Sunday, October 12, 2003

Davis offers advice to Arnold

New York -- California Gov. Gray Davis got a chance to reshape his staid public image with a cameo appearance Friday on "Late Show with David Letterman."

The second governor in U.S. history to be recalled from office jumped at the chance Thursday to tape the popular "Top Ten" countdown, offering this advice to his Republican successor, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger:

10. "When you realize you don't know what you're doing, give me a call."

9. "Baby oil will stain the mansion's Italian silk sofa."

8. "Listen to your constituents -- except Michael Jackson."

7. (Sorry, joke No. 7 was recalled).

6. "To improve your approval rating, go on Leno; when you get kicked out, go on Letterman."

5. "Study the master -- George W. Bush." (Laughs) "Ah, I'm just kidding."

4. "You could solve the deficit problem by donating your salary from 'Terminator 3."'

3. "If things are bad, just yell, 'Save us, Superman!"'

2. "While giving a speech, never say, 'Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara ... same thing."'

1. "It's pronounced 'California."'

Armstrong heads up cancer ride

Los Angeles -- Five-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong joined a team of cyclists Saturday as they kicked off a nationwide ride to encourage participation in cancer research trials.

Armstrong was on hand when the 26 participants in the "Tour of Hope" left for a 3,200-mile ride that is to end next Saturday in Washington, D.C.

He also took part in a 100-kilometer fund-raising ride that preceded the tour and raised money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation to support cancer research.

"By accepting to train for and complete this demanding ride, the selected team members have shown that they are driven to help those touched by cancer, and like me, they love a challenge," Armstrong said.

Cosby dons fund-raiser role

Greensboro, N.C. -- Bill Cosby topped the bill at inauguration festivities for Bennett College president Johnnetta Cole that helped raise more than $2.7 million for the school.

The comedian took the stage for 40 minutes at a black-tie, $250-a-person gala attended by nearly 800 people, including Maya Angelou and Coretta Scott King.

Cole said the generous donations showed that the historically black women's college in Greensboro "could not only survive but thrive."

Former Cat Stevens to perform

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Yusuf Islam -- the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens -- will make a rare onstage appearance at a fund-raising concert in Malaysia next week, organizers said.

Islam, who renounced his music career after becoming a Muslim in 1977, will recite "messages of peace" and might also perform songs at Tuesday's concert in Kuala Lumpur, project coordinator Yahya Abdullah said Thursday.

The "Peace Train Charity Night" concert -- named after Islam's hit '70s song -- also will feature Malaysian religious music bands. The concert is to raise money for the Islamic Information and Services Foundation.