WWE star Kane runs for mayor
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glenn Jacobs, better known as the towering WWE villain Kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in Tennessee.
Jacobs has filed paperwork naming a campaign treasurer, the first step needed to raise or spend money in an effort to succeed term-limited Knox County mayor Tim Burchett in 2018.
Tea party groups urged Jacobs to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary in 2014, but he ended up deciding against a run.
Jacobs isn’t the first professional wrestling star to try his hand at politics in Tennessee. Jerry “The King” Lawler, who is known for his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman in the early 1980s, has made unsuccessful bids to be elected mayor of Memphis.
Prince George to attend Thomas’s Battersea school
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Prince George will attend the Thomas’s Battersea prep school beginning in September.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their choice Friday. The palace says the couple is “delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education.”
Thomas’s Battersea is a private school with more than 500 children aged 4 to 13. George will be four in July.
The school says its most important rule is to “be kind.” It places emphasis “on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers.”
Ben Thomas, the headmaster, says the school is looking “forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”
Manilow joins human rights concert series
NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Manilow is adding his legendary voice to a concert series in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.
The Grammy-winning singer of songs such as “Mandy,” ”I Write the Songs” and “Looks Like We Made It” will appear at the next monthly “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” on April 18 at The Town Hall. It also will be streamed live on Facebook.
Manilow will join other performers and presenters including Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lisa Lampanelli, LaChanze and Andy Cohen.
Proceeds will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation. Tickets range from $30 to $250.
The monthly series is the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.
Perry, Maroon 5 to play at Wango Tango
NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and One Direction’s Niall Horan are set to perform at the annual Wango Tango concert near Los Angeles in May.
Ryan Seacrest and iHeartMedia’s KIIS FM announced Friday that rapper Machine Gun Kelly, former Fifth Harmony singer Camilla Cabello and Academy Award nominee and singer Hailee Steinfeld will also hit the stage at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on May 13.
Tickets for KIIS members go on sale March 31; tickets for the general public go on sale April 1.
Other performers include Halsey, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus’ young sister, Noah Cyrus, and Julia Michaels, the singer who has also co-written hit songs like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” and Nick Jonas’ “Close.”
‘Hidden Figures’ author receives literary prize
CLEVELAND (AP) — An author whose book was the basis for the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” has won an award for writing literature that promotes diversity and confronts racism.
Margot Lee Shetterly’s book and the namesake movie are about the contributions of a team of black women mathematicians to the NASA space program.
Best-selling novelist Isabel Allende has received a lifetime achievement award. Allende’s novels include “The House of the Spirits.”
Shetterly and Allende were among five winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards announced Thursday. Also cited were Tyehimba Jess for his poetry collection “Olio,” Peter Ho Davies for his novel “The Fortunes” and Katan Mahajan for his novel “The Association of Small Bombs,” a National Book Award finalist last fall.
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were established in 1935 and are presented by the Cleveland Foundation.