Names in the news, July 11

Posted July 11, 2011, at 7:12 p.m.

France has paid tribute to storied songstress Liza Minnelli, making the “Cabaret” star an officer in the country’s Legion of Honor. French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand pinned the red-ribboned medal on Minnelli’s lapel in an emotional ceremony in a gilded hall Monday. The daughter of Hollywood star Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, the entertainer won an Oscar for her role in the hit 1972 film “Cabaret.” … Now that reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is back behind bars after 16 years on the run, some people are trying to cash in on his notoriety. Bulger-related items, including bobblehead dolls and documents bearing his signature, have popped up on eBay since his arrest in California last month. Documents related to a $14.3 million lottery ticket Bulger split with three men in 1991 are being sold for $1,200. They include a notarized agreement with Bulger’s signature that guaranteed him an annual check of $119,408. Bulger’s money was forfeited to the government. The 81-year-old Bulger has pleaded not guilty in connection to 19 murders. … Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his fiancee plan to be married Friday at a private wedding ceremony at the Kennedy family’s Cape Cod compound. The 43-year-old Kennedy will wed New Jersey school teacher Amy Petitgout at what Kennedy’s spokeswoman says will be a small, intimate event. Kennedy, the son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, represented Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District as a Democrat for 16 years. Since leaving Congress in January, he has been named a visiting fellow at Brown University and has campaigned to improve brain research. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is set to officiate at the wedding.

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