Wynonna charged with DUI

Nashville, Tenn. -- Country singer Wynonna Judd was charged with driving under the influence early Thursday after a city police officer stopped her speeding Land Rover not far from Music Row.

The arrest report states Judd had an odor of alcohol about her, watery eyes and dilated pupils, and she didn't remember how many drinks she had consumed.

Officer Carey John Adkerson said Judd consented to a breath test and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.175 percent -- more than twice the 0.08 percent legal definition of drunken driving.

Judd posted the standard $500 bond for a first offense and was released.

The 39-year-old singer said in a statement that she had been celebrating a friend's birthday "and clearly let my excitement get the best of me."

Burnett gets CBS apology

Los Angeles -- Carol Burnett got a public apology after a tribute to her was left out of CBS' 75th anniversary special.

"I am sorry that during the excitement of a 'live 3 hour television event' the wonderful film piece we prepared that paid tribute to the 'Carol Burnett Show' was not aired," executive producer Gil Cates said Wednesday in an open letter addressed to "Dear Carol" and published in trade papers.

Cates noted that Burnett received a "glorious standing ovation" from the audience in the New York ballroom where the Nov. 2 show was held.

He said he took the ad out, in part, to explain to those in the TV industry who might have wondered why Burnett's show had been omitted.

Jethro Tull gets brush-off

Manahawkin, N.J. -- Jethro Tull is off the playlist of a classic rock station after the band's frontman criticized displays of the Stars and Stripes.

"I hate to see the American flag hanging out of every bloody station wagon, out of every SUV, every little Midwestern house in some residential area," Ian Anderson was quoted as saying in an interview published Sunday in the Asbury Park Press. "It's easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism. Flag waving ain't gonna do it."

The verdict from listeners of WCHR-FM was swift.

"The reaction of our audience has been 99 percent in favor of the ban and 99 percent incredulous that he would say such stupid things," said Phil LoCascio, WCHR program director and on-air personality.

Mellencamp encourages students

Bloomington, Ind. -- Anyone can write songs, John Mellencamp told a class on rock music history at Indiana University, urging students to go home and get started.

"There are going to be thousands of people in life who will tell you that you can't do something," the 52-year-old singer said. "It is important to realize that you've got to believe in yourself no matter where your dream leads you."

Mellencamp, who lives just outside Bloomington, spoke to the class Tuesday.

"I would have rather been able to ask them questions and learn something from them rather than have me shoot my big bazoo off about what I think," he said. "Everybody already knows what I think."


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