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July 15, 2009


Justin Timberlake’s golf course set to open

Millington, Tenn. — Justin Timberlake’s Mirimichi golf course is set to open July 25 in suburban Memphis after a $16 million renovation aimed at making it environmentally friendly.

The Commercial Appeal reported that Timberlake invested in reconstruction of the former Big Creek Golf Course after buying it late in 2007.

Mirimichi director of golf Greg King said Timberlake played the few holes that were ready in the early spring and King is eager for the celebrity owner to play the completed project.

Timberlake bought the golf course to save it from commercial development and the project was designed to be the first eco-friendly course to be certified by the Audubon Classic Sanctuary Program.

LeVar Burton in car crash, not badly hurt

Los Angeles — Los Angeles police say actor LeVar Burton was involved in a five-car accident but wasn’t seriously injured.

Detective Judy Acosta says Burton’s 2006 Mercedes was on Beverly Boulevard in West Los Angeles at about 7:40 p.m. Monday when a 74-year-old woman in a 2006 Scion turned left in front of him.

Acosta says the cars collided. Burton’s vehicle then hit a parked car, leading to a chain reaction that damaged two other parked cars.

Acosta says both drivers complained of pain, then were examined at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and released. Nobody was ticketed.

Burton, 52, was in the TV miniseries “Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and was the longtime host of “Reading Rainbow.”

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ director Penn in hospital

Waterville, Maine — Arthur Penn, who directed the films “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Miracle Worker,” is in a New York hospital with pneumonia and can’t attend a Maine film festival as planned.

Penn, who is 86, was to have received an award at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville today.

Festival director Shannon Haines says Penn, who lives in Stockbridge, Mass., will miss the festival, but a special guest will accept the award for him.

Penn’s son, Matthew, says the director remains in the hospital Tuesday but is expected to recover.

Penn’s movies also include “Alice’s Restaurant,” “The Left Handed Gun” and “Little Big Man.”

The festival in Waterville features about 100 films from around the world and continues through Sunday.

Limited recall of drug central to Jackson probe

Los Angeles — A maker of the potent anesthetic propofol found in Michael Jackson’s home has been contacted by federal officials investigating the pop star’s death and has recalled tens of thousands of vials of the drug after two tainted lots sickened dozens of patients.

There is no apparent connection between the bacterial contamination that prompted the recall and Jackson’s death on June 25, Teva Pharmaceuticals spokeswoman Denise Bradley told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The tracking number on the tainted lots was different from the number on a vial that Drug Enforcement Administration investigators told the company was found at Jackson’s home, she said.

Propofol usually is administered intravenously in hospitals to patients who need to be unconscious for surgery or other procedures. A central question in the Jackson investigation is who provided that drug and other prescription medications found at his rented Beverly Hills mansion. Investigators are talking to doctors who treated Jackson.

Coroner’s official seeks records from doctor

Beverly Hills, Calif. — A county coroner’s official visited the office of Michael Jackson’s dermatologist on Tuesday to follow up on a subpoena seeking additional medical records.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said outside the Beverly Hills office of Arnold Klein that the doctor had been cooperating in the investigation.

Klein’s attorney, Richard Charnley, said in a statement that his client will provide the documents today.

Craig Harvey, the coroner’s chief of operations, would not specify what records were being sought.

Investigators have focused on the role drugs may have played in Jackson’s death.

In recent TV interviews, Klein said he had sedated Jackson for past medical procedures. He denied ever giving the pop star an unnecessary dose of drugs.

Singer Ferlin Husky recovering at home

Nashville, Tenn. — A spokesman for country star Ferlin Husky says the singer is recuperating at home after being released from a Nashville hospital.

The 83-year-old singer was admitted to the hospital July 2 and treated for an accelerated heart rate, possible pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Heart of Texas Records President Tracy Pitcox said Tuesday that Husky was released Friday and is resting at his home near Nashville. Husky also has a home in Vienna, Mo.

Husky was country music’s top entertainer in the early 1960s with hits like “Wings of a Dove” and “Gone.” His latest album, released in 2007, is called “The Way It Was.”

Pitcox says Husky hopes to return to the road but does not have any shows scheduled.


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