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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.
  • 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.
  • Spotify pulled more than three dozen artists and bands from the streaming music service after they were identified as supporting ideas of white supremacy in a post on a music news site. >> Read more trending news  The post, published Monday on DigitalMusicNews.com, identified dozens of musicians and groups on the streaming music platform that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had named “hate bands” in a 2014 list.  According to Digital Music News, the SPLC compiled the list in an effort to urge Apple to remove the bands’ music from its platform. The music news site found at least eight other related bands on Spotify with help from its algorithm for recommended music and artists. “In the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville and an increasingly vocal, post-Trump white supremacy voice, the presence of white supremacy music on Spotify takes on a different light,” Digital Music News writer Paul Resnikoff wrote in an effort to call attention to Spotify’s musical offering. Less than 24 hours after the article was published, Spotify scrapped the music from its platform. “Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us,” a Spotify spokesperson said. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content and have already removed many of the bands identified ... whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.” According to CNN, Spotify uses government lists of offensive music and bands to help police its platform.  The streaming service said it would review any content “that is in clear violation of (Spotify’s) internal guidelines which includes content that clearly incites hatred or violence,” CNN reported. Read more at DigitalMusicNews.com, CNN and Billboard.
  • Former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett has a lot to celebrate. A year after ending her marriage to relationship expert Rob Hill Sr., she is engaged to a new man she has quietly been dating. Essence reported that, according to photos and videos posted on Instagram, the original member of Destiny’s Child became engaged to Dallas entrepreneur Tommicus Walker after throwing him a surprise birthday party. Luckett confirmed the news on her own Instagram page early Thursday. “I said , ‘Yes yeeeesssss’ on his Burfday!” she captioned the photo. In August 2016, TMZ reported that the “In the Name of Love” singer quietly got  a divorce after getting married in January “but split after just 2 months and change.” Ebony reported that Luckett’s brother, Gavin Luckett, posted a video of the proposal on his Instagram page hours after Luckett confirmed the news. From the video, it’s clear Luckett got a hefty-looking sparkler that she was happy to show off.  Congrats to the couple!
  • 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.
  • Actress Helen Hunt and boyfriend Matthew Carnahan have broken up after a 16-year relationship, according to reports. >> Read more trending news  “She has been split up with Matthew for several months. They had a rocky relationship and many offs and ons over the years. They stayed together as long as they did because of their daughter,” an unnamed source close to the actress told E! News. “They’ve split up before, but this time seems to be different.” RELATED: Anna Faris gave a fan heartfelt relationship advice in the wake of her split from husband Chris Pratt Hunt, 54, and Carnahan, 56, had been dating since 2001 and share a 13-year-old daughter together. Carnahan has a 20-year-old son from a previous relationship. Another source confirmed the news to PEOPLE, indicating that the former couple have broken up before in the past and “have had trouble getting along for several years.” “Friends were shocked. Helen and Matthew always appeared to be super in love,” another insider told In Touch. “Their married friends would joke that they were jealous of their relationship.” The breakup comes two years after Hunt announced that she and Carnahan were developing a TV series together, but she hasn’t spoken of the project since.
  • 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.

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  • Florida prisons were placed on lockdown Thursday following reports of security threats.  >> Read more trending news The Florida Department of Corrections announced that it canceled weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday and Sunday because of a possible security threat. Correction officials said they received information that indicated small groups of inmates at several institutions would try to disrupt prison operations. The lockdown affects more than 97,000 inmates in Florida’s 151 correctional facilities, including major institutions, work camps and annex facilities. The move affects recreational and educational programs, but inmates are not confined to their cells, officials said. The cancellation does not apply to work release centers, department officials said.  
  • A group of storms east of the Caribbean has developed into Tropical Storm Harvey.   Harvey is approaching the Lesser Antilles and it is forecast to continue traveling west, officially arriving in the Caribbean Friday afternoon. It has been given a 100 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days.   It’s also expected to become a hurricane by Monday morning. At this point it is no threat to Florida.   “We have entered the peak of Hurricane season, which is mid-August through late October,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
  • A Cleveland father is upset after he says his son was left on the school bus for hours on his first day of classes. WJW reported that Trevelle Hargrove’s 6-year-old son, Trevelle Jr.,  has special needs. Hargrove said his son fell asleep on the bus. >> Read more trending news Trevelle Jr.  said he was found after he honked the horn of the bus and jumped up and down. A spokesperson for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said Trevelle Jr. fell asleep on the bus Monday and was there for less than an hour. His father says otherwise. “After an hour and they couldn't tell me what was going on I started to get extremely worried,” Hargrove told WJW. 'I couldn't understand why no one could tell me where my son was.” Hargrove said his son was back four hours later, at 6:30 p.m. “You can’t just forget to do things,” he said. “This isn’t like a normal job where you forget to put the straw in the bag or you forget to clock in or whatever it is you do at a normal job. You can’t do that when it comes to kids.” Hargrove said his son won’t be riding the bus again any time soon. The district is is investigating. Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Chief Communications Officer Roseann Canfora issued the following statement to WJW: “Drivers are trained to follow strict protocols for inspecting every seat at the beginning and end of their routes, and CMSD has a zero tolerance for any violation of these safety guidelines.” The bus driver has resigned. WJW reported they may be terminated pending the outcome of the district’s investigation.
  • Authorities said a terror attack in Barcelona claimed at least 13 lives on Thursday and left 80 others injured after a van slammed into pedestrians on Barcelona's popular La Rambla street. >> Read more trending news Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalonia police force, confirmed the attack in a Twitter post around 5:10 p.m. local time.
  • Many scientists and groups across the U.S. aren’t taking Monday’s eclipse for granted - they want to learn things! There will be lots of experiments happening during the 90-minute event.  Here are just a few: 1. The eclipse movie - Volunteers from national labs and education groups will track the sun along its path using identical telescopes, which will take continuous digital pictures.  The pictures will be later spliced together to make a 90-minute movie.  So don’t fret if you can’t watch on Monday! 2. Sounds - college students at Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, along with NASA< will measure the sound of the eclipse by setting up low-frequency radio experiments in bean fields.  They’ll capture the noise the eclipse creates and figure out how its different from normal conditions. 3. Animal behavior - Also at Austin Peay State University, scientists will be watching how crickets and cows act when the Moon covers the sun and darkens the sky.  During a solar eclipse in 1991, spiders were seen taking down their webs.  4. Solar flares - We know solar flares happen when the sun’s magnetic field causes a brief burst of intense radiation, but we don’t know enough to protect our technology from them.  During the eclipse, a group of scientists in Wyoming will attempt to take some measurements of the sun’s outer atmosphere.  Usually the sun is too bright to do this, but the eclipse should provide a good view. Want to watch the eclipse?  CLICK HERE to see where you can get free glasses.