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Remembering Woodstock: Naked men, bounced checks and LSD
Jason Stone played hooky from summer camp and tripped on LSD-spiked watermelon, Graham Nash was so high his memories of performing are hazy, and Robin Naylor, at 15, saw her first naked man. Stone, Nash and Naylor were just a handful of the more than 450,000 people who attended, or performed at, Woodstock in 1969, and each has a different story to tell as the music festival that defined an era marks its 50th anniversary this week.
Heavy metal band Metallica donates 250,000 euros for Romanian pediatric hospital
American heavy metal band Metallica has donated 250,000 euros to a Romanian association building the country's first pediatric oncology hospital, they said. The donation to Daruieste Viata (Give Life), founded in 2012, came ahead of the band's sold out concert on Wednesday, its fourth in the European Union state since 1999, the association said on its Facebook page.
'Recreating Woodstock': how festival came together, and almost fell apart
Mick Richards was among the 450,000 people at Woodstock in 1969, but he did not think much about his "uneventful" 24 hours there until years later, when his teenage son started asking about the festival. That set Richards, a former rock drummer, on a 27-year journey of research, leading to the documentary "Creating Woodstock," now out on DVD and on demand.
'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of murdering 2 women, including Ashton Kutcher's date
A jury found a man nicknamed the "Hollywood Ripper" guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including a date of actor Ashton Kutcher, and attempting to murder a third victim during a seven-year span. Michael Gargiulo, 43, sat impassively, leaning forward slightly in his chair, as the jury verdict was read.
A$AP Rocky spared jail after being found guilty of Stockholm brawl
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted in Sweden on Wednesday of assault over a Stockholm street brawl, but spared time in jail after a high-profile trial that had led President Donald Trump to accuse Sweden of treating him unfairly. A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage were found guilty of kicking and beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari after an argument. But the court said allegations they hit him with a glass bottle, which might have brought a tougher sentence, were not proven.
Guns N' Roses settles lawsuit over Guns 'N' Rosé beer
Guns N' Roses has settled a lawsuit in which it accused the Colorado brewery Oskar Blues of trademark infringement for selling Guns 'N' Rosé ale and merchandise without permission. According to a Monday court filing by the rock band's lawyers, both sides agreed in principle to settle on July 31, and are working on a written settlement that would lead to the lawsuit's dismissal.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' hit with $395,000 fine over emergency tones in skit
Simulated wireless alert tones used in a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" skit making fun of a presidential alert test have cost Walt Disney Co's ABC $395,000 in civil fines with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. AMC Networks separately on Thursday agreed to pay a $104,000 fine for using an alert tone in a February 2019 episode of the "The Walking Dead." The commission handed down smaller fines to Discovery's Animal Planet and Meruelo Radio Holdings for other violations.
How 'Woodstock' movie shaped festival's place in counterculture
Michael Wadleigh never played a note and is not a household name, but he may be the person most responsible for securing Woodstock's place in history as the epitome of Sixties counterculture. Wadleigh filmed and directed the Oscar-winning "Woodstock" documentary about the three days of peace and music on a farm in upstate New York in 1969, but his focus went way beyond the performances on stage.
Amid fresh meltdown, Argentine film gives last laugh to victims of 2001 crisis
With Argentina once again reeling from a financial crisis, a film released on Thursday shows residents from a village outside Buenos Aires pursuing the dream of many of those left penniless by the country's 2001 debt default: getting their money back. The film by Argentine director Sebastian Borensztein, "La Odisea de los Giles" ("the Odyssey of the Naive"), is a fictional payback story for a nation still traumatized by the meltdown two decades ago that plunged much of the population into poverty - at a time of fresh economic turmoil.