People: Jay-Z teaming with cannabis company; Elvis Presley vehicles up for auction; military historian wins prestigious award

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Jay-Z partners with cannabis company

Jay-Z is heading into the legal marijuana industry as a chief brand strategist in partnership with a California cannabis product company.

The rapper said in a statement this week that he entered a multiyear deal with San Jose, Calif.-based Caliva. His role will consist of driving creative direction, outreach efforts and strategy for the brand.

Jay-Z says he also wants to increase the economic participation of people returning from incarceration through job training and workforce development.

The rapper called Caliva "the best partners for this endeavor."

Caliva operates a farm and two stores in Northern California. It also distributes its branded products in roughly two dozen other retail outlets in the state.

Presley vehicles going up for auction

Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house has announced.

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Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.

Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tenn., Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing "the King" driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.

The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased.

The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi.

Military historian wins $100,000 award

Military historian and educator John H. Morrow Jr. has received the $100,000 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement.

Morrow, 75, has written or co-written several books on World War I, including "The Great War: An Imperial History," ''The Great War in the Air" and "German Airpower in World War I." He also chairs the history department at the University of Georgia.

Today's birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 79. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn of The Byrds is 77. Actor Harrison Ford is 77. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 73. Country singer Louise Mandrell is 65. Bassist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza of Twisted Sister is 63. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 62. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 57. Singer Deborah Cox is 46. Drummer Will Champion of Coldplay is 41. Singer Leon Bridges is 30.

                                                                       — The Associated Press


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