Lou Reed is dead
Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock ‘n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday at 71.
Reed died in Southampton, N.Y., of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008.
Reed never approached the commercial success of such superstars as the Beatles and Bob Dylan, but no songwriter to emerge after Dylan so radically expanded the territory of rock lyrics. And no band did more than the Velvet Underground to open rock music to the avant-garde — to experimental theater, art, literature and film, to William Burroughs and Kurt Weill, to John Cage and Andy Warhol, Reed’s early patron.
4 people, 2 dogs dead
Authorities have started to release details from a weekend shooting attack that left four family members and two dogs dead in a Phoenix townhouse before the gunman turned the weapon on himself.
Police say 56-year-old Michael Guzzo killed his next door neighbors in a deadly confrontation that may have been touched off by loud barking.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson says Sunday that there is “some indication that perhaps that was a problem.” But he adds that because of the deaths, a motive may never be known.
Police say the victims were 66-year-old Bruce Moore; his daughter, 36-year-old Renee Moore; her husband, 42-year-old Michael Moore; and Renee’s son, 17-year-old Shannon Moore.
Police say Guzzo then shot at another townhouse before returning to his unit and killing himself.
Rebels free former
Colombia’s main leftist rebel group, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, on Sunday released a former U.S. army private who the guerrillas seized in June after he refused to heed local officials’ warnings and wandered into rebel-held territory.
Kevin Scott Sutay, who is in his late 20s, was quietly turned over to Norwegian and Colombian officials along with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the same southeastern region where he had disappeared four months earlier.
In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry almost immediately thanked Colombia’s government for its “tireless efforts” in securing the Afghanistan war veteran’s release. Kerry also thanked the Rev. Jesse Jackson for advocating it.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.
Concert organizer Livescape said it received a letter about the decision on the eve of the show that was to be held Saturday at a Kuala Lumpur stadium.
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia said separately that it was rejecting the application for Ke$ha to perform for reasons of religion and culture.
The ministry’s statement did not elaborate. Ke$ha, whose hits include “Tik Tok” and “Die Young,” has songs that make explicit references to sex and liquor.