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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

■ Prince Wil­liam com­pleted his fi­nal shift in his job as an air am­bu­lance pi­lot Thurs­day as he gets ready to take on more ex­ten­sive royal du­ties. The heir to the Bri­tish throne worked the night shift at the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance, where he has been fly­ing med­i­cal crews to emer­gen­cies such as traf­fic ac­ci­dents for about two years. “As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an in­cred­i­ble team of peo­ple, who save lives across the re­gion ev­ery day,” he wrote in an ex­clu­sive story in the East­ern Daily Press, a news­pa­per that serves the com­mu­nity near the am­bu­lance ser­vice’s base at south­ern Eng­land’s Cam­bridge air­port. The fi­nal shift closes a chap­ter for Wil­liam, 35, who is leav­ing the skies to fo­cus on his for­mal du­ties as Bri­tain’s fu­ture king. As the older gen­er­a­tion of roy­als slows down, the younger mem­bers of the fam­ily are tak­ing a greater num­ber of of­fi­cial roles, such as for­eign trips and other ap­pear­ances. The prince’s move is also about lo­ca­tion. Wil­liam and his wife, the for­mer Kate Mid­dle­ton, will be spend­ing less time in their Nor­folk res­i­dence and be car­ry­ing out more du­ties in Lon­don, where their 4-year-old son, Prince Ge­orge, is to start school. De­spite Wil­liam’s change in role, he said what he has seen as an am­bu­lance pi­lot changed his per­spec­tive. “I have had ex­pe­ri­ences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valu­able per­spec­tive to my royal work for decades to come,” he said in Jan­uary. ■ A jury on Wed­nes­day found that Michael Jack­son’s es­tate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 mil­lion in roy­al­ties and pro­duc­tion fees from “Bil­lie Jean,” “Thriller” and more of the su­per­star’s big­gest hits. The award from a Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court jury fell short of the $30 mil­lion the le­gendary pro­ducer sought in a law­suit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the ap­prox­i­mately $392,000 the Jack­son es­tate con­tended Jones was owed. Jones claimed in the law­suit that Jack­son’s es­tate and Sony Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment owed him for mu­sic he had pro­duced that was used in the con­cert film This Is It and two Cirque du Soleil shows that used Jack­son’s songs. “This law­suit was never about Michael, it was about pro­tect­ing the in­tegrity of the work we all did in the record­ing stu­dio and the legacy of what we cre­ated,” Jones wrote in a state­ment that also called it “a vic­tory for artists’ rights.” Jack­son died in 2009. Es­tate at­tor­ney Howard Weitz­man said he and his team were sur­prised by the ver­dict and would ap­peal it. “Al­though Mr. Jones is por­tray­ing this is a vic­tory for artists’ rights, the real artist is Michael Jack­son and it is his money Mr. Jones is seek­ing,” the lawyers said.



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