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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

 

JUNO AWARDS SET TO RETURN TO CBC IN 2018 AFTER 16 YEARS AT CTV

 

 The Juno Awards are returning to the CBC after 16 years at CTV. 

Organizers behind the country's biggest music awards show say they've struck a new six-year contract with the national broadcaster. 

It brings an end to a long-standing partnership between the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Bell Media. 

But the new deal also reunites the Junos with its original home. 

CBC Radio first aired the awards show in 1973 before it started broadcasting the event on its television network in 1975. 

CARAS president Alan Reid says returning to the CBC will allow for ongoing Juno programming throughout the year rather than just as a lead up to the big show. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

 

PRINCE WILLIAM AND LADY GAGA ON MENTAL HEALTH

 

Prince William has enlisted Lady Gaga in his campaign to persuade people to be more open about mental health issues.  The heir to the British throne released a video in which he speaks with the pop star via FaceTime.  Lady Gaga, who last year spoke out about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, places the call from her kitchen in California, and William answers at his desk in Kensington Palace.  The conversation is part of the latest blitz by the young royals as they campaign to end the stigma associated with mental health issues.  William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with his brother, Prince Harry, have made mental health a focus of their charitable work. 

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HARRY STYLES OPENS UP ABOUT DATING TAYLOR SWIFT

 

Imagine you're 18 and you're on your second date with someone, and absolutely everyone in the world knows about it.

That's what Harry Styles had to deal with when paparazzi photos of him walking with Taylor Swift through New York's Central Park went viral five years ago.  Styles tells Rolling Stone magazine relationships at any age are hard, but he was 18 and ``trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it any easier.''  Styles says he had wanted just a normal date and calls it ``a learning experience, for sure.'' 

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HARRY STYLES EXPLAINS WHAT ``SIGN OF THE TIMES'' IS ABOUT

 

A dying mother having to tell her newborn child everything about life -- believe it or not, that's what ``Sign of the Times'' by Harry Styles is about.  Styles tells Rolling Stone magazine he wrote the song from the perspective of a mother with a complication at childbirth.  He says, ``The mother is told, ''The child is fine but you're not going to make it.``  The mother has five minutes to tell the child, '''Go forth and conquer.``  Styles says he wanted to call his debut album ''Sign of the Times,`` but his producer talked him out of it.  Instead, it's called ''Harry Styles`` and it comes out May 12th. 

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THALIA LAWSUIT

 

A Mexican fashion retailer says superstar singer Thalia failed to promote her branded products while demanding diva-like perks including a 65-thousand dollar plane ride and a 10-thousand dollar stylist.  The lawsuit filed in Manhattan by E-D-F Brands charges that Thalia didn't live up to her obligations under the licensing deal she signed in 2016.  But Thalia says in a counterclaim that that E-D-F's products weren't up to her standards.

 She says the quality of suede in a pair of sneakers was ``very cheap,'' for example.  The lawsuit also names Thalia's husband, music mogul Tommy Mottola. 

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JERROD NIEMANN BECOMES A WEDDING SINGER IN LAS VEGAS

 

Jerrod Niemann doesn't sing for many weddings anymore.  He says the first few weddings he did ended in divorce, so he figured he was bad luck.  Niemann made an exception when he was in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month.  He sang his new single ``God Made A Woman'' to any couple who would listen.  Neimann sang for a wedding officiated by an Elvis impersonator, one officiated by a Gene Simmons impersonator, and one inside the Las Vegas Observation Wheel.  Neimann says he figures anyone getting married in Vegas is down for some fun but he's still honoured to be part of their weddings. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE VOTING SELFIE BILL PASSES TENNESSEE SENATE

 

Maybe by the midterm elections, Justin Timberlake will legally be able to take a selfie in the voting booth in Tennessee.  Timberlake had posted a selfie he took last year while voting, which brought to light a little-known law in Tennessee forbidding such acts.  Tennessee state senator Brian Kelsey sponsored a bill to change that.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports last week the Tennessee senate voted in favour of the bill, which would allow voting booth photos as long as the photo-taking doesn't make noise, use a flash or show the ballot or other people. 

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DRAKE-BURGLAR

 

Authorities say an intruder was arrested at Drake's California house, but the woman apparently did nothing but drink the rapper's water and soft drinks. Police arrested 24-year-old Mesha Collins on Monday inside the home of the Toronto-raised rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham. Police found Collins inside a locked room surrounded by opened water and soft drink from the house. There was no evidence she took anything else or did any damage. She was arrested for entering a residence with intent to steal the victim's property and is schedueled to appear in court today. 

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PAISLEY PARK PROMISES LOTS OF ROTATING PRINCE EXHIBITS

 

The operators of Prince's Paisley Park estate are hoping to keep visitors coming back by promising new things to see, because Prince kept a lot of stuff.  Paisley Park spokesman Mitch Maguire says Prince seemed to hang on to everything.  That means the museum can swap out pieces for new exhibits.  Prince left behind more than 7-thousand artifacts and 121 instruments.  Friday marks the first anniversary of his death.  A four-day celebration of his music begins Thursday at Paisley Park. 

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JASON NEWSTED SHOWS OFF PAINTINGS IN NEW YORK

 

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will do his first major exhibition of his paintings during the Art New York art fair next month.  He will stage an exhibit with rock photographer Bob Gruen, whose most famous image is the one of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt.  Art New York runs May 3rd to 7th.  Newsted and Gruen will conduct a symposium at the fair on May 6th. 

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE GET THEIR OWN BEER

 

Killswitch Engage are marking the 15th anniversary of the release of their ``Alive Or Just Breathing'' album with their own beer.  The Alive Or Just Brewing India Pale Ale will be available in the coming weeks in select markets.  The bottle features artwork done by bassist Mike D'Antonio.  The beer was brewed with the help of Cigar City Brewing of Tampa. 

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``THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS'' EXPLORES THE EARLY RECORDINGS OF AMERICAN MUSIC

 

Given all the studio tricks that musicians can use, it was quite a shock for Nas, Alabama Shakes and Elton John to record a song in three minutes with no editing, using vintage 1920s recording equipment.  The upcoming P-B-S special ``The American Epic Sessions'' retraces the history of music scouts in the 1920s going to inner cities, tiny towns, Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Texas-Mexico border looking for talent.  The recording system consisted of a microphone, a six-foot amplifier rack and a recording lathe powered by pulleys.  The Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Jack White, Ashley Monroe, Beck, Los Lobos and Raphael Saadiq also give 1920s recording a try.  ``The American Epic Sessions'' premieres on P-B-S stations May 16th.

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 (The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:25
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

 

 

RORY FEEK WILL RETURN

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory will return to performing as a way to say thank you to the non-profit group that helped him with insurance and medical bills as his wife Joey died of cancer last year. Rory Feek will donate all the profits from the concerts at his home in Pottsville, Tennessee, on September 8th and 9th to the Music Health Alliance. Feek says he asked the non-profit for help when his wife wanted to try treatment at a facility out of their insurance network. He says he turned to the group again after she died for help figuring out all the bills. He says the Music Health Alliance never asked him for money. Feek says he also wants to get onstage again to learn what the future holds. 

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U2 ADAM CLAYTON MAP AWARD

 

U-2 bassist Adam Clayton says the other members of the band loved him before he had learned to love himself. The band stood with Clayton as he accepted an award Monday from the Musicians' Assistance Program, the charity run by the Recording Academy that helps those in the music industry with addiction.

Clayton has been sober for two decades and credits his bandmates for helping him stay in line. He says he used to think that being in a band meant drinking, but Eric Clapton was the one who talked him into rehab. 

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RASCAL FLATTS WEDDING

 

When one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Sara and Brandon McInnis said they enlisted a little help for the couple's first song, nobody thought that Rascal Flatts would be the ones helping. Rascal Flatts crashed the reception in Watertown, Wisconsin, Saturday to sing the couple's first dance song, ``Bless the Broken Road.'' A family friend had written to Rascal Flatts asking them to do it, and the band was in the area playing the Country U-S-A Festival in Oshkosh. Rascal Flatts had such a blast doing it they posted video on their website. 

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IRON MAIDEN TICKETS KIDNAPPING

 

A kidnapping suspect was known to be an Iron Maiden fan. His friend posted a picture of Iron Maiden tickets online. Authorities in San Antonio put two and two together and figured out exactly where to find their man. The Bexar (BEHR) County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Derrick Roseland on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping by going to the seats listed on the friend's tickets for the Iron Maiden show in San Antonio on Saturday.  

Roseland was taken into custody without incident. 

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DEAL OFF PRINCE

 

Universal Music Group is asking a Minnesota judge to cancel its music rights deal with Prince's estate. U-M-G claims a deal the estate made with Warner Brothers has elements that conflict with the U-M-G deal and it will take extensive litigation to sort it all out. The nature of the conflicts is not known because most of the relevant court filings are sealed or heavily redacted.

U-M-G says if the deal is not cancelled, new music from Prince's vault might not be heard for years. Prince's six siblings who were named heirs to the estate are split on whether to rescind the deal. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

 

LORDE NUMBER ONE

 

Lorde says her song ``Royals'' was a moonshot, but she could not hope for repeat success with her new album, ``Melodrama.'' That's why she's so excited that it's the number-one album in America. Lorde tweets when she was a kid, she thought big records had to be made sterile and calculated, with something sacrificed. She says she had the ``divine thrill of disapproving that firsthand.'' She says her 15-year-old self would have been so proud. 

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SHAKIRA MOTHERHOOD

 

Shakira is not worried about being a working mom.

She thinks it's good for her kids. Shakira says she wants her children to see their mother doing something she loves because it's setting a good example for them. She wasn't always that way. Shakira says she used to be the centre of her own universe and kept pushing ``pause'' on having a family. Now that she has one, Shakira says they're the priority and she's happy to push ``play.'' 

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BILL WARD EQUIPMENT

 

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had a habit of signing and dating his drum heads and sticks after he was done using them. He's now selling them. Ward will launch a shop through Reverb.com to sell the drum heads and other drum equipment he doesn't use anymore. He's unloading the cymbals he used on ``War Pigs,'' and he marvels that he played that song on cymbals so small.

Ward says he's had stuff sitting in ten storage areas. Ward says if the stuff ends up in a museum, so be it, but it would warm his heart if drummers would continue to use the equipment. The shop is expected to go live in the coming weeks. 

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA FUTURE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will continue touring as a way to honour late founder Paul O'Neill. T-S-O has issued a statement saying O'Neill always talked about the band as an idea that would continue long after he stepped away from the stage. T-S-O will announce their winter tour dates in the coming weeks. O'Neill was found dead in a Tampa hotel room of an accidental drug overdose on April 5th. 

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BRAD PAISLEY COMEDY SPECIAL

 

A comedy special based on the two shows Brad Paisley hosted in Nashville earlier this year is coming to Netflix.

``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' features several comedians as well as guest appearances from Reba McEntire and David Hasselhoff. It will debut August 16th. 

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CAPITOL FOURTH PERFORMERS

 

Kellie Pickler, Yolanda Adams and Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. They join previously announced performers John Stamos, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, The Beach Boys, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, singer Sofia Carson and ``The Voice'' winner Chris Blue. P-B-S stations will carry the concert live as ``A Capitol Fourth.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:37
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

 

Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 B-E-T Awards. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by `90s R-&-B, also shined. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize. Mars also won best male R-&-B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, ``perm.'' In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper, who has raised two million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance ``since he was a baby rapper.''

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TUPAC SHAKUR MOVIE - STEALING

A magazine writer is suing the creators of the new film about Tupac Shakur  for using some of his work in the movie without his permission. Kevin Powell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of ``All Eyez On Me.'' He says it borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine. One instance Powell cites is the fictional character Nigel in the film, which he says is a copy of a character he wrote about based on music promoter Jacques ``Haitian Jack'' Agnant. The defendants in the lawsuit have not responded to requests for comment.

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Billy Joel's advice for new graduates at his old high school: ``Pick a job you'll like, because if you pick a job you hate life's going to suck.'' New York's Newsday reports Joel gave a speech Saturday at graduation at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He told the grads they will never have as much idealism as they do now and they should hold onto that. Joel didn't go to his own graduation. He slept through his English final and didn't make up the credit for 25 years.

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DAVE GROHL - F-BOMB RECORD

There are many things that Adele can do better than Dave Grohl, but he wasn't about to make swearing one of them. The Foo Fighters played the Glastonbury Festival in the U-K over the weekend. New Music Express reports Grohl told the audience he was told they were not supposed to swear during the festival. He also heard that Adele set the record last year for dropping the most F-bombs at Glastonbury, with 33. Grohl led the crowd in a chant of the offending word. He stopped and they kept going, so Grohl used that word to stop them and counted that as number 34.

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``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2'' - SONG

Former Looking Glass singer Elliot Lurie says the way their song ``Brandy'' is used in the movie ``Guardians of the Galaxy 2'' is exactly how he always hoped it would be heard. It's used twice in the movie, and Lurie says the scene where Starlord's mother is singing along in her convertible is what he had in mind when he wrote it. Lurie says he used an old girlfriend's name for the song, but she was not a barmaid nor were they destined to be together. If you've never been able to guess what Lurie's accent is, believe it or not, it's New York. He says the producer told him to emphasize his R's because his Brooklyn accent kept coming through on the vocal.

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JOHN LEGEND - SPELLING CHAMP

The thing about being famous is that the hometown newspaper can dig up old news about you and tell everyone what you did. In John Legend's case, it's rather flattering. The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, republished a story about 10-year-old John Stephens, as he was known then, winning the local spelling bee in 1989. The article notes that Legend was the only kid who wore a suit and tie. His winning word was ``prejudice.''

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THOMAS DOLBY - CHARITY

The camping trailer Thomas Dolby used on his 2012 ``Time Capsule'' tour has sold on e-Bay for 12,600 dollars. Dolby's name is painted on the outside, and it contains equipment that allowed Dolby to record fans with messages for the future. It also has a fake laser death ray gun, a fake flux capacitor and a real Wi-Fi router. The sale included 100 Dolby t-shirts and 200 C-Ds believed to be of his ``Sole Inhabitant'' album, but no one checked for sure before the sale. Dolby is donating the proceeds from the sale to the educational charity Living Classrooms Foundation.

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ALEX VAN HALEN'S SON - ATHLETE

There aren't a lot of track-and-field athletes who are good at the three thousand-metre steeplechase event. Alex Van Halen's son happens to be one of them. Twenty-seven-year-old Aric Van Halen says he learned music as a kid but found that he was better at sports. Steeplechase involves jumping over barriers and running through water pits. Aric learned it while going to the University of Colorado. He made it to the Olympic trials last year but failed to qualify this past weekend. Aric says he's thinking of giving it up and pursuing a career in video.

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PETER TOSH'S SON - ATTACKER CHARGED

A man accused of seriously injuring the son of reggae great Peter Tosh while in jail is facing an aggravated assault charge. Kyrie Baum is accused of attacking Jawara McIntosh in a general custody housing unit of the Bergen County jail in New Jersey in February. McIntosh is in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. He'd been serving a six-month sentence for pot possession. Baum is serving time for robbery and gun possession. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack but they do say it lasted less than 10 seconds. McIntosh's family had threatened to sue because they could not find out information about the attack.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - TRADEMARK BID

 

Gene Simmons of KISS has given up his attempt to trademark the devil horns hand gesture. The U-S Patent and Trademark Office states the application has been withdrawn. Simmons had put in the application two weeks ago. The metal community ridiculed Simmons for that move. Simmons' representative has not returned requests for comment. 

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OBIT- BO WAGNER - STARBUCK

 

Percussionist Bo Wagner of the band Starbuck has died. Singer Bruce Blackman writes on his Facebook page Wagner died Tuesday at the age of 72. A cause of death was not given. Starbuck had a number-three hit in 1976 with ``Moonlight Feels Right.''

Blackman says Wagner's marimba solo on that song is considered the standard for all marimba students that few can achieve. Blackman says they had talked about recording another Starbuck album two years ago but their lives got in the way. They did a concert in Atlanta in August billed as ``Starbuck's Farewell Performance'' and Blackman says they had no idea how prophetic that would be. 

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LORETTA LYNN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Loretta Lynn is bowing out of two more concert dates as she recovers from a stroke she suffered in May.

Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa, says Lynn's July 7th concert has been cancelled ``due to circumstances beyond our control.'' The Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, cites the same message for Lynn's July 21st concert. Lynn, who is 85, is planning to host a motorcycle and music festival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the end of September. 

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STEVE EARLE - ``OUTLAW''

 

Steve Earle had two purposes in making his ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' album. One was to reclaim the word ``outlaw.'' Earle says fans think it was the boozy lifestyle that musicians like Earle and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson led back in the day, and it's not. The other purpose was for Earle to channel Jennings and pay tribute to the musicians who helped shape Earle, like Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. Earle says he was the kid of the outlaw country movement and all his heroes are dying out. He says it's possible another movement like that will happen, but probably not in his lifetime. ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' is out now. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - WEDDING

 

Christina Perri is engaged. Perri announced on Instagram her boyfriend, Hollywood Reporter on-air host Paul Costabile, proposed and she said yes. Costabile posted on his Instagram he knew he wanted to marry Perri the day she showed up for an interview almost four years ago. 

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KATY PERRY - DIAMOND AWARD 

 

Katy Perry has become the first musician to earn a third Diamond Award for singles from the Recording Industry Association of America. The R-I-A-A says Perry's song ``Roar'' has passed the ten-million mark for sales and streaming equivalents.

Perry's songs ``Firework'' and ``Dark Horse'' also have earned Diamond Awards. Eminem and Lady Gaga are the only other acts who have two Diamond Awards for singles. 

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PETER TOSH'S SON - JAIL ATTACK

 

 The son of reggae legend Peter Tosh is in a coma after getting beat up in jail and his family is going to court to get answers. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized with brain injuries since the attack in February at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey. He was serving six months for marijuana possession after police say they found more than 29-kilos of pot in his car. His family says McIntosh is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. They say McIntosh can't tell them what happened in jail and officials won't give them any solid information. The family plans to sue the county. A spokesman for the Bergen County's sheriff's office declined comment. 

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(The Associated Press)