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Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
— A Hollywood A-lister was seen zipping around in the woods a short drive from Dayton, and everything was "alright, alright, alright."
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club and Magic Mike fame visited Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, 10714 Jackson St. in Rockbridge. Rockbridge is just less than 2 hours away from Dayton by car.
Julieann Burroughs, the owner of the zipline company, said McConaughey visited with his wife and children during a break from filming the movie "White Boy Rick" in Cleveland.
“It is very exciting,” Burroughs said. “I am not all about me. I am about promoting the state of Ohio. I am excited that he is in Ohio and he is out doing local things.”
Burroughs said McConaughey has young kids, and she suspect he and his wife selected her business because it has a the Dragonfly, a zipline course for kids.
Founded in 2008, Burroughs said her company is the first canopy tour in Ohio. She said she was thrilled to help show off the state.
“You know Ohio,” she said. “You live here. It is beautiful.”
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:46 PM
Children who grew up in the 1970s and 80s watching Saturday-morning television invariaby saw and can probably recite Dorough’s “Conjunction Junction,” one of the best-known Grammar Rock cartoons, or maybe “Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Abverbs Here.”
Dorough died Monday from natural causes at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press. He was 94 years old.
Bob Dorough, the musical keystone of "Schoolhouse Rock!", died Monday afternoon at the age of 94. https://t.co/n5OWBKkLrM— NPR (@NPR) April 24, 2018
Dorough was the artist behind the “Multiplication Rock” math series, creating all the lyrics and music for the series, which was part of ABC’s educational “Schoolhouse Rock” series, according to USA Today.
He also wrote the song, “Devil May Care,” which jazz legend Miles Davis recorded, according to Dorough’s biography.
Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, where he “immediately fell in love with music upon joining the Planview Texas High School Band,” his biography said.
He gained musical experience after serving in the Special Services Army Band Unit from 1943-1945, playing multiple instruments, including the saxophone, clarinet and piano.
Dorough, a 1949 graduate of the University of North Texas, studied composition and piano and went on to perform in jazz clubs in Los Angeles and Paris, but it was a commission in 1971 to “set the multiplication tables to music” that led to his most well-known gig. Dorough became the musical director for “Schoolhouse Rock,” and entertained and instructed unsuspecting children from 1973 until 1985.
Bob Dorough (1923-2018) "Schoolhouse Rock" singer/songwriter.— Sony Movie Channel (@SonyMovieCh) April 24, 2018
He wrote and/or performed "Conjunction Junction," "3 Is A Magic Number," "The Shot Heard Round the World," Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here" + many others in the educational series.https://t.co/T3WNxZ1EAG
In 1995, Dorough signed on with jazz label Blue Note Records and recorded three albums for the label.
Dorough’s funeral is scheduled for Monday in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.
Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 8:49 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in Pennsylvania state prison Monday after violating probation.
According to KYW, the 30-year-old known legally as Robert Rihmeek Williams, was already under probation for a drug and weapons case and has been arrested twice this year.
In March, Mill was charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation with two employees at St. Louis International Airport.
In August, he was charged for reckless endangerment for illegally riding his dirt bike in the Inwood section of Manhattan in New York.
People reported that the charges from the March incident were dropped after Mill agreed to do community service.
Despite his charges being dropped, Judge Genece Brinkley, who had been dealing with Mill since 2008 following a conviction for dealing drugs and gun possession, still sentenced the rapper to prison.
The sentencing also came from other violations of probation. Philly.com reported Brinkley cited Mill and his managers for repeatedly scheduling performances outside of Philadelphia or Montgomery County. At the time, in 2016, Mill was on house arrest for 90 days after violating probation for unapproved travel.
Before being sentenced, Mill said his violations were mistakes and not disrespect of Brinkley or the court.
“I’m human. I’m not perfect,” Mill told Brinkley. “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.”
“I gave you break after break and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley said.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:23 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release of rapper Meek Mill.
TMZ reported that the 30-year-old, whose birth name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was denied bail last week by Judge Genece Brinkley. Brinkley had been criticized for having what some considered a bias against Meek.
In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years in prison after violating probation for a drug and weapons case when he was 21.
The Associated Press reported that Meek will be on bail while he appeals the gun and drug convictions.
Activists and celebrities, including JAY-Z, T.I. and Kevin Hart, have shown support for Meek. At the time of the sentencing, JAY-Z said Brinkley’s sentence was “unjust and heavy handed.” Hart visited Meek in prison earlier Tuesday with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin.
“We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. We are also pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has noted that Judge Brinkley may opt to remove herself from presiding over any further proceedings in Meek’s case in the interests of justice. Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured.”
Meek himself issued a statement that was posted on his Twitter page. He thanked his supporters and advocates while voicing plans to bring attention to people of color in prison and move on with his career.
“I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” the statement said. “While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.
“To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
On Friday, the rapper released his fifth studio album, “KOD,” and it includes the song “Kevin’s Heart,” which alludes to the comedian’s public cheating scandals.
In the five-minute visual, posted on YouTube Tuesday, the actor makes several public appearances, including at a grocery store and restaurant, where he is watched by people who openly remind him of his previous marital affairs.
While at least two women attempt to lure him with their beauty, another man encourages the 38-year-old to learn from his mistakes. When Hart finally makes it home without succumbing to temptation, the clouds form the phrase “Choose Wisely” in the sky.
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/TJ1VVnawhC— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) April 24, 2018
Last September, the “Night School” star uploaded an Instagram post to apologize to his then-pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, and children for a video that was allegedly sexually provocative and showed him with another woman.
He said someone attempted to blackmail him and admitted he made a bad decision.
“I put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen, and they did,” he said.
The couple is still married, and they welcomed their first child together, a son named Kenzo Kash, last November.