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He was already an accomplished pianist before winning the 1958 competition in Moscow. He started taking piano lessons from his mother at age 3, then debuted with the Houston Symphony Orchestra at age 12. He studied at Juilliard, won the famed Leventritt Competition and performed with several orchestras across the country — including the New York Philharmonic.

Photos of nude prince generate 3,600 complaints

A press watchdog said it has received some 3,600 complaints over the Sun’s decision to publish nude photos of Britain’s Prince Harry.

The British tabloid was the only national newspaper to carry the pictures, which first appeared online and quickly became an international talking point.

They captured the third in line to Britain’s throne frolicking in the nude with an unidentified woman after what was alleged to have been a game of strip billiards in his Las Vegas hotel room.

Royal officials argued that the photos were a breach of the prince’s privacy, but the officials weren’t among those who’d filed complaints with Britain’s Press Complaints Commission.

That makes it unlikely any action will be taken against the Sun, which said it published the photos in the public interest.

John Updike Society buys author’s childhood home

John Updike’s childhood home in Pennsylvania has been purchased by a group that plans to restore it and turn it into a museum.

The John Updike Society bought the home in Shillington, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, for $180,000 on Monday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author lived there until he was 13.

The society hopes the 1900s house can be preserved and re-created to its appearance in Updike’s youth. The Reading Eagle reported organizers will seek donated materials for display.

Best known for his novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, Updike won Pulitzers for two of those stories, “Rabbit Is Rich” and “Rabbit at Rest.” He died in 2009 at age 76.

Foo Fighters heading for long sabbatical?

Music industry online magazine NME said the Foo Fighters have played their “last show for a long time,” but an official familiar with the group said it has more concerts scheduled.

As the group wrapped up a gig in Reading, England, on Sunday, frontman Dave Grohl told the crowd the tour, in support of its latest album “Wasting Light,” would be its last — a comment that has set fans in the Twittersphere alight with concern.

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