- - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A star of the hit movie “The Hunger Games” will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Miami Marlins-Cincinnati Reds game in Cincinnati April 7, the Associated Press reports.

Josh Hutcherson, a native of nearby Union, Ky., is featured in the new movie about teens fighting each other to death in a bleak future. It opened last weekend with a $152.5 million box office, third-biggest ever.

Meanwhile, a Cincinnati-area resident with experience in a less gory competition between youths will sing the national anthem before the night game. Eben Franckewitz was a contestant on this season’s “American Idol.”

The Reds in recent years have followed Cincinnati’s traditional opening-day celebrations with promotions for their second, “opening night,” game. Reds players will walk a red carpet to greet fans before the game.

Bobby Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI

Officials in Southern California said Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Harris said Mr. Brown was arrested around 12:20 p.m. Monday in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. He failed a field sobriety test and was booked on suspicion of DUI, the Associated Press reports.

Officer Harris said the R&B singer was pulled over after an officer saw him talking on his cellphone without a hands-free unit and noticed he appeared to be impaired.

Los Angeles police said Mr. Brown was released from jail on his own recognizance shortly before 2 p.m.

The 43-year-old is the ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston and a founding member of the group New Edition.

An email message to his attorney, Christopher Brown, was not immediately returned.

Stand bass player buys ambulance for Mass. towns

An ambulance company that serves six rural western Massachusetts towns has purchased a new ambulance, thanks to a $150,000 gift from the bass player for the hard-rock band Stand.

The gift from Johnny April enabled Highland Ambulance to buy a new vehicle to replace its aging 1998 model, the Associated Press reports.

Highland Ambulance director Michael Rock said the gift was a “godsend.” Mr. Rock told the Recorder of Greenfield the old ambulance was nearing the end of its useful life and the company would have been hard-pressed to afford a new one.

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