Saturday, April 10, 2004
Buffett claims burger paradise
Frederick, Md. -- Paradise isn't lost but the cheeseburgers are gone.
Lawyers for singer Jimmy Buffett gave a tiny roadside grill called Cheeseburgers 'n Paradise a choice: Change the name or face a trademark-violation lawsuit.
Owner Frenis Hoffman, above, renamed the place Beef 'n Buns 'n Paradise this week, at least the second restaurant in two months to change its moniker under pressure from Buffett's lawyers.
"I'm feeling like a guppy in a tankful of sharks," Hoffman said.
Lawyers for the famously laid-back singer accused Hoffman of using the name to ride the coattails of Buffett's 1978 hit, "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
"I don't even care for his music," Hoffman said. "I like his lifestyle but not his music."
Hoffman and his wife, Faye, opened their sandwich shop 10 years ago. Buffett launched his own chain of Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants in August 2002.
Prince Harry out of Africa
Maseru, Lesotho -- Britain's Prince Harry has wrapped up his two-month stay in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, part of his year off from schooling.
Prince Charles' younger son was to travel next to an undisclosed location before returning to Britain, said Mark Watchorn, Britain's deputy high commissioner to Lesotho.
Since arriving Feb. 13, the 19-year-old prince and his traveling companion, George Hill, had dug trenches, helped build a bridge and put down the foundation of a health clinic, and visited AIDS patients with a local doctor in Africa.
Harry, who's taking time off between his education at Eton and his enrollment at Sandhurst military academy, spent part of last year working on a ranch in Australia.
Charge it with Trump card
Atlantic City, N.J. -- Donald Trump has put his name on a credit card -- in block letters across the top.
Plans for the platinum Trump Rewards Visa credit card were in the works before Trump's NBC reality show, "The Apprentice," scored big with viewers, Bank One Corp. spokeswoman Jessica Iben said.
"We see Trump as a really strong and very versatile brand. The brand name carries a very significant reputation with it," she said.
Customers who use it for purchases at Trump's three Atlantic City casinos earn two points for every dollar spent, and one point for every dollar spent on items elsewhere.
For every 2,500 points they receive, cardholders get a $25 gift certificate redeemable for nongambling purchases at the casinos, such as hotel stays, gifts or meals.
Credit cards can't be used to buy chips directly, although they can be used to obtain cash advances to do so. In that case, only one point would be earned.