Lawyer: John Hinckley interested in music industry job WASHINGTON | The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday.
John Hinckley Jr., 64, lives in Virginia and was not present at the hearing. A prosecutor said allowing Hinckley to relocate to California for a music industry job would give the government “great pause.”
Hinckley spent decades living at a psychiatric hospital in Washington after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting that injured Reagan and three others. But health professionals have said that the mental illness that the 25-year-old Hinckley was suffering from when he shot Reagan has been in full and stable remission for decades.
Toronto Film Fest pays tribute to Streep, Phoenix
TORONTO | In a gala dinner held Monday amid the Toronto International Film Festival’s unspooling premieres, the festival paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins.
With the city teaming with stars in town for the festival, TIFF this year added a star-studded fundraising dinner that coincided with some of its most anticipated premieres. Streep stopped by just as her financial industry satire “The Laundromat” was screening. Phoenix’s “Joker” was simultaneously making its North American debut just blocks away.
Bull’s creator will oversee repairs after vandal’s attack
NEW YORK | The artist who created New York’s Charging Bull sculpture will oversee repairs to the gash left when a vandal attacked the bronze statue with an imitation banjo, the head of a business group said Tuesday.
Artist Arturo Di Modica will travel from his studio in Sicily at the end of the month to supervise repairs to the 7,100-pound bull, which stands in Manhattan’s financial district, Bowling Green Alliance chairman Arthur Piccolo said.
Abdul-Jabbar to be part of lecture series in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. | The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is coming to southeastern New Mexico as part of a lecture series.
The Hobbs News-Sun reported the 72-year-old retired basketball star is scheduled in November to participate in the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series.
The event is hosted by the JF Maddox Foundation and University of the Southwest in Hobbs.
Abdul-Jabbar will speak on the value of literacy and growing your mind.
He is a six-time NBA champion and the league’s only six-time MVP.
Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.