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End of a 16-day marriage

A statement on Sinead O'Connor's website says her brief marriage to therapist Barry Herridge has ended amicably.

The statement on says "The marriage was 16 days. We lived together for 7 days only. Until Xmas eve."

The statement says, "From the moment myself and my husband got together there was intense pressure placed upon him by certain people in his life, not to be involved with me." She adds: "As my good friend said, 'Well, at least you got married in Vegas in a pink Cadillac! Can't get more Rock 'n' Roll than that.' "

Roman Szendrey, who maintains the site, said Wednesday the report is accurate and was personally posted by O'Connor.


Keeping Woody in Oklahoma

Woody Guthrie's writings, recordings and artwork will land in his native state after an Oklahoma foundation bought the collection, with plans for a display that concentrates on his artistry rather than the populist politics that divided local opinion over the years.

Guthrie, known for the anthem "This Land Is Your Land" and his songs about the poor and downtrodden, is remembered mostly as a musician, composer and singer, but he was also a literary figure and an artist, said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

"Woody Guthrie was a crossroads of creativity," Blackburn said. "Woody Guthrie reveals so much about our history."

The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a charitable organization based in Tulsa, announced Wednesday that it purchased the archives and plans to open the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa by the end of 2012 to mark the centennial of the singer's birth.


Death of 'Cheetah' questioned

A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at 80. But other accounts call that claim into question.

Debbie Cobb, outreach director at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary along Florida's Gulf Coast, said Wednesday that her grandparents acquired Cheetah around 1960 from "Tarzan" star Johnny Weissmuller and that the chimp appeared in Tarzan films between 1932 and 1934. During that period, Weissmuller made "Tarzan the Ape Man" and "Tarzan and His Mate."

But Cobb offered no documentation, saying it was destroyed in a 1995 fire.

Also, some Hollywood accounts indicate a chimpanzee by the name of Jiggs or Mr. Jiggs played Cheetah alongside Weissmuller early on and died in 1938.

In addition, an 80-year-old chimpanzee would be extraordinarily old, perhaps the oldest ever known. According to many experts and Save the Chimps, another Florida sanctuary, chimpanzees in captivity live to between 40 and 60.

A similar claim about another chimp that played Weissmuller's second banana was debunked in 2008 in a Washington Post story. Writer R.D. Rosen found that the primate, which lived in Palm Springs, Calif., was born around 1960, meaning it wasn't oldest enough to have been in the Tarzan movies of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Cobb said Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure and was cremated.

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