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    Pitt makes donation

    Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states. The nation’s largest gay rights group announced Wednesday that Pitt agreed to match contributions from the group’s members up to $100,000. In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it’s ‘‘unbelievable’’ that people’s relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day. Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state. The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign says it has spent $8 million to push for marriage equality for gays and lesbians over the past two years. (AP)

    Wendt hospitalized

    Chest pains will keep actor George Wendt from performing as Oscar Madison in a Chicago-area production of ‘‘The Odd Couple.’’ Northlight Theatre announced Tuesday that the actor famous for playing Norm Peterson on the TV show ‘‘Cheers’’ checked into a hospital Sunday and is receiving medical attention.