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Writers get honors from PEN Center

Playwright David Rabe, journalist and critic James Wolcott and poet Frank Bidart are among this year's winners of awards given out by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization.

Ron Childress' “And West is West” won the $25,000 PEN/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction. Wolcott received a $10,000 “Art of the Essay” prize for his collection “Critical Mass.” Rabe won the $7,500 “Master Dramatist” prize. He's known for “Hurly Burly” and “Sticks and Bones,” among other plays.

Bidart was awarded $5,000 for his “distinguished and growing body of work.”

Parole denied

A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release.

A prison spokeswoman said Wednesday that Freddie Glenn's parole request has been denied for now.

The Denver Post reports Glenn was tearful at times as he apologized during Tuesday's parole hearing. He was 18 at the time of Karen Grammer's death and said he thinks he deserves a second chance.

Kelsey Grammer says he accepted Glenn's apology, but endorsing his release would be a “betrayal of my sister's life.”

Longacre record

James Franco's play “Of Mice and Men” has left Broadway with a roar – a box office record.

The show, co-starring Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester, said Monday it earned $1,038,106 for the week ending Sunday, setting a new eight-performance weekly record gross at the Longacre Theatre and marking the first time the theater ever housed a show that crossed the $1 million mark.

'Pawn Star' plan

The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show “Pawn Stars” could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop co-owner Rick Harrison has drawn up plans for a Pawn Star Plaza shopping center that could boast six restaurants and about 16 small shops.

“We have always tried to improve our customer experience while waiting in line,” Spyer said, pointing to misters, benches and a hot dog stand at the premises. “Now we intend to take it to the next level.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Don Murray is 85. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 79. Actress Susan Flannery is 75. Singer Lobo is 71. Singer Gary Lewis is 69. Actor Wesley Snipes is 52. Musician Fatboy Slim is 51. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is 49. Actor Dean Cain is 48. Singer Zac Brown is 36. Actor B.J. Novak is 35. Actor Rico Rodriguez is 16.

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