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Michael Franti performs at the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Thursday, June 4. Franti has been playing music across the globe for three decades. (Associated Press)

Michael Franti: Hip hop ambassador

Michael Franti is a poet, a political activist and a passionate musician who blends a myriad of styles into a unique stew of rock, pop, hip-hop and folk served with a healthy dose of positivity. His songs are call-to-arms anthems disguised as danceable hippie jams.

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2014 file photo provided by the Ozaukee County, Wis.,  Sheriff is Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell." Diamond, accused of stabbing a man during a Christmas Day bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin, pleased not guilty during a court appearance Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in Port Washington, Wis. (AP Photo/Ozaukee County Sheriff, File)

‘Screech’ goes on trial for bar stabbing

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The actor who portrayed Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” is headed to trial in southeastern Wisconsin where he’s accused of stabbing a man during a confrontation at a bar.

This booking photo provided by the Santa Fe County Jail shows actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving in Santa Fe, N.M. (Associated Press)

Sam Shepard arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe

- Associated Press

Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Santa Fe restaurant’s security complained about a possibly intoxicated driver.

Then 86-year-old B.B. King thrills a crowd of several hundred people at the annual B.B. King Homecoming, a free concert on the grounds of an old cotton gin where he worked as a teenager many years ago, in Indianola, Miss., in this Aug. 22, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned ‘ridiculous’

- Associated Press

Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s care in his final days have accused King’s two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King’s estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.

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FILE  In this Jan. 8, 1960, file photo, Walter Byers, executive director of the NCAA, attends a football meeting at the Astor Hotel in New York. Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization, has died. He was 93. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File)

Byers, NCAA's 1st executive director, dies at 93

- Associated Press

Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics, has died. He was 93.