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NYC mayor, celebrities due at pre-inauguration Trump demonstration

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Al Sharpton and celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore and Rosie Perez are planning to rally New Yorkers to stand up to President-elect Donald Trump on the eve of his inauguration, organizers said Saturday.

San Francisco honors Tony Bennett with statue, festivities

If ever there was a man to throw a grand birthday bash for in San Francisco, it had to be Tony Bennett. And that is exactly what happened Friday. After the speeches, the music, and the heaping amount of praise for the legendary crooner were over, hundreds of people watched as the white smoke cleared and an 8-foot tall bronze statue of the singer was unveiled outside the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill.

Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in ‘Star Wars,’ dead at 81

LONDON – Kenny Baker played the lovable droid R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films, achieving cult status and fans’ adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines. The 3-foot 8-inch performer – a word he preferred to actor – inside the waste-bin-shaped costume has died at 81. Baker’s nephew and carer, Drew Myerscough, said he found Baker dead Saturday at his home in Preston, northwest England.

‘VIP Syndrome’ may have factored in Prince’s death

One doctor delivered test results to Prince’s home. Another sent his son, who wasn’t a physician, on a cross-country flight to bring medication to the music star. It’s not clear if any doctor could have averted the fentanyl overdose that killed the singer in April. But his death may offer evidence for how the special treatment often afforded the rich and famous can result in worse health care than ordinary Americans receive. It’s a pattern identified in medical literature as early as 1964 and it has a name: “VIP Syndrome.”

Doug Clark: Son’s in the Thicke of breaking celeb news

They don’t call it a Magic Kingdom for nothing. Yes, I’m home from my family trip to Disneyland. We flew back from the land of palm trees and Southern California sunshine the other night only to find Spokane buried in piles of white, just like Ankeny’s in the ’80s.

Spotlight: Best of Broadway announces next lineup

The 2011-’12 Best of Broadway season will feature the Chairman of the Board, an English nanny and a guy with a bolt in his neck. Here’s the lineup of touring shows for next season, announced Thursday by WestCoast Entertainment.

Celebrity dancing will support CYT-Spokane

Christian Youth Theater-Spokane will host the third annual “Dancing with the Celebrities” on April 24 at the Bing Crosby Theatre, 901 W. Sprague Ave., at 6 p.m. Local celebrities have come together with professional dance instructors in this performance to benefit CYT-Spokane’s theater arts training program for children ages 6 to 18.