Harper Lee among inductees for Alabama Writers Hall of Fame


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is among the inaugural inductees for the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

The 89-year-old Lee and 11 other writers are being honored as the hall’s first class Monday night in Tuscaloosa.

The honor comes weeks before the release of Lee’s second book, “Go Set a Watchman.” It was finished before the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Mockingbird” but takes place 20 years later. “Watchman” again features Atticus Finch, Scout, and others from her first beloved novel about racial injustice in the Deep South. Lee’s agreement to release the book stunned the literary world.

It was unclear whether Lee would attend Monday.

The inductees who are still living are Lee, author Rick Bragg, poets Sonia Sanchez and Andrew Glaze, and novelist Sena Jeter Naslund.

Posthumous inductees include Helen Keller and William March.

Teen daughter of ‘Queen of Versailles’ stars dies in Florida

WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) — The 18-year-old daughter of the stars of the documentary “Queen of Versailles” died after being found unresponsive at their home near Orlando on Saturday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Victoria Siegel was found by deputies at the family’s home in Windermere on Saturday afternoon, sheriff’s office spokesman Jeff Williamson said. She was declared dead at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee a short time later. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

She was the daughter of David and Jackie Siegel, stars of Lauren Greenfield’s 2012 documentary, “Queen of Versailles,” which followed them as they built a second 90,000-square-foot mansion. David Siegel later sued Greenfield for “false and defamatory statements” but lost the lawsuit in March 2014.

David Siegel is the founder of Orlando-based time-share company Westgate Resorts. His wife is a former Mrs. Florida America.

David Siegel told investigators he will make a statement regarding his daughter’s death in the coming days. He said the family is requesting privacy.

Lawyers get more time in fight over Robin Williams’ estate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams’ wife and children have resolved differences over how to split up thousands of the late actor’s personal items, but they remain at odds over some clothing and money to maintain one of his homes, attorneys said at a court hearing Monday.

Meredith Bushnell, an attorney for Williams’ children from previous marriages — Zachary, Zelda and Cody — said about 300 personal items are in dispute after the two sides met with a mediator at a judge’s suggestion.

Williams’ wife, Susan Williams, would like to keep items such as her husband’s slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts, her attorney, James Wagstaffe, said after the hearing.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng gave the two sides until the end of July to resolve the differences but said he was encouraged by the progress they had made.

The sides also need to resolve the value of a reserve fund to allow Susan Williams to maintain the San Francisco Bay Area home that the actor left to her, Wagstaffe said. The couple shared the home where the actor hanged himself in August, and he left instructions that she receive enough money to keep it up through her lifetime.

A second appraisal on the property in Tiburon is expected to be completed soon.

“I’m representing an emotionally grieving widow who’s trying to honor her husband’s wishes,” Wagstaffe told the judge.

Bushnell accused Susan Williams of “delay tactics.”

Robin Williams left most of his estate to his three children, including the proceeds from the sale of a Napa County home and property.

In papers filed in December, Susan Williams said the contents of the Tiburon home should be excluded from the items the actor left his children.

Williams’ children countered that Susan Williams was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of items that their father clearly intended them to have.

They said the belongings include clothing, watches, photos taken prior to his marriage to Susan Williams, and entertainment awards.

Multiple trucks have come to the Tiburon home to remove personal items, Wagstaffe said.

He characterized what Susan Williams was seeking as a “small bucket of water from a lake,” saying Robin Williams had left his three children and a former wife over $100 million.

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