People: Florida plans in-game tribute to late Tom Petty

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Florida plans in-game tribute to late Tom Petty

No. 21 Florida will pay tribute to local legend Tom Petty during its game against LSU on Saturday.

The Gators announced Thursday they will play Petty hit "I Won't Back Down" at the end of the third quarter at Florida Field.

Petty died Monday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. He was 66.

Born and raised in Gainesville, Petty once worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Florida as he tried to make it in the music industry. Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says: "Let's celebrate together what he meant to the world of music and what he meant to this community."



5 former presidents to attend storm recovery concert

WASHINGTON (AP) — All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University later this month.

That's according to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, which issued a statement Wednesday saying "all ticket sales and other proceeds" from the Oct. 21 event will go to storm recoveries in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma walloped the U.S. states and Hurricane Maria knocked out all power to Puerto Rico and damaged other islands.

The statement said Bush would be joined by his son, former President George W. Bush, and former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The event, titled "Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal," is part of an effort launched by the former presidents last month.



Magician joined hundreds giving blood in Vegas


Penn Jillette, half of the magic duo Penn & Teller, was among the hundreds of people who came to give blood and platelets in Las Vegas following the mass shooting.

"At my age it's too late to be an EMT. It's too late to be a first responder," the magician and comedian said Wednesday. "I tell jokes, I do tricks and this is, well I'm afraid to say, quite literally the least I can do."

Jillette was giving platelets at United Blood Services in Las Vegas, something he says he tries to do at least a few times a year. He and his performing partner, Raymond Teller, host a "13 Bloody Days of Christmas" every year, where people who donate blood get free tickets to their show at the Rio.




Today's birthdays: TV personality Joy Behar ("The View") is 75.Musician John Mellencamp is 66. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 62. Reality competition judge Simon Cowell is 58. Singer Toni Braxton is 50. Actress Allison Munn ("One Tree Hill") is 43. Singer Damian Kulash of OK Go is 42. Singer Taylor Hicks ("American Idol") is 41. Actor Omar Benson Miller ("CSI: Miami") is 39. Singer Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 39. Actor Jake McLaughlin ("Quantico") is 35.


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