August 16, 2014 in Nation/World

Keith Jackson Hall honors WSU alum

From Wire Reports
 

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Washington State University is naming its broadcast building Keith Jackson Hall in honor of the sports broadcaster who had a 40-year career with ABC.

Jackson was the first play-by-play announcer on “Monday Night Football” and a fixture on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” and college football telecasts.

The university in Pullman says the 1954 graduate is a strong supporter who has given more than $1 million to the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and WSU athletics.

The dedication ceremony for Keith Jackson Hall is set for Sept. 12 to coincide with Jackson’s visit for his 60th alumni class reunion.

Kattan sentenced in drunken crash

Chris Kattan has been sentenced to three years’ probation for driving under the influence and crashing his Mercedes into a Department of Transportation vehicle on a Southern California freeway earlier this year.

The Los Angeles Times reports the former “Saturday Night Live” star also was ordered Thursday to pay a $500 fine and attend an alcohol education program. A restitution hearing will be held next month to determine how much Kattan owes the state for damage to the DOT vehicle.

The 43-year-old was arrested in February after he struck the vehicle that belonged to a crew conducting maintenance on a guardrail.

Kattan, who was on SNL from 1996 to 2003, is best known for the character Mango.

WNBA players Griner, Johnson to wed

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson and posted it on social media. Griner showed a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account.

In the post, Griner wrote: “Last Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!”

Griner has embraced her role as a prominent gay athlete since finishing a record-breaking career at Baylor. Johnson played at Tennessee.

The birthday bunch

Actress Ann Blyth is 86. Sportscaster Frank Gifford is 84. Actor Gary Clarke is 81. Actress Julie Newmar is 81. Actress Anita Gillette is 78. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 75. Actor Bob Balaban is 69. Ballerina Suzanne Farrell is 69. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 68. Rock singer-musician Joey Spampinato is 64. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 61. Singer Madonna is 56. Actress Angela Bassett is 56. Actor Timothy Hutton is 54. Actor Steve Carell is 52. Country singer Emily Robison (The Dixie Chicks) is 42. Singer-musician Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) is 29. Actress Rumer Willis is 26.

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