Gavin DeGraw home from hospital after NYC beating

Posted Aug. 09, 2011, at 10:42 p.m.

NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw has been released from a New York City hospital after an attack that left him with a broken nose, a concussion and other injuries.

DeGraw tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he didn’t remember much of Sunday’s beating. Police say DeGraw was attacked by a group of men in the East Village. No arrests have been made yet.

A representative says the 34-year-old DeGraw also suffered black eyes, cuts and bruises.

DeGraw canceled concerts this week in upstate New York and Massachusetts after the assault.

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On Twitter, DeGraw thanked fans and said: “I only know I can recover from here. … I love u guys.”

DeGraw’s new album, “Sweeter,” due out in September. His top hits include “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want to Be.”

Perry seeking to change dynamics of GOP race

DES MOINES, Iowa — Though he’s not officially a candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visits this weekend to three important presidential nominating states threaten to overshadow any lift his would-be rivals hope to gain from a big week in Iowa.

Perry’s expected entrance into the Republican race looms large over Saturday’s Iowa straw poll and a nationally televised debate two days earlier — and he’s not participating in either event. His all-but-certain bid comes as polls show the GOP electorate underwhelmed with the current crop of candidates as they seek someone strong to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

All candidates — from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney on down — are bracing for a Perry candidacy.

Publicly, the field is welcoming Perry to the contest. Privately, the candidates and their advisers are discussing how to revamp their strategies for winning the nomination, given a likely new factor in the race — a telegenic Texan who is credible on social conservatives’ top issues and who hails from a state where jobs have grown.


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