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■ China’s cap­i­tal says it won’t be invit­ing Justin Bieber to per­form in the coun­try be­cause of his past “bad be­hav­ior,” although it did con­cede that the Cana­dian singer has tal­ent. In re­sponse to a ques­tion from a pur­ported fan on its Web page, the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Bu­reau of Cul­ture said it was act­ing in the in­ter­est of im­pos­ing stan­dards and or­der and “clean­ing up” the domestic per­for­mance mar­ket. It said Bieber’s “bad be­hav­ior,” in­clud­ing in his pri­vate life abroad and while in China to per­form, had caused “pub­lic dis­sat­is­fac­tion.” It did not pro­vide de­tails. Bieber per­formed in Bei­jing, Shang­hai and the eastern city of Dalian in 2013. Dur­ing his 2013 visit, the 23-year-old singer drew crit­i­cism when pic­tures showed him be­ing car­ried up the Great Wall of China by a pair of body­guards. “Justin Bieber is a young for­eign singer who is tal­ented at sing­ing but also con­tro­ver­sial,” the bu­reau said. “There­fore, it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate to bring in artists who show bad be­hav­ior,” it said. “How­ever, in the process of grow­ing up and im­prov­ing his words and deeds, he can truly de­velop into a singer who is beloved of the masses,” it added. Bieber has had nu­mer­ous run-ins with po­lice around the world. Bieber’s Pur­pose World Tour wraps up in Asia in Septem­ber with per­for­mances in Tokyo, the semi­au­tonomous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory of Hong Kong, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore and In­done­sia. Bieber joins a grow­ing list of Western en­ter­tain­ers who have run into trou­ble with China, in­clud­ing singer Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Ma­roon 5 and Bjork.

■ Goose­bumps cre­ator R.L. Stine got a sur­prise dur­ing his first trip to the San Diego Comic-Con: The 73-year-old au­thor re­ceived the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Inkpot Award, which rec­og­nizes con­tri­bu­tions to the worlds of comics, fan­tasy and sci-fi. Past re­cip­i­ents in­clude Steven Spiel­berg, Neil Gaiman and Ge­orge Lu­cas. “Ev­ery­one’s be­ing too nice to me,” Stine said. “I’m not used to it. I don’t get that at home.” Stine, who grew up in Ohio and now lives in New York City, re­ceived the honor be­fore ap­pear­ing at a panel Thurs­day in which he told sto­ries from through­out his ca­reer. He said he was ini­tially re­luc­tant to write scary sto­ries for young read­ers, but once he came up with the name Goose­bumps, he de­cided to give it a try. He has now writ­ten 130 Goose­bumps books. Stine also an­nounced Thurs­day that a new line of Goose­bumps comic books is in the works and that he’s mak­ing his first foray into comics with a Marvel se­ries called Man Thing. Dif­fer­ent au­thors will pen the Goose­bumps comic books, spin­ning off char­ac­ters from Stine’s nov­els. The au­thor also shared sev­eral per­sonal rev­e­la­tions. For ex­am­ple, de­spite hav­ing writ­ten 330 books, he never learned to type. “I only use one fin­ger. I don’t even use two!” he said, show­ing his bent, ban­daged fin­ger to the crowd. “The fin­ger goes, that’s the ca­reer.”

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