Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Slater gets stitches, wife gets jail time for fight
Las Vegas -- Actor Christian Slater received stitches for a cut on his head and his wife, Ryan Haddon, was arrested after she was accused of hitting him with a drinking glass during a fight in their Las Vegas hotel room, authorities said Tuesday.
Police initially reported the actor received 20 stitches, but his spokeswoman, Kelly Bush, said Slater received nine after the scuffle Monday at the Hard Rock-hotel-casino.
Slater, 34, was treated at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas.
Haddon, a television producer, was taken to the Clark County jail on a misdemeanor battery charge. She was released without bail late Monday after a mandatory 12-hour detention.
The couple married in February 2000.
Tennis greats gather for WTA Tour anniversary
Los Angeles -- Eight of the 13 players who reached No. 1 in women's tennis gathered to celebrate the WTA Tour's 30th anniversary with its founder, Billie Jean King.
Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne were introduced between matches at the WTA Championships on Sunday.
King founded the Virginia Slims Tour in 1971 with nine players who signed $1 contracts with promoter Gladys Heldman, who arranged tournaments separate from men's events that offered $309,100 in prize money. By 1973, the circuit evolved into the WTA Tour. This year's total prize money is $52 million.
Spike TV announces Video Game Awards
New York -- Spike TV -- "the first network for men" -- will have its inaugural Video Game Awards show in Las Vegas next month, with actor-comedian David Spade as host.
The show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will premiere at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 on Sunflower Broadband Channel 50.
"The VGAs celebrate those games that have blistered our fingers poised on the joystick and kept us up all night," Albie Hecht, president of Spike TV, said in a statement Monday.
Awards will be presented in 16 categories, including game of the year, best online game and best game based on a movie.
Thanks a million
New Orleans -- Ray Charles has donated $1 million to Dillard University for the creation of a program about black culture, the school announced Monday.
The donation will create an endowed faculty position and program devoted to the musical, culinary, artistic and linguistic contributions of black Americans, Dillard spokeswoman Maureen Larkins said.
Charles received an honorary degree in May from Dillard, a private, predominantly black school associated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.