Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Oprah extends her show

New York -- Television's top talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has had second thoughts about retiring.

Winfrey extended her contract with King World Productions by two more years, taking her through the 2007-2008 television season, and agreed to make more shows over the next few years than planned, it was announced Monday.

At her last contract extension, Winfrey, 49, had said she would quit her show after the 2005-2006 season.

After a few years of decline, ratings for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" have increased this year.

Singer arrested for drugs

Burbank, Calif. -- Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland was released on $10,000 bail after police arrested him for investigation of drug possession.

Officers pulled Weiland over early Sunday morning for driving without his lights on, said Burbank Police Sgt. Tracy Sanchez. They reported noticing that Weiland had narcotics in the car and arrested him. Authorities didn't say what kind of drug Weiland allegedly had.

The 35-year-old singer was released later that day.

Weiland has had several run-ins with the law in recent years. He was arrested in the mid-1990s for investigation of cocaine and heroin possession, and served jail time in 1999 after repeatedly violating his probation and failing to complete drug rehabilitation programs.

Bachelor makes his choice

New York -- The nice girl finished first on "The Bachelor," as Andrew Firestone chose Jen Schefft, a petite Marcia Brady look-alike, over statuesque brunette Kirsten Buschbacker on the season finale.

The dark-haired, blue-eyed bachelor, heir to the Firestone tire and wine fortune, gushed repeatedly during Sunday's two-hour episode about both finalists, whom he selected from 25 competitors on ABC's reality romance series.

But he ended up proposing to Jen, a 26-year-old account manager from Chicago.

She accepted.

New Jersey seeks band aid

Trenton, N.J. -- Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have performed at many benefit concerts over the years. Now the state of New Jersey has its hand out.

Two state lawmakers have come up with a proposal to solve New Jersey's arts funding crisis, and they want the two native rockers to help out.

Sen. Nia Gill and Assemblyman Neil Cohen want to create a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Donation Fund to make up for arts funding being cut from the state budget.

The Democrats said they hoped Springsteen and Bon Jovi would hold benefit concerts at the Continental Airlines Arena or Giants Stadium to help the effort.

Spokesmen for the singers had no immediate comment.