New Jersey honors luminaries ranging from screen to space

NEWARK, N.J. — Jersey pride is running deep as the state’s Hall of Fame inducts its newest class at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Inductees on Sunday included actors Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito, musicians Les Paul and Count Basie and authors Philip Roth and Judy Blume.

Others in the class of 2010 are former President Woodrow Wilson, Olympian Carl Lewis, architect Michael Graves and former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Rounding out the list are baseball player Larry Doby; women’s rights advocate Alice Paul; actress Susan Sarandon; astronaut Wally Schirra; and singer Frankie Valli.

Recipients were chosen by fellow New Jerseyans and by a voting academy made up of 100 state organizations.

This is the third class to be elected into the hall, which currently exists as a virtual museum on the Web.
Novelist slams Arizona law

Novelist slams Arizona law

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic  — One of Latin America’s most prominent writers says that a new immigration reform law in Arizona is “barbarous.”

Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes made the comments to reporters late Saturday after receiving an honorary doctorate at a Catholic university in the Dominican Republic.

The author of “The Death of Artemio Cruz” and “The Old Gringo” also told Dominican reporters he is confident that Arizona’s law will be successfully challenged.

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