- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009

Timberlake the golfer

Singer Justin Timberlake drew a crowd of about 50 onlookers after starting an early round of 18 holes at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the opening of his renovated, environmentally friendly golf course in Millington, Tenn. And he did it in style on the 10th tee — by smacking his drive 291 yards.

The singer and actor smiled after the tee-off, saying “nobody’s happier about this course.” Mr. Timberlake was the first to play a round at his Mirimichi golf course near Memphis after he spent $16 million renovating the course to make it more eco-friendly.

He played Saturday with his mother, stepfather and an old family friend from Tennessee, Associated Press reports.

‘Idol’ singer dies

The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reports that Alexis Cohen, a former two-time “American Idol” contestant, died early Saturday after she was struck by a car in Seaside Heights, N.J.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office said an autopsy indicated she suffered chest, head and abdominal injuries. Chief Mohel said investigators were seeking more information about the collision.

Miss Cohen, 25, auditioned in Philadelphia for the popular Fox singing competition in August 2007, and the episode was aired in January 2008. She tried out again during the show’s eighth season. A video of her angry rant after being rejected by judges went viral on the Internet, Associated Press reports.

Billy Joel ailing

Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed a second upstate New York concert on their top-grossing tour after Mr. Joel fell ill with flu-like symptoms.

The Times Union Center in Albany said in a release the pair have decided to delay Monday’s show. The venue said Mr. Joel’s doctors advised him not to perform for 72 hours because of his “extreme fatigue.”

Promoters said Friday’s show at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena was postponed after Mr. Joel, 60, came down with flu-like symptoms.

Both venues are working to reschedule the shows.

The Elton/Joel Face 2 Face tour has been the nation’s top-grossing concert tour for the last two months.

Winehouse cleared

In London, singer Amy Winehouse was found not guilty Friday of assaulting a dancer at a charity ball last year, Reuters news agency reports.

Miss Winehouse, 25, was accused of deliberately punching dancer Sherene Flash in the face backstage at the Prince’s Trust Ball in Berkeley Square, central London, in September.

“Having heard the evidence from all the witnesses, I cannot be sure that this was not an accident,” District Judge Timothy Workman was quoted by the Press Association as telling the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

&8226; Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and staff reports

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