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Writer’s lawsuit ended

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A federal judge has ended the lawsuit filed by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee against a museum in her hometown in south Alabama.

The judge dismissed the case Thursday after lawyers for Lee and the Monroe County Heritage Museum filed a joint motion seeking to end the suit.

The move comes two weeks after the judge reinstated the lawsuit at the request of the 88-year-old author from Monroeville, Alabama.

Lee filed suit last year, accusing the museum of taking advantage of her work by selling souvenirs and using the title of her only published book as its website address.

The author and the museum settled the case in February, but the agreement was never signed.

Court records don’t disclose settlement terms, but the museum changed its Web address.

No ivory tusks

PBS says “Antiques Roadshow” is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks.

The tusks won’t be shown in new episodes or in segments drawn from previously aired shows, PBS said Wednesday.

The popular public TV series features a wide variety of items brought in for professional assessment, including of their market value.

The Wildlife Conservation Society lauded the decision as an important step in ensuring elephant ivory tusks and their “assumed monetary value” are not glorified on TV.

PBS said antique items that include ivory elements, such as musical instruments, will continue to be appraised.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Joe Stampley is 71. Actor Robert Englund is 67. Singer Dwight Twilley is 63. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 62. Actress-comedian Sandra Bernhard is 59. Comedian Colin Quinn is 55. Singer-bassist Tom Araya is 53. Actor Max Casella is 47. Actor Paul Giamatti is 47. Bassist Bardi Martin is 45. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer is 44. Singer Lisa Brokop is 41. Singer Uncle Kracker is 40. Actress Staci Keanan is 39.

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