Names in the news, Aug. 20

Posted Aug. 19, 2012, at 9:39 p.m.

Country singer Wynonna Judd announced Sunday she is postponing concerts scheduled in Canada next week after her husband was hurt in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota. Judd and her husband, Michael “Cactus” Moser, were riding separate motorcycles north on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when Moser crossed the centerline and hit a car. Moser, 55, of Nashville, Tenn., was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Judd was riding ahead of her husband and was not involved in the crash. The car’s driver was not injured. Moser was cited for crossing the centerline and not having a motorcycle license. Judd rose to fame with her mother, Naomi, as the country duo The Judds, before she embarked on a solo career in the 1990s. … Some Russian activists are suing Madonna, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna’s concert on Aug. 9. Russian news agencies say a lawyer representing the nine activists indicated the suit filed Friday against Madonna, the organizer of her concert, and the hall where it was held are asking for damages totaling 333 million rubles, or nearly $10.5 million. The complaint includes a video showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience. Madonna also has angered conservative Russians with her support for Pussy Riot. Three members of the punk band were sentenced Friday to two years in prison for a protest inside Moscow’s main cathedral against Vladimir Putin and his cozy relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church.

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