Gary Coleman plead guilty, on February 8, to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to a domestic violence incident last April.
Coleman entered a guilty plea in a deal with the prosecutor in Santaquin Justice Court on his 42nd (!) birthday. No details of the April 18 incident are detailed in court documents, but defense attorney Randy Kester told The Associated Press that Coleman and his wife, Shannon Price, had an argument which got out of hand.
Judge Sharla Williams sentenced Coleman to 31 1/2 days in jail. The Diff’rent Strokes star will serve the time only if he fails to complete a domestic violence course and pay a $595 fine.
Coleman was arrested Jan. 24 at home on a warrant for failing to appear in court. He spent a night in jail before a fan paid his $1,725 bail. Kester said Coleman missed the court appearance because he was in the hospital.
A judge has ruled that the flute riff in Men at Work’s Australian anthem “Down Under” plagiarized a popular nursery rhyme, called “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”, which was written in 1932. It was written by Australian teacher Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition.
Sinclair died in 1988. In 1990, an Australian publishing group called Larrikin Publishing bought the copyright to the song. “Down Under” was composed and performed by Men at Work founding member Colin Hay in 1978. Greg Ham added the flute riff after he joined the band in mid-1979.
According to court documents, Ham added the riff to the song to inject some “Australian flavor.” He admitted he had heard the song while growing up in the country in the late 1950s and was “pretty sure” that Kookaburra was in his school’s song book.
Judge Jacobsen found that Ham deliberately included the bars from Kookaburra into the flute line, but accepted that Colin Hay didn’t realize it was from the nursery rhyme until early in the last decade.
The judge ordered both sides to enter mediation on royalty payments and reappear in court on February 25 to discuss whether Larrikin should receive compensation from Hay and Strykert.
“This House is Clean”
Actress Zelda Rubinstein has died yesterday after complications from a heart attack suffered a couple of months ago. She is best known for playing Tangina Barrons, the psychic called in to exorcise the demons from the house in ‘Poltergeist’. She stood at only 4’3″, and had a child-like voice, but commanded a great screen presence. She also reprized her ‘Poltergeist’ character in all of it’s sequels.
According to the NY Daily News, Rubinstein was an AIDS and little people advocate. She contributed to TV awareness ads about AIDS and demanded better treatment of little people in the entertainment industry.
The Scorpions announced on their web site that they plan to break up after the release of their next album and tour.
Their next album, “Sting of the Tail” is set to be released on March 19, 2010. They are going to begin their next tour in their home country of Germany, and will travel to five different continents over the next few years.
The band formed in 1965, and released several albums throughout the 70’s. But they began their commercial success in the 80’s, with the album Love at First Sting. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was a huge hit on MTV.
Their biggest hit was “Wind of Change“, which celebrated the end of communism in Eastern Europe.
Ronald Reagan gave his first inaugural address on this day in 1981. He wrote the address himself. The economy was in horrible shape at that time. He addressed the crises by saying “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
He wanted to give the people the power instead of haveing the government control the people.
Up to this point, the U.S. was in very bad shape. We were in the still in the middle of the Cold War, we had just gotten over a great struggle in Vietnam, the Iran hostage crises had been going on for more than a year.
The day of this Inaugural Address, Iran had released the 52 U.S. hostages, after they were held for 444 days.
When Reagan became president, the country grew strong again.
To me, Reagan epitomized the 80’s, so there will be much more on him later.