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Trial date set for pop star Justin Bieber

A trial date has been set for Justin Bieber in Miami for his recent arrest on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and driving with an invalid license. A Miami-Dade County judge set trial for the three misdemeanors for March 3. Bieber’s attorneys have already filed a written plea of not guilty. Initial trial dates are often delayed. The 19-year-old pop star was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race between sports cars driven by Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Sharieff was also arrested on a DUI charge.

Singing for Oscar

Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards on March 2.

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Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song ‘‘Happy.’’ There was no word on whether his Grammy Award-stealing hat would make an appearance. Williams wrote ‘‘Happy’’ for ‘‘Despicable Me 2.’’ It’s nominated for original song along with U2’s ‘‘Ordinary Love’’ from ‘‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’’ “Let It Go’’ by Idina Menzel from ‘‘Frozen,’’ and Karen O’s ‘‘The Moon Song’’ from ‘‘Her.’’ (AP)

Ex-‘SNL’ member to run for office

Former ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ cast member Victoria Jackson has filed to run as an independent candidate for a seat on a county commission outside Nashville. Jackson, who calls herself a tea party conservative, moved to Thompson Station in Williamson County last year. She told The Tennessean she filed as an independent because she’s ‘‘very disappointed with the Republican Party.’’ As long as Jackson meets the candidate qualifying requirements by the Feb. 20 deadline, her name will appear on the election ballot Aug. 7.

Respect

“He was an actor’s actor. He was one of the best actors to ever live, without a doubt. He was a beautiful, beautiful person.” - Matt Damon, talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman, his costar in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

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