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Published: Mon, September 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Spider-Man saves day to help fund wedding

CLEVELAND

A Cleveland Heights dad was getting worried about the costs of his eldest daughter’s upcoming wedding. Then, Spider-Man to the rescue!

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported that Richard Schaen remembered that he’d stored away his comic books decades ago. He dug out the box, and the first comic he saw was “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1, published in 1963. The 69-year-old man says the 12-cent comic sold for $7,900 through an auction company, netting him about $7,000.

His copy was graded as 6.5 on a scale of 10. A mint-condition copy would have sold for much more. He said the sale will help cover the catering costs for daughter Jane’s reception.

Music festival canceled after deaths of 2 fans

NEW YORK

The last day of a New York City dance-music festival featuring high- profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo was canceled Sunday after the deaths of two attendees and the hospitalizations of several others, apparently linked to drugs.

The city said it recommended that the Electric Zoo festival end early after the deaths and illnesses during the first two days of performances Friday and Saturday. The festival took place on Randall’s Island in the East River.

Police identified those who died as Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.

Russ was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital at 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police said. He had been brought to the hospital from the festival. Rotondo was taken to Metropolitan Hospital later Saturday, around 8:45 p.m., and was pronounced dead shortly afterward, police said.

The city says the deaths appear to have been linked to drugs, specifically MDMA, or ecstasy. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner said autopsy results were inconclusive and further toxicology and tissue testing is needed.

Beyonce closes 1st day of Jay-Z’s Philly festival

PHILADELPHIA

Beyonce closed the first day of her husband Jay-Z’s second-annual music festival with a 90-minute set that featured hits such as “Single Ladies [Put a Ring On It]” and “Crazy In Love.”

Beyonce was the headline performer Saturday at the “Budweiser Made In America” festival in Philadelphia that included 50,000 fans. She was excited and energetic as she sang and danced.

“Welcome to Made In America,” she screamed. “Show me how loud you can be.”

Beyonce performed more than a dozen songs on the main stage — much like her “Mrs. Carter World Tour,” which wrapped in Brooklyn last month.

She closed with “Halo,” kicking the song off with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Deadmau5, Phoenix, Emeli Sande, HAIM, A$AP Rocky and others performed Saturday across three stages during the 10-hour event.

Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were scheduled to perform Sunday.

Associated Press


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