Monday, December 16, 2002
Bon Jovi doing fine
Sydney, Australia - Jon Bon Jovi won't let a fan who plunged into Sydney Harbor and swam to a floating stage drown in fines.
The 32-year-old fan swam with two women toward the stage where Bon Jovi was playing a free concert Friday in Darling Harbor. The two women got out of the water when asked by security staff, but the man continued on to the stage - where the New Jersey rocker helped haul him out, to a huge ovation from the crowd of 20,000.
Authorities said the swimming fan would likely be charged and fined, but it was not immediately clear how much.
Police were not impressed by Bon Jovi's offer to pay the man's fine.
"The laws are there to protect your safety along with the safety of others," a police spokesman said. "Young revelers shouldn't be encouraged by anyone to break the law."
Lighfoot on the mend
Toronto - Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is back home and recovering more than three months after being hospitalized for serious abdominal bleeding.
Longtime manager Barry Harvey said Lightfoot, known for hits such as "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Sundown," was in "good spirits."
Lightfoot, 64, was flown to McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, on Sept. 8 with internal bleeding from a weakness in an abdominal blood vessel. He went home Thursday.
The illness forced Lightfoot, whose accolades include 17 Juno awards, the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, to cancel performances in Canada and the United States.
Begley goes out on a limb
Santa Clarita, Calif. - Actor-activist Ed Begley Jr. overcame his fear of heights and scaled an ancient oak tree in an effort to keep it from being cut down to make way for a road-widening project.
Begley joined John Quigley, an environmental activist who had spent 44 days in the branches.
"I'm not a climber," the actor said Saturday. "I'm not good with heights, but it was very important, so I put that aside and just climbed on up."
Begley hung out in the 400-year-old tree for about 90 minutes. The conservation advocate supports asking the developer to postpone the road-widening project, or rerouting the road around the oak.
Thoreau restoration offer made
Concord, Mass. - A hotel magnate wants to save the deteriorating birthplace of author Henry David Thoreau near Walden Pond.
Donald Saunders, co-owner of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, offered to donate more than $1 million and establish a nonprofit trust to fix crumbling walls and ceilings and make other repairs at the 1730s Concord farmhouse. A portion would also be used to staff the house as a museum.
Historians say the house should be saved, even though Thoreau is better known for the cottage he built near Walden Pond in 1845, where he lived for two years and wrote "Walden."