The scene at the Demi Lovato concert in Burlington

Wilmingtons city council is looking into why taxpayer money was used to cover police expenses at the for-profit Foxtail Fest, a hip-hop concert. The concert was organized by a company whose founders include the son of Mayor Dennis P. Williams chief strategy adviser and state Rep. Charles Potter Jr., the mayors cousin. The weeks best news photos Heres a quick way to catch up on the weeks news, through some of our favorite photos. The city picked up the bill for cleanup, emergency services and 20 police officers for security. Williams says other events last weekend also received city services, but the organizers of three other events said they were not treated equally, particularly when it came to security. A joint city council committee meeting on the issue will be held Sept. 30. Williams spokeswoman says he never gave a direct order for one group to get preferential treatment over another. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Better security, mindful artists prevent concert mayhem

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Carter’s bad-luck streak may seem like an anomaly (her Latin American tour has continued without incident and stops in Venezuela tonight and Colombia on Sunday), but in fact, these crazed fan incidents happen to nearly every pop star. Concertgoers have rushed the stage at Miley Cyrus , Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift shows. Justin Bieber was attacked by a fan during a Dubai performance, resulting in an upturned piano. Even One Direction’s Harry Styles suffered a blow to the groin after a concertgoer threw a shoe at him in February. “They want to get as close as possible,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, which covers the concert industry. “It’s just a fan being overly exuberant that could in fact hurt the performer or anyone else around them if they don’t act rationally. But it’s not based on hate or a desire to do the performer harm.” Although most excited devotees don’t present a serious threat, some encounters have ended tragically. One crazed fan charged the stage at a Columbus, Ohio, concert for heavy-metal band Damageplan in 2004, fatally shooting guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and three others. Other incidents have resulted in brutal injuries, such as a fan who was beaten up after climbing onstage at a Snoop Dogg show in 2005 and another who suffered a concussion when Akon threw a prankster onto her at a 2007 show. The key is to “let audiences know what their limitations are,” as Beyonce did by tossing her bottom-slapper out of the Denmark concert, says Paul Wertheimer, founder of Crowd Management Strategies, a safety consulting service specializing in concerts and festivals. Beyonce allowed the fan who grabbed her to stay for the remainder of the show (even shaking his hand and telling him, “It’s all right … Thank you, I love you, too”), but Wertheimer believes it could have sent the wrong signal, potentially emboldening other fans to try similar stunts. “It’s a gamble for an artist when they allow that to occur,” Wertheimer says.

Overdoses Shut Down Amusement Park Concert

Police said the concert began around 6 p.m. and that at 10:30, “it was like a light switch went off” as four people dropped to the ground from drug overdoses. “Something terrible was going on,” said Jeffrey Montville of Middlebury, who lives just a half mile from the park. Three officers working the park attended to the concert-goers. Police said they suspect that the drug in question was 2CP, a powerful hallucinogenic similar to LSD. The drug overheats the body and takes effect about three to five hours after it’s ingested. One of those people was male, either 17 or 18 years old. He was breathless and pulse-less. Officers performed CPR and used a defibrillator. Ambulances rushed to the scene. Crews from Waterbury, Naugatuck, Woodbury and Watertown responded to the amusement park, along with and State police from Troops A and L. K-9 units also canvassed the park to make sure that no victims were overlooked. The situation was secured a little after midnight, according to police. A total of seven people were taken to the hospital for treatment. Four are still in the hospital: two at Saint Marys and two at Waterbury Hospital.

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Here’s a video of the scene at the Burlington Mall, as ticket holders to the Demi Lovato concert began lining up to enter the concert area. The exclusive concert for approximately 2,000 people was sponsored by Microsoft as part of the grand opening of their new store at the mall. Many of the ticket holders waited in line overnight Wednesday, Sept. 18, for the chance to win tickets on a first-come first serve-basis when the store opened the next morning. As ticketholders lined up beginning at noon, representatives from Microsoft, security guards, and Burlington public safety officers ushered the crowd into the concert area, where they were treated to bottled water and samples from eateries at the mall. T.J., a radio personality from 103.3 AMP entertained the crowd with music and raffle giveaways before Lovato took the stage just after 2 p.m. Here’s a video of the scene at the Burlington Mall, as ticket holders to the Demi Lovato concert began lining up to enter the concert area. The exclusive concert for approximately 2,000 people was sponsored by Microsoft as part of the grand opening of their new store at the mall. Many of the ticket holders waited in line overnight Wednesday, Sept. 18, for the chance to win tickets on a first-come first serve-basis when the store opened the next morning. As ticketholders lined up beginning at noon, representatives from Microsoft, security guards, and Burlington public safety officers ushered the crowd into the concert area, where they were treated to bottled water and samples from eateries at the mall. T.J., a radio personality from 103.3 AMP entertained the crowd with music and raffle giveaways before Lovato took the stage just after 2 p.m.