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Rappers charged with indecency

Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule were charged Thursday in Jamaica with using indecent language during performances in the recent Sumfest music festival in the resort town of Montego Bay.

Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule will be asked to appear in a magistrate's court on Sep. 27 to face the profanity charges. The summons will be served to their agents in Jamaica, since the two performers already left for the United States, police said. Snoop Dogg performed on Aug. 4 and Ja Rule the next day.

Cosby thanks teachers

Bill Cosby had words of encouragement and advice for Colorado educators.

"You happen to be that which makes the world go around," Cosby told more than 900 teachers, principals and superintendents Wednesday in Denver.

Cosby, 64, honored his sixth-grade teacher, Mary Forchic, at the inaugural fund-raiser for the Thank-a-Teacher education scholarships.

The University of Colorado-Denver School of Education sponsored the banquet, which kicked off a new university program that allows people to post tributes to teachers on its Web site, www.thank-a-teacher.com, in exchange for a $100 donation. Proceeds will be used for teacher-education scholarships at the university and, later, at other schools.

Hamill not striking back

Despite the light sabers and other props, Mark Hamill says he isn't taking specific aim at his "Star Wars" character in Kevin Smith's new film, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."

Hamill, 49, played Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' "Star Wars" in 1977. He also appeared in two sequels, 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" and 1983's "Return of the Jedi."

"I don't think I'm really going to get in trouble with all the Lucas-film fundamentalists," Hamill says. "He's not that character, he's a pompous actor who's on like a "Batman"-like TV show, and that's the way I approached it."

Hamill's co-star in the "Star Wars" trilogy, Carrie Fisher, makes a cameo as a nun.

Go to the head of the class

Jerry Hall is going back to school � and she has an edge over her classmates.

The Texas-born model and former partner of Mick Jagger said Wednesday that she is studying for an arts degree, with modules in fine art and music, at Britain's Open University.

"I will be studying Andy Warhol and I think we will also be learning about the Rolling Stones, which is something I think I've got a good head start at," said Hall, whose 20-year relationship with the Stones' frontman produced four children.

"It's something I've always wanted to do, it's just for me," said Hall, who last year starred in London's West End as seductress Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate."

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