- - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cheap Trick, British rocker Dave Mason and the teen pop group Kicking Daisies will perform on Earth Day on the Mall, the Associated Press reports.

Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers said the theme of Sunday’s rally is “Mobilize the Earth.” The organization is urging people worldwide to perform 1 billion “acts of green,” and the event will feature a countdown to the goal, which organizers hope will be reached on Earth Day.

“We’re at 900-and-something million, and they’re just pouring in,” Miss Rogers said. “So, we’re going to do a countdown on the Mall and hope we hit a billion during the event.”

Miss Rogers said the acts of green include commitments to walk to work, plant trees and conduct environmental education programs in schools across the globe.

“My favorite was a guy who broke up with his girlfriend because she wouldn’t recycle; we counted that as an act of green,” Miss Rogers said.

An “EcoVillage” featuring interactive exhibits and renewable-energy demonstrations from exhibitors including NASA and the United Nations also are planned.

Cobain was prepping solo album before death

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was working on a solo album when he committed suicide in 1994, a former guitarist for the band of Cobain’s widow said in an interview with the music TV channel Fuse.

“That’s really what he was going toward, a solo album but working with different people,” said Eric Erlandson - who played with Hole, a band founded by Courtney Love - to Fuse TV, according to Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Erlandson said Cobain was writing and producing songs that transcended his previous work.

“It would have been his White Album,” he added, referring to the celebrated Beatles work.

“I was really excited about some of the stuff he was working on. I got to see him play it in front of me. That’s why I was really sad” when he died, Mr. Erlandson said.

Mr. Erlandson spoke with Fuse last week after publishing a book about his relationship with Cobain, titled “Letters to Kurt.”

An album of Cobain’s rough demo recordings still could be released, he said.

“I’ve heard someone is compiling [songs],” Mr. Erlandson said. “I’m not in control of things. I just wish something would come together.”

Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27, near the height of his grunge-rock band’s success.

Jolie named U.N. envoy in work with refugees

After a decade of promoting refugee causes around the world, Angelina Jolie has been promoted.

The United Nations refugee agency has elevated the Hollywood star from goodwill ambassador to special envoy, a role that will see her represent the organization at the diplomatic level to governments and diplomats, the Associated Press reports.

It is the first time the U.N. refugee agency has named a special envoy, said its spokesman Adrian Edwards. Elsewhere in the global body, such posts usually are reserved for career diplomats or retired politicians.

“Her work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador,” Mr. Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “I don’t think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that she is bringing in terms of the attention that she is getting for the plight of the world’s displaced.”

Miss Jolie has jetted around the world on behalf of the organization over the past 10 years, making high-profile visits to refugee camps in Iraq, Haiti and Pakistan, among other places.

Apart from her time, Miss Jolie also has given large personal donations to the organization, which relies entirely on voluntary contributions from governments, companies and individuals.

“She has donated substantially to refugees,” Mr. Edwards said, noting that the actress-director won’t receive any money for her role. “There is, to my knowledge, absolutely no connection between any donation of money and this role.”

Miss Jolie’s new position will focus on the complex crises that result in the mass displacement of people, such as in Afghanistan and Somalia. In addition, on special occasions, she will represent the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.

“That can mean conveying messages to governments. It can mean conveying messages to other people and partners that we work with,” Mr. Edwards said.

UNHCR works to help almost 35 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. It was established to aid millions of Europeans displaced during World War II and since has become one of the world’s most prominent humanitarian organizations.

Ryan O’Neal positive on cancer prognosis

Ryan O’Neal said the prognosis is positive for his recovery from recently diagnosed stage 2 prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old actor said in a statement released through his publicist on Monday that he was “shocked and stunned by the news” but feels fortunate the disease was caught early. He said he is expected to make a full recovery, the Associated Press reports.

A memoir about his romance with actress Farrah Fawcett, “Both of Us: My Life With Farrah,” will be published on May 1. Fawcett died in 2009 after a public battle with cancer.

Mr. O’Neal said he’s grateful for the support of his friends and family and advocates regular exams because early detection is the best defense.



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