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Who was Avicii, the electronic dance musician?

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:14 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

Avicii, one of the biggest names in dance music was found dead Friday in Oman, a Middle Eastern country.

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“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” a statement from his publicist said. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

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The DJ made hits collaborating with Rita Ora, Aloe Blacc, Madonna and others. Here are some things to know about the late artist.

He was born in Stockholm

Avicii was born in 1989 to Anki Liden, a Swedish actress, and Klas Bergling. According to a 2013 GQ profile, he got his start remixing songs and posting them on music blogs. His first DJ job was for a school prom.

“It’s been a very crazy journey.” Avicii told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into it 100 percent.”

His DJ name was inspired by a friend

A GQ profile on Avicii revealed that a friend told him Avici was a level of Buddhist hell. From there, he took on the name but added an extra “i” because Avici was already taken on MySpace.

Avicii performs in 2013. Avicii died in April 2018. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Radio.com)(Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Radio.com)

He became mainstream with a song that sampled Etta James

Avicii’s 2011 song “Levels” samples Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” The song was nominated for a Grammy and reached No. 2 on Billboard's hot dance/electronic songs and dance/mix show airplay chart.

His biggest hit set records

Avicii’s 2013 single “Wake Me Up”, which has vocals from  Aloe Blacc, spent 26 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s hot dance/electronic songs chart. It held the record for the longest weeks at the top spot until 2014, when The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” stayed No. 1 for 27 weeks. The song also topped the alternative songs, pop songs, adult pop songs and adult alternative songs charts. The music video for the song has more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

He retired from touring in 2016 due to health problems

“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Avicii told The Hollywood Reporter. “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist.”

His health problems included acute pancreatitis, which later led him to cancel shows in 2014 when he had his gallbladder and appendix removed.

Avicii still made music in the studio, releasing the EP “Avīci” in 2017.

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Stevie J, Faith Evans married in Las Vegas

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Music producer Stevie J married singer Faith Evans in Las Vegas Tuesday. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Netflix)
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Music producer Stevie J married singer Faith Evans in Las Vegas Tuesday. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Netflix)(Joe Scarnici/Getty Images, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Stevie J and Faith Evans reportedly applied for a marriage license in Las Vegas and tied the knot this week.

According to TMZ, The “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star, born Steven Aaron Jordan, and the singer filed for the license in Clark County Tuesday. A spokesperson for Evans confirmed the news to Billboard Wednesday.

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According to TMZ, they got married in a hotel room Tuesday night. 

The couple took to social media to exchange messages to each other Tuesday afternoon. Stevie J tweeted, “I love you Faith Renee Jordan,” and Evans replied, “I love you back Steven Aaron Jordan.”

The two have discussed their relationship on the reality show “Leave It to Stevie.” While they broke up last year, they still remained friends. 

On July 27, the pair will release a new single called “A Minute.” A music video will accompany its release.

This marriage would be Jordan’s first and Evan’s third. She was previously married to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. and music executive Todd Russaw. 

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New Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix gets title, release date

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Joaquin Phoenix will soon be staring in
Joaquin Phoenix will soon be staring in "Joker."(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

You’ve had Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto, but now Joaquin Phoenix is throwing his card on the pile and will portray the “Clown Prince of Crime”- The Joker.

Warner Bros confirmed the standalone project and has announced the film’s title and release date.

“Joker” is now scheduled to hit the big screen on Oct. 4, 2019, Variety reported.

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The crime boss’ origin story has a budget of $55 million and is expected to not have the traditional of huge action sequences. Instead it will show how the Joker became Batman’s nemesis, NME reported

Warner Bros. said it will be an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The idea of a low-budget superhero movie came from Phoenix himself, NME reported.

“Joker” will be directed by Todd Phillips.

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Once and for all, what time do downtown Dayton’s fountains turn on?

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Lee Wolf of Dayton took this photo on Aug. 17 near RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. He said,
Lee Wolf of Dayton took this photo on Aug. 17 near RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. He said, "We were hiking along the river when my wife and I saw this rainbow magic over the fountain."(HANDOUT)

It’s a magical moment, strolling through RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton at the exact moment the fountains turn on and perform their spectacular show.

The fountains at RiverScape MetroPark are seen in full operation in this scene from Monday, July 9, 2018. During the summer months, the fountains run for eight minutes each hour. JAROD THRUSH / STAFF(HANDOUT)

Some believe the fountains come on at random intervals, while others have said the fountains’ schedule somewhat depends on the weather. That’s why the team at Dayton.com did some light digging — OK, we just went to Five Rivers MetroPark’s website — and we’re here to report that the fountains are, in fact, on a very precise schedule. 

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The fountains, officially named “The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights,” turn on and run at the following times:

Memorial Day through Labor Day:

• Monday through Friday at the top of the hour from 6:56 a.m. to 9:54 p.m.

• Saturday and Sunday at the top of the hour from 10:56 a.m. to 9:54 p.m.

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After the fountains turn on, they shower the river and bike path for a total of eight minutes before turning off. 

With this information now in your back pocket, you are one step closer to being a downtown Dayton expert. 

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Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:15 PM

Porn Star Stormy Daniels Arrested at Strip Club

Update 5:30 EDT July 18: The charges against the two strippers arrested with adult film star Stormy Daniels last week in Columbus, Ohio, have been dropped, according to BuzzFeed News.

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Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda were taken into custody along with Daniels early last Thursday at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club.

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Daniels, who was charged with three counts of illegal sexual oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, was released hours later, but the other two remained jailed on charges related to a 2007 state law that prohibits anyone who isn’t a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude performer, according to The Associated Press.

In Daniels’ case, officials noted in a motion to dismiss the charges that the law applies only to regular performers.

Police said at the time that the arrests of Daniels, Walters and Panda were  "part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution, along with other vice-related violations,” but a Columbus judge, in dismissing the charges against Daniels, said her arrest was a “mistake.”

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The charges against Walters and Panda were dropped Wednesday because the facts of the case "do not meet the elements required to prosecute under this law," Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said in a statement.

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Prosecutors dropped charges against adult film star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, after she was arrested early Thursday on accusations of inappropriate touching while performing at a strip club in Columbus.

Stormy Daniels, born Stephanie Clifford, was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, on allegations that she touched undercover police officers while performing.(Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Here are the latest updates:

Update 7:30 p.m. EDT July 12: Stormy Daniels has changed her plans and won’t return for an encore performance at a strip club in Columbus where she was arrested early Thursday.

Her lawyer Michael Avenatti says the adult performer is looking for another club in the area where she can perform.

 

Daniels was arrested early Thursday on charges she let customers at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club touch her inappropriately, which is against the law in Ohio at an adult club. 

Update 7:00 p.m. EDT July 12: The show must go on. Stormy Daniels is returning to the Sirens Gentleman’s Club in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday night for a follow-up show.

The adult film star was arrested after a performance at the club early Thursday on three misdemeanor counts of illegal sexual oriented activity. The charges were later dropped.

“I'll be going onstage tonight at Sirens in Columbus to perform for my fans and register voters as planned. Can't stop the storm,” Daniels tweeted Thursday afternoon. 

She also said she’ll donate her tips from Thursday night’s performance to two other dancers who were also arrested, but are still facing charges in the case.

 

Update 3:10 p.m. EDT July 12: Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press that his client was “traumatized and rattled” after her arrest. He earlier told MSNBC that female undercover police officers asked if they could put their faces between Daniels’ breasts while she was performing on-stage at Sirens Gentleman’s Club in Columbus.

Avenatti told the AP that Daniels was in her tour bus after Wednesday night’s performance when officers knocked on her door. She was arrested on three counts of illegal sexual oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, but the charges were later dropped after prosecutors determined she was working as a guest at the club and not a regular performer. State law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude regular dancer at adult establishments, according to The Associated Press.

Update 1:30 p.m. EDT July 12: Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein confirmed in a statement Thursday that charges have been dismissed against Daniels following her arrest at Sirens Gentleman’s Club.

Daniels was arrested on three misdemeanor counts of illegal sexual oriented activity in a sexually oriented business. Two other performers, identified by police as Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters, were also arrested.

“I’ve determined that these crimes were not committed, based on the fact that Ms. Clifford has not made regular appearances at this establishment as required under the law,” Klein said. “We’ll do the same inquiry for the other defendants involved, as well.”

   

Update 12:55 p.m. EDT July 12: Daniels’ attorney confirmed Thursday afternoon that charges were dropped against his client.

 

Police arrested Daniels early Thursday while she was appearing at Sirens Gentleman's Club in Columbus. She was arrested after she inappropriately touched undercover officers who were at the strip club as part of a long-term sting operation unrelated to Daniels, according to police. She was charged with three counts of illegal sexual oriented activity in a sexually oriented business.

The charges were based on a 2007 Ohio law that prohibits anyone who isn't a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, according to The Associated Press. However, officials noted in a motion to dismiss the case that the law applies only to regular performers

"In this case, there has been no evidence provided to the State that Defendant appears or has appeared regularly at Sirens," Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein wrote in the state's motion to dismiss.

Daniels was scheduled to appear twice at Sirens, on Wednesday and Thursday night. However, Avenatti announced her second scheduled appearance had been canceled in light of her arrest.

Update 11:10 a.m. EDT July 12: The state law used early Thursday to justify the arrest of Daniels and two other performers at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, has been used 88 times in Franklin County since 2008, WCMH reported.

 

The 2007 law was introduced by a conservative religious group and bars dancers from touching customers and vice versa, save for immediate family members, The Associated Press reported. Police said Daniels was charged with three counts of illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business as part of a long-term investigation of alleged human trafficking and prostitution in Columbus.

A spokeswoman for Columbus’ city attorney told the AP that the charges carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine per count, should Daniels be convicted.

Update 10:45 a.m. EDT July 12: Police said they arrested Daniels and two other performers early Thursday at Sirens in Columbus "as part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution, along with other vice related violations."

 

In a news release Thursday, officials said Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, was arrested along with Miranda Panda, of Marion, Ohio, and Brittany Walters, of Pickering, Ohio.

 

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said she will plead not guilty to three misdemeanor counts of illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business. In an appearance Thursday morning on MSNBC, Avenatti characterized his client’s arrest as being part of a “sting operation.”

 

Update 10 a.m. EDT July 12: Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC on Thursday that female undercover officers asked his client to allow them to put their faces between her breasts before her arrest in Columbus early on Thursday.

“Unbeknownst to her, the police had set up a sting operation in the strip club with multiple officers,” Avenatti said. “I think it’s an absurd use of law enforcement resources.”

Update 7:38 a.m. EDT July 12: Daniels issued a statement saying her Thursday performance in Columbus has been canceled.

 

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Meanwhile, WSYX’s Mike McCarthy tweeted that police also arrested two other performers on illegal touching charges at the Sirens strip club overnight.

 

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Update 6:52 a.m. EDT July 12: Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted that his client will plead “not guilty” to the charges.

 

Update 6:41 a.m. EDT July 12: WSYX’s Mike McCarthy reports that Daniels was released from jail on $6,000 bond. 

 

WCMH reporter Matt Edwards tweeted that “Daniels was picked up minutes ago by a sedan with WV plates.”

 

Update 6:03 a.m. EDT July 12: WCMH reporter Hattie Hawks tweeted that Daniels’ “bond has been posted by Denver Nicks.”

 

Update 5:49 a.m. EDT July 12: The charging documents reveal more information about the allegations against Daniels. 

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Update 5:16 a.m. EDT July 12: WSYX’s Mike McCarthy tweeted that Daniels “is accused of touching three @ColumbusPolice officers during her appearance at #Sirens.”

 

According to WBNS, Daniels fondled patrons and undercover officers, police said. 

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, told WBNS that his client’s arrest “was politically motivated.”

He added: “There's no question these officers were undercover at that strip club. They knew my client would be performing there, and I find this to be a complete waste of resources.”

WBNS reporter Tino Ramos also shared a video of Daniels walking into the Jackson Pike Correctional Facility.

 

Update 4:33 a.m. EDT July 12: WCMH’s Matt Edwards just tweeted a photo that appears to show officers leading Daniels into the jail.

 

Update 4:22 a.m. EDT July 12: WCMH is reporting that Daniels’ arraignment is scheduled for Friday morning at Franklin County Municipal Court.

Daniels is being charged with “illegally sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business,” a first-degree misdemeanor, according to WCMH’s Olivia Fecteau.

 

Meanwhile, comedian Kathy Griffin took to Twitter to call out Columbus area law enforcement.

Update 3:28 a.m. EDT July 12: According to WCMH reporter Olivia Fecteau, Daniels “has not yet been booked into jail.” Jail workers said Daniels will be booked at the Franklin County Correctional Facility II on Jackson Pike, Fecteau tweeted.

 

Update 2:52 a.m. EDT July 12: Daniels was performing at a club called Sirens when she was arrested, WCMH reporter Olivia Fecteau tweeted early Thursday. When Fecteau called the club, the person on the line declined to comment, she said.

 

According to Fecteau, “Ohio Revised Code 2907.40 outlines charges against either a patron who touches an employee (or vice versa) who is nude or semi-nude. Depending on what happened, the charge can be a first- or fourth-degree misdemeanor.”

 

Original report: Porn star Stormy Daniels has been arrested in Columbus, Ohio, her attorney tweeted early Thursday.

 

“Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio [while] performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs,” wrote Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer. “This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta.”

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In a second tweet, he added: “She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner! Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta.”

 

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He continued: “We expect her to be released on bail shortly. We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing ‘touching.’ We will vehemently contest all charges. #Basta.”

 

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Daniels, born Stephanie Clifford, claims that she had sex with Donald Trump in 2006, more than a decade before he became president. Daniels is now suing Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen reportedly paid her $130,000 after she signed the agreement.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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