Lance Diamond cancels show
Buffalo music legend Lance Diamond is being treated for heart complications at Buffalo General Medical Center, family members said Wednesday.
The popular performer, dubbed the “hardest working man in Buffalo show business,” was forced to cancel his New Year's Eve show at Milkie's on Elmwood Avenue.
Diamond began suffering issues with his heart shortly after Christmas, his family said.
A staple in Buffalo's music scene – regularly entertaining lively crowds in the old Elmwood Lounge – the city's version of Barry White has been crooning for four decades.
“There are many emotions that are wrapped up to describe him. He loves where he lives,” said Diamond's sister, Paulette Counts. “He's been offered so many jobs elsewhere and he just wouldn't go. He loves Western New York. I just want people to know that he needs them right now. I need the Buffalo area to pray and pull him through this.”
Billy Graham makes list again
For a record 58th time, evangelist Billy Graham has made the Gallup Poll's annual list of the men Americans most admire.
The 96-year-old Graham tied with former President George W. Bush at No. 4 in the 2014 list of the 11 most admired men. (There was a six-way tie for the fifth spot).
Leading that list, for the seventh year in a row, was President Obama.
The most admired woman, meanwhile, was former Secretary of State – and likely 2016 presidential candidate – Hillary Clinton. She has now led that list 17 times in 18 years. (Former first lady Laura Bush took the top spot in 2001.)
Graham was not the most admired religious figure, according to the poll conducted Dec. 8-11. Pope Francis was No. 2 on the list of men, trailing only Obama.
The runner-up on the most-admired-women list was Oprah Winfrey.
Activist to drop 'Interview'
International tensions over “The Interview” may not be dying down just yet.
A South Korean activist has dreamed up a way to deliver the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy about an assassination plot against the leader of North Korea directly to the isolated country.
Activist Park Sang-hak said he will use balloons to start dropping 100,000 DVDs and thumb drives containing the movie over North Korea as early this month, the Associated Press reported. The balloon airdrops will be done clandestinely, Park said.
“North Korea's absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down,” Park told the Associated Press.
To accomplish the cinematic airdrop, Park is partnering with U.S. nonprofit the Human Rights Foundatione.
Saudi king hospitalized
Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that King Abdullah was taken to a hospital for medical checks, stoking concern about the health of the 90-year-old monarch and triggering a decline in the nation's stocks.
Abdullah was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, the state-run Saudi Press Agency cited a Royal Court statement as saying Wednesday, without giving details.