Simpson promotes unity

Cincinnati � O.J. Simpson urged the crowd at a hip-hop concert to leave recent racial unrest behind and work to improve the city's image.

"Rap has gotten a bad rap, and I know about bad raps," Simpson said. "We are trying to bring back hip-hop to Cincinnati. Let's not do anything to spoil it."

Saturday's concert was described as a "healing" event for Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood rocked by riots after a white police officer fatally shoot an unarmed black man in April.

The former football star said Cincinnati was a fun city where he had good times during his playing days. He threw three autographed footballs into the crowd.

Sad times for comic

Los Angeles � Comic actor Tom Green isn't laughing much these days as he tries to get over his breakup with estranged wife Drew Barrymore.

The two no longer are speaking, he said.

"It's hard," Green said last week. "You try to make something work and you put your heart into it ... and it just doesn't work."

In December, Green filed a petition to divorce Barrymore, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married less than six months.

"With a lot of work, I'll be happy again," Green said. "I can feel the sunshine sort of coming through the clouds slowly."

Just plane stubborn

Ferriday, La. � Most of the town showed up to see Jerry Lee Lewis reunited with his famous cousins for their induction into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. But Lewis stayed away because he didn't like the twin-engine plane sent to pick him up.

Lewis was scheduled to be on stage Saturday with cousins Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley. He was promised a jet plane for the event but would not ride on the twin-engine plane sent to pick them up because he had never ridden on that type of plane before, said his wife, Kerrie Lewis.

Swaggart, 66, a piano-playing preacher, drove into town with others from his church in Baton Rouge, while Gilley, 65, a honky tonk crooner, flew his own plane from home in Pasadena, Tex.

Vague homework answer

Danville, Calif. � Britain's Prince Andrew answered some tough questions while visiting a San Francisco Bay area school, including why there's so much homework.

"I'm going to make no apologies about the school's policy to make you do your homework," Andrew told students Friday at Athenian School, one of two Round Square Consortium schools in the United States, of which the Duke of York is a patron.

Before leaving, the prince had tea with a group of students who are active members of Round Square, which was founded in 1967 to help students develop a broad understanding of international issues, the environment and how to be a leader.


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