PEOPLE: Five national high school poets win honors; John Amos, Cissy Houston named to NJ Hall of Fame; Neil Young sues Trump campaign

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Five high schoolers named National Student Poets

Five high school juniors from Florida to California have been named National Student Poets.

A partnership between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the student poet program was launched in 2011, with winners contributing to community programs and and poetry events and performing their work everywhere from Lincoln Center to the White House. Winning applicants each represent a different region and are chosen based on creativity, dedication and promise.

This year's poets are Isabella Ramirez, from Lake Worth, F;a.; Ethan Wang, from Katy, Texas; Manasi Garg, from Saratoga, Calif.; Madelyn Dietz, from St. Paul, Minn.; and Anthony Wiles, from Sewickley, Pa. Each receives a $5,000 cash award.

The final five were selected from more than 20,000 submissions, reviewed by a panel that included former U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and such fellow poets as Edward Hirsch, Danez Smith and Arthur Sye.

Amos, Houston, Manning in NJ Hall of Fame

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Super Bowl champion Eli Manning, Grammy Award-winning singer Cissy Houston and "Good Times" actor John Amos are among this year's inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

The winners for the Hall's 12th class were announced Wednesday morning.

Among the other inductees are Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway, author Fran Lebowitz and Fairleigh Dickinson, benefactor of the university named after him.

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This year's induction ceremony will be Oct. 18. Because of the pandemic, it will be a virtual, prerecorded event broadcast on television, radio and social media.

Neil Young takes Trump campaign to court

Neil Young sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign Tuesday for copyright infringement, saying he doesn't want his music used as a theme song for a "divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate."

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The Grammy-award winning Canadian-born musician filed the lawsuit through his lawyers in Manhattan federal court, seeking up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each infringement.

A message seeking comment was left with a campaign spokesperson.

The legendary singer cited repeated use of two songs: "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk."

The campaign has used the tunes numerous times at rallies and political events, including on June 20 in Tulsa, Okla., the lawsuit said.

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                                                                       — The Associated Press


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