July 24, 2014 in Features, Nation/World

People: Sarah Palin faces speeding ticket

From wire reports

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Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla.

The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit.

The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge.

An attorney for Palin said he didn’t know details of the case but said Palin would pay the fine. A Wasilla Police Department spokesman didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

In discussing the ticket with TMZ, Palin made an auto racing reference, joking that she wasn’t speeding, she was “qualifying.”

Town to name school for King of Pop

Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star’s Indiana hometown.

The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district “seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education.”

District superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said she’s working with the Jackson family on which school to rename.

Michael Jackson spent the first 11 years of his life in Gary. His family moved to California after the Jackson 5 struck it big in 1969 with the release of their first album.

The district has long struggled with high poverty levels, and the school board voted in June to close six of its 17 schools because of a $27 million deficit blamed in part on declining enrollment and the state’s property tax caps.

Filmmaker Moore’s divorce finalized

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s divorce from Kathleen Glynn has been finalized, ending their two-decade-long marriage.

Moore filed a divorce complaint June 17, 2013, in Michigan’s Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home.

A consent judgment of divorce was entered and the case was closed Tuesday.

Moore and Glynn married in Flint in 1991. Glynn was the producer or executive producer of many of Moore’s documentary films, including “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Sicko” and “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

The birthday bunch

Actor John Aniston is 81. Actor Chris Sarandon is 72. Comedian Gallagher is 68. Actress Lynda Carter is 63. Country singer Pam Tillis is 57. Actor Paul Ben-Victor is 52. Actor Kadeem Hardison is 49. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 46. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 45. Basketball player-turned-actor Rick Fox is 45. Actor Eric Szmanda is 39. Country singer Jerrod Niemann is 35. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 32. Actress Anna Paquin is 32. Actress Mara Wilson is 27. Rock singer Jay McGuiness (The Wanted) is 24.

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