News Roundup: Sept. 19

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ABC News decided on Tuesday that airing footage of the World Trade Center plane attacks was now “inappropriate,” according to ABC spokeswoman Su-Lin Cheng Nichols. “People will remember these images forever whether we put them on or not,” she said. “It’s no longer a public service to continue to air them.” According to The Associated Press, ABC will only air the footage with the approval of the network’s news chief.

Jay Leno‘s The Tonight Show resumed production on Tuesday night, with Leno opening the show standing beside a large video screen displaying the American flag. He welcomed Senator John McCain and Crosby, Stills and Nash, who performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Speaking of his hosting job, Leno remarked, “In a world where people fly airplanes into buildings for the sole purpose of killing innocent people, a job like this seems incredibly irrelevant.” Leno‘s comments come one night after news anchor Dan Rather broke down on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Whitney Houston will re-release her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to the AP. Record company Arista will produce the single, which should reach stores next week, and the proceeds will benefit the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) is currently writing a song, “Americans United,” to commemorate last week’s terrorist attacks, AP reports. This is not a first for the senator; he has worked with other professional musicians previously, including singer Gladys Knight.

Two books honoring survivors of last Tuesday’s terrorist attacks are on the fast track to publication, according to the AP: God Bless America and 9/11 8:48 AM: Documenting America’s Greatest Tragedy are expected to hit shelves soon.

Singer Liam Gallagher of Oasis recently said he is “never going to America again” and he “ain’t getting on a plane for a long time,” Reuters reports. The group’s press manager called the rocker’s comments about flying, “a perfectly understandable human reaction.”

In Court

Convicted antiques dealer David Michael Bryce will receive his sentence on Oct. 2 for burgularizing model/actress Jerry Hall’s London home, Reuters reports. Bryce was convicted of stealing over $10,000 of Hall’s personal property including a candlestick, a laptop computer and jewelry.

In General

Singer Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform two concerts in San Juan, Puerto Rico this weekend, according to the Associated Press. Although a native of New York, Lopez looks forward to singing in the land of her cultural heritage. “For my music and my people,” she said.

In an auction of rock star memorabilia Tuesday, 200 items went on sale, though not every item met its reserve, including Elvis Presley‘s medical records and the Spice Girls’ sequin-covered stretch limousine. Other items, however, such as Jim Morrison‘s handwritten lyrics, a John Lennon hat and an Elvis drum kit, sold for thousands of dollars, Reuters reports.

Jack Valenti (one of Hollywood’s top lobbyists) intends to broach the subject of digital piracy with Silicon Valley executives Thursday, Variety reports. Studios are concerned about digital TV being broadcast over the Internet, and a Senate bill has been drafted to give the government power to arbitrate between studios and technology firms if the two are unable to reconcile their differences.

The UK actors’ union, Equity, which represents celebs like Ewan McGregor, Julie Walters, and Simon Callow, is considering a strike, according to BBC News. Currently, the actors receive a flat fee when their films are shown on TV or sold on DVD, but they get no additional payments for further screenings. Equity is asking its members not to work on UK feature films starting Dec. 1. staff writer Jason Alcorn contributed to this report