People in the news, April 11, 2011

Posted April 10, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.

Bob Dylan, whose anti-war anthems made him the face of protest against a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, finally got his chance to see Vietnam — at peace. The 69-year-old Dylan took to the stage in the former Saigon on Sunday, singing such favorites as “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” Only about half of the 8,000 seats were sold to a mix of Vietnamese and foreigners who danced on the grass in the warm evening air as Dylan jammed on guitar, harmonica and the keyboard at RMIT University. With more than 60 percent of the country’s 86 million people born after the war, many young people here are more familiar with pop stars like Justin Bieber … Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life. Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that Walter Isaacson’s “iSteve: The Book of Jobs” will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors. Many books have been published about Jobs, but not with his approval. Isaacson has written best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein … There’s no mistaking Miss USA for Miss Manners on a reality TV show about 12 men and women competing to be professional wrestlers. USA Network’s “WWE Tough Enough” airs Monday nights and presents a rougher, profane side of beauty queen Rima Fakih. In Episode 1, she drops several F-bombs and threatens to kill another participant. Fakih told the Detroit Free Press she’s now “embarrassed” for having used what she says was “inappropriate language” on the show. She says she doesn’t want younger girls to think it’s “OK to say bad words” but says they still should stand up for themselves.

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