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ITALIAN JUDGE ORDERS DIRECTOR PAUL HAGGIS TO REMAIN IN DETENTION

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — A judge has ordered Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis to stay in detention in southern Italy while …

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ITALIAN JUDGE ORDERS DIRECTOR PAUL HAGGIS TO REMAIN IN DETENTION

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — A judge has ordered Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis to stay in detention in southern Italy while Italian prosecutors investigate a woman’s claims that he had sex with her without her consent. The decision to keep Haggis detained came after a hearing yesterday that lasted several hours. Judge Vilma Gilli ruled Haggis had to stay at a farmhouse in a tourist town where he was to attend a film festival this week. Italian news reports say the judge said while Haggis isn't a flight risk, there's a chance evidence can be compromised — or that he might repeat his alleged crimes. Haggis co-wrote, directed and produced “Crash,” which won the 2006 Oscar for best picture and best screenplay.

MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL SELLING OUT AFTER TONY AWARD EXPOSURE

NEW YORK (AP) — It may not have won for best musical, but the Broadway show about Michael Jackson still got a healthy Tony Award bounce. Producers for “MJ” say they pulled in $1,661,000 the week after the Tonys, That's the biggest increase of any show on Broadway — and a new high for “MJ." While it didn't win best musical, “MJ” wasn't ignored at the Tonys. Myles Frost won for best actor in a musical.

JAMES RADO, “HAIR” CO-CREATOR, DIES

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who helped bring a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll to Broadway has died. James Rado (RAY'-doh) was co-creator of the groundbreaking musical “Hair,” which celebrated the era of pot, protest, and free love. He died Tuesday in New York at age 90. “Hair” was the first rock musical on Broadway, the first to feature full nudity — and the first to show a same-sex kiss. “Hair” also had an effect on the pop music charts. The cast album produced four hits, including the No. 1 single, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by the Fifth Dimension. Other chartworthy tunes from the “Hair” soundtrack were “Hair” by the Cowsills, “Good Morning, Starshine” by Oliver and “Easy to Be Hard” by Three Dog Night.

MARLEE MATLIN AMONG THOSE JOINING OSCARS GOVERNORS BOARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that does the Oscars has added new members to its Board of Governors. Among the 12 additions are actor Marlee Matlin, director Jason Reitman and producer Jason Blum. The Governors Board helps set Academy strategy and manages its finances.

FORMER NBA STAR ROBBED OF $100,000 IN CASH

ATLANTA (AP) — Not many people have $100,000 in cash around the house. But police in Atlanta say one of those who did — doesn't have it any more. Ex-NBA star Vince Carter says someone swiped nearly $100,000 from his home. Police say they recovered two guns and more than $16,000 outside the home in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood. A police report says that the money, apparently dropped by the thieves, was a small part of the cash Carter told police that he kept in a bag in a closet. An investigation into the break-in continues.

EX-NFL STAR AND BROADCAST TONY SIRAGUSA DEAD AT AGE 55

UNDATED (AP) — The former NFL player and broadcaster known to fans and friends as “Goose." is dead. An agent confirmed the death of Tony Siragusa yesterday, but the cause isn't known. Siragusa was a defensive tackle who helped lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win in 2000. His fun-loving persona helped him land a gig with Fox Sports when he retired. Tony Siragusa was 55.

BRITTNEY GRINER NAMED TO WNBA ALL-STAR GAME

NEW YORK (AP) — She likely won't play in it. But Brittney Griner has a roster spot at the WNBA All-Star Game. She's been named an honorary starter by league commissioner Cathy Engelbert. Briner has been detained since Feb. 17 in Russia, after airport authorities said her bag held vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. The WNBA says Griner has been an all-star each year there was one — and likely would have been picked again this year. Meanwhile Russia's state-run news agency says Griner's detention has been extended at least until July 2.

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