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London � Harry Potter movie fans may find a free map just the ticket for a tour of the film's locations.

The British Tourist Authority has released a new map � '"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone � Discovering the Magic of Britain," that includes sites associated with the country's magical and mythical heritage.

The popularity of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books and the just-released movie may attract fans to Britain to see some of the locations, such as Alnwick Castle, Gloucester Cathedral and the London Zoo.

Petty up for distinguished award

Gainesville, Fla. � Rocker Tom Petty has been nominated for the University of Florida's Distinguished Achievement Award.

Petty, a Gainesville, Fla., native who lives in Los Angeles, is a 1968 graduate of Gainesville High School. He left the city in 1974.

The award is contingent upon its recipient making an appearance at the University of Florida's graduation ceremonies next spring. A spokesman for the singer said Petty, who did not attend the University of Florida, was looking into his schedule.

Brockovich accepts TV challenge

New York � The woman whose real-life story inspired last year's Academy Award-winning film "Erin Brockovich" is set to bring her can-do attitude to a television show, reports People magazine.

Today, ABC will begin "Challenge America with Erin Brockovich: The Miracle in Manhattan," in which the former legal secretary will be given a task to overcome by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Brockovich will call on regular people to aid her.

ABC will divulge the task on "Good Morning America."

Brockovich's progress will be monitored daily on "GMA." Her efforts will be chronicled in a television special on Dec. 21.

Judges see the light

London � Pop superstar Madonna presented the prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art Sunday, awarding artist Martin Creed $31,500 for his minimalist creation � a bare room with flashing lights.

Creed's winning piece, entitled "227: The lights going on and off," was an empty gallery whose ceiling lights flash at five-second intervals.

The Turner Prize is regularly derided for focusing on avant garde art, rather than more conventional forms. Critics usually point to the absence of painters.

Some of the more unusual entries in recent years have included a soiled bed, a pickled cow and an elephant dung painting.


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