Wednesday, July 17, 2002
McCartney back in the U.S.
Atlantic City, N.J. ï¿½ Paul McCartney will encore in the U.S.A. at his first concert in Atlantic City since the Beatles played there in 1964. He'll be there Sept. 28 and will sing 36 songs, triple what the Beatles played.
McCartney's "Back in the U.S." tour will play in 20 cities including Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
Diana's memorial delayed
London ï¿½ Plans to build a $1.45 million memorial fountain to Princess Diana have been delayed again after the committee overseeing the construction disagreed on the design.
The panel, led by the princess' friend, Rosa Monckton, failed to reach a decision after more than two hours of discussions Monday night.
It's been nearly five years since Diana's death on Aug. 31, 1997, but plans for a fountain in London's Hyde Park have been in dispute.
The list of 100 artists who submitted ideas was whittled down to three, but the fountain memorial committee of eight is split evenly over designs by Bombay-born British artist Anish Kapoor and American landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson. Neither side would give way at Monday's meeting.
Political plans open
Boise, Idaho ï¿½ Arnold Schwarzenegger says he may yet run for governor of California.
Schwarzenegger, a GOP activist, spoke Monday to a breakfast meeting of about 15 Republican state governors attending the National Governors Assn. conference.
The 54-year-old actor said he mulled a challenge against California Democratic Gov. Gray Davis this past year, but declined because of his movie contracts.
"It's something that I'm still interested in (for) the future. I think that the greatest thing you can do is serve the people," Schwarzenegger said. "It gives me the greatest satisfaction ï¿½ much more than going down another red carpet to do a movie premiere ï¿½ to go and create after-school programs, help Special Olympians, inspire kids to stay away from drugs and gangs."
Showdown at the Fonda ranch
Santa Fe, N.M. ï¿½ Jane Fonda and the firm she hired two years ago to design and build her Forked Lightning Ranch home are suing each other.
Fonda's lawsuit, filed July 10 in Santa Fe, asks a state district court judge to order a copyright claim to be considered during arbitration rather than in Albuquerque federal court, where the lawsuit by the builder, Crocodiles Construction, was filed Monday.
William Waggoner, Crocodiles' attorney, said his client alleges the copyrighted design plans were used without the company's permission by firms Fonda brought in later. He said copyright issues are always heard in federal court.
Fonda's multimillion-dollar, 8,000-square-foot adobe home on the banks of the Pecos River was about 75 percent finished when Crocodiles was fired without explanation, Waggoner said. Besides the residence, Crocodiles did the design work and remodeled barns and stables.