Muhammad Ali buys a home in hometown



Muhammad Ali buysa home in hometown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Muhammad Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have bought a 1.8 million home that will bring the three-time heavyweight boxing champ closer to his native Louisville.
Mike Fox, president of the Muhammad Ali Center, told The Courier-Journal that the Alis have tried to come to Louisville to visit the center every two or three months, but that travel is becoming increasingly difficult for the 65-year-old Ali, who has Parkinson's disease.
The couple own a home in Berrien Springs, Mich., that has been for sale and have a home in Phoenix.
Although it is uncertain when the Alis will move, "it is our understanding that at certain times of the year they intend to spend extended time in the community they love," Fox said.
The couple have closed on the 1,875,000 home in eastern Jefferson County, according to property records.
Ted Nugent fights back
WACO, Texas -- Ted Nugent has denied reports that he made offensive remarks about non-English speakers during his performance at Gov. Rick Perry's inaugural ball.
In a guest column in Thursday's Waco Tribune-Herald, Nugent said allegations made by some people who attended the Jan. 16 ball were "pure, unadulterated lies."
"In total defiance to the vicious lies and hateful allegations of 'racism' leveled at me by irresponsible, unprofessional and downright goofy media punks, I never said a word about immigration or language, specifically not the alleged slam against 'illegal immigrants' or 'non-English-speaking' anyone," the outspoken 58-year-old rocker wrote.
Nugent, a hunting and guns-rights advocate, wrote that he will recruit more National Rifle Association members, provide hunting trips for needy children and wounded soldiers and their families, and fight the war on drugs and drunken driving.
"I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English," he wrote.
Nugent, who lives in Waco, said he has collaborated with musicians of diverse ethnicity, has dedicated his albums to "many of my revered black heroes" including James Brown, and is not a racist.
Today's birthdays
Actor Alan Alda is 71. Actress-singer Barbi Benton is 57. Rock musician Dan Spitz (Anthrax) is 44. Singer Sarah McLachlan is 39. Rapper Rakim is 39. DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) is 39. Actress Kathryn Morris ("Cold Case") is 38. Rock musician Brandon Bush (Train) is 34. Singer Joey Fatone Junior ('N Sync) is 30. Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 27. Actor Elijah Wood is 26.

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