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Jon Hamm, a St. Louis native, says he hopes "cooler heads prevail" in the Missouri city of Ferguson and "people come through it for the better."

Talking about the riots that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Hamm says “it’s difficult to watch because it’s my hometown.”

But the “Mad Men” star supports the protesters. He says “they have a legitimate reason to protest and they’re exercising their right to do that and so hopefully, in the end, people will come through it stronger.”

He said cities should not “be measured on how they have failed, but how they get through and how they clean up after their mistakes.”

Hamm was in London for a screening Thursday of the movie “Million Dollar Arm.”

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Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards.

Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday.

The event will celebrate ASCAP’s 100th anniversary. It’s also the first fundraiser benefiting the ASCAP Foundation.

The five honorees will attend the gala, where other artists will perform in tribute. ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, who recently won Grammy Awards for co-writing Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” will host the event.

Williams says in a statement the honorees have created songs “that have touched the lives of people across the globe.”

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