Sunday, December 28, 2003
Swedes back 'mixed' royal union
Stockholm, Sweden -- Most Swedes say their support for the monarchy would remain firm even if Crown Princess Victoria were to marry a commoner, according to a poll published Saturday.
Swedish media have been speculating on whether Victoria, 26, will marry boyfriend Daniel Westling, a gym instructor from a small town in central Sweden.
Seventy-two percent of 1,000 people interviewed by polling institute Sifo said their approval of the monarchy would not be affected if Victoria tied the knot with an average Swedish man. The poll was conducted Dec. 11-17 and had a potential error margin of 3 percentage points.
Twelve percent said the monarchy's standing would be weakened and 8 percent said it would be strengthened. The remainder were undecided.
In neighboring Denmark, Crown Prince Fredrik is set to exchange vows with Mary Donaldson, an Australian commoner, on May 14.
Rapper wanted in paternity case
Atlanta -- New Orleans-based rapper Juvenile, known for his hit song "Back That Thang Up," is facing an arrest warrant in Georgia on child abandonment charges.
Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies say the multiplatinum artist, whose real name is Terius Gray, has failed to provide financial support for a 6-month-old daughter. Deputies say they have paternity test results that show Gray is the child's father -- an allegation the rapper disputes.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department obtained an arrest warrant for Gray in November.
"Technically, he is a fugitive from justice," Lt. Nick Neal said. "We have this warrant in the system and we will wait for an opportunity to arrest him in a jurisdiction that will extradite him here."
Gospel singer to celebrate King
Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- Gospel singer Yolanda Adams will highlight the 15th annual "Realizing the Dream" concert at the University of Alabama in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event will beJan. 17 at the university's Moody Music Concert Hall. The national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader is Jan. 19.
Adams says she never tires of singing gospels.
"I like to sing songs that, in the end, touch everybody. There's a humanity to these songs that gets in your blood," the 41-year-old singer said.
Miniseries features Indian themes
Sioux Falls, S.D. -- A two-part miniseries set in South Dakota that explores American Indian legends is set to air today and Monday.
The four-hour miniseries, titled "Dreamkeeper" (ABC, 8 p.m. ), features tribal legends as told to a teenager by his grandfather. The story begins on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota.
"I couldn't be happier with the production," said John Fusco, who wrote the screenplay. He had worked on the 1992 film "Thunderheart," which also used South Dakota as a setting.
The Hallmark Entertainment miniseries was shot mostly in Alberta, Canada.