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Franklin released from the hospital

By wire services
Published March 25, 2004

DETROIT - Aretha Franklin was released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated for an allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Franklin was admitted to Sinai-Grace Hospital Saturday after she coughed up some blood while on her tour bus, which was returning to the Detroit area from Chicago, her doctor, Claud Young, told WDIV-TV.

Young said it appears Franklin had an allergic reaction to penicillin she took while on the road. He said the singer was put on medication that brought her platelet level back to normal. Young has said Franklin's illness appears to be an isolated event.

Franklin smiled, waved and gave a thumbs-up to fans who gathered at the hospital when she was released.

"Love you back," she told well-wishers before getting into her limousine.

The legendary singer turns 62 on Thursday.

Brown jailed in Mass. until he pays child support

CANTON, Mass. - A family court judge ordered R&B singer Bobby Brown jailed for 90 days or until he pays $63,500 in child support he owes the mother of two children he fathered.

Brown, released from a Georgia jail early so he could attend the contempt hearing, cried as he was led from the courtroom. He was to be jailed in the Norfolk County House of Correction.

Judge Paula Carey issued the ruling after Brown, husband of singer Whitney Houston, testified he was unable to pay support he owes for children, now 12 and 14, that he fathered with Kim Ward of Stoughton.

Brown, a Roxbury native, was released Monday, three days early, from the Georgia jail where he had been serving a 60-day sentence on a probation violation stemming from a drunken driving charge.

Brown, 35, also is charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly hit Houston, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut lip. He is scheduled to appear May 5 in a Fulton County, Ga., court on that charge.

Keith leads Flameworthy nominations

NASHVILLE - Toby Keith received a leading four nominations for Country Music Television's Flameworthy Video Music Awards, while Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson picked up three each.

The fan-voted awards show airs live from Nashville 8-10 p.m. April 21. CMT released the list of nominees Wednesday.

Country music icon Dolly Parton will host the show, which has a more irreverent style than other country music events.

It's closer in tone to its sister networks MTV and VH1 than to the award shows by Country Music Association or the Academy of Country Music.

Last year's award show drew one of the largest audiences in CMT's history with more than 8.3-million viewers.

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