PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Storm damages Ohio oak from 'Shawshank Redemption'

Storm damages Ohio oak from 'Shawshank Redemption'

MANSFIELD, Ohio -- A large oak tree that played a key role near the end of ''The Shawshank Redemption'' was heavily damaged during a storm last week.

The 1994 movie was filmed in and around the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield in north-central Ohio. The tree is where Morgan Freeman's character finds money and a note left by Tim Robbins' character.

The tree was hit Friday by straight-line winds that split it down its rotted middle and took out one side, Malabar Farm State Park manager Louis Andres told the News Journal of Mansfield.

The tree near the state park is popular with tourists and is part of the local convention and visitors bureau's ''Shawshank Trail'' that also includes the former reformatory that closed in 1990 and is now a museum.

MSNBC chief lauds Sharpton but no job offer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The president of MSNBC said the Rev. Al Sharpton's possible hiring doesn't represent a conflict of interest for the cable channel.

Last year, Sharpton weighed in on behalf of Comcast Corp. as the government scrutinized the company's ultimately successful takeover of NBCUniversal. Sharpton, the head of the National Action Network civil rights group, was among minority representatives approached by Comcast executives for support.

Griffin noted Tuesday that Sharpton has been appearing on MSNBC since the network began 15 years ago. Whether he'll join the network is undecided, Griffin told the Television Critics Association on Tuesday.

Gospel singer Delois Barrett Campbell dies

CHICAGO -- When she sang ''Fly Away,'' Delois Barrett Campbell's voice soared to the church rafters and her joy raised the roof.

The gospel legend was the oldest of the three singing Barrett Sisters, who electrified audiences worldwide with their powerful harmonies. She died Tuesday at a Chicago hospital at age 85, daughter Mary Campbell said. Delois Campbell's health had been deteriorating and she had been hospitalized at least twice in recent months.