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    Gunnar Birkerts, an internationally acclaimed modernist architect who designed buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the University of Michigan Law Library, has died. He was 92. His son, Sven Birkerts, said his father died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Needham, Massachusetts. Birkerts was born in Riga, Latvia, on Jan. 17, 1925, but fled during World War II when he was in his teens. He made his way to Stuttgart, Germany, where he began studying architecture. In 1949, Birkerts emigrated to the United States. He was based in the Detroit area for much of his career and worked for several different architecture firms before he and a colleague, Frank Straub, founded Birkerts and Straub in 1962. He eventually went on to lead his own firm, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, for decades. He also taught architecture at the University of Michigan from 1959-1990. Birkerts was widely known for his use of light in his designs. Some of his other notable buildings include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the IBM headquarters in Sterling Forest, New York, and the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela. His final work, the National Library of Latvia in Riga, opened in 2014 and is now widely known as 'The Castle of Light.' The American Institute of Architects awarded the library its 2017 Library Building Award. Birkerts is survived by his wife, Sylvia, a fellow Latvian who he met in Germany and married in 1950, their three children and seven grandchildren.
  • TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. U2; $8,295,222; $115.99. 2. Coldplay; $8,070,880; $87.86. 3. Guns N' Roses; $6,229,677; $101.95. 4. Metallica; $4,529,263; $109.00. 5. Celine Dion; $3,799,468; $146.79. 6. Justin Bieber; $2,972,507; $93.08. 7. Depeche Mode; $2,933,439; $74.82. 8. Dead & Company; $1,934,271; $73.49. 9. Roger Waters; $1,706,432; $125.80. 10. Ed Sheeran; $1,595,189; $82.53. 11. Bruno Mars; $1,503,181; $76.69. 12. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,393,492; $88.16. 13. The Weeknd; $1,380,811; $90.42. 14. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull ; $1,174,827; $90.94. 15. Neil Diamond; $1,167,620; $95.38. 16. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,158,187; $87.65. 17. Tool; $1,077,322; $77.19. 18. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,052,694; $83.57. 19. John Mayer; $1,004,306; $71.91. 20. Eric Church; $1,003,316; $64.71. For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com ___
  • Connecticut officials say they have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman. The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether 67-year-old Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash. Officials announced Thursday that no violations were found. Restaurant owner Carole Peck said the cafe was closed on the day of the accident. State police and liquor control officials are still investigating the crash. Katherine Berman, of Cheshire, was killed when her vehicle hit the rear of an SUV and flipped over in Woodbury. The 87-year-old SUV driver also died. The results of toxicology tests on Katherine Berman have not been released.
  • HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO's Twitter accounts, including ones for 'Game of Thrones' and John Oliver's show. The group posted that 'we are just testing your security' and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade. HBO said in a statement Thursday that 'the infringement on our social media accounts was recognized and rectified quickly.' It declined further comment. OurMine has a history of similar hacks showing companies' security vulnerabilities. It caused far less damage and appeared unrelated to another group of hackers who broke into HBO's computer network and have been doling out stolen information and unaired episodes for several weeks.
  • Captain Jack Sparrow left the high seas for a special meet and greet. But it wasn’t some look-alike. It was Jack Sparrow himself, er, make that Johnny Depp. >> Read more trending news  Depp, who has been known to visit hospitals around the world dressed as his pirate alter ego, stopped by BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Monday to bring smiles to the patients and their families. He spent more than 5 ½ hours meeting with kids from the oncology, general pediatrics and neurology areas. The starstruck children and parents said that he never broke character and spent time making each child feel special. The hospital treats 86,000 children each year and is the province’s only full-service acute care pediatric hospital.
  • The children of Johnny Cash are asking white supremacists and other hate groups not to wear or use the country singer's name or image. In a Wednesday night Facebook post shared by Cash's daughter Rosanne and son John Carter Cash, the siblings say they were 'sickened' to learn a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi was wearing a T-shirt with their father's name at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted into deadly violence. The man in question was interviewed Saturday on Fox News Channel. The post says the late country music legend's heart 'beat with the rhythm of love and social justice' and adds that Cash would be 'horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred.' They requested his name 'be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology.' The post, also signed by Kathy, Cindy and Tara Cash, says the family values love and kindness, respects diversity and cherishes 'our shared humanity.' Johnny Cash died in 2003.
  • Grammy Award-winning singer Yvonne Elliman-Alexander and her husband were arrested in Guam and charged with illegal drug possession. Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana Tuesday as the two arrived on the island for a benefit concert at a school, The Pacific Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2wdFrZF ). Crystal-like rocks and a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue were in the singer's belongings, according to court documents. The crystal-like substances tested presumptive positive for meth and the plant substance tested presumptive positive for pot, according to the documents. Elliman-Alexander, 65, is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance on board an aircraft, a first-degree felony. Allen Alexander is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance as a third-degree felony. The two were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bonds, but they can't leave Guam without permission from the court. They also can't go to any clubs or bars. Elliman-Alexander's benefit concert for Mount Carmel School will continue as planned. It will be on Saturday at Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Elliman-Alexander performed on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which won a Grammy for album of the year in 1978.
  • The brother of a Polish man suspected of kidnaping a British model will fight his extradition to Italy. The U.K. National Crime Agency says officers arrested Michal Konrad Herba, 36, in central England on an Italian warrant. He's the brother of Lukasz Pawel Herba, who has being held in Italy on suspicion of abducting model Chloe Ayling. Ayling says she was lured to Milan last month for a fake photo shoot. She says she was then drugged, stuffed into a suitcase and held at a rural house by criminals who threatened to auction her online. She was released after six days. At Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday, Michal Herba spoke only to give his address, date of birth and to contest his extradition. His attorney, Katherine Newey, says he denies involvement.
  • Katy Perry says she's pushing back the start of her new tour because of 'unavoidable production delays.' The pop star's 'Witness: The Tour' will now begin Sept. 19 in Montreal. Perry said in a statement Thursday that 'major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week.' The tour was originally planned to kick off Sept. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets purchased for the original concert dates will be honored at its new date. Refunds are also available at point of purchase. Perry said that she's 'sorry for any inconvenience this causes.' The singer also announced that Carly Rae Jepsen, Noah Cyrus and Purity Ring will open for her on the road. _____ Online: https://www.katyperry.com/
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman for speaking out for girls' rights to an education, has been accepted by the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance on Twitter and included the screenshot of her 'Congratulations' notice. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics, the favored degree of many of Britain's top leaders. 'So excited to go to Oxford!!' she tweeted Thursday. Yousafzai will study at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford college whose notable alumni include the late Benazir Bhutto, the one-time leader of Pakistan and a hero of Yousafzai's, and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yousafzai won international renown in 2012 after she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as a teenager for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school, a topic she started raising publicly as an 11-year-old with a blog. After being treated at a hospital in Birmingham, England, she continued her education in the city and went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. 'As far as I know, I am just a committed and even stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights and who wants peace in every corner of the world,' she said on the day she collected the Nobel. 'Education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities.' Her acceptance to such a famed university marks a milestone in Malala's steady progression to achieve her dreams. Social media erupted into the technological equivalent of rounds of applause. Among those offering accolades were author J.K. Rowling and Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian newspaper who is now the principal of Lady Margaret Hall. He tweeted: 'Welcome to @lmhoxford, Malala!' Others pointed out that Oxford was about to get a Nobel laureate not on the faculty but in the student body. 'To be fair, I think we should be congratulating Oxford,' novelist Julian Furman tweeted. Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, all but burst with pride. 'My heart is full of gratitude,' he tweeted. 'We are grateful to Allah & thank u 2 al those who support @Malala 4 the grand cause of education.