Courage award goes to Gabrielle Giffords
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured in a shooting two years ago, on Friday was named this year’s recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her work to reduce gun violence.
Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, has been undergoing rehabilitation after being shot in the head during a public appearance in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died, including District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords’ staffers; and the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager and Chicago Cubs general manager Dallas Green.
The award is presented annually to those who have demonstrated political courage without regard for personal consequences. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation created the award in 1989 to honor Kennedy’s commitment and contribution to public service.
The award is scheduled to be presented to Giffords at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston on Sunday.
Joy Behar leaving ‘The View’
Joy Behar will be leaving the ABC daytime talk show at the end of the current season in August. The network said in a statement Thursday that it wishes the 70-year-old comedian “all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”
Behar has co-hosted the show for 16 seasons. She was among the first co-hosts with co-creator Barbara Walters when the series debuted. The current panel includes Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.
‘Gangnam Style’ follow-up planned
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean rapper PSY says he’ll unveil his much-awaited follow-up to “Gangnam Style” next month and celebrate it with a huge concert in Seoul.
PSY made the announcement Friday on YouTube, where his “Gangnam Style” video has a record 1.39 billion views.
PSY said he’ll release the new single on April 13 and hold a concert at a soccer stadium that evening. He’s dubbed the concert “Happening” and says it will be broadcast live on YouTube.
The rapper, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, has been on a worldwide tour since his viral video made a global splash in July, with its catchy tune and much-imitated horse-riding dance. He recently released a “Gangnam Style” remix and performed at the inauguration ceremony for South Korea’s new president.
The birthday bunch
Singer-actress Keely Smith is 81. Singer Lloyd Price is 80. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 79. Actor-comedian Marty Ingels is 77. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 77.