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Posts Tagged ‘Fidel Castro’

TMZ and Twitter Spread False Maya Angelou News

ma23.jpgOver the weekend, the gossip site TMZ erroneously reported that Maya Angelou had been sent to the hospital, spawning an avalanche of Twitter posts.

Since then, TMZ has retracted the report, noting that the poet is “alive and well in St. Louis.” The site blames event organizers for telling a photographer that the poet had been hospitalized. This is Angelou’s second bad experience with Twitter this year–in February she exposed a fake Angelou Twitter page with thousands of followers.

A Reuters‘ report gleefully listed all the celebrity missteps created by online journalists: “TMZ got the worldwide scoop on the death of Michael Jackson in June, but wrongly reported the following month that former UFC superstar Kimo Leopoldo had died. Last month, gossip columnist Perez Hilton claimed that former Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith had tried to commit suicide. It appeared to be a case of mistaken identity. Hilton also suggested in 2007 that Fidel Castro had died.”

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Hemingway Cuba Home Renovation Delayed

AP’s Will Weissert reports that efforts to restore Ernest Hemingway‘s Cuban hideaway probably won’t be finished until the end of 2009, held up in part by efforts to build a garage to house the author’s long-lost Chevy convertible, museum officials say. Hemingway lived at Finca Vigia, or Lookout Farm, on Havana’s southeastern outskirts from 1939 to 1960. He wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” and children’s fables at the home, which he shared with nearly 60 cats and at least 10 dogs. After his suicide in 1961, the house went to Fidel Castro and was turned into a museum the following year.

Museum director Ada Rosa Alfonso would not say Tuesday how much restoration has cost to date, or how much was needed to finish it. “It’s a process that requires dedication and time,” she said. The budget for the restoration comes from the Cuban state and “it will continue providing it,” she said. The museum is “open to accepting any kind of donation or support” but she said that Washington’s embargo has blocked willing American donors.

Vicente Fox Signs with Viking

The AP reports (by way of the Guardian) that former Mexican President Vicente Fox is writing a memoir that will detail his ups and down with world leaders around the globe, from Cuba’s Fidel Castro to President Bush, Viking announced Wednesday. REVOLUTION OF HOPE will be published in October. The book will be co-written by Fox and his close friend, public relations consultant Rob Allyn, who spent much of December and January working with Fox at his ranch in central Mexico. “The president’s goal is to share his views about issues like immigration, the war in Iraq, globalism, free trade and the moral imperative that world leaders have to heal the global divide between wealthy countries and countries that aspire to prosperity,” Allyn said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

More fun is when the piece gets into how much money was offered. Allyn and Viking declined to release how much the book deal was worth, although Fox’s literary agent, Jan Miller, told the AP that it was “a VERY nice deal.” Ah, but is that in Publishers Marketplace parlance, or some other scale we’re supposed to know about?