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Rock Hall induction: What to watch for on HBO tonight

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Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, the late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1970s hitmaking band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes were also part of the 2017 class inducted. USA TODAY


David Letterman speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy, (Credit too long, see caption))

NEW YORK — Rock 'n' roll doesn't throw many parties like the yearly Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

The genre's royalty gathered Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to welcome the 2017 Rock Hall class, an esteemed group consisting of Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Yes, Journey and Nile Rodgers.

From all-star tributes to Chuck Berry, Prince and Tupac, to the night's most emotional speeches, here are the eight moments to watch for when the Rock Hall induction ceremony premieres on HBO on April 29 (8 ET/PT).


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A tribute to Chuck Berry

The festivities kicked off with an all-star tribute to Chuck Berry, recognized as the first musician the Rock Hall ever inducted.

Following a video presentation remembering Berry's life, ELO’s Jeff Lynne took the stage minutes before his own band was inducted into the Rock Hall, honoring Berry with his own take on Roll Over Beethoven .

Joan Baez gets political

When Joan Baez’s folk-music peer Jackson Browne took the stage to induct the legendary protest singer into the Rock Hall, he acknowledged that the recognition was “long, long overdue.”

In a touching speech, where he admitted Baez’s was the first album he ever bought as a young music fan, Browne spoke about how her music’s dedication to social justice is still relevant in today’s political climate. “When I hear (her recordings) now, I feel a deep sadness that the songs are as needed now as then, now more than ever,” he said. “The changes that began happening in the ‘60s are still happening ... we need to be as empowered now as we were then.”

Baez’s speech touched on the same political themes as Browne’s, as she spoke about her history of representing disempowered parties in both her music and her activism.

She also dedicated her speech to her granddaughter, who she said “had no idea who I was until I took her backstage at a Taylor Swift concert,” only to have the younger pop star greet her warmly. “I want my granddaughter to know I fought against an evil tide and had the masses on my side,” Baez said.

An all-star hip-hop tribute to Tupac Shakur

In a candid and touching remembrance for his former labelmate and close friend, Snoop Dogg tackled the duties of inducting Tupac Shakur into the Rock Hall, recalling the pair’s rise through ‘90s hip hop together in a six-minute speech.

Snoop remembered how Pac gave him his first blunt, accompanied him on an unexpected


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Be careful before posting about your 10 concerts

Be careful before posting about your 10 concerts

Facebook is vowing to shut down "information operators" after a new report from the social media giant acknowledged that its platform was exploited by governments and other interests to manipulate public opinion, including during the presidential elections in the U.S. and in France.   (Photo: Carl Court, Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Before you join in with the social media crowd and let everyone know about the first concert you attended, you might think twice — hackers would love to have this information.

This week, one of the most popular Facebook memes had people asking friends to figure out which of 10 concerts they didn’t really attend — and they’ve often been accompanied by a note about the first concert they ever saw.

This is a common security question — along with the name of the street you grew up on and your first job — and it’s the sort of information that hackers can use to break into your online ID.

“I typically advise people not to answer those questions. It’s not worth it,” says Tom Gorup, director of security operations for Rook Security in Indianapolis.

He believes the Facebook meme probably started as good-natured fun — like the recent Ice Bucket Challenge for charity — but as it grew in popularity, it probably signaled to hackers that good, readily available online information was there for plucking.

“If I’m a hacker, I’m taking full advantage of this,” says Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst with Forrester Research. Her advice — delete the concert posts today or set them to private. “Don’t make those kinds of answers about your life public.”

The situation calls into question the use of security questions, which are often used by banks and other financial institutions to guarantee your identity. Experts say don’t answer them — opt for an impossible to answer password instead.

“A bank asks to know my mother’s maiden name — spend 10 minutes online and you can find it out,” says Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane, a popular password manager. He instead generates a password of numbers, letters and symbols that would make no sense to anyone, and stores it within his Dashlane manager. “This will never be guessed by anyone, because it can’t,” he says.

Andy Williams, a New York based photographer, said on Facebook Saturday that he deals with security questions by answering with lies.

"First kiss: Farrah Fawcett", "Favorite Color: polka dot", Street You Grew Up On: banana", "Mother's maiden name: thermostat."

Finally, not everyone is spooked.

“I just don't think most of us are that stupid to post something publicly that would be an answer to a security question,” said Theresa Corigliano, a Los Angeles writer, on Facebook Saturday.

“I think we’re all getting a little paranoid,” says Per Thorsheim, a Norway based security expert. “People said you should never post on Facebook that you’re going on vacation and when you’re coming back, because someone will read that and come clean you out, but I do it all the time, and I have had no problem posting vacation photos.”


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Jailed N.C. missionary living 'dark days' in Turkey

BLACK MOUNTAIN – Andrew Brunson spoke frankly about his mission work when members of Montreat's Christ Community Church traveled to see him in Turkey three years ago.

Some days he saw progress in leading his church of a few dozen people while also aiding refugees on the country’s border with Syria. Other days he felt discouraged.

Being a missionary in a foreign country is "a very tough row to plow," the Rev. Edward Brouwer, a Brunson friend who made that trip along with seven other Christ Community members, recalled in a recent interview. Brouwer himself served as a missionary in the Philippines.

"He was quite honest with the fact that in the 20 years he had been there, he had been up and down," Brouwer said.

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The Rev. Andrew Brunson, who has family in Black Mountain and has been supported by Christ Community Church in Montreat, has been jailed in Turkey since October on charges of associating with a terrorist organization. Mark Barrett

Life for the minister with Black Mountain ties got tougher still last October when the Turkish government jailed him on a charge of belonging to a terrorist organization.

He has been there since, making his fate the subject of discussions among Turkish and U.S. government officials and the prayers of hundreds of people back home in Montreat and Black Mountain.

People who know Brunson say the charge is absurd.

"Somebody is making false accusations about him. To what end, I don't know," said the Rev. Richard White, senior pastor at Christ Community, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church congregation.

Brunson's parents are members of Christ Community and the church financially supports the ministry of Brunson and his wife, Norine, in Turkey. She is in that country now, trying to win her husband's release.

Some experts say internal politics in Turkey and the state of U.S.-Turkey relations means it could be a long time before Turkish officials decide whether Brunson, 49, has done anything wrong and whether to release him.

A country in turmoil

Turkey has been in a state of emergency since a failed coup attempt last July and thousands of people have been detained on politically related charges.

The country’s government extended emergency status for another three months following the narrow and disputed passage of a referendum that gives President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extraordinary powers.

As opponents of the increasingly authoritarian Erdoğan (pronounced Err-doe-ahn) protest the results, "Paranoia is still going to be there" among Turkish authorities, said Birol Ali Yesilada, a political scientist who heads the Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Jailed N.C. missionary living 'dark days' in Turkey

Police officers escort people, arrested because of suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey, April 26. Police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining hundreds of people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The suspects are allegedly Gulen operatives who directed followers within the police force.
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"They may start cracking down even more. This is really an

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