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.
Names in the news, July 11
Posted July 11, 2011, at 7:12 p.m.