NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoplifting charges against film critic Rex Reed will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for the next six months, a judge ruled.
''I'm very happy,'' Reed said as he left Criminal Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. ''From now on I'm going to write nothing but good reviews.''
Reed, 61, was arrested in February and charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property after he allegedly tried to steal three compact discs from a record store.
A store security officer told police he saw Reed take CDs by Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Carmen McRae, and put two in his pockets and one in the rear waistband of his pants.
Reed, a columnist for the New York Observer, denied the allegations.
Judge Suzanne Mondo said she will dismiss the charges and seal the record if Reed is not arrested again within the next six months.
Burt Bacharach returns home after shoulder surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Burt Bacharach has returned home three days after shoulder surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, his publicist said.
Bacharach, 71, injured his left shoulder when he missed a stair-step during rehearsal for an Indianapolis performance April 5, publicist Linda Dozoretz said Tuesday.
He underwent partial replacement surgery of the shoulder last week at Centinela Hospital, she said.
Bacharach has been forced to cancel May performances at the Hilton Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and with the Ottawa Symphony. He plans to resume concert appearances after the shoulder heals.
Disharmony erupts between Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- An escalating legal feud over musical rights between Jello Biafra and his former punk band, the Dead Kennedys, is scheduled to go to trial this week.
Biafra, the group's singer-songwriter, says his former bandmates took his record label, Alternative Tentacles, after he refused to sell the Dead Kennedys song ''Holiday in Cambodia'' to Levi's for a TV ad.
''The whole thing has pretty much wasted two years of my life,'' Biafra said Monday, before speaking against the World Trade Organization at a demonstration.
''They basically want to force me into corporate prostitution, so they can put music that I wrote into TV commercials for corporations I'm here protesting today,'' Biafra said.
The three other members, guitarist East Bay Ray, bassist Klaus Fluoride and drummer D.H. Peligro, deny the allegations and have sued Biafra. They contend he has been using profits from the band's records to support his new career as a spoken-word artist. They want about $75,000 in Dead Kennedys' royalties.
''We think Biafra's acting like a capitalist in the worst sense of the word,'' Ray said. ''He may not be a corporation, but he certainly knows how to act like one.''
Lee Iacocca to spend Earth Day on electric bicycle
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lee Iacocca, the brains behind the Ford Mustang and the minivan, will spend Earth Day on Saturday on two wheels.
Iacocca's EV Global Motors Co. styled an electric bicycle -- the E-Bike -- like a mountain bike. It can reach 20 mph and travel up to 20 miles on a single charge from a regular household outlet. Prices start at $995.
''Not only am I going to be out riding an electric bike everywhere, but I'm encouraging my friends and family to do the same,'' Iacocca said of his Earth Day plans. ''Consumers are taking a real interest in clean energy and alternative-fuel vehicles.''
Iacocca said E-Bike inquiries have tripled since gas prices nudged $2-a-gallon recently.
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