Report: Prince spears antelope

London -- Animal welfare campaigners have condemned Prince William for reportedly spearing a small antelope during his vacation in Kenya.

"William the deer killer sparks fury," read a headline in the Daily Express tabloid Monday.

St. James's Palace declined to comment on the report in the Mail on Sunday that William stalked and killed a 14-inch-high dik-dik, a small antelope native to Africa, during a hunting trip last week after taking lessons from a Maasai warrior.

Jonathan Owen, spokesman for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, said: "We only know what we have been told about this by the press, but one's first thought is, why would somebody feel the need to kill an animal while on holiday, and why do it in a way which has a very high chance of being quite inhumane."

Love and marriage, love and marriage ...

Las Vegas -- Jessica Simpson took the stage at a launch party for her new CD with perhaps her biggest fan.

The 23-year-old singer crooned about love and loss with fellow singer and husband, Nick Lachey.

Lachey, of the boy band 98 Degrees, also performed a few songs from his new solo album "Soulo," which will be released Sept. 9

About 500 family, friends and radio contest winners attended the party at The Palms hotel-casino. Simpson sang a handful of songs from her new album, "In This Skin," set for release Aug. 19.

The couple's reality show, "Newlyweds," begins Aug. 19 on MTV.

... They go together like a horse and carriage

New York -- The fifth time could be the charm for Geraldo Rivera.

The TV personality, whose four previous marriages ended in divorce, tied the knot again Sunday. Rivera married Erica Michelle Levy, the executive producer of "Geraldo's Voyager: From Roots to the Rain Forest."

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein performed the ceremony at the Central Synagogue in New York.

The bride, 28, previously was a producer of "Rivera Live" on CNBC, where they met.

Now on Fox News Channel, the 60-year-old groom is host of the weekend show "At Large With Geraldo Rivera."

Bridge to his achievements

Venice, Italy -- Omar Sharif will receive a Golden Lion award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival for his 50-year screen career, organizers said Monday.

The Egyptian-born 71-year-old has starred in films including "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Funny Girl." His award will be the second career-achievement prize handed out at this year's festival, with the other going to producer Dino De Laurentiis.

The 60th Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 6. Among the films being screened is Sharif's latest, "Mr. Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Quran," in which he plays an old Muslim man who adopts a Jewish boy.


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