Take it easy, Glenn

You can check out any time you like: Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, responsible for “Hotel California, ” “Life in the Fast Lane” and other 1970s hits died Monday in New York at 67. Frey’s death follows that of British rock star David Bowie the week before.

We’d happily make a bet as to whether Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift will warrant a newspaper obit in 40 to 50 years, but that presumes that we and newspapers will still be around.

Straight Outta Malibu: Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and others say they won’t attend the Oscars this year, following the second straight year where almost all nominees are white.

Producers for the Academy Awards didn’t help matters much when they announced that Paula Deen will cater the after-party.

Quick learners: Legislators took testimony on a state Senate bill that doesn’t solve the state’s education funding mess but commits to a solution next year .

The state’s ninth-graders also announced that, rather than take tests in state history and government this year, they’re making a commitment to learn the subject next year.

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