Grand Rapids art institute merges with Ferris St.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids is merging with Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design. As a result of the merger, UICA will become a wholly-owned subsidiary…

Night of jazz coming to Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Three Detroit Divas are coming to the Ford House. A concert that’s part of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Community Series is to be held Friday along the Lake St. Clair shoreline. Entitled…

Memorial set for son of ‘The Big Bopper’

HOUSTON (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for the son of J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who spent his life tending the legacy of his early rock-and-roll performing father. The memorial is scheduled in Houston for…

Stars of reality show ‘Pawn Stars’ meet Asian fans

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The stars of the cable reality show “Pawn Stars” have left their Las Vegas pawn shop to meet fans in Southeast Asia. And one of them says he never thought they would be so…

Conn. prison officials reverse ban of Lamb book

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Correction on Thursday reversed its decision to remove a 21-year-old novel written by internationally known author Wally Lamb, a volunteer at one of the state’s prisons. The agency said “She’s Come…

Aziz Ansari writing book on modern courtship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publisher says it’s acquired actor-comedian Aziz Ansari’s first book. The Penguin Press said Thursday that the untitled book by the “Parks and Recreation” star will focus on how technology has changed the lives…

Tony Bennett to attend March on Washington

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett plans to travel to the nation’s capital to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the March on Washington marks its 50th year. Bennett, who marched with the civil rights leader…

Kendrick Lamar nominated for 14 BET Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap’s best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop’s top spot on Big Sean’s “Control.” Now, BET…

Officer who escorted LeBron to concert disciplined

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade Police Department says it will discipline the officer who provided a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert. In a statement released Thursday, the department says…

Hendricks talks “Mad Men” signature fashion

CHICAGO (AP) — Christina Hendricks says it’s going to be difficult when the seventh and final season of “Mad Men” starts filming this November. “I just want to milk it as long as possible,” said Hendricks, who plays…

Nevada court: gangsta rap lyrics admissible

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Rap lyrics written by a man convicted of killing a Reno drug dealer were allowable evidence at trial because they described details of the crime, a divided Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In…

Winfrey marks ‘Butler’ debut with Hula Hoop joy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Beloved” starring Oprah Winfrey fell flat at the box office in 1998, Winfrey drowned her sorrows in macaroni and cheese. She found a different way to celebrate when “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” her…

Rapper 2 Chainz arrested in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rapper 2 Chainz was among more than 10 people arrested after they failed to exit a tour bus following a traffic stop in Oklahoma City early Thursday morning, police said. 2 Chainz, whose real…