People: Rihanna named Humanitarian of the Year

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CAMBRIDGE — Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

The Grammy Award-winning singer will receive the Harvard Foundation's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 28.

Rihanna is being honored for several philanthropic efforts. She built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program — named for her grandparents — for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.

She also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.

Robin Thicke accused of evidence tampering

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for Robin Thicke's ex-wife in a court filing made public Thursday accused the singer of tampering with a court order.

The documents by attorneys for Paula Patton filed this week accuse Thicke of altering a custody court order and attempting to get her arrested in front of their 6-year-old son during a bitter custody dispute.

The filing became public a day before a trial is scheduled to begin in Patton's efforts to obtain a five-year restraining order against the "Blurred Lines" singer.

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Patton has accused Thicke of being physically abusive to her during their marriage, and severely spanking their son.

Thicke has denied he has abused his son and his former attorney has said there was no basis for Patton's domestic violence allegations and called them retaliatory. Phone and email messages left seeking comment from one of Thicke's current attorneys, Angela Pierce DiDonato, were not immediately returned.

Aretha's birth home may get overhaul

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis home where soul music legend Aretha Franklin was born may get some love from the DIY Network, officials in charge of fixing up the crumbling structure said Thursday.

Jeffrey Higgs, president of the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation, told a judge he has been in discussions with a producer at the remodeling and home improvement cable network on a plan to repair and move the house for one of its programs.

Higgs hopes to move it to a safer location and make it more attractive for visitors. He told Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter there's no timetable for a plan, but he heard from the producer on Wednesday that the network was interested in moving forward. The network has been to Memphis to scout locations, Higgs said.

Higgs said the house needs a new roof and he's looking for funds to help shore up the property. The DIY Network could help pay for the move, he said.

Monday, Feb. 27, birthday's: Actress Joanne Woodward is 87. Actress Barbara Babcock is 80. Actor Howard Hesseman is 77. Actress Debra Monk is 68. Guitarist Neal Schon of Journey is 63. Guitarist Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden is 60. Singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant, Lynryd Skynyrd) is 57. Actor Grant Show ("Devious Maids," ''Melrose Place") is 55. Actor Noah Emmerich is 52. Actor Donal Logue is 51. Keyboardist Jeremy Dean of Nine Days is 45. Bassist Shonna Tucker of Drive-By Truckers is 39. Actor Brandon Beemer ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is 37. Singer Bobby Valentino (Mista) is 37. Singer Josh Groban is 36. Drummer Jared Champion of Cage The Elephant is 34. Actress Kate Mara ("American Horror Story") is 34.


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