HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Residents and officials are fired up about Eminem's plans to burn down a house during the filming of his untitled movie.
The rapper's request comes with a pledge to demolish three vacant homes, a $2,000 donation to a Highland Park charity and a lecture to high school students about the movie business.
But these gestures failed to appease about 50 residents who protested the blaze Tuesday.
Highland Park's emergency financial manager, Ramona Henderson Pearson, said she supports the fire. She has the final say on whether the house will burn, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press said.
Council members in Highland Park are mostly opposed to the fire. They held an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue and approved, 4-0, a nonbinding resolution opposing the filming.
A few scenes for Eminem's movie -- to be released next summer -- were shot in Warren earlier this month.
Mansion in dispute
COLBERT, Ga. (AP) -- A new lawsuit has been filed in the dispute over the sale of Kenny Rogers' mansion, two years after the estate was first auctioned.
The country singer wanted to sell his 360-acre Beaverdam Farms estate near Colbert. He auctioned it for $5.9 million in November 1999 but has since been mired in disputes with James and Thomas Threatt, two brothers who submitted the high bid.
The Roswell brothers stopped payment on their check after arriving at the mansion and finding that Rogers, 63, had removed items from the estate that they believed were to be included in the sale.
They sued Rogers for fraud. Rogers sued them for breach of contract.
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