Aid for the rescuers

Atlanta � Country singer Travis Tritt is donating $25,000 to a group of volunteer firefighters who helped rescue trapped coal miners in Pennsylvania last month.

Tritt, who performed at the Ohio State Fair this weekend in Columbus, is donating the money to the Sipesville (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Company, according to his official Web site.

The volunteer fire company was the lead team at the scene on July 27 when the nine miners were pulled out after 77 hours underground.

"With so many bad things happening on the news, it renewed my pride as an American to witness such an amazing and positive ending to what could have been another tragic situation," said Tritt, a native of Marietta, Ga.

Humanitarian mission

Luanda, Angola � Mia Farrow, a United Nations goodwill ambassador, visited famine-hit Angola on Monday, much of which lies in ruins after a recently ended civil war.

Over the next week, the 57-year-old actress and her 13-year-old son, Seamus, will visit humanitarian projects and rebel demobilization camps.

Aid groups say up to a half million people face starvation because of the fighting and have appealed for an international relief effort.

The country is one of the most heavily land-mined in the world, which hampers food distribution. Between 4 and 5 million mines are spread across Angola, and 60 people are killed or injured each month, the government says.

The conflict has also driven 4 million people, about a third of the population, from their homes.

Coastal comparisons

Radnor, Pa. � Jerry Stiller has definite opinions about the difference between working in New York and Los Angeles.

"People in New York are very sharp," Stiller, a Brooklyn native, told TV Guide for its Aug. 10 issue. "I hate to say this, but I think it's because the weather in California is so warm and tropical that people tend to fall asleep while you're talking to them.

"We never had cue cards in New York," the "King of Queens" co-star said. "When I got to California, I saw cue cards. They (the actors) couldn't remember their lines; they were out there having a great time."

Stiller still lives in New York, and he lives in a hotel when filming in Los Angeles.

Mini-Me a big draw

Cincinnati � He helped break box office records as Mini-Me in "Austin Powers in Goldmember."

Now, Verne Troyer, the 32-inch-tall actor who plays the mini-clone to Mike Myers' Dr. Evil, will try to help break another record when he leads the world's largest chicken dance and kazoo band at a festival in this Ohio River town.

Troyer, 33, will play lead clucker at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati on Sept. 22. The two-day event is the nation's largest Oktoberfest, drawing a crowd of about 500,000.


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