No protest at event to honor Poitier

NASSAU, Bahamas

A bridge in the Bahamas was renamed Friday to honor Oscar- winning actor Sidney Poitier, with no sign of any protests called for by an opposition politician.

Hundreds of spectators cheered as Poitier and Prime Minister Perry Christie arrived for the rechristening of the Paradise Island Bridge as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Bahamian Independence.

The bridge, the largest in the island chain east of Florida, will be known as the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge.

Poitier spent much of his childhood in the Bahamas, mostly on sparsely populated Cat Island, and he has served as a Bahamian ambassador to Japan and UNESCO. In a dedication speech, Christie noted his philanthropy in the Bahamas and his “awe-inspiring,” life story.

Jurors in Spears trial: Evidence was weak


Several jurors who listened to claims by Britney Spears’ former confidante say they found his claims against the singer and her parents to be flimsy, and a judge was right to dismiss them mid-trial.

Juror Veronica Jones told reporters Friday that she felt Sam Lutfi’s case was weak, and she was surprised it went to trial. Her comments were echoed by other jurors who listened to evidence and testimony in the trial and who learned Friday of Superior Court Judge Suzanna Bruguera’s ruling.

Bruguera granted motions Thursday by attorneys for Spears’ conservators and her parents to dismiss libel, breach of contract and battery claims because Lutfi and his lawyer had failed to prove them.

Wire reports

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