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Attorney writing book

NEW YORK — The defense attorney for the late Aaron Hernandez is writing a book about the former NFL star and promises “shocking revelations.”

Jose Baez’s “Unneces-sary Roughness: The Life and Death of Aaron Hernandez” is coming out Aug. 21, Hachette Books told The Associa-ted Press on Tuesday. The book was written with the cooperation of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. According to Hachette, “Unnecessary Roughness” will be the “definitive, insider” story on Hernandez.

Hernandez, a former standout tight end for the New England Patriots, was found hanging in his cell last April 19, hours before his ex-teammates were due to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The 27-year-old athlete had been serving life without parole for a 2013 murder.

Pres. regrets comments

NEW YORK — Recording Academy President Neil Portnow says his comments following the 60th annual Grammy Awards were taken out of context after he was criticized for saying women in the music industry need to “step up.”

In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Portnow says he regrettably used the words “step up” and that the words were taken out of context and neither convey his beliefs nor the point he was trying to make. The show ended Sunday with only two female winners onstage. He says the music industry must recognize that female musicians “face barriers that men have never faced.”

The Associated Press