Wednesday, October 1, 2003
'P. Diddy' trains for marathon
New York -- He's rapped that he runs this city, but now Sean "P. Diddy" Combs really means it.
The hip-hop mogul has been in training for the past three weeks because he plans to run in the New York City Marathon. The 26.2-mile event will be Nov. 2.
Combs, 33, hopes to raise $1 million for three children-focused groups. He's running up to 15 miles now, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Beneficiaries of his efforts are the Children's Hope Foundation, city public schools and Daddy's House Social Programs, which was founded by Combs. He hopes to raise the money through a combination of corporate and private donations. Companies that have signed on include Nike, MTV, McDonald's and Footlocker.
Thirsty for punishment
London -- A businessman was fined $1,240 Tuesday for damaging the unit supplying water to magician David Blaine in his plastic box dangling near the River Thames.
Stephen Charles Field, 38, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and a further charge of threatening behavior at Tower Bridge Magistrates' Court in London.
Field, of Godalming in southern England, admitted scaling a 30-foot tower which houses the unit supplying water to Blaine. The illusionist is now more than halfway through a 44-day stunt in which he's surviving only on water.
Field told the court he'd initially wanted to get a better view of Blaine, but once up there he threw a large plastic water container from the tower, ripping the feeder pipe and breaking two taps.
Field's lawyer, Michael Burdett, said his client "now realizes it was an extraordinarily stupid thing to do and apologizes to David Blaine."
Good-cause fashion auction
London -- "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston's Emmy dress attracted bids of more than $4,100 in an online charity auction.
The midnight-blue, knee-length dress, inspired by Marilyn Monroe's subway-grate dress in "The Seven Year Itch," was the leading seller Monday at the auction of outfits worn by stars to this year's Emmy Awards.
The auction on eBay closes today.
Last year, the "Clothes off Our Back" initiative received Emmy outfits from about 20 celebrities and raised more than $87,000.
This year, more than 30 stars -- including "Friends" stars Courteney Cox Arquette and Matthew Perry -- donated their eveningwear for the auction.
The money raised will go to Cure Autism Now and the Union of Concerned Scientists.