Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Ozzy Osbourne has surgery for ATV accident injuries
Los Angeles -- Ozzy Osbourne was seriously injured Monday in an accident on the grounds of his estate in England and underwent emergency surgery, a spokeswoman said.
The 55-year-old rock star was riding an all-terrain vehicle on his Buckinghamshire property when the accident occurred, according to publicist Cindy Guagenti.
His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, she said.
An examination showed Osbourne broke his collarbone, six ribs and a vertebra in his neck, according to Guagenti.
George Clinton charged with cocaine possession
Tallahassee, Fla. -- Funk music pioneer George Clinton was arrested and charged with drug possession after allegedly admitting to an officer he had cocaine.
Clinton, of Tallahassee, was arrested Saturday and released on bond, according to jail officials.
Clinton was sitting in a car in a parking lot Saturday when a police officer approached him, said Tallahassee Police spokesman Stewart Clendinen.
Clinton tried to hide an item he was holding, police said. He then started to reach into his pocket, and the officer asked him if he had anything in his pocket.
Clinton allegedly responded: "I've got a little cocaine."
Author Frame has cancer
Wellington, N.Z.-- Janet Frame, one of New Zealand's most celebrated authors, has revealed she is terminally ill.
In an interview with the Sunday Star Times newspaper, the reclusive Dunedin writer said she had acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, and was being kept alive by blood transfusions.
Frame, whose account of her childhood and experiences in mental hospitals inspired Jane Campion's 1990 film "An Angel at My Table," said she was diagnosed with cancer Aug. 28.
After being wrongly diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s, Frame spent eight years in psychiatric hospitals and was given 200 electric shock treatments.
She narrowly escaped a frontal lobotomy brain operation when one of her stories received critical acclaim.
No plans to visit Dave
Chicago -- Oprah Winfrey doesn't have a Top Ten list of reasons why she hasn't appeared on David Letterman's show recently. She has just two: both of her previous appearances.
"Both times I was sort of like the butt of his jokes," Winfrey tells Time magazine for its upcoming Monday issue. "I felt completely uncomfortable sitting in that chair, and I vowed I would not ever put myself in that position again."
The "Late Show" host isn't shy about making references to Winfrey. He's had stagehands read transcripts of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and has made a running gag of his desire to be a guest on the daytime program.