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Web leader, songwriter John Perry Barlow passes away at 70

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018|4:15 p.m.

John Perry Barlow, a web activist and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has actually died.

The digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said Barlow passed away early Wednesday in his sleep in the house in San Francisco. He was 70.

The cause of death was not right away understood. Barlow had been battling a range of debilitating health problems because 2015, according to fans who arranged a benefit performance for him in October 2016.

Barlow co-founded the EFF in 1990 to promote totally free expression and privacy online. In a 1996 manifesto, the “Declaration of the Independence of The online world,” he argued that the U.S. and other federal governments shouldn’t impose their sovereignty on the “international social space we are building.”

“He is among the first people who recognized the internet was going to be necessary because it would assist people connect in such a way they couldn’t in the physical world,” stated Cindy Cohn, the EFF’s executive director.

Some of his policy views evolved with time, however he remained optimistic about the power of the internet to enhance human connections as long as people weren’t silenced by meddling federal governments or monopolistic services.

“He stayed consistent to this core idea that we might make something gorgeous, or something awful, and it depended on us,” Cohn stated.

Barlow was born in rural Sublette County, Wyoming, in 1947 and raised near Pinedale, where his parents were ranchers and his father a state senator.

Barlow has stated he grew up as a devout Mormon prior to leaping into the counterculture of the 1960s. He befriended Bob Weir, among the Grateful Dead’s founding members, when they were boarding school schoolmates at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado. Barlow graduated from Wesleyan University in 1969.

He later returned to Wyoming, where he ran the family cattle ranch for almost twenty years and meddled Republican politics. It was as a rancher in the 1980s that he initially began exploring the web’s early social networks.

“He saw extremely clearly that it was a method for those who had actually previously been disempowered to have a voice and to have company, have the ability to express themselves and get in touch with kindred spirits,” stated software business owner and EFF co-founder Mitch Kapor.

Kapor and Barlow started working together after both were sought out by FBI agents aiming to investigate computer system crimes.

“They didn’t know exactly what they were doing,” Kapor stated of the representatives. “Guy with weapons, who aren’t skilled, is very scary.”

The duo partnered with another software application entrepreneur, John Gilmore, to produce the EFF, which hired lawyers and sought to raise awareness about the significance of securing civil liberties online. Although Barlow wasn’t trained in computer science, his beauty, oratory skills and huge philosophical visions helped move the cause forward, Kapor said.

Already, Barlow was already well-known among fans of the Grateful Dead. He co-wrote a number of songs with Dam, consisting of “Mexicali Blues,” “Black Throated Wind” and “Cassidy.” With keyboardist Brent Mydland, Barlow wrote “Blow Away” and “We Can Run.” He also composed tunes for String Cheese Occurrence and Burning Spear.

“John had a method of taking life’s most challenging things and framing them as difficulties, therefore adventures,” Dam said in an online post Wednesday. “He was to be admired for that, even emulated. He’ll live on in the tunes we composed.”

His survivors include three children and a granddaughter. His memoir, “Mom American Night: My Life in Crazy Times,” is due to be released later this year.

AP Home Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy in New york city added to this report.

Best Options: Katy Perry, Pitbull, Spoon and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Rony Alwin Katy Perry’s Witness Tour strikes the Strip Saturday night.

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018|2 a.m.

. This weekend’s home entertainment lineup is filled with laughs. On Friday, Paula Poundstone is at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall and Dave Coulier carries out at Club Madrid at Sundown Station, and Norm Macdonald plays the South Point Display Room Friday and Saturday while John Mulaney is back on stage at the Mirage Friday through Sunday. However funny is far from the only activity worth your time in the next few days in Las Vegas.

PITBULL: TIME OF OUR LIVES Britney might be done at the Axis however international music experience Pitbull has lots of dates on the calendar for his big dance celebration of a program at the World Hollywood theater. “Mr. Worldwide” returns for concerts on the 24th and 27th prior to his return in the spring. Jan. 19 & & 20, details at < a href="

https://www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood/shows/pitbull” target=” _ blank” > caesars.com. CHINA LIGHTS CELEBRATION Coinciding with Chinese Brand-new Year– always a huge offer in Las Vegas– this cultural celebration features more than 40 displays produced on-site at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas by Chinese artisans and will likewise feature nighttime stage performances, food and more entertainment offerings throughout its month-long exhibition. Jan. 19-Feb. 25, information at < a href=" http://www.chinalightslv.com/" target=" _ blank

” > chinalightslv.com. FINDLAY TOYOTA BIG CITY SHOWDOWN High school hoops has actually never been larger. Girls and boys teams from Desert Sanctuary, Coronado, Liberty, Durango and Clark compete in this day-long occasion at the South Point Arena prior to the huge finale: Findlay Prep vs. Bishop Gorman. Jan. 20, info at < a href=" http://southpointarena.com/events/big-city-showcase-findlay-prep-vs-bishop-gorman" target

=” _ blank “> southpointarena.com. Associated content KATY PERRY The pop star’s most current technicolor phenomenon, the Witness tour, rolls into T-Mobile Arena Saturday night, the first of numerous big concerts striking the Strip centerpiece in the very first half of 2018; George Strait, Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, U2 and Pink will all visit T-Mobile prior to May is done. Jan. 20, info at < a href=" http://www.t-mobilearena.com/events/detail/katy-perry/" target

=” _ blank” > t-mobilearena. com. SPOON The Texas indie-rock attire continues to produce intriguing noises after almost 25 years together with most current work, March’s ninth album “Hot Thoughts,” being hailed as another songwriting accomplishment with fresh tweaks and textures. Spoon takes the phase at the Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea music hall Saturday. Jan. 20, information at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

'' Tyler Perry ' s Boo 2 ' frightens competitors at ticket office


Chip Bergman/ Lionsgate Entertainment through AP

This image shows Tyler Perry as Madea in “Tyler Perry’s Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween.”

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017|5:03 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” opened in top place this weekend with $21.2 million from North American theaters, beating out spectacle and star-driven beginners like “Geostorm,” “Just the Brave” and “The Snowman.”

The catastrophe epic “Geostorm” tumbled with $13.7 million versus a reported $120 million production budget plan in its first weekend in theaters. The long-delayed pic starring Gerard Butler did not get in touch with critics or audiences.

The scary pic “Pleased Death Day” took third location with $9.4 million in its 2nd weekend in theaters, while “Blade Runner 2049” fell to No. 4 in its third week with $7.4 million.

The fact-based firefighter drama “Just the Brave” completed the top 5 with $6 million from evictions, while the crime thriller adjustment “The Snowman” launched in 8th location with just $3.4 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, variety of theater places, average receipts per place, overall gross and variety of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” Lionsgate, $21,226,953, 2,388 places, $8,889 average, $21,226,953, 1 week.

2. “Geostorm,” Warner Bros., $13,707,376, 3,246 locations, $4,223 average, $13,707,376, 1 week.

3. “Pleased Death Day,” Universal, $9,363,415, 3,298 places, $2,839 average, $40,672,780, 2 weeks.

4. “Blade Runner 2049,” Warner Bros., $7,353,151, 3,203 areas, $2,296 average, $74,203,354, 3 weeks.

5. “Only The Brave,” Sony, $6,002,665, 2,577 places, $2,329 average, $6,002,665, 1 week.

6. “The Foreigner,” STX Home entertainment, $5,787,447, 2,515 places, $2,301 average, $23,181,700, 2 weeks.

7. “It,” Warner Bros., $3,451,663, 2,560 places, $1,348 average, $320,186,279, 7 weeks.

8. “The Snowman,” Universal, $3,372,565, 1,812 areas, $1,861 average, $3,372,565, 1 week.

9. “American Made,” Universal, $3,131,650, 2,559 locations, $1,224 average, $45,473,385, 4 weeks.

10. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” 20th Century Fox, $3,011,307, 2,318 locations, $1,299 average, $94,580,239, 5 weeks.

11. “The Mountain Between United States,” 20th Century Fox, $2,773,757, 3,151 locations, $880 average, $25,552,642, 3 weeks.

12. “Same Sort of Different as Me,” Pure Flix, $2,591,985, 1,362 areas, $1,903 average, $2,591,985, 1 week.

13. “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” Warner Bros., $2,226,261, 2,102 areas, $1,059 average, $54,709,763, 5 weeks.

14. “Victoria and Abdul,” Focus Features, $2,126,115, 1,060 areas, $2,006 average, $14,836,649, 5 weeks.

15. “My Little Pony: The Film,” Lionsgate, $2,027,064, 2,301 places, $881 average, $18,556,663, 3 weeks.

16. “Marshall,” Open Road, $1,482,383, 821 areas, $1,806 average, $5,434,374, 2 weeks.

17. “Golmaal Again,” Reliance Big Home Entertainment PVT. Ltd., $1,013,893, 267 locations, $3,797 average, $1,013,893, 1 week.

18. “Secret Super Star,” Zee Studios International, $764,152, 211 locations, $3,622 average, $764,152, 1 week.

19. “Mersal,” GOAL Distribution, $696,410, 143 areas, $4,870 average, $696,410, 1 week.

20. “The Florida Task,” A24, $602,171, 112 areas, $5,377 average, $1,340,794, 3 weeks.

Perry captured in commercial property disagreement in between nuns, archdiocese


Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP

In this Feb. 8, 2015, picture, Katy Perry reaches the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015|10:20 p.m.

L.A– Katy Perry is caught in a characteristic conflict between a group of senior nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hill convent neglecting Hollywood. The vocalist is named in a recent suit over the picturesque property in the Los Feliz area.

The dispute fixates who is authorized to sell the convent. The Sis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary state the structure is theirs, and they’ve sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has actually currently relocated.

In a June 19 claim, the archdiocese claims it accountables for offering the characteristic, and prepares a $14.5 million deal with another buyer. The defendants in the suit state that buyer is Perry. A spokesperson for the entertainer did not react to inquiries from The Associated Press.

The archdiocese released a statement Monday saying it has taken legal action to avoid Hollister from presuming control of the characteristic, asserting the sale was unauthorized. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese decreased to name its suggested purchaser.

Hollister’s attorney, Randy Snyder, states the conflict has nothing to do with Perry, but rather is a fight in between the diocese and the nuns.