- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

Actress Shayne Lamas says she hopes her new reality show featuring her siblings and parents will bring her family closer together.

The “General Hospital” actress said of particular importance to her is whether “Leave It to Lamas” will improve the relationship between her older brother, A.J. Lamas, and her father, actor Lorenzo Lamas, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

“The No. 1 deciding factor in doing this show was that we’d get to spend quality time with each other,” said Miss Lamas, whose younger sister, Dakota, and mother, Michelle, also appear in the series.

“The second factor was my trying to get my brother and father to finally sit down and have a chat,” she said.

Viewers of the new E! series will quickly learn that A.J. and Lorenzo Lamas have not spoken in nearly five years, United Press International reports.

In passing

• Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa, 74, the “voice of Latin America” whose music inspired opponents of South America’s brutal military regimes and led to her forced exile in Europe, died Sunday in a Buenos Aires hospital.

Her remains lay in state at the National Congress, where thousands of people — many with flowers or Argentine flags — lined up to pay respects to one of the region’s most iconic voices, Associated Press reports.

“She was the best ambassador the country ever had,” said Clara Suarez, 63, holding a bouquet of white flowers outside the Congress.

Reinhard Mohn, 88, who built Germany’s Bertelsmann from a family printing and publishing business into one of the world’s largest media companies, died Saturday, Agence France-Presse reports.

Mr. Mohn, listed at 261 in the Forbes 2009 billionaire list with a net worth of $2.5 billion, was a Bertelsmann executive for more than 60 years, leaving a firm that now employs more than 100,000 people in over 50 different countries.

The company he leaves behind is facing serious problems, hammered by falling advertising revenue and the global economic crisis.

Canceled: ‘Fame’

Singer Lady Gaga says rapper Kanye West, her former co-star on the “Fame Kills” tour, is taking time to get out of the public spotlight.

The “Poker Face” singer said she and Mr. West reached a mutual decision to cancel their concert tour after negative publicity erupted in response to his actions on the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard.com reported Friday.

Lady Gaga said she would be starting her own headlining tour in the wake of the “Fame” tour’s demise, United Press International reports.

“It was a mutual decision,” she said at the Billboard Women in Music Event on Friday. “Kanye’s going to take some time off. But the good news is that I’m going on tour in a few weeks.”

Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and Web reports

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