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Singing sensation Susan Boyle has been awarded an honorary doctorate from a Scottish university.
Ms. Boyle, who shot to fame on a TV talent show, wore blue-and-white academic robes as she accepted the degree Friday from Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University in recognition of her “contribution to the creative industries.”
The singer once studied for a higher education certificate at the university.
A 40-something church volunteer from a small Scottish village, Ms. Boyle became a global sensation in 2009 after she performed the song “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables” on the television program “Britain’s Got Talent.”
She has since sold 18 million records around the world and performed for audiences from the U.S. to China.
U2 bassist’s ex-aide sentenced to 7 years for embezzlement
A former household aide to U2 bassist Adam Clayton received a seven-year prison sentence Friday after an Irish jury unanimously found her guilty of embezzling more than $3.6 million from the musician.
Carol Hawkins, 48, offered no response to the sentence as prison guards led her out of Dublin Criminal Court. She had been free on bail after being found guilty last week of 181 counts of writing checks from Mr. Clayton’s bank account for her own use from 2004 to 2008. Records showed she used the money to buy designer clothing, 22 thoroughbred horses, a car, university education for her two children and first-class flights.
Judge Patrick McCartan said in his ruling that Hawkins deserved a severe sentence because she had demonstrated no remorse, falsely tried to pin blame for her grandiose spending on the often-absent Mr. Clayton and could attempt similar offenses again if not jailed.
“Nothing, frankly, could explain away the scale of this dishonesty other than the greed in pursuit of a lavish lifestyle that was no responsibility of Mr. Clayton’s,” the judge said.
Dismissing her claims that she hadn’t understood that what she was doing was wrong, the judge said, “These were crimes rooted in greed and nothing else. Whether she was a fool or clever person really matters very little.”
Diddy’s uninvited house guest sentenced to time served
A New York man who broke into Sean “Diddy” Combs East Hampton mansion said at his sentencing he drank the rap mogul’s liquor, smoked his cigars and slept in his bed.
The New York Post reported that Quamine Taylor was sentenced Thursday in Suffolk County court to time served after being unable to post $2,000 bail following his April arrest.
He also was ordered to stay away from Mr. Combs’ homes.
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