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Dan Rather to speak at Kent State

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Journalist Dan Rather will speak at Kent State University in May on the anniversary of the fatal Vietnam protest shootings.

His appearance coincides with the May 4 site being dedicated as a National Historic Landmark.

The school says the former “CBS Evening News” anchor will reflect on his experiences covering major news over five decades.

The announcement of Rather’s visit comes after Kent State said it wouldn’t let white nationalist Richard Spencer speak at the school when it remembers the day Ohio National Guard members fired into a crowd and killed four students in 1970.

The university said it couldn’t accept the request to rent space for Spencer because that time in May is too busy with the end of the academic year.

Spencer’s representatives are threatening to sue.

Jazz musician Coco Schumann dies at 93

BERLIN (AP) — Heinz Jakob “Coco” Schumann, a jazz guitarist who survived Nazi concentration camps to return to his musical career in Berlin after World War II, has died. He was 93.

The dpa news agency reported Monday his record label Trikont said Schumann died Sunday in Berlin.

Schumann made a name for himself as a young musician in Berlin’s underground jazz and swing scene in the 1930s. He was arrested in 1943 after authorities learned his mother was Jewish, and deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in German-occupied Czechoslovakia.

There, he played in a band known as the “Ghetto Swingers” before being transferred to Auschwitz in 1944, where he played music to entertain guards.

After the war he emigrated to Australia, before returning to Berlin in the mid-1950s and re-establishing his career.

Sheeran celebrating his two Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Sheeran, and his cat, would like to thank the Grammy voters.

After skipping Sunday’s ceremony, the singer posted a note of gratitude on his Instagram account and said his cat was celebrating, too. Sheeran won Grammys for best pop solo performance for “Shape of You” and best pop vocal album. His victory for best solo performance wasn’t welcomed by everyone. Sheeran was the only male on the list.

Babies welcomed at the ’18 Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Youth and age crossed on the Grammy red carpet when SZA’s grandmother and DJ Khaled’s son arrived about the same time, one in a wheelchair and one in a stroller.

Both had a good reason to be there — they had roles in their family’s Grammy-nominated albums.

DJ Khaled’s 15-month-old Asahd was cradled by his dad and was dressed in a maroon crushed-velvet tuxedo just like his father, who called the boy, “My partner in crime, my best friend, my biggest blessing.” Asahd appears on the cover of his dad’s platinum-selling album, “Grateful.”

Nearby, Norma Halmon, came from St. Louis, even though she’s in her 90s and hates flying. “This is a huge deal for her,” said SZA. Both her mother and grandmother narrate parts of the album “Ctrl.”

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