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Dec. 26, 2007 at 2:04 PM
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Judge revokes Yung Joc's bond

CLEVELAND, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Cleveland judge reportedly revoked the bond of Jasiel Robinson after the rapper known as Yung Joc failed to appear in court Wednesday.

Robinson, 27, was arrested Sunday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, where officials said a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage.

He was freed Monday on $50,000 bond after he was formally charged.

However, Robinson's bond was revoked and doubled by the judge overseeing his case, after the rapper failed to appear in court Wednesday, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, reported.


Report: The Kinks set for reunion

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Kinks are planning to reunite next year, marking the first time in nearly four decades the original members of the British rock band will play together.

Lead singer and guitarist Ray Davies said the founding members of the band -- which included Davies' brother Dave on guitar, Mick Avory on drums and Pete Quaife on bass -- plan to reunite in 2008, The Mirror reported.

Quaife quit the band in 1969 and Avory departed in 1984. The Davies brothers continued to perform as The Kinks with various other musicians until 1996.

Dave Davies suffered a stroke in 2004.

"I spoke to Quaife about a month ago and he dearly wants to make another record with me. I think Dave's getting better and Mick's still playing. It would be great to get back together just to see what musical ideas we had and what would happen," Ray Davies told Record Collector. "You miss the interactive stuff. You get it to a degree with other musicians but probably not with the same passion."

Reunions by classic rock acts such as The Police, Genesis, Van Halen and Led Zeppelin were huge commercial successes in 2007, Variety.com said Wednesday.


Keith, family awarded $2.8M in lawsuit

PURCELL, Okla., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Country music star Toby Keith and his family were awarded $2.8 million in a civil action filed after Keith's father was killed in an Oklahoma highway accident.

Hubert "H.K." Covel, 67, died six years ago after the Ford pickup he was driving north on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma was hit by another vehicle, causing him to cross the center median where he was struck head-on by a southbound bus that "urgently" needed brake work.

A McClain County, Okla., jury awarded $2.8 million to Toby Keith Covel, Carolyn Covel, Tonni Covel and Tracy Covel in the wrongful death case, The Purcell (Okla.) Register reported.

The defendants in the lawsuit were Elias Rodriguez and Pedro Rodriguez, proprietors of Rodriguez Transportes, and Republic Western Insurance Company.

"The plaintiffs were exuberant with the jury verdict and felt it cleared Covel's name and represented a just result," attorney Greg Dixon, who served as local counsel for the Covels' Oklahoma City lawyers, told the Register.

Dixon said the decision found Covel "bore no responsibility for the bus/car accident."


Fischer juggling film, TV duties

NEW YORK, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Jenna Fischer said she prepared for her role in the new movie "Walk Hard," while also juggling responsibilities for TV's "The Office."

"I had to really force it," Fischer told UPI in New York when asked how the big-screen comedy fit into her TV schedule.

"This movie started two days after 'The Office' ended (for the season). And, so, I had to do all my prep for this movie on the weekends and in the evenings, while I was working on 'The Office,'" she said. "So, I was really sort of overworked when I started this movie.

"But it was one of those things where it was a brilliant script and really funny and the people that I was going to get to work with just made me want to just (keep going). When you need to make your plate bigger, you make your plate bigger, even if it's full. And then it's bigger and you have more room on it. I just made my plate a little bigger."

"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" was No. 8 at the U.S. box office when it opened during the weekend.

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