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Joni Mitchell friend files for conservator rights

Joni Mitchell is unconscious and the singer-songwriter is unable to make medical decisions for herself, a longtime friend stated Tuesday in a court filing.

Leslie Morris, who is identified as a friend of Mitchell's for more than 44 years, filed a petition Tuesday to be named conservator for the Grammy-winning singer, the Associated Press reports.

But Mitchell's official site, refutes the reports. "Joni is not in a coma," the site said. "Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital."

Morris is not seeking control of Mitchell's estate. She is seeking the appointment because Mitchell does not have any family who can serve as her conservator.

Mitchell was hospitalized March 31 after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home.

Phone messages for Morris and her attorney, Alan Watenmaker, were not immediately returned.

The filing was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.

Andrew W.K. to get radio show on Glenn Beck network

Party rocker Andrew W.K. has been invited to host a two-hour weekend radio show on Glenn Beck's radio network TheBlaze. Tune in to "America W.K.," which premiers Sunday, to hear the positive party expert discuss "what it means to be alive — meaning, motivation, mindset and making dreams come true, all included in a celebration of life itself," a press release said. Rolling Stone notes that W.K., who was raised in Ann Arbor, will be one of the few liberal voices on Beck's network. The conservative political commentator thinks that is what's great about the union, and calls it "is a perfect example of how two people can come together on what unites us." W.K. adds that "if people never went outside their own box, life would be boring. After all, why would I only want to talk with people who already think exactly like me?" Andrew W.K. plays Saint Andrew's Hall tonight.

Detroit Jazz Festival announces acts

Guitarist Pat Metheny played a blues in A minor with Detroit's own Kenny Garrett and Rodney Whitaker at the Detroit Athletic Club on Tuesday as the Detroit Jazz Festival held its annual spring preview of the Labor Day event taking place in downtown Detroit Sept. 4-7. Metheny is the Artist in Residence, so he'll be bopping in and out of town frequently in the coming months, and playing at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe June 2 (don't even try, it's sold out).

Some of the highlights of the free festival: James "Blood" Ulmer & the Black Music Experience featuring Queen Esther; Steve Turre and Detroit saxophonist James Carter in a Rahsaan Roland Kirk Birthday Celebration (a film about Kirk will be screened at the Marriott one night); Arturo Sandoval; the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Danilo Perez; the John Scofield &Joe Lovano Quartet; Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra featuring Carla Bley and Steve Swallow; Ron Carter Trio; Eddie Daniels, doing a jazz version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Tuba Skinny from New Orleans; Paquito D'Rivera Quintet and much more. Go to for the complete schedule.

'Partridge Family' daughter died suddenly

Actress Suzanne Crough, best known for her role as young Tracy Partridge on the "Partridge Family" sitcom of the early 1970s, died Monday at her Nevada home. TMZ reports that the cause of the 52-year-old's death is unknown and sudden. Her husband, William Condray, said his wife was a patient and loving wife, mother and grandmother. "She was madly in love with her granddaughter," Condray said of their 1-year-old granddaughter, Evelena. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg to the Associated Press on Tuesday that an autopsy was scheduled Wednesday

'The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation' wins Emmy

CBS series "The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation" won the award for Outstanding Special Class Series at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The show, hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca, was filmed at the Dearborn museum and debuted last fall.


■Friday's Susie Essman show at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Call (586) 268-3200 with any questions.

■Heart singer Ann Wilson married boyfriend Dean Wetter on Saturday. The ceremony was held in her manager Carol Peters's backyard in Topanga, Calif.

■Alternative rocker Cat Power had a baby recently. She revealed the news while commenting on Instagram about the protests in Baltimore.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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