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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Updated: 6:52 AM

Baldwin donates $1M to library

EAST HAMPTON (AP) -- Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $1 million to the East Hampton public library.

Library officials say the gift brings them "close to the finish line" for the library's expansion.

Newsday reports that it has taken the library a decade to raise the $6.2 million for the project.

Baldwin is a resident of neighboring Amagansett.

He has made two other donations to the library -- $250,000 in 2011 and $10,000 in 2010.

The library's new 60-seat auditorium will be named the Baldwin Family Lecture Room. It will be a high-tech facility where patrons can link to the New York Public Library and cultural organizations around the globe.

It's expected to be finished by spring.

Chastain discusses possible bio dad

NEW YORK (AP) -- Early this year as Jessica Chastain was in the midst of an Oscar blitz for "Zero Dark Thirty," media outlets picked up a story that her biological father, a musician named Michael Monasterio, had died. Chastain did not attend the funeral and she did not comment publicly on his death.

In Vogue's December issue, Chastain calls the attention "very difficult." She says no father is listed on her birth certificate and there's "no proof of anything." She says she remained silent at the time out of respect for her stepfather, Michael Hastey.

She calls Hastey "one of the greatest people" she knows and says when he came into her life it was the "first time I had felt security."

Vogue's Dec. issue goes on sale Nov. 19.

ABC's Robach to have mastectomy

NEW YORK (AP) -- A month after undergoing a mammogram on "Good Morning America," ABC's Amy Robach said Monday she has breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery this week.

The 40-year-old correspondent admitted she had been reluctant to have the public mammogram but went ahead after "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts told her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.

"It never occurred to me that life would be mine," she said.

Robach joined ABC in 2012 from NBC, where she was a "Weekend Today" host. She logged considerable time with the cast of ABC's top-rated morning show, filling in for Roberts, who has fought back from a serious blood and bone marrow disease.

Producers chose her for the mammogram story because, at 40, she's at the age when it's recommended that women regularly check for breast cancer.

In her original story, she emerged from her mammogram telling Roberts and her "GMA" colleagues that it hurt much less than she thought it would. A few weeks later, she returned for what she thought would be some follow-up images only to learn she had cancer.

Lennon's detention sheets on the block

LONDON (AP) -- John Lennon apparently wasn't an advocate of peace and love in high school.

A pair of the late Beatle's detention sheets show him being punished for "fighting in class," "shoving" and being a general nuisance.

The sheets from Quarry Bank High School for Boys in Liverpool are to be sold online by TracksAuction.com later this month.

One of the sheets says Lennon showed "just no interest whatsoever" in school.

The company said Monday that the detention sheets date from 1955 and 1956.

Despite his poor school record, Lennon went on to co-write some of the most memorable pop songs in music history.

     

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