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He had a major hand in the Sex Pistols' success, serving as the seminal punk band's manager, but Malcolm McLaren, who died of mesothelioma Thursday at 64, had a few other tricks up his sleeve at his prime.

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Author Salman Rushdie is once again the subject of controversy -- a position the "Satanic Verses" scribe is familiar with, to say the least. The decision by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to knight Rushdie last weekend drew criticism from Muslims who disagreed with the message of his most notorious novel, including members of Pakistan's parliament.

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Eighteen years after the publication of Salman Rushdie's explosively controversial novel "The Satanic Verses" -- which led to widespread criticism by Muslims and a death threat ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini -- the Indian-born writer has been singled out for a much more desirable form of official recognition: Rushdie has been knighted by the queen of England.

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