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Grapevine: Vlogger says he was kicked off plane

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Laith Al-Saadi sings lead vocals and plays guitar on a cover of “Christmas Bop” song by British rock band T. Rex.

‘Christmas Bop’ benefits Cass Community Services

More than 30 folks from Michigan’s music scene collaborated to produce a cover of “Christmas Bop,” a 1975 tune from British glam rock band T. Rex. The song features “The Voice” finalist Laith Al-Saadi on lead vocals and guitar, and features the talents of Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Derik Lee, who worked on the original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Detroit-based artist and illustrator Mark Penxa provided the cover art. Produced by Ringside Creative, the song can be downloaded for $1 at christmasbop.bandcamp.com through Dec. 31. Proceeds benefit Cass Community Social Services.

Internet celebrity alleges he was kicked off Delta plane

Arab-American video blogger and internet celebrity Adam Saleh said he was kicked off a Delta Air Lines plane Wednesday morning because customers complained about him speaking Arabic to his friend on the plane with him, and to his mother on the phone before takeoff.

The social media personality, 23, posted a video of him being removed from the plane stating “guys, we spoke a different language on the plane and now we’re getting kicked out.” The video was posted early Wednesday morning and had half a million retweets by the afternoon.  In the video at least one passenger could be heard coming to Saleh’s defense, but others were shouting “bye.”

Delta issued a statement Wednesday evening, saying “it appears the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting. ... What is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority.”

Wednesday afternoon #BoycottDelta was trending on Twitter.

Bill Murray, brothers to open ‘Caddyshack’ bar

Actor Bill Murray and his five brothers have plans to open a golf-themed bar and restaurant inspired by Murray’s 1980 comedy classic “Caddyshack” in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago. According to the Daily Herald, the brothers have a verbal agreement for a 11,000-square-foot space inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The brothers opened Murray Bros. Caddy Shack restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2001. The Chicago-area restaurant is scheduled to open in late summer.

Also ...

■Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have announced that they’ve named their baby girl Ines. The new baby and their nearly 2-year-old daughter, James, were in attendance as Reynolds was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.

■Rumors are swirling that musicians Drake and Jennifer Lopez are an item. Drake has reportedly been seen at several of her recent concerts, they’ve taken selfies together, and they’re both single. It’s hardly proof, but until one party confirms, gossip mags are likely to continue to speculate.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

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