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Carey gets his star

Los Angeles -- Comedian Drew Carey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame placed, appropriately enough for an ex-Marine, in front of The Supply Sergeant military surplus store, a Hollywood fixture for decades.

"It's great being here in front of The Supply Sergeant because if a war breaks out you can buy your military supplies here and think of me," he quipped Friday.

Carey, 44, has played a variation of himself -- a prank-loving, beer-swilling Cleveland native -- on ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" since 1995 and also is host of the network's improv comedy "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Armstrongs on the rocks

Austin, Texas -- Four-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his wife, Kristin, have separated after four years of marriage, the couple said.

In a statement e-mailed Friday to the Austin American-Statesman, the Armstrongs, both 31, said they were having unspecified difficulties in their marriage.

"We are working through these sensitive issues in the same way we have met other challenges in our life together with determination and dedication," the statement read. "We may experience a period of time apart from each other as we reflect on our relationship and work to preserve and protect the interests of our family and children."

Armstrong lives in Austin but departs for Spain on Monday to prepare for the European cycling season. Kristin Armstrong and the couple's three children will stay in Austin.

Jones chips in for PayCheck

Nashville, Tenn. -- Country music star George Jones is donating a burial plot next to his own for colleague Johnny PayCheck, who died earlier this week.

"We all know and love each other, even though we don't get together. Anything of this nature, it's taken care of by friends," Jones told WSMV-TV in an interview broadcast Friday. Friends said PayCheck died broke.

PayCheck played in Jones' band early in his career, and the two later recorded an album called "Double Trouble."

PayCheck, best known for the working man's anthem "Take This Job and Shove It," had been bedridden in a nursing home with emphysema and asthma. He was 64.

'Doonesbury' goes to school

Portland, Ore. -- Oregon's school budget crisis is hardly a laughing matter, but don't tell that to the maker of the comic strip "Doonesbury."

Garry Trudeau's strip next week will introduce the nation to the plight of Oregon's cash-strapped schools by poking fun at the decision to cut 24 days from the Portland school year.

The strip will spend the week mostly lampooning President Bush for his pledge to be the education president.

"Education-wise, I still stand by my original challenge to the American people," Bush says in one of the panels. "Leave no child behind, except in Oregon and a few other loser states."

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