With Willard Scott announcing his retirement, centenarians will have to look elsewhere for a salute.
The longtime television weather forecaster, a fixture on NBC's "Today" show for 35 years, said Friday that he's hanging it up. The morning show plans a tribute to his work on Tuesday.
The genial 81-year-old Scott delivered weather forecasts until Al Roker took over that role. In recent years, he's appeared once or twice a week to mark the birthdays of viewers who had reached 100 years old or beyond. He began working at NBC as a 16-year-old page in the network's Washington bureau.
The show's anchors on Friday took note of a memorable Scott moment. He was stationed on the street during President George H.W. Bush's inaugural parade in 1989, when the new first lady, Barbara Bush, peeled away from the route to give him a kiss.
"America's first family chose to single out America's weatherman and I remember smiling from ear to ear at that moment for Willard," said "Today" anchor Matt Lauer.
Rushdie wins Mailer Prize
Salman Rushdie is this year's recipient of the Mailer Prize for lifetime achievement. The author of "Midnight's Children," "The Satanic Verses" and other novels was presented his award by Laurie Anderson at a ceremony Thursday night at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the New York City borough where Norman Mailer was raised and lived off and on until his death in 2007. "It's kind of great to be standing here in Norman Mailer's shadow," Rushdie said.
Sad news: A medical examiner will perform toxicology and other tests to determine what killed the person believed to be NFL quarterback Jay Cutler's brother-in-law, who was found dead in an isolated part of southern Utah. Authorities discovered the body nearly two weeks after a rancher found Michael Cavallari's car abandoned. Cavallari, 30, is reality TV personality Kristin Cavallari's brother.
For the defense: Nicki Minaj promised to keep boyfriend Meek Mill on the straight and narrow as a judge threatened jail over his latest parole infractions. Minaj testified in Philadelphia after a defense lawyer said the couple was discussing marriage. Prosecutors said Mill violated parole in a 2009 drug and gun case by repeatedly changing his travel schedule and ducking a drug test.
Banned: A suburban Philadelphia school is removing "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from its 11th grade curriculum, saying the language and portrayal of blacks makes students uncomfortable. Friends' Central School decided the "community costs" of reading Mark Twain's 1885 classic outweigh the literary benefits. Art Hall, principal of the school in Wynnewood, said the book's use of racial slurs was "challenging for some students, who felt the school was not being inclusive."