Monday, November 10, 2003

Socialite C.Z. Guest dies

Old Westbury, N.Y. -- C.Z. Guest, a gardening columnist and fixture of New York society, died Saturday. She was 83.

An enthusiastic horsewoman, Guest began writing about gardening after being hurt in a riding accident in 1976. While recovering, she began giving friends advice about gardening over the phone and started writing columns for the New York Post in 1978.

She also wrote several books, including "First Garden" (1987), with an introduction by her friend, author Truman Capote.

She was also known for her personal style, routinely being named to best-dressed lists. She designed a line of clothing in 1985.

She married Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, a second cousin of Winston Churchill, in 1947. He died in 1982.

Cash memorial lines up all-star performers

Nashville, Tenn. -- The lineup for today's Johnny Cash tribute concert says a lot about the late singer's place in popular music.

He inspired rockers Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp as well as twangers George Jones, Willie Nelson and Brooks & Dunn.

"He influenced music in such a profound way, beyond the genre of country," Ronnie Dunn said.

Cash hits such as "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues" became country and rock standards. This year, he received a Grammy and three CMAs.

Cash died Sept. 12 at age 71 of complications from diabetes.

The free concert will be today at the Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry radio show.

'American Idol' runner-up sued

Easton, Pa.-- "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini is being sued for more than $100,000 in damages from a car accident in Pennsylvania.

Guarini, 25, collided with another car last March and received a ticket for following the car too closely. He paid a $25 fine and $75 in court costs, said his attorney, Douglas C. Roger Jr.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Bethlehem residents Louis and Adrienne Maiatico contend Guarini was driving too fast while looking at papers. The suit says Louis Maiatico had back and neck injuries.

Guarini, of Doylestown, lost the final round of the first season of the Fox talent show to Kelly Clarkson.