Monday, March 17, 2003

'Sorry' doesn't cut it

Dallas -- Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, is finding out that sometimes saying you're sorry doesn't make much of a difference.

Radio stations nationwide are boycotting the Dixie Chicks, even though Maines publicly apologized for telling a London audience last Monday: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

In her apology Friday, Maines, a Lubbock native, said: "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect."

The words didn't carry much weight with listeners. In Kansas City, Mo., WDAF-AM set trash cans outside its offices for listeners to toss their Dixie Chicks CDs. Its Web site displayed more than 800 e-mails, most of them in support of the station's boycott.

Johnson says he's clean

Los Angeles -- Actor Don Johnson says bank statements found in his car listing $8 billion in transactions weren't his -- and he is in no way involved in money laundering.

Johnson told CNN's Larry King on Friday that the papers, discovered by German customs officials in November, belonged to potential investors with whom he was discussing a movie project. The former "Miami Vice" and "Nash Bridges" star said he might sue a German tabloid and other media that published stories last week alleging he was involved in illegal activities.

Detroit's hometown boy

Detroit -- Eminem was in town Thursday to celebrate the DVD release of "8 Mile." It hits stores Tuesday after earning nearly $116 million last year at the box office.

"8 Mile" chronicles an amateur rapper's frustrations with stage fright and his family's poverty. Eminem portrays the rapper, and Detroit's burned-out homes, vacant storefronts and gritty streets serve as a backdrop for his character's own hardscrabble life.