Outside the convention center, at an interactive zone in Petco Park, Fox is also employing the VR technology to transport users to the fictional town depicted in the TV series "Sleepy Hollow," whose second season starts in the fall.
Billy joins exclusive club
The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Librarian James Billington said yesterday that the "Piano Man" will receive the prize in Washington in November.
The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist's lifetime achievement in music. Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, and Carole King and the late Hal David.
A genital reminder
Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire") has joined forces with girls'-rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation, still common in Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Somalia.
The Indian actress yesterday called for more progress to abolish the practice, as she addressed Britain's inaugural "Girl Summit."
The one-day event also focused on child marriages, which UNICEF says affects 700 million girls, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Also addressing the summit was Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot by the Taliban and recovered to become a global campaigner for education and women's rights.
"Traditions are not sent from heaven, they are not sent from God," she said. "It is we who make cultures and we have the right to change it and we should change it."
* The "Colbert Bump" is the new "Oprah's Book Club."
Edan Lepucki, whose novel California became a best-seller thanks to a plug from Stephen Colbert, has paid it forward. During an interview on Monday's "Colbert Report," Lepucki recommended Stephan Eirik Clark's Sweetness #9. By yesterday morning, the novel was in the Top 5 for Powell's Books, an independent store based in Portland, Ore., that has been a leading seller of Lepucki's book.
Both books are part of Colbert's campaign to help works published by Hachette, which is in tense contract negotiations with Amazon.com.
* Bright Eyes singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments.
The move comes after Oberst's publicist released an apology from the woman that says she falsely accused Oberst to get attention.
* In a bit of heterographic irony, a tree planted in L.A. to honor the late George Harrison has been killed by an infestation of beetles.
(Harrison was a member of the Beatles, a British rock group of some importance.)
Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing.
At least no one blamed Yoko.
The tree will be replanted in the fall.
* The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of reality (TV) yesterday, thanks to a tweet Monday night about the online game, " Kim Kardashian: Hollywood." An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by an intern.
The tweet was removed within hours from @EPAwater, but not before a tweet from the account of 88-year-old congressman John Dingell, D-Mich.: "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions."
We're right there with you, congressman.
- Daily News wire services
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