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Caroline Kennedy resigns from Harvard board

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, has stepped down as honorary chair of an advisory board of an institute at a Harvard University graduate school named in honor of her father, the school confirmed.

The Harvard Kennedy School thanked her and another former member of the Institute of Politics advisory committee for their service.

"I am extremely grateful for the extraordinary dedication and commitment she has shown to Harvard Kennedy School over many years," Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf said in the statement. "Caroline's role at the Institute of Politics will always be prized and remembered."

Kenneth Duberstein, a lobbyist and former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, resigned as chairman of the panel.

The Kennedy School did not address the reasons for the resignations, first reported by The Washington Post.

"After careful consideration and heartfelt conversations with Caroline, I have decided to step down immediately as Chairman of the SAC of our beloved Institute of Politics," Dubersein said in a statement.

The Post could not reach Caroline Kennedy, the former U.S. ambassador to Japan, for comment.

Police: Robbery unlikely motive in rapper killing

The home-invasion death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles does not appear to be part of a robbery, police said Thursday, as detectives sought to identify the shooter and the music community mourned.

Investigators were not ruling out a robbery, but they were looking at other possible motives as well, said Capt. Jonathan Tippet, head of the Robber-Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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The 20-year-old Brooklyn, New York, rapper whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson was killed Wednesday at a home in the Hollywood Hills. A 911 call from a friend of someone in the house reported armed intruders inside the home, police said.

An autopsy was planned after Pop Smoke was declared dead at a hospital. Police have not announced any arrests or named any suspects.

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets of Brooklyn on Wednesday night, playing the rapper's music and dancing at an impromptu vigil. In Manhattan, rapper Roddy Ricch performed Pop Smoke's hit "Welcome to the Party" at a concert.

Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with Pop Smoke, were among those paying tribute on social media.

Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling dies

Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling, famous for the TV commercials where he proclaimed "I'm not only the Hair Club president but I'm also a client," died in Florida. He was 78.

Sperling died Wednesday in Boca Raton after a lengthy illness, spokeswoman Terri Lynn said Thursday.

In the late 1960s, Sperling was a balding New York City swimming pool salesman who was growing frustrated with toupees. "If you're dating and going to be having special moments, how do you explain, 'I got to take my hair off now?'" he said.

Using a weaving technique he learned from his hair stylist, Sperling took $10,000 in credit card debt to open his own salon on Madison Avenue where he perfected a system where a nylon mesh cap was glued to the scalp. The client's remaining hair would grow through it and then hair purchased from women that matched the color was woven into the mesh. The clients would then come in several times a year for adjustments.

Today's birthdays: Actor Dominic Chianese ("Boardwalk Empire," ''The Sopranos") is 89. Actress Jenny O'Hara ("Transparent," ''The Mindy Project") is 78. Actor Barry Bostwick is 75. Musician George Thorogood is 70. Actress Debra Jo Rupp ("That '70s Show") is 69. Singer Michelle Shocked is 58. Actor Billy Zane is 54. Actress Bonnie Somerville ("NYPD Blue") is 46. Actor Wilson Bethel ("Hart of Dixie") is 36. Actor Alexander Koch ("Under the Dome") is 32.

— The Associated Press


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