Judge: Suit seeking to stop Lucas Museum can go on
CHICAGO — A federal judge on Thursday allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront, leaving open the possibility that the museum as currently envisioned may not get built.
Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit group that filed the lawsuit, argues that construction of the 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would violate public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan and that guarantee open public access.
In a written opinion released after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Judge John Darrah explained that he was rejecting the city's request to toss the lawsuit because he thinks Friends of the Parks makes plausible arguments that turning over the land "is not for the benefit of the public but will impair public interest in the land ... and promote private ... commercial interests."
Construction at the site south of Soldier Field was expected to start this spring, though Thursday's ruling makes that unlikely. — AP
Chris Stapleton will lead Grammys tribute to B.B. King
NEW YORK — Country singer Chris Stapleton will join Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt at the Grammy Awards for a tribute to the late blues master B.B. King.
The Grammys on Thursday announced a handful of other performers for the Feb. 15 ceremony. Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry will debut their rock group the Hollywood Vampires. Pitbull also plans a performance together with Travis Barker and Robin Thicke. — AP