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Rodriguez, who came to Carcasses’ defense amid the controversy, included the 41-year-old pianist and leader of the jazz-fusion band Interactivo in his line-up of artists Friday at an open-air concert in the Havana neighborhood of Santiago de las Vegas. Without making any mention of the controversy swirling around Carcasses, Rodriguez presented his fellow musician as a “talent” and recalled that they worked together recently on an album. During Friday’s show, Carcasses provided piano accompaniment for Rodriguez on his song “Segunda Cita” and also performed two other instrumental numbers with other musicians. Carcasses did not make any remarks to the crowd of 300 people, but he told foreign correspondents afterward that he hoped he had put the controversy behind him. During a Sept. 12 official concert in Havana that was broadcast live on national television, Carcasses sang a song calling for free access to information and the election of the president by direct popular vote. The jazz fusion artist said Monday he had been barred indefinitely from performing at future state-run events because of his comments during the concert, which had been organized to demand the release of Cuban intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States. But authorities on the Communist-ruled island later reconsidered and lifted the sanction. The 66-year-old Rodriguez, Cuba’s best-known folk singer, came to Carcasses’ defense on Tuesday. He said his fellow musician had committed a “regrettable error” in pressing his demands at an event organized to call for the release of agents “who have sacrificed their lives for the security of the people.” However, as a Cuban citizen, Carcasses “has the right to express what he thinks in his country,” Rodriguez added. Considered heroes in Cuba, the four agents were arrested in 1998 and convicted of espionage in 2001, receiving sentences ranging from 15 years to life in prison. While a fifth agent who was also arrested and convicted of the same crime has since been paroled and allowed to return to Cuba, the other four spies remain in prison.

The doctor described Jackson as secretive about his medical care and said the singer engaged in doctor shopping. The physician said Jacksons frequent medical visits were the result of injuries he sustained while performing, including burns to his scalp and back pain, and the skin conditions discoid lupus and vitiligo. Metzger said he believed Jacksons use of pain medications was for legitimate reasons and that the singer never used medications to get high or for pleasure. Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that Katherine Jackson was dependent on her son for some of her living expenses and is entitled to recoup damages in the case if AEG Live is found liable for her sons death. WHAT THE JURY SAW Metzger testify via video and in person. AEGs attorneys played more than an hour of the doctors testimony and he was called as a live witness by Katherine Jacksons lawyers. Metzgers attorney Eric George take the stand after his client testified, telling the jury that Metzger wasnt being paid by attorneys for the Jacksons, an issue that was raised while the doctor was on the stand. QUOTABLE MOMENTS He wanted to redeem Michael Jackson. … He wanted to redeem his image. He felt this was it and he wanted to go out with a flash. He was still terribly hurt about the (2005 child molestation) trial and the accusations, Metzger said of Jacksons desire to perform the This Is It shows successfully. I dont believe this was in any way a recreational problem, Metzger said of Jacksons use of prescription medications. I told him it was dangerous and I couldnt help him, Metzger said about Jackson asking him for intravenous sleep medicines in a meeting at the singers home two months before his death.

At Farm Aid concert, wholesome food helps augment the music and the fundraising

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A key component of Farm Aid concerts this years is taking place Saturday in Saratoga Springs is the food, which comes through Farm Aids Homegrown Concessions. It was started six years ago to create new markets for family farmers. More business news More business news Vendors, which include local food-service outlets, as well as national brands such as Chipotle and Amys Organic, must meet Farm Aids criteria for sourcing the ingredients in their food, from organic flour in the panini to free-ranging, antibiotic-free hogs on the barbecue grill. Even the cotton candy has a family farm origin, made from maple syrup produced in the Catskills. Farm Aids mission is about family farmers, and economic opportunity for family farmers is a really big priority of ours, said Glenda Yoder, associate director of Farm Aid. We also support good farming practices and rewarding farmers for those practices. So our Homegrown criteria call for food that is sourced from family farms that meet an ecological standard, and that returns a fair price to the farmer. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp lead the star-studded lineup this year, along with Jack Johnson, Carlene Carter, Toad the Wet Sprocket and about 10 other artists. The annual concert is the chief moneymaker for the Farm Aid organization Nelson co-founded in 1985 and leads as president. The beneficiaries of the organizations year-round efforts are always featured prominently at the shows, with a Homegrown Village providing concert-goers a chance to meet local farmers, learn agrarian skills, and eat food from vendors who meet strict criteria set by Farm Aid. We talk about saving the family farmer, but the fact is, its the family farmer who will save us all, Nelson said at a media event before the gates opened at noon Saturday. Matthews gave a shout-out to activists wearing anti-fracking T-shirts at the media event, which was also open to many farmers, vendors and volunteers.