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Judge drops charge against Bowie's Wayna

A judge has dismissed a charge against Wayna, the Grammy-nominated local indie soul singer, after she was arrested at a Houston airport for trying to bring a collapsible police baton through security.

The Bowie-based artist was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon Wednesday. The third-degree felony charge was dropped Friday. Wayna, who did not attend the hearing, uses the baton as a prop while performing.

Houston police said Thursday that security guards at Bush International Airport discovered the 24-inch baton in her carry-on bag.

Rapper T.I. sentenced to year on gun charges

Rapper T.I. was sentenced Friday in Atlanta to one year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges after he tried to buy a stash of unregistered machine guns and silencers to protect himself after his best friend was killed.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, will also pay a $100,000 fine. He was arrested in 2007.

He pleaded guilty last March to the federal weapons charges but wasn't sentenced until Friday as part of a deal to see if he would be successful in performing community service by speaking to youths about the pitfalls of drugs, violence and guns.

He is supposed to report to prison sometime after May 19. He had faced a possible maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

Holly Madison sees doctor for rib-area pain

Holly Madison is in a world of hurt on Dancing With the Stars.

A representative for the reality star said she began feeling pain in her ribs last week while rehearsing the samba for the ABC dance competition.

Madison saw a doctor Thursday and was prescribed medication, publicist Steve Flynn says. Madison will rest when she can and expects to dance on Monday's show.

A star of the E! reality show The Girls Next Door, Madison replaced Jewel after the singer suffered fractures in both legs.

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today's birthdays

Movie director Mike Newell, 67

Actress Dianne Wiest, 61

Country singer Reba McEntire, 54

Movie director Brett Ratner, 40

Actress Julia Stiles, 28

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