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AUCTIONS… Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch and all of its furnishings is set to go to auction March 19, 2008, unless he pays the more than $24 million he still owes on the property, according to a court filing…

Hall&OatesH20_4p0.jpghttp://www.livefromdarylshouse.comBill Cosby will reprise his longtime role as master of ceremonies at the 30th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, which will be held June 14-15, 2008, in Los Angeles. Scheduled performers include Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Poncho Sanchez, Keb’ Mo’, Dr. John and Dee Dee BridgewaterUniversal Music Group has reached a deal with Univision Communications Inc. to acquire the Spanish-language media conglomerate’s recorded music and publishing unit. Terms were not disclosed… The Black Crowes will headline the Chattanooga, Tenn., Riverbend festival, set for June 6-14, 2008. Other confirmed festival acts include ZZ Top, country star Josh Turner, The Ohio Players and America

LAW AND ORDER… Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger escaped an assassination plot hatched in 1969 by the Hells Angels, a new British Broadcasting Corp. documentary has claimed. A program to be broadcast March 3, 2008, said the rock star was the target of the plot following a purported dispute with the motorcycle gang over concert security. The plan was disclosed during an interview with former FBI officer Mark Young for the BBC’s “The FBI at 100” documentary… The Cook County, Ill. Medical Examiner’s office is waiting for toxicology test results before it ma

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