PEOPLE: Johnny Cash memorabilia up for auction

Johnny Cash memorabilia up for auction

LOS ANGELES -- The man in black will be bringing in some green when Johnny Cash's guitars, costumes, handwritten lyrics and personal belongings go on the auction block.

The embroidered blue jumpsuit Cash wore to rehearse for his infamous performance at San Quentin State Prison is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000. Also up for sale are vintage guitars, a harmonica, Cash's passport and briefcase, and pages and pages of handwritten lyrics, notes and poems.

The items will be on view in Los Angeles before the Dec. 5 sale, administered by Julien's Auctions. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the Recording Academy's charity for musicians in need.

NY judge who was model for 'Bonfire' dies

NEW YORK -- Burton B. Roberts, the outspoken judge who was the model for the cranky jurist in ''The Bonfire of the Vanities,'' has died. He was 88.

The Hebrew Home for the Aged in the Bronx said Monday that Roberts, a resident there, died Sunday.

Roberts spent a half-century in public service law as a prosecutor, judge and chief administrative judge in the Bronx.

Roberts was the model for Myron Kovitsky, a rare hero in Tom Wolfe's acclaimed novel ''The Bonfire of the Vanities.'' Both the real and the fictional judges were famous for their tempers and rants from the bench.

But Roberts was also greatly admired for his compassion, his sense of justice and his legal acumen.

NPR chief says sorry for how firing handled

NEW YORK -- NPR's chief executive says she's sorry for the way analyst Juan Williams' dismissal was handled -- but she's not sorry for firing him.

Vivian Schiller sent an apology to NPR staff members Sunday night. She says Williams deserved a face-to-face meeting to hear his contract as an analyst was being terminated for remarks he made on Fox News Channel.

Williams was fired for saying that he gets nervous when he's on a plane and sees people in clothing that identifies them as Muslim.