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Names in the News - May 2, 2007

Staff Report • May 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

NEW YORK - R. Kelly has written a new song, "Rise Up," about healing in the aftermath of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech. A gunman killed 32 people and himself on the university's campus in Blacksburg.

"Rise Up" will be available digitally May 15, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from its sale will go to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, said Jive Records, Kelly's record label.

Kelly, 40, wrote the inspirational ballad after watching the events unfold on television while he was on route to a performance, Jive said.

The lyrics include the lines: "Rise up, when you feel you can't go on, rise up, and all of your hope is gone, rise up, when you're weak and you can't be strong."

The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund was created to provide assistance to the families of the victims, as well as grief counseling and other needs for those affected by the shootings.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - More than 40 years after Johnny Cash spent a night in the Starkville jail for public drunkenness, a Starkville resident wants the city to issue a posthumous pardon.

Robbie Ward, 28, said he will ask the board of aldermen for the pardon. Ward, who works for Mississippi State University, made the announcement this past week while presenting to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum the key for the drunk tank where Cash was locked up on the night of May 11, 1965.

The key is mounted in a plaque that previously hung in the office of Sheriff Dolph Bryan. The key is among the first pieces donated for a Johnny Cash exhibit at the museum.

"I think this special pardon will send a message that you'll get arrested in Starkville if you break the law," Ward told the Commercial Dispatch. "But we still love Johnny Cash."

Cash died in 2003.

There are different versions of what happened on the night of May 11, 1965. One - and the one told by Cash himself in his autobiography - is that after a concert on campus in 1965, Cash later went to a party at a fraternity house and was arrested by police while walking from his motel to a grocery store to buy cigarettes. He was released the next day. Another version is that Cash was arrested while picking flowers in someone's yard. Cash admitted in his book, "I was screaming, cussing and kicking at the cell door all night long until I finally broke my big toe. At 8 a.m. the next morning they let me out when they knew I was sober." Bryan said the cell where Cash was held has been called "the Johnny Cash suite." Cash later wrote a song about the ordeal calling it, "Starkville City Jail," and later performed it for the inmates at San Quentin Prison. "I think the city of Starkville should remember his time here," Ward said.

NEW YORK - It's over for Gisele Bundchen and Victoria's Secret.

"The long and fruitful relationship between Gisele Bundchen and Victoria's Secret has reached a conclusion," the lingerie brand's CEO, Edward Razek, said Tuesday in a statement.

"We wish her all the best and thank her for her extraordinary work. She will continue to be a very visible part of the world's sexiest brand through the remainder of the year."

No further details were provided.

Bundchen, 26, is among the most famous supermodels in the world, strutting international catwalks and appearing in print and TV ads for Victoria's Secret and other fashion labels.

She's also known for her high-profile relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio and New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.

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