Bleeth admits cocaine possession

Detroit � Former "Baywatch" star Yasmine Bleeth pleaded guilty Friday to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired.

As part of a plea agreement, the actress would serve two years of probation, which includes a drug screening evaluation and regular drug tests.

"I was driving under the influence of narcotics. Cocaine, your honor," Bleeth told Judge Karen Fort Hood, who scheduled sentencing for Jan. 9.

Bleeth had been charged with possession of cocaine, a four-year felony, and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of narcotics, a misdemeanor.

The 33-year-old actress spent the night in jail in Romulus, near Detroit Metropolitan Airport, after patrol officers found what they suspected was cocaine in her purse during their investigation of a car accident on Sept. 12. Charges also came from a search of her hotel room.

Clinton accepts award for wife

New York � Bill Clinton accepted an award on behalf of his wife, who was honored by the American Health Foundation at a Manhattan hotel.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., received the organization's President's Award for "outstanding leadership in the support of health promotion and cancer research."

The former president told a crowd of about 250 people on Wednesday night that he is very proud of his wife for having "the guts" to run for Senate, for absorbing the grief of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and for her commitment to health care.

"Throughout my presidency, she was an enormous inspiration to me and always prodding me to do more in the area of health care," he said. Barbara Hearst, chairman of the American Health Foundation dinner, said the group, which is devoted to cancer prevention, honored Sen. Clinton for a lifetime of work in health care.

The senator was in Washington, where the Senate was in session.

Banderas to receive Quinn honor

Providence, R.I. � Antonio Banderas will be the first recipient of the Anthony Quinn Achievement Award.

The award will be presented at the 10th Annual Latin American Film Festival slated for late April in downtown Providence. Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. made the announcement during a news conference Thursday in which he highlighted the actor's achievements.

Banderas was born in Malaga, Spain. His films include "Spy Kids," "The Mask of Zorro" and "The Mambo Kings." He and his wife, Melanie Griffith, have accepted an invitation to attend the festival, Cianci said.

Quinn, who died in June at the age of 86, was born in Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles. He won his first Oscar for his work in the 1952 film "Viva Zapata!" and picked up his second award for supporting actor for the 1956 drama "Lust for Life."

Quinn moved to Italy and eventually settled in Rhode Island. He lived in Bristol for the last six years of his life.


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