Friday, September 13, 2002
President's brother Neil files for divorce from wife of 22 years
Houston ï¿½ President Bush's younger brother Neil has filed for divorce, citing "discord or conflict of personalities" with Sharon, his wife of 22 years.
Filed under the couple's initials ï¿½ N.M.B. vs. S.L.B. ï¿½ on Aug. 26, the lawsuit said the two married in July 1980 and separated in July 2002. Richard Flowers Jr., Bush's attorney, did not return a call Thursday.
The couple have three children, an 18-year-old daughter, 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.
Bush, 46, served until 1988 as director of Denver-based Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan, which cost taxpayers more than $1 billion when it collapsed. He was one of 12 defendants who agreed in 1991 to pay $49.5 million to settle a negligence lawsuit brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Bush denied wrongdoing.
Judge says a document missing in Winona Ryder shoplifting case
Beverly Hills, Calif. ï¿½ A document filed under seal this week in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case is missing from the court file, a judge said Thursday.
Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, said the missing document was a prosecution motion, but the contents haven't been released because of the sealing order.
Ryder, the 30-year-old star of "Girl, Interrupted" and other films, was arrested in December at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills for allegedly stealing nearly $6,000 worth of designer merchandise and carrying painkillers without a prescription.
Neither Ryder nor her lawyer, Mark Geragos, appeared at Thursday's hearing.
Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon has untreatable lung cancer
Los Angeles ï¿½ Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, best known for quirky hits like "Werewolves of London," has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
"I'm OK with it," Zevon, 55, said. "But it'll be a drag if I don't make it until the next James Bond movie comes out."
Zevon's more than three-decades-long career began with "Wanted Dead or Alive" in 1969. His 1976 album, "Warren Zevon," produced by Jackson Browne, won critical praise, and his career soared with 1978's "Excitable Boy," featuring the single "Werewolves of London," which became his signature song. He ended a five-year recording absence in 2000 with "Life'll Kill Ya." Rhino Records will release "Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon" on Oct. 15.
Musicians make peace offering
London ï¿½ Former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and reggae great Jimmy Cliff launched a plan Thursday to unite the world in song ï¿½ at least for one day.
The musicians want radio stations around the world to play the song "Peace One Day" on Sept. 21, the United Nations-designated International Day of Peace. Stewart said the song would be available free to radio stations and on the Internet.
"The idea was to make a song that on Sept. 21 we'll get as many stations around the world to play and DJs to talk about what it's all about," Stewart said.