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The Other Ones back on the road

Roanoke, Va. � The remaining members of the Grateful Dead are going back on tour, with the first stop scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Roanoke Civic Center.

The band, renamed The Other Ones after leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995, announced the 14-city tour on its Web site.

Surviving band members are Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. They'll play in cities including Washington, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago.

'End Game' isn't over for Connery

Los Angeles � Sean Connery has sued Mandalay Entertainment Group and producer Peter Guber, seeking $17 million for an unmade movie with the working title, "End Game."

The 72-year-old actor, who has starred in seven James Bond films, alleged in his Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday that Mandalay and Guber first approached him in 1999 about playing a CIA agent in "End Game."

The Scotland-born Connery claims the studio promised to pay him $17 million and that Guber encouraged him to spend "considerable time, effort and money" in developing the movie.

Sideline reporters irk Rooney

White Plains, N.Y. � Have you ever noticed those sideline reporters at NFL games? Andy Rooney has, and he's as cranky about them as he is about everything else.

Rooney was interviewed last week on MSG Network's "Boomer Esiason Show" and said, "I'm not a sexist person, but a woman has no business being down there trying to make some comment about a football game."

Rooney, 83, said Thursday that he was joking, but he declined further comment.

Fund-raiser drops Nimoy

Seattle � The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has dropped Leonard Nimoy from its Oct. 23 fund-raiser because of images in the former "Star Trek" star's art photography book of naked and partially dressed women, some with Jewish ritual items.

Federation director Barry Goren withdrew the invitation Wednesday in an "unpleasant" conversation, Nimoy told The Seattle Times for an article published Thursday.

The cover for Nimoy's book, "Shekhina," shows a woman with her left arm wrapped in phylacteries, a prayer accessory men traditionally wear, and her right breast visible through a translucent garment.

The work is entirely "reverential," said Nimoy, 71, a Jew who grew up in an Orthodox household and is now Reform.

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