John says it's time for a redo

London -- It's a garage sale with attitude.

Elton John is doing a bit of house-clearing by putting paintings, chandeliers and leopardskin-print sofas up for sale later this month, auction house Sotheby's said Friday.

Sotheby's said more than 400 items from John's west London house were likely to raise more than $1.3 million when they're sold Sept. 30.

Items up for sale include a double bed with matching wardrobes designed by David Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II; a bronze sculpture of Alexander the Great; a gilt-bronze and marble chandelier; and two busts of Napoleon.

The pop star, who also has a country home in Windsor, west of London, said he was selling the items so he could redecorate in a more modern style.

Ripa changes tune for dad

Tavistock, N.J. -- Kelly Ripa says she's wary of celebrities who get involved with politics -- but that didn't stop her from being the top draw at an $850-a-plate fund-raiser for the Camden County Democratic Party.

Ripa, co-host of "Live With Regis & Kelly," said her political activity was different. Her father, Joe Ripa, a former transit union president, is running for a seat on the board of freeholders, the county's governing body.

"I look at it as being involved with my dad, because my dad was always there for me," Ripa said. Her husband, Mark Consuelos, and sister, Linda, also attended Wednesday's fund-raiser.

Besides her co-host duties with Regis Philbin, Ripa co-stars with Faith Ford in the new ABC comedy "Hope & Faith."

Party officials said the event made more than $700,000 -- about the same as last year's seafood dinner featuring actor Alec Baldwin.

Tables turn on telemarketers

Miami -- Now it's the telemarketers who are getting the calls, thanks to Dave Barry, humor columnist for The Miami Herald.

In his Aug. 31 column, Barry urged readers to call the American Teleservices Assn. and "tell them what you think" about telemarketers.

"I'm sure they'd love to hear your constitutionally protected views! Be sure to wipe your mouthpiece afterward," wrote Barry, whose column is syndicated to some 500 newspapers across the country, including the Journal-World.

Thousands of readers responded with a flood of calls to the group's offices, causing the association to stop answering its phones.

Rock hall nominees announced

New York -- Former Beatle George Harrison, Prince, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne are among the nominees on the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot.

Harrison, who died of cancer in November 2001, is already in the rock hall as a member of the Beatles. Former bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney preceded him for their solo work.

Previous nominees back for another try include the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gram Parsons and Patti Smith. Other nominees include The Dells, The "5" Royales, Bob Seger, the Stooges, Traffic and ZZ Top.


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