” Flacco said after watching his first fashion show.

As a brutal Nor’easter raged outside, the Hilfiger men on the runway bundled up in hefty coats with plush fur collars, cozy argyle sweaters and patterned turtlenecks. So what would Flacco’s teammates say about his fashion week cameo?

“You know they’d probably pick on me a little bit, but it was a lot of fun,” Flacco said

The birthday bunch

Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) is 72. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 71. Actor Joe Pesci is 70. Author Alice Walker is 69. Actress Mia Farrow is 68. Singer Joe Ely is 66. Country singer Travis Tritt is 50. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 37.

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