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SINGER MICHELLE SHOCKED MAKES ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked has had several shows canceled after making an anti-gay slur at a San Francisco concert.

Yoshi's San Francisco Director of Marketing Lisa Bautista told The Associated Press that Shocked had just begun her second set Sunday night when she made comments that included the slur.

The venue muted her microphone, dimmed the lights and announced the show was over.

Bautista said Tuesday she was told people in the audience asked Shocked to stop and walked out.

Shocked was scheduled to perform at the Hopmonk Tavern in Novato, but the Marin Independent Journal reports the March 29 show was canceled.

At least four other shows also have been canceled, including one in Boulder, Colo., in May for the radio show eTown.

FEE PROPOSED FOR PUBLIC COURT RECORD ACCESS: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — A proposal by the state's judicial branch to charge $10 to view a public file at the Santa Rosa courthouse is being criticized by those who say it would limit access to public information.

A spokesman for the Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the courts said the search fee would generate $6 million annually.

But open government advocates and some journalists say it will create an unfair financial barrier to public documents.

The new search fee is among 11 recommendations from a panel of judges, lawyers and legislators that have been sent to Sacramento for inclusion in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget.

The newspaper says the proposals are expected to raise $30 million statewide.

ARREST IN KILLING OF SF NEWSPAPER VENDOR : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a suspect in the fatal attack on a 77-year-old newspaper vendor who was an early-morning fixture near a San Francisco BART station.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Mark Anthony Cassell on Wednesday after recognizing him from a crime bulletin. Cassell, believed to be a transient, was booked on suspicion of murder.

Investigators say Cassell allegedly lifted Dallas Ayers on Jan. 28 without warning and dropped him to the pavement near Market and Montgomery streets before running away.

Ayers, who had sold Chronicles for three decades, suffered hip injuries and died later at a hospital.

Manfredi said Monday that detectives do not have a motive for the attack.