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STANDING: NBC's popular stand-up-comedy series Last Comic Standing ended its second season on Thursday – and funnyman John Heffron was picked as the winner, following a nationwide vote reminiscent of "American Idol." Heffron, a native of the Detroit area, will receive a contract from NBC, a half-hour special on Comedy Central and an appearance tonight on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," AP reports.
REMEMBERED: More than a thousand fans, friends and family members turned out for a memorial in Los Angeles to remember funk singer Rick James on Thursday, AP reports. Among the guests were Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and Jermaine Jackson. The 56-year-old "Super Freak" artist died last week at his home near Universal City. A cause of death has not been determined.
STARRED: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday for their roles in the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, AP reports. Laverne DeFazio, played by Marshall, and Shirley Feeney, played by Williams, originally appeared as characters on Happy Days. But the popularity of the two women, who worked in a Milwaukee brewery in the 1950s, led to the formation of their own show. "We never got any Emmys, so this is great," Marshall told reporters. Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley are being issued on DVD later this month.
OPENED: Want a taste of Elvis Presley's lifestyle? Check out Uptown Square, a Memphis, Tenn., deluxe apartment complex that was formerly the Lauderdale Courts housing project. Elvis and his parents, Vernon and Gladys, lived at Lauderdale Courts from 1949 to 1953 during the singer's teenage years, AP reports. But in recent years the site of the old housing project has been renovated to make way for new, upscale apartments. The actual apartment in which the family resided will be opened to the public for the first time to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Elvis's death on Aug. 16, 1977.
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