Names in the news, July 25

Posted July 24, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.

Country music legend and Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson will be inducted next month into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 13, the same day as the 26th annual concert to benefit farm families takes place at Livestrong Sporting Park in nearby Kansas City, Kan. Nelson organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 with John Mellencamp and Neil Young to raise money for family farmers and draw attention to their economic struggles. Nelson said Thursday he’s honored and humbled to become the 39th inductee in the Agricultural Hall of Fame. Mellencamp, Young, Nelson and fellow Farm Aid Board member Dave Mathews are among the musicians who will perform at the August concert. … Randy Quaid says he would like to return to the United States one day, but he and his wife still fear they are being persecuted by California prosecutors and tabloid media. Although U.S. officials recently refused to seek extradition of the actor and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara, Calif., authorities in the coastal town say they’ll still have the couple arrested if they return to the states. The Quaids, who have missed several court appearances in the case, claim they are the victims of corrupt forces and are demanding an investigation. The couple’s current trouble began in September 2010, when they were arrested for causing more than $5,000 damage at a hillside home they were renting. Months earlier the pair resolved a case in which they also missed several court appearances related to charges they defrauded an innkeeper; the case against the actor was dropped, but his wife was placed on probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor.

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