Elton John Not Retiring, Despite Reports

ABC/Randy HolmesIs Elton John hanging up his glasses and getting out of the music biz for good?  Thankfully, despite reports, the answer is no.

During a performance on Tuesday at a festival in France, Elton reportedly told the crowd that he plans to retire from the music business to spend more time with his family.  Elton allegedly announced, "No more shows, no more music, no more songs." 

That seems like an odd pronouncement, however, given that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has shows booked through the end of the year, and has talked about future recording projects in various interviews.

A rep for the Rocket Man told ABC News Radio that the music legend isn't quite ready to put the piano in mothballs. 

"He's not retiring," she said.

Elton has spoken about cutting back on touring once his two sons are in school, but that won't be for a couple of years.

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Conor Oberst Accepts False Rape Accuser's Apology

Team Love RecordsBright Eyes singer Conor Oberst has accepted the apology of the woman who falsely accused him of rape, then retracted her accusation.

In a statement published by Billboard, Oberst writes, "I have accepted Joanie Faircloth’s apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I’m appreciative of the family, friends, fans, and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives."

Faircloth alleged that Oberst was hitting on her backstage after a North Carolina concert in 2003 and then forced himself on her after she told him she was a virgin.  She would have been 16 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

Faircloth now admits in a notarized statement, "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness."

The statement continues, "I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.”

Oberst filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against Faircloth in February.  There's no public word yet how Faircloth's apology and retraction, and Oberst's acceptance of same, might affect that suit.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd to Release First Solo Album

Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsLooks like AC/DC fans will be getting more music from the guys than anyone bargained for in the coming months.  Not only is the work on the band's latest album finished, but drummer Phil Rudd has announced that he's releasing his first solo album.

Rudd tells Australian radio station Triple M Sydney that the new album, Head Job, will be out, at least Down Under, on August 29.

"I hope everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that's the idea," he says. "We didn't put anything on there that we didn't like. There's no filler."

Rudd also puts in a word for AC/DC's forthcoming album.  "We're happy to have it done," he says.  Work on the album was recently completed in Bryan Adams' studio in Vancouver, Canada, where the band also recorded its last album, 2009's Black Ice.  So how does Head Job compare with the forthcoming AC/DC set?  Rudd says, "There's no comparisons between the two, but they're both very good."

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David Bowie Hints That He'll Be Releasing "More Music Soon"

Image Courtesy of Jimmy KingThere was an almost-10-year gap between the release of David Bowie's latest album, 2013's The Next Day, and his previous one, 2003's Reality, but it appears that fans won't have to wait nearly so long for the rock legend's next record.  According to The Independent, the acclaimed singer hinted that he has some new music on the way in an announcement that was read at a charity event held at a small London bar on Saturday.

The gathering marked Bowie's 50-year music career, while raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a U.K. organization that supports the fight against HIV.

Bowie's message read, "This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David."

A Bowie rep reportedly confirmed to NME that the note was indeed from the Rock and Roll Hall Famer, but an article focusing on the news apparently has been removed from the magazine's website.

Bowie also alluded to a new album in a message he wrote honoring Columbia Records executive Rob Stringer that was read at the 2014 Music Week Awards this past April.  That note jokingly mentioned that he'd hired Stringer as a "percussionist on my new album this year."

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Wynonna Puts on her "Hollywood Game" Face

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesThursday, Wynonna competes on Hollywood Game Night, alongside Scandal star Scott Foley, Olympian Johnny Weir and actress Leah Remini, among others. She’ll also give fans a chance to win a pair of shoes from her “Got Soul” line via Twitter during the NBC show that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

On August 2, Wy will be back in Los Angeles, performing a free Saturday night concert, before singing the national anthem for the Dodgers Sunday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs.

When she’s not on tour, Wy continues to work on her eighth studio album, due out sometime next year.

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Jason Aldean Hits Home Run with MLB Stadium Shows

Greenroom PRThis weekend, Jason Aldean kicks off a five-night run at Major League Baseball stadiums with two sell-outs in Ohio. Friday he’ll play Progressive Field in Cleveland, before heading to Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on Saturday.

“This stadium run is something I've been looking forward to all year,” Jason says. “I dreamed of playing MLB stadiums since I was six in Little League and watch games at these stadiums every season.  It's wild to stand on the mound during load in and watch an empty park totally come alive with our production and crazy, loud fans.  These next two weeks will definitely be something I look back on with unbelievable pride and gratitude."

The stadium concerts are an extension of the 2014 Burn It Down tour with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Miranda Lambert joins the boys this weekend and at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Saturday July 26. MLB dates in D.C. and Philadelphia round out the run.  

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The-Dream Shows Off New Wife in Video for "Culture"

Image Courtesy Island Def JamThe-Dream has released a personal video for "Culture," the first offering from his EP Royalty: The Prequel.

The singer, who secretly got married earlier this month, gives fans a glimpse into his recent trip to Paris alongside his wife. The video features his own cellphone footage of the pair sightseeing in the City of Lights.

"Let's talk about the culture/Let me take you out of culture," he coos on the mellow track.

Fans can now download the EP Royalty: The Prequel, which is a free project from The-Dream's new “designer and culture label” Contra-Paris.

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Report: Drake Pays $100K for Borrowed Lyrics

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake has reportedly paid a hefty sum of money for borrowing lyrics from a rapper named Rappin' 4-Tay.

TMZ reports that Drizzy's lyrics in YG's hit "Who Do You Love" were ripped straight from 4-Tay's 1994 hit "Playaz Club." After being called out, the rapper has avoided a lawsuit by offering a lucrative payment.

4-Tay's manager tells the gossip site that Drake's record label agreed to pay 4-Tay $100,000 for "borrowing" the lines.

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Kanye West, Iggy Azalea Join Made in America Festival Lineup

Dana Edelson/NBCKanye West and Iggy Azalea have been added to the lineup at the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Music Festival.

The entertainers join a slew of performers who will take stage during the two-day festival, which is being held for the first time both in it's original location in Philadelphia at the Benjamin Franklin Parkay and in Los Angeles at Grand Park on August 30 and 31.

Kanye will be pulling bi-coastal duty, performing in Philadelphia on Saturday, and in L.A. on Sunday.  Iggy will be performing only in L.A. on Saturday.

Kanye and Iggy join previously announced performers including Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Rita Ora.

Here's the Philadelphia lineup:

Kanye West
The National, Steve Aoki
J. Cole, Chromeo, City and Colour
R3HAB, Baauer, Mayer Hawthorne
The Neighbourhood, Holy Ghost, Will Sparks
Destructo, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Young & Sick, Kaneholler

Kings of Leon
Tiësto, Pharrell Williams
Girl Talk, Spoon, Grimes, AWOLNATION
Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, Kongos, Danny Brown
YG, Penguin Prison (DJ Set with Live Vocals)
3Lau, Mimosa, Bleachers, Cut Snake, Bixel Boys, Vacationer

Here's the Los Angeles lineup:

Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, Iggy Azalea
Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities
Gareth Emery, ScHoolboy Q, Borgore
ZZ Ward, Classixx, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Cut Snake, GrandTheft

Kanye West, John Mayer
Juanes, Weezer, Rise Against
Steve Aoki, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill
R3HAB, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet
Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun
Yellow Claw, Will Sparks, Scavenger Hunt, SZA, A Tribe Called Red

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Kenny Chesney Plans Free Flora-Bama-Jama August 16

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Thursday morning, Kenny Chesney will release the details of his only concert scheduled so far this year-- the Flora-Bama-Jama. The August 16 show takes its name from its location:  the Flora-Bama bar on the beach at the Florida-Alabama border. Kenny took a break from touring in 2014, as he focused on his new CD, The Big Revival, due out September 23.

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year... and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” he says. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.”

A clip from Kenny will be posted Thursday at 7 a.m. CT on his website, as well as specifics about how to get a free wrist band to enter the enclosed area where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key.

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Who's That Girl? Sia Debuts at #1 with "1000 Forms of Fear"

Courtesy PRETTYPUKE/ RCA RecordsAn artist who promoted her album without ever showing her face publicly has managed to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart.

Sia, the Australian artist best known for writing Rihanna's #1 hit "Diamonds," and for co-writing and singing on both David Guetta's "Titanium" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," has scored her first #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart with her latest disc, 1000 Forms of Fear.

While Sia technically "made the rounds" promoting the disc and its single, "Chandelier," she did it in a unique way.  She appeared on the cover of Billboard magazine -- with a bag over her head -- next to the headline, ""This artist is responsible for over 12 million track sales…and doesn't want to be famous."  She also kept her back turned to the camera while performing "Chandelier" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Sia, who also co-wrote Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You," Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" and Britney Spears' "Perfume," has been releasing albums since 1997, but the highest any of them climbed on the U.S. charts was #26.

Sia, whose birth name is Sia Furler, had no problem showing her face a few years back when she served as a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team on the first season of The Voice.  The artist, who's struggled with addictions to painkillers and alcohol, as well as depression and various medical problems, decided with this new album that she didn't want to tour or do interviews to promote it.  She even had that stipulation written into her contract with her record label.

"I don't care about commercial success," she told Billboard. "I get to do what I love and communicate whatever I want."

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"No Truth" to Rumor that Adele Has Confirmed Album and World Tour for 2015 

Cliff Lipson/CBSThe Internet was ablaze on Wednesday with the news that Adele had confirmed that she's prepping a new album and a world tour for 2015.  Except, she didn't.

The Twitter account for the World Music Awards posted the following information on Tuesday: " confirms 2015 Tour After The Release Of Her New Album ‘25’!"   However, Adele herself hasn't tweeted anything of the sort, and her record label hasn't announced anything either.  In addition, the chairman of Beggars Group, the parent company of Adele's label, tells Billboard that there is "no truth in this."

As for why the World Music Awards would post this to begin with, it's a mystery.  This year's ceremony took place May 27 in Monte Carlo, and was supposed to air on NBC, but that broadcast was postponed at the last minute.  In fact, the ceremony doesn't actually take place with any regularity, which has led one British tabloid to dub it the "Worst Music Awards," according to Billboard.

Rumors that Adele's new album would be called 25 started in May when she turned 26, and tweeted, "Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year x."  As for the world tour notion, it's possible that started because Adele recently sent a fan a handwritten thank you note, in which she said she'd be "coming to Brazil with my next album."

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Los Angeles Mayor Saves Foster the People's "Supermodel" Mural

Columbia RecordsThe power of the people has helped save Foster the People’s mural in downtown Los Angeles.

The mural, some 12 stories tall, was created last January for the release of Foster the People’s latest album, Supermodel.  The idea was to let the mural remain a part of the city’s urban landscape, but some city officials felt it was in violation of rules that declare murals can’t be advertisements.  And since the mural was created to promote Supermodel -- it is, after all, the album’s cover image -- the ruling was that it had to go.

After Foster the People’s Mark Foster broke the news last Friday, the Los Angeles Times picked up the story, which resulted in a fan petition on Change.org that garnered 10,000 signatures by Sunday in support of letting the mural remain.  That apparently got the attention of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who ruled that the mural can stay put.

“Thank You Eric Garcetti for listening and intervening on such short notice,” the band says on its Facebook page.  “Most of all, Thank You to all of you who signed the petition and helped spread the word! You surprised everyone and saved this mural.”  A follow-up post reads, “To be clear, Eric Garcetti wasn't behind covering the mural to begin with. He's the reason it's staying up. We tip our hats to you good sir.”

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Kansas Welcomes Ronnie Platt as Its New Lead Singer

Image Courtesy of M. MalinowskiLongtime Kansas frontman Steve Walsh revealed just over two weeks ago that he'll soon be leaving the band, but the veteran rockers already have found a replacement.  The group has announced that Ronnie Platt will be stepping in as the new lead singer.

A message on Kansas' official website reports that "Ronnie's first show with the band will be September 12 in Oklahoma City, OK, where he will take over singing duties for departing vocalist Steve Walsh."

Platt has been performing with a popular classic-rock cover band from Chicago named ARRA, and he formerly was the lead singer of the Kansas City, Missouri-based group Shooting Star.

He says in a statement, "I'm a longtime fan of [Kansas'] music and have always looked up to Steve Walsh.  My goal is not to replace Steve; no one can do that.  It is my goal and responsibility to sustain the integrity that is Kansas."

Platt adds that joining the group fulfills "a lifelong dream," and notes, "I've got the job, but now it's time to earn it…and I take nothing for granted that has been given to me.  My performance in Kansas will be how I've always performed, with passion and enthusiasm."

Meanwhile, Kansas drummer Phil Ehart says about the group's latest member, "After considering other candidates, it became clear Ronnie was our guy.  He's a perfect fit musically and personally with the band.  His passion for the band and the music, as well as his musicianship, is exceptional."

Guitarist Rich Williams adds that when Platt joins Kansas, "People can expect us to shake things up musically and dust off some songs we haven't played in quite a while.  Who knows?  With Ronnie now on board, there may even be new music in our future!"

Walsh will perform with Kansas on the band's European summer tour, which kicks off Thursday in London, and he also will play several more U.S. concerts with the group when it returns from overseas.  His last show will be August 16 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa.

After his departure from Kansas was announced, Walsh issued a statement to MelodicRock.com that read, "I know there's a lot of different versions out there on why I'm leaving, so let me just say that it's time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that."

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Did Rihanna Throw Shade at Karrueche Tran?

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna is known for her unapologetic tweets. After a tearful Karrueche Tran made an appearance on BET's Just Keke to discuss the difficulties of dating Chris Brown, Rihanna has seemingly responded.

During the show, Tran revealed that the ongoing love triangle involving Chris and his ex-girlfriend Ri Ri was a "relatable" problem.

"I have family who’s gone through the same situation. It’s the case of the ex," Tran said. "But, however…in this case my boyfriend is a celebrity whose ex-girlfriend is an even bigger [celebrity]… So, not only am I fighting a battle with her, I’m fighting a battle with her 14 million fans or however else."

Shortly after Karruche’s confession aired, Rihanna re-posted a Vine clip to her Twitter page, along with a sad face.

In the brief clip, a transgendered woman says: "B***h, why you mad? Because my p***y pops more severely and yours don't?"

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Iggy's "Fancy" Finally Falls to MAGIC!'s "Rude" 

RCA RecordsBeing rude has finally topped being fancy, at least on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  After seven weeks at #1, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" has finally fallen to #2, and MAGIC!'s reggae hit "Rude" has ascended to the top spot on the chart.

This marks the first time in more than 12 years that a Canadian band has topped the U.S. charts -- MAGIC! is from Toronto.  The last time was back in 2001, when Nickelback was on top with "How You Remind Me."  This also marks the first reggae song to top the charts since Sean Paul's 2003 smash "Get Busy."

MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh had previously visited the top 10 as the co-writer on two hits by Justin Bieber -- "As Long as You Love Me" and "Never Say Never" -- and on Pitbull's "Feel this Moment."

Iggy probably isn't too upset about losing the #1 spot, however, because her next single, "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, is rising up the chart quickly, on a 118 percent sales increase.  Her collaborator on "Fancy," Charli XCX, is also seeing her latest single, "Boom Clap," climb the chart: it's reached #16.

Elsewhere on the chart, British import Sam Smith is now featured on not one but two top 10 hits: his own "Stay with Me," and Disclosure's "Latch," for which he provided the vocals.

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Trey Songz’ "Trigga" Remains in the Top 5 on Billboard 200

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsFollowing its chart-topping debut, Trey Songz' latest effort remains in the top ten on the Billboard 200 this week.

Although Trey's album was unseated by Sia's 1000 Forms of Fear, his fifth studio album,Trigga, currently sits at number five. The disc sold an additional 34,000 copies during the week.

Led by the hit single “Na Na,” the disc also features collaborations with Juicy JJustin Bieber, Ty Dolla $ign and R&B newcomer Mila J.

The set is a follow-up to 2012's Chapter V.

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Judas Priest Scores Highest Debut Ever on "Billboard" 200 with "Redeemer of Souls"

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsIf you think Judas Priest has been around too long to still make an impact on the charts, you've got another thing comin'!  The band has just scored their highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 with their new studio effort, Redeemer of Souls, which debuted at #6 after selling 33,000 copies its first week of release.

Redeemer of Souls is the heavy-metal legends' 18th charting album overall, but marks their first trip into the top 10 of the Billboard tally.  The highest previous position the band reached on the chart was #11, with 2008's NostradamusRedeemer of Souls also bowed at #5 in Canada, making it Judas Priest's highest-charting album in that country as well.

In other news, Judas Priest has added several dates to its recently announced fall North American tour in support of Redeemer of Souls.  The trek, which kicks off October 1 in Rochester, New York, now extends through a November 22 show in Tacoma, Washington.

Here's the complete, updated list of Priest's North American tour dates:

10/1 - Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
10/3 -- Hammond, IN, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
10/4 -- Louisville, KY, Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
10/6 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre
10/7 -- Rama, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
10/9 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays
10/10 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrah's
10/11 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood's
10/14 -- Lowell, MA, Tsongas Center at UMass
10/15 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
10/17 -- East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center
10/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Petersen Events Center
10/19 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
10/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre
10/22 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center
10/24 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
10/25 -- Portsmouth, VA, nTelos Wireless Pavilion
10/26 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheatre
10/28 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
10/30 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live Arena
11/2 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/4 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Arena
11/6 -- Allen, TX, Allen Event Center
11/7 -- Austin, TX, FunFunFun Fest
11/8 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
11/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
11/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, Jobing Arena
11/13 -- Highland, CA, San Manuel Casino
11/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
11/16 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
11/18 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center
11/19 -- Denver, CO, 1STBANK Center
11/21 -- Boise, ID, CenturyLink Arena
11/22 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome

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Blake Shelton Loves Little Big Town's "Pain Killer" CD

Capitol NashvilleBlake Shelton has had a dose of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer, and apparently he likes it.

Tuesday night, Blake tweeted, “I just heard some [of] what WILL be one of the most important albums in country music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!”

Little Big Town's sixth CD, featuring their hit “Day Drinking,” is due out October 21. Their last CD, Tornado, was one of only ten country albums to sell a million copies last year.

Meanwhile, tickets go on sale this Friday for LBT’s appearance at Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular. Actor John Lithgow will host the concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, with Kristin Chenoweth, Pentatonix and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra also on the bill. The two-hour show will air live on PBS as part of Great Performances at 8 P.M. ET on September 13.

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Man Breaks Into Kennedy Compound in Mass. Looking for Katy Perry

Cliff Lipson/CBSKaty Perry has never been known to hang out with the Kennedy family, but that didn't stop one man from breaking into the family's compound in Massachusetts in search of the singer.

WCVB-TV reports that James Lacroix, a 53-year-old disabled veteran from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, broke into the Hyannisport, Massachusetts home of Ted Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday.  When police responded to the break-in, they found Lacroix sitting on a couch, reading a book and chatting with Kennedy's son. Lacroix, who apparently had been in the home for hours, told them he was looking for Katy Perry, and the late President John F. Kennedy, who once lived in the home.

"He was calm. He was very collected. He knew exactly what he was doing. He was not distressed. He was not that concerned that we were there," said Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald, adding, "It was almost as though he was a friend of the family."  In fact, Kennedy's son thought that Lacroix was a friend of the family.

Lacroix is being charged with breaking and entering and trespassing.  His arraignment was delayed pending a mental evaluation.

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