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England’s Prince William on the job

Prince William of Britain started his new job Monday as a rescue helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The Duke of Cambridge, 33, will fly doctors and paramedics on missions across East Anglia. He doesn’t need the money, of course, but is “trying to be a good guy, trying to do what you can and trying to be a decent individual,” he said. The Duke also said 2-month-old daughter Charlotte is a “little joy of heaven,” while son George, who turns 2 July 22, is “a little monkey” who bears watching.

Get rich or what?

It hasn’t been a good month for 50 Cent, real name Curtis James Jackson III. Last week a jury ordered the rapper-actor to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. Leviston claimed Jackson leaked a sex tape that showed her and her then-boyfriend (she was later linked with Jackson’s rival, rapper Rick Ross). The video, in which a curly wig-wearing Jackson did a mock-narration, went viral in 2009. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In the filing in bankruptcy court in Hartford, Connecticut, the Journal reports, Mr. Jackson reported assets and debts each in the range of $10 million to $50 million. He first came to fame as 50 Cent in 2003 with the album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” with its immortal single, “In Da Club.”

Opera en plein air

The Michigan Opera Theatre is having a three-day outdoor opera blitz next week, presenting free performances outside in three different locations in Metro Detroit. First, soprano Angela Theis will sing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. On Wednesday, the location is the Detroit Zoo and five singers will perform a sneak preview of this fall-winter’s MOT season, including snippets from Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and some musical theater selections. On Thursday at 7 p.m., the highlights of the coming season presentation will be repeated at Grand Circus Park in Detroit. All performances are free.

Runaways rhubarb

A story published by the Huffington Post last week about the alleged rape of Jackie Fuchs (then Fox) of the Runaways by the group’s manager, the late Kim Fowley, has had social media buzzing for days. Fuchs had writer Jason Cherkis tell her story of the night in late 1975 when, under the influence of Quaaludes, she was unable to fend Fowley off. Fuchs claimed that her bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie witnessed the attack but didn’t try to intervene (the girls were all teenagers at the time, 15 and 16 years old). Jett issued a statement saying if she had witnessed such a thing, she would have said something or stopped it. Currie said she was being accused of a crime, and would take a polygraph test, adding that she, too, would have tried to stop such a thing. Fuchs has responded that being a passive bystander “is not a crime” and that people should focus on Fowley, not her bandmates.

swhitall@detroitnews.com

Tuesday’s birthdays

Jane Lynch, 55

Dan Reynolds, 28

Harry Dean Stanton, 89

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