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Kylie Jenner announces the birth of a second child with Travis Scott

NEW YORK — Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her second child with rapper Travis Scott in a Feb. 6 social media post — with a blue heart indicating it’s a boy.

The 24-year-old reality star and makeup mogul hasn’t revealed the new baby’s name.

The child was born on February 2, as the Instagram post was captioned with the date “2/2/22.” The black-and-white photo shows the newborn baby’s hand apparently held by her big sister, Stormi, who turned 4 on February 1.

Jenner also posted flowers sent to her and Scott, 30, by notable family members like her older sister Kim Kardashian-West.

Jenner and Scott have been dating since 2017, but the couple reportedly split in 2019 and continued to co-parent their daughter. They reconciled in 2021. Jenner announced she was pregnant in September and had a baby shower in January.

NYPD honors whistleblower Frank Serpico – 50 years late

NEW YORK – More than 50 years after Frank Serpico testified about rampant corruption within the New York Police Department, the department has finally acknowledged his service and injury in the line of duty with an official certificate and a medal of honor inscribed.

The former undercover detective, 85, received the honor in the mail on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported.

Serpico testified in December 1971 before a panel appointed by Mayor John Lindsay to investigate police corruption, breaking the “Blue Wall of Silence” the protection that other officers sometimes give themselves, such as refusing to testify.

Al Pacino went on to portray him in the hit 1973 film “Serpic”, and his story is also told in a book by Peter Maas.

Current Daily News and former Associated Press reporter Larry McShane interviewed Serpico in December about the 50th anniversary of his appearance before the Knapp Commission.

“I felt like I was finally going to tell the world and no one would interrupt me” Serpico told the newspaper, speaking from his home in upstate New York. “I thought, ‘I know the truth.’ … Every word was mine and it came from the heart.

Serpico was shot in the face during a drug arrest in Brooklyn in 1971 months before testifying and maintained that the other officers he was with had never called for a “police down.”

While the department presented Serpico with a medal acknowledging his injury in 1972, it was presented without ceremony or an accompanying certificate, he told the newspaper.

In recent years, the department has awarded medals to recipients at major annual public events.

Mayor Eric Adams responded to the coverage saying that Serpico “Bravery inspired my career in policing. Frank, we’ll make sure you get your medal.

On Thursday, Serpico tweeted a photo of the framed Medal of Honor and certificate that reads in part, “in recognition of an individual act of extraordinary bravery performed in the line of duty.”

He has continued to speak out against police corruption and abuse since retiring in 1972 and says he has supported and listened to other whistleblowers over the years, including those who have testified about the policy stop and search now complete.

In 2017, he publicly supported quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice while playing in the NFL.

Winfrey’s New Book Club Pick

is by lifestyle coach Beck

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey’s New Book Club Pick is a best-selling book by a Harvard-educated sociologist sometimes referred to as Winfrey’s “life coach.”

It is also his first selection since 2019 that has not been announced in partnership with Apple.

Winfrey announced on Tuesday that she had selected Martha Beck’s “The Path to Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self.” She was due to promote the selection on Tuesday evening through an interview with the author on her monthly livestream “The class of life you want”, on Beck has known Winfrey since the early 2000s and was a long-time contributor to O, Oprah magazine.

“For more than 15 years, I have looked to Martha Beck for her wisdom and marveled at how she helps people through the crises of their lives with such grace, insight and humor,” Winfrey said in a statement. “As we all navigate this defining moment in our collective history, ‘The Way of Integrity’ provides a roadmap on the path to truth.”

Beck, whose book was published last year, said in a statement: “To have my work recognized in this way is so exciting, it’s almost surreal. I think it’s also a statement about the desperate need for integrity in our public and private lives. Oprah Winfrey embodies that value, and for that reason alone, I can’t imagine a greater honor.

Winfrey’s recent picks such as Richard Powers “Perplexity” and Honoree Fanonne Jeffers’ “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Love Songs” had featured exclusive author interviews on Apple TV+ and other special content through Apple. But Tuesday’s announcement does not refer to Apple. A spokesperson for Winfrey, asked if the Apple deal was still in place, said “Apple will continue to amplify selection in its Apple Book and Apple News verticals, but OprahDaily will host virtual livestream events with authors in the future.”

Winfrey launched her book club in 1996 and quickly became a singular force in publishing, her endorsements generating hundreds of thousands or more in sales of works ranging from contemporary novels such as Jane Hamilton “The Book of Ruth” to older works such as John Steinbeck “East of Eden.” She ended her original club in 2011, then relaunched it a year later as Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Conductor Simon Rattle receives Germany’s highest honor

BERLIN — Germany’s president on Tuesday awarded the country’s highest honor to British conductor Simon Rattle, the former conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra who is set to take up a new post in Munich next year.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in presenting Rattle with the Order of Merit that the 67-year-old “became ‘our’ Simon” for 16 years at the head of the Philharmonie.

“You are a personal advertisement for music, for the music that you bring to life in your orchestras”, said Steinmeier. He also praised Rattle’s efforts to introduce family and children’s events to Berlin.

Rattle, who lives in Berlin and now has German citizenship, said he was “Deeply grateful for this honor.”

He noted that he will soon have “another musical house in Munich,” where he is due to take over the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra next year. He is currently Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Rattle said that “At the moment, one of the few benefits of COVID is that people barely have time to deal with Brexit.”

“Regardless of the current situation in my native country, most musicians feel deeply European”, said the bandleader, who has been among critics of post-Brexit restrictions on British musicians touring the European Union.

Iggy Pop, Together

Intercontemporary Prize Winner

STOCKHOLM — American rocker Iggy Pop, known as “the godfather of punk”and Ensemble Intercontemporain, a contemporary music orchestra based in Paris, have won the Polar Music Prize 2022, a Swedish music prize.

The jury said on Tuesday that rock icon Iggy Pop, a singer and songwriter whose real name is James Newell Osterberg, has “created furious rock music by blending blues and free jazz influences with the roar of Michigan’s auto industry.”

Iggy Pop, 74, is often considered one of the founding fathers of punk rock with his band The Stooges, which started in the late 1960s. The jury said he paved the way for the emergence of punk and post-punk and that he was a role model for bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.

The Ensemble Intercontemporain was founded in 1976 by composer Pierre Boulez. The ensemble focuses on contemporary art music and has become known for exploring new musical fields and artistic expressions such as dance, theater and technology.

By The Associated Press

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