Costner: Just another fan

He may be a star on the screen, but Kevin Costner says at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., he's just another fan.

The star of "Field of Dreams" and other baseball movies is a fan of the Cal State Fullerton Titans. He says he's close to the team, the staff and the former staff, and a friend once coached the Titans.

"I follow the guys and like watching them reach the highest point in their careers," Costner said.

American Indian writer dies

Jamake Highwater, prolific award-winning American Indian writer and host of educational television shows rooted in the culture of his heritage, has died. Although his precise birth date is uncertain, he was believed to be 59.

Highwater, perhaps best known for his books "Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey" and "The Sun, He Dies: A Novel About the End of the Aztec World," died June 3 in his Los Angeles home of a heart attack.

A self-taught expert on art, dance, music and history, Highwater wrote more than 30 books including novels, nonfiction, poetry and even travel books for Fodor's.

Although he disliked being labeled a children's author, Highwater won some of the most prestigious awards given for young people's fiction � including the Newbery Honor Award for "Anpao" in 1978 and half a dozen Best Book for Young Adults awards from the American Library Assn. and the School Library Journal.

Cosby offers advice to graduates

New college graduates, take note � Bill Cosby is on to you.

"I'm not going to tell you that you have to follow your dream, because half of you were drunk last night," Cosby told graduates at Ohio State University Friday.

Dressed in an Ohio State T-shirt, sweat pants and a baseball cap with a tassel on top, Cosby also drew laughs from parents.

"Your parents, many of them drove you here with tears in their eyes that their child was going away," he said. "Then you came home, more times than they anticipated, and you took away things, things that you never told them you'd taken, making them feel like dementia had arrived early."

Price is right for Barker

Bob Barker has agreed to stay on as host of "The Price is Right" through 2006, the game show's 34th season on CBS.

Barker, 77, signed a new five-year contract with the daytime program he took over in 1972 and for which he's won 14 Emmy Awards. He said he was "humbled" by the network's confidence in him over the years.

The show, which started in 1957 on NBC, is among the highest-rated on daytime TV. Barker's new contract was announced Thursday during taping of the new season's premiere episode. The terms of his contract were not disclosed.


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