Beyonce's moves draw criticism

New York -- The head of a private historical group says the government and NBC should have stopped a scantily clad Beyonce Knowles from dancing in a "patently inappropriate" way on the steps of the tomb of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Frank Scaturro, president of the Grant Monument Assn., wrote letters Saturday to NBC, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and National Park Service director Fran Mainella over Beyonce's nationally televised July 4 performance.

Saying the former Destiny's Child singer used "lascivious choreography" and barely dressed backup dancers, Scaturro's letter to NBC complained: "At that location, a certain decorum should have been observed from which popular entertainers are not exempt."

Garcia sees dictatorship links

Buftea, Romania -- Cuban-born U.S. actor Andy Garcia, filming in Romania, said Saturday he was struck by the parallels between the regimes of late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

"Cuba is under the same kind of totalitarian dictatorship that Romania was," Garcia told The Associated Press.

Garcia was wrapping up a 42-day film shoot of "Modigliani." He portrays the Italian painter and sculptor in the film.

Garcia, 47, said he had talked with Romanians who witnessed the revolution while he was on the set at the Buftea studios, a village 12 miles north of Bucharest.

"As a Cuban, I am looking forward to that day when (Cuba) comes out of the dictatorship," he said.

Son may be suspect in fire

Bloomfield Township, Mich. -- Traces of accelerants were found in the charred remains of Aretha Franklin's home and on the clothing of her son, Edward Franklin, according to a state investigator's report.

An investigator's dog sniffed the accelerants on Edward Franklin's shoes and jacket, and tests later confirmed traces of flammable substances were on the items, the reports said.

Although the reports named Edward Franklin as a suspect, no one has been charged in the Oct. 25 arson fire that destroyed the 10,000-square-foot home in Bloomfield Township, about 20 miles northwest of Detroit.

Edward Franklin's lawyer, William Mitchell III, said the chemical traces on his clothing and in the house were the result of contact with materials routinely kept in the house, which was used for storage.

Eminem plans homecoming

Detroit -- Eminem fans are celebrating the return of their hometown hero.

The rapper, born Marshall Mathers III, was to play two shows, joined by 50 Cent and Missy Elliott, at Detroit's Ford Field Saturday and today. They're billed as his only North American concert dates this year.

Eminem's representatives met Thursday with Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's staff to discuss planning and security, and the rapper filmed a video to accompany his onstage introduction.


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