Osbourne mom has surgery

Los Angeles � Sharon Osbourne, wife of British heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and co-star of the MTV reality series "The Osbournes," underwent surgery Wednesday for a treatable cancer.

Family spokeswoman Lisa Vega wouldn't say what type of cancer Osbourne has or where the surgery took place, but said it was completed by early evening. No other details were available.

"The Osbournes," the highest-rated program in MTV's history, chronicles the unorthodox home life of Ozzy, Sharon, and two of their three children � 17-year-old daughter Kelly and 16-year-old son Jack. Today is the couple's 20-year wedding anniversary.

Bob Barker also faces knife

Los Angeles � Game show host Bob Barker will be hospitalized next week to undergo prostate surgery.

Barker, 78, will be hospitalized for two days at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and will recuperate during the summer hiatus from taping CBS' "The Price Is Right," publicist Henri Bollinger said Tuesday.

Barker signed a five-year contract last year to stay on as host of "The Price is Right" through 2006. The show, which made its debut in 1957 on NBC, is among the highest-rated on daytime TV and is the longest-running game show in television history.

'The Boss' pays for play

Asbury Park, N.J. � A $50,000 donation from Bruce Springsteen will pay for repairs at several city playgrounds.

The city council approved a resolution Tuesday night to accept the money and deposit it in the town's Children's Welfare Trust Fund. Mayor Terrence Weldon said an ongoing survey would determine when and where the repairs were made.

"(Springsteen) has always been a generous supporter of the city of Asbury Park," Weldon told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune for Wednesday's editions.

"A lot of kids will be very happy because of what he's done."

'Sopranos' grievance won't die

Chicago � Attorneys in a lawsuit that accuses the makers of the TV series "The Sopranos" of offending Italian-Americans by depicting them as mobsters say they'll seek another hearing in the case.

The Italian-American Defense Assn. had filed the lawsuit against Time Warner Entertainment Co. under the "individual dignity" clause of the Illinois Constitution.

Lawyers for the association said the group didn't want money or the HBO show's cancellation, but a declaration from a jury that the show offends the dignity of Italian-Americans.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Richard Siebel dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice last September, ruling that the clause in the state's Constitution was merely advisory.

The Illinois Appellate Court upheld that ruling June 28.


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