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■ Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg frac­tured three ribs in a fall in her of­fice at the court and is in the hospi­tal, the court said Thurs­day. The court’s oldest jus­tice, 85, fell Wed­nes­day evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court po­lice early Thurs­day to take her to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal in Wash­ing­ton af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort overnight, court spokesman Kathy Ar­berg said. Gins­burg was ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal for treat­ment and ob­ser­va­tion af­ter tests showed she frac­tured three ribs. In her ab­sence, the court went ahead Thurs­day with a court­room cer­e­mony wel­com­ing Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh, who joined the court last month. The ex­tent of Gins­burg’s in­jury was not made clear. Gins­burg has had a se­ries of health prob­lems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two bouts with cancer and had a stent im­planted to open a blocked artery in 2014. But she has never missed Supreme Court ar­gu­ments. The court won’t hear ar­gu­ments again un­til Nov. 26. Ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1993, Gins­burg re­buffed sug­ges­tions from some lib­er­als that she should step down in the first two years of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sec­ond term, when Democrats also con­trolled the Se­nate and would have been likely to con­firm her suc­ces­sor. She al­ready has hired clerks for the term that ex­tends into 2020, in­di­cat­ing she has no plans to re­tire.

■ Joni Mitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star con­cert in honor of her 75th birth­day. She didn’t have to. Show­ing up was enough.

The Cana­dian folk singer-turned-Cal­i­for­nia singer-song­writer ended a 3½-year ab­sence from pub­lic life that be­gan when she had an aneurysm in 2015. When she slowly walked into the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion in Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day and took her seat, she got a stand­ing ova­tion and spon­ta­neous au­di­ence cho­rus of “Happy Birth­day.” Artists in­clud­ing James Tay­lor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristof­fer­son and Em­my­lou Har­ris ser­e­naded Mitchell with her own songs at the con­cert. The songs were in­ter­spersed with pho­tos of Mitchell and au­dio clips of her speak­ing through­out her ca­reer, al­low­ing her to serve as the evening’s nar-



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