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JFK house celebrates Rosemary Kennedy’s 100th birthday with talk, book signing

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The boyhood home of President John F. Kennedy in Massachusetts is celebrating the 100th birthday of his oldest sister, Rosemary Kennedy.

The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is marking Sept. 13 with a talk and book signing by Kate Clifford Larson, author of “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter.”

Guided tours and a film also will touch on Rosemary’s early life.

Rosemary Kennedy was Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s first daughter. She was born with intellectual disabilities and underwent a failed lobotomy ordered by her father.

Kennedy spent much of her life institutionalized in Wisconsin and her family rarely discussed her publicly. She died in 2005 in Wisconsin at the age of 86.

Rascals’ guitarist Cornish recovering

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A publicist says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals is in good spirits at a Montana hospital after collapsing during a concert.

Melissa Kucirek says the 74-year-old Cornish is expected to be released from a Billings hospital on Wednesday.

She said Sunday that “he’s on the path to a speedy recovery” and is eager to get back on stage.

Kucirek says she didn’t know what caused Cornish to collapse Friday at a show in Billings.

She says that “Gene would like everyone to know that he so appreciates the prayers and well-wishes.”

Cornish, keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, singer Eddie Brigati and drummer Dino Danelli formed The Rascals in 1965.

Their hits include “Good Lovin” and “People Got to Be Free.”

They were inducted into the hall in 1997.

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