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PEOPLE: War planes to be the star in WWII museum expansion

War planes to be the star in WWII museum expansion

NEW ORLEANS -- Bombers and torpedo planes will be the stars of the latest expansion of the National World War II Museum, and visitors will be able to get close-up views of the war planes on elevated catwalks.

Construction of the new $35 million exhibit will be formally announced today. One of Boeing Co.'s most famous World War II aircraft, the B-17G Flying Fortress heavy bomber, will be a centerpiece of the new exhibit.

The B-17G is recognizable by the nose turret designed to defend against oncoming attacks by fighter aircraft.

Will Forte leaving 'SNL'

NEW YORK -- Will Forte is leaving ''Saturday Night Live'' after eight seasons.

Forte's publicist Lewis Kay said Thursday that Forte is moving on from ''SNL'' ''to pursue other opportunities.''

NBC declined to comment.

Kay said Forte was ''eternally grateful'' to producer Lorne Michaels and to ''all the incredible people he worked with over the years.''

Forte's exit from the show was first reported by The New York Times on it website.

The 40-year-old Forte starred in and co-wrote the ''SNL'' spinoff film ''MacGruber,'' which was released in May.

Vince Gill to headline Fla. tourism concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country star Vince Gill will headline a free outdoor concert next month to promote tourism on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Dawn Moliterno, a Walton County tourism official, said Thursday in a statement released by Gill's publicist that the concert will help communities in the area with much needed economic recovery.

Set to the backdrop of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Sept. 25 concert will be held at The Links Golf Course driving range at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. It's been labeled ''Back to the Beach.''