Taking Names: Bristol Palin custody case closed in Alaska

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A custody case over one of Sarah Palin’s grandchildren has been closed.

State court records show the case between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston involving their son, Tripp, was closed earlier this month after a lack of activity.

Johnston attorney Rex Butler says the best way to interpret this is that the parties are likely to work out their differences on their own.

In 2010, Bristol Palin and Mr. Johnston agreed Miss Palin would have primary physical custody and the two would share legal custody, subject to Miss Palin’s resolution if they couldn’t agree.

Miss Palin and Tripp appeared on the recent Lifetime series “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” in which Mr. Johnston’s presence in his son’s life, or lack thereof, was part of the storyline. The website TMZ last month reported Mr. Johnston wanted full custody.

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An attorney for Miss Palin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nominees named for Pop Music Hall of Fame

The American Pop Music Hall of Fame won’t be open until next summer, but the first round of nominees to be inducted into the western Pennsylvania-based hall has been announced.

The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra are among the top 40 nominees.

The American Pop Music Hall of Fame is scheduled to open July in a temporary home in what’s now a cafe in Canonsburg, just outside Pittsburgh. Fundraising is under way for a permanent building.

Music fans and people in the industry can vote for their favorite nominees online starting later this week. The final list of 20 inductees will be inducted in May. Eligible artists must have lodged a national hit between 1946 and 1975.

Other nominees include the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, the Carpenters, Chubby Checker, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Voters are also being asked to pick their top five songs, from a list of 100 released from 1966 to 1975, that best defined that generation. The finalists will be narrowed down by the Hall of Fame selection panel, with 10 eventually inducted.

Canonsburg calls itself the country’s “small-town music capital” and boasts native sons including Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins.

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