Friday, May 9, 2003

Vandross still in critical condition

New York -- Luther Vandross remained in critical condition and still needs assistance to breathe, his publicist said Thursday.

The Grammy-winning singer, hospitalized at Weill-Cornell Medical College since his April 16 stroke, has not regained consciousness, publicist Lois Najarian said.

"There's been no radical change is his condition," she told The Associated Press.

Earlier Thursday, Najarian said Vandross' mother had told her that Vandross was breathing on his own. However, Najarian later said that information was incorrect.

Najarian said doctors remain hopeful the 52-year-old singer, whose hits include "Here and Now" and "Superstar," will regain consciousness.

Rosie returns to print

New York -- Rosie O'Donnell is back in the magazine business.

The comedian and former talk show host, whose Rosie magazine lasted for a year and a half, will be a regular contributor to the gay and lesbian magazine The Advocate. Her first column appears in the May 13 issue.

In the column, "The Yellow," O'Donnell describes how fame robbed her of "yellow" -- a metaphor she uses for energy and happiness.

"It started to show on my face and body. And as I became bigger and sadder -- starved for yellow," she writes. "I filled my craving with food -- getting madder still with my expanding girth and with my inability to make more yellow."

Drug court graduation hits home

Pensacola, Fla. -- An emotional Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at a statewide drug court graduation ceremony, saying he hoped to watch his daughter complete the program soon.

Noelle Bush, 25, has been a drug court participant in Orlando since her arrest last year on a charge of trying to use a fraudulent prescription to obtain the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

"I'm going to be sitting soon, I hope, as a loving and proud father, with you," Bush said Wednesday from an Escambia County courtroom where nine graduates and their families were joined by judges, legislators, local and state officials and two Florida Supreme Court justices. The ceremony was beamed by television to courtrooms across Florida.

Depardieu crashes motorcycle

Paris -- Gerard Depardieu, star of the 1990 romantic comedy "Green Card" and dozens of French films, lightly injured his right leg in a motorcycle accident, police said.

The 54-year-old actor was able to walk away from the scene of the accident, the Paris police prefecture said Wednesday. Further details weren't immediately available.

In 1998, Depardieu crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol content was five times the legal limit, escaping with leg and face injuries.

His 32-year-old son, Guillaume, also an actor, fell off a motorcycle in 1996 and needed several operations, one of which led to a bacterial infection that never properly healed.