A Grave Accusation

The death of R.-and-B. singer Aaliyah in a small-plane crash last August was a sad event for everyone in the music world, but it has had a particularly bad aftertaste for one small business: Butlers' Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Nassau, the Bahamas. Loretta Turner, the funeral-home director, told TIME that Virgin Records, the singer's label, is reneging on a verbal agreement to pay the costs of preparation and transport of the bodies of Aaliyah and eight members of her entourage who died in the crash. The mortuary is out $68,000.

"Virgin has indicated to us that they will not honor...

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