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Published: Fri, January 3, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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2 Banksy works vandalized in Utah

PARK CITY, Utah

Vandals in the Utah city that hosts the Sundance Film Festival have targeted two works there by famous graffiti artist Banksy.

Police in Park City responded to reports of the damage the morning of New Year’s Eve.

Vandals had shattered the glass covering a painting on garage steps just off historic Main Street, then sprayed over the image of an angel with black or brown paint.

Another Banksy image on the side of the Java Cow building escaped the paint. But vandals cracked the glass covering the work, which depicts a person shooting video of a flower.

The pieces appeared when Banksy came to Park City for the famous film festival in 2010.

The mysterious British street artist is known for his silhouetted figures and spray-painted messages.

50 Cent loses bid to toss video lawsuit

NEW YORK

Rapper 50 Cent has lost a bid to end a Florida woman’s lawsuit over a sex video posted online with him edited into it as a wig-wearing narrator.

A New York judge rebuffed the rapper’s request to dismiss Lastonia Leviston’s claim in a ruling made public Thursday. Lawyers for both sides haven’t returned calls seeking comments.

The lawsuit concerns a videotape Leviston made with a boyfriend in 2008. The judge’s decision says the boyfriend later provided the tape to 50 Cent without Leviston’s permission.

The rapper used the footage to make a video featuring himself as a character named Pimpin’ Curly. He says he wasn’t responsible for the video’s 2009 release. But he says it was legally fair to use the images.

The woman’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Conservative radio host Bob Grant dies

NEW YORK

Longtime conservative radio host Bob Grant, whose combative style became the template for broadcasters such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, has died at age 84.

Grant’s death Tuesday in Hillsborough, N.J., after a short illness was confirmed Thursday by New York radio station WABC, which once fired him over his acid-tongued remarks about the plane crash death of one of President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet members, the first black commerce secretary.

“Remember this: If you are offended during the next two hours, it’s nobody’s fault but mine,” Grant said at the top of a broadcast featured in a 2010 tribute. “Because somebody’s got to say these things. It has to be me.”

Over the years, Grant, who was white, offended some listeners by referring to former New York Mayor David Dinkins, who’s black, as a “washroom attendant,” calling Clinton a “sleazebag” and suggesting women on welfare should be sterilized.

WABC mostly defended Grant’s First Amendment right to voice his opinions. But he apparently crossed the line in 1996 amid early reports that there was only one survivor of the crash of a plane carrying U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in Croatia.

“My hunch is that he [Brown] is the one survivor,” he said. “I must have a hunch. Maybe, ’cause at heart, I’m a pessimist.”

Two weeks later, Grant was taken off the air. He moved to WOR in New York before returning to WABC in 2006.

Associated Press


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