Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - LOCAL PERSPECTIVES -

A Maine news­pa­per that hor­ri­fied author Stephen King by drop­ping its lo­cal book re­view cov­er­age used his com­plaint to boost dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tions.

King, who lives in Ban­gor, com­plained Fri­day about the Port­land Press Her­ald’s de­ci­sion to stop pub­lish­ing free­lance-writ­ten re­views of books about Maine or writ­ten by Maine au­thors and urged his 5.1 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers to retweet his mes­sage.

The paper re­sponded by promis­ing to re­in­state the book re­views if 100 of King’s fol­low­ers pur­chased dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tions to the news­pa­per. It reached that goal late Satur­day morn­ing. In a tweet an­nounc­ing the sub­scrip­tions, the news­pa­per said, “You all are the best read­ers any­where. Sin­cerely,” and “We love you Maine. We love you jour­nal­ists. We love you news­pa­pers.”

Missy El­liott is mak­ing his­tory as the first fe­male rap­per in­ducted into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also in­cludes leg­endary Bri­tish singer Cat Stevens and coun­try-folk icon John Prine.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced the new group of in­ductees Satur­day. Other in­ductees in­clude Tom T. Hall, whom Johnny Cash called his “all-time fa­vorite song­writer”; Jack Tem­pchin, who co-wrote songs for the Ea­gles and Glenn Frey’s solo al­bums; and Dal­las Austin, the song­writer be­hind ra­dio hits for TLC, Mon­ica, Pink, Boyz II Men, Madonna and more.

El­liott is just the third rap­per to en­ter into the Song­writ­ers Hall, fol­low­ing Jay-Z and Jer­maine Dupri’s in­duc­tions in 2017 and 2018, re­spec­tively. While she’s writ­ten her own raps, El­liott has also lent her writ­ing skills to ev­ery­one from Bey­once to Whit­ney Hous­ton to the late icon Aaliyah.

The new class of song­writ­ers will of­fi­cially be in­ducted on June 13 at the Mar­riott Mar­quis Hotel in New York City.

Illi­nois of­fi­cials say a con­cert in Spring­field that was to be hosted by R. Kelly can­not take place in the wake of new sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against the R&B star.

Illi­nois Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture spokes­woman Denise Al­bert told the Chicago Tri­bune that the ap­pli­ca­tion for the Spring Break Jam in April was de­nied Thurs­day be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns fol­low­ing protests out­side Kelly’s Chicago stu­dio last week.

Kelly has been un­der fire since the re­cent air­ing of a Life­time doc­u­men­tary “Sur­viv­ing R. Kelly.” He has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct in­volv­ing women and un­der­age girls.


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