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Duran Duran sues fan club

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

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CHICAGO (AP) — Popular 1980s band Duran Duran is suing its own fan club.

The group known for hits like Notorious and Hungry Like the Wolf accuses the suburban Chicago-based club of breaching contract by not paying the band promised revenue.

The Chicago Sun-Times that Duran Duran's lawsuit names Glenview-based Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. as the defendant. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court this week.

It says the band entered a 2010 contract allowing the club to collect memberships and sell merchandise. The contract also allegedly stipulates Duran Duran would get 75 percent of the profits.

Someone who answered the phone yesterday at the Glenview office of Worldwide Fan Clubs said the company had no comment.

Adele son wins privacy case

LONDON, England (AP) -- British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments.

Adele's lawyer Jenny Afia said yesterday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never become "public property."

She said: "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes."

Afia said Adele accepts her public profile, but the family never encourages routine photos that intrude on their privacy.

The damages from the settlement with photo agency Corbis Images UK will be held in a trust for Angelo, who turns 2 in October, and the agency agreed not to use the photos again.

School to be named after MJ

GARY, Indiana (AP) -- Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Indiana hometown.

The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district "seeks to honour Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education."

District superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said she's working with the Jackson family on which school to rename.

"A close relationship with the Jackson family to improve the quality of programs for the Gary Community School Corp. can mean tremendous gains for the school district and the city as a whole," she told the Post-Tribune.

Michael Jackson spent the first 11 years of his life in Gary. His family moved to California after the Jackson 5 struck it big in 1969 with the release of their first album. Jackson, who died in 2009, last returned to Gary in 2003 and received an honorary diploma from Roosevelt High School near his childhood home.

Pruitt said renaming the school came up in a conversation with Katherine Jackson, who donated $10,000 during the Gary Promise scholarship event hosted by former NBA star Magic Johnson in April.

"She's always wanted something left here," Pruitt said.

The district has long struggled with high poverty levels, and the school board voted in June to close six of its 17 schools because of a $27 million deficit blamed in part on declining enrolment and the state's property tax caps.

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