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Legendary gospel songwriter and performer Andrae Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, his publicist Brian Mayes confirmed. Crouch was admitted to the hospital Saturday after suffering a heart attack. The seven-time Grammy award winner is known for penning gospel favorites like “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” ”My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “Soon and Very Soon.” He also arranged music for Disney’s The Lion King, the film adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, and helped Michael Jackson with his 1987 hit “Man in the Mirror.” He was 72. Read more about Crouch’s legacy here… [AP]

A bridal shop in Cleveland was forced to go out of business following a visit from the Texas nurse who contracted Ebola from patient Thomas Eric Duncan. Amber Vinson was treating Duncan — the first person to die of the deadly virus on U.S. soil — when she flew to Cleveland (with permission from the CDC) to visit Coming Attractions for her wedding dress. But after she tested positive for the virus and her case went public, customers stopped coming to the store in fear of catching the virus. “I am sad to announce that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal is being forced to wind down its operations after thirty years of service due to the devastating effect that recent events have had on our business,” owner Anna Younker said. “Despite our best efforts, we simply have been unable to recover.” Note: there are no traces of Ebola at the wedding dress shop. Read about it here… [Gawker]

And this happened. Three 9-year-old fourth grade students at an upstate New York school plotted to kill their teacher with hand sanitizer — a common household item highly allergic to the teacher. The students, upset at their “mean” teacher, discussed putting antibacterial products around the classroom. The sheriff’s department decided the plot to kill the Elba Elementary School teacher was “idle chatter,” refusing to charge the students with a crime. Read about it here… [NYDailyNews]

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