Sunday, August 8, 2004
Country crooner charged with prescription drug fraud
Franklin, Tenn. -- Country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with prescription drug fraud after authorities said she used a fake prescription to obtain the pain medicine OxyContin.
McCready, 28, was arrested Thursday at her home in Nashville by agents with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, according to the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities say McCready presented a fraudulent prescription for OxyContin at a pharmacy on Feb. 12.
McCready was booked into the county jail and held on $10,000 bond. She posted bail and was released the same day.
The singer had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time."
Cosby to rally against violence
Springfield, Mass. -- Entertainer Bill Cosby plans to meet with community leaders and police later this month to help organize a rally against street violence.
Cosby, who has a home in rural Shelburne, about 50 miles northwest of Springfield, made his remarks after a ceremony Thursday at the Basketball Hall of Fame honoring 14 young women who overcame obstacles to graduate from high school and attend college.
Cosby, whose son Ennis was murdered in 1997 while changing a tire on a Los Angeles freeway, met after the ceremony with the family of Darnell and Daylan Shepard, 19-year-old twins killed in separate Springfield shootings in May and July.
'Blues Brothers' Britain's top pick
London -- "The Blues Brothers" was rated the best movie soundtrack in a British straw vote.
It nipped the soundtracks of "Pulp Fiction" and "Trainspotting" in a vote conducted for British Broadcasting Corp. digital radio.
"It's a 'Sound of Music' for hipsters, a film that lives and breathes music," said Andrew Collins, who drew 10,000 voters for his survey.
The stars of the 1980 film, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, sang several of the songs, including "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and the theme from "Rawhide."
The BBC vote for best film soundtrack: 1. "The Blues Brothers," 2. "Pulp Fiction," 3. "Trainspotting," 4. "Saturday Night Fever," 5. "Dirty Dancing," 6. "Grosse Point Blank," 7. "Kill Bill" Vols. 1 and 2, 8. (tie) "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Lost in Translation," and 10. "Fight Club."
Donald Duck joins walk of fame
New York -- Donald Duck, the famous hotheaded animated Disney character, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to be unveiled Monday in front of the Disney Store on Hollywood Boulevard.
Johnny Grant, honorary mayor of Hollywood and chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, will preside. Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck and Donald can next be seen Aug. 17 in Disney's direct-to-DVD "The Three Musketeers," the first feature-length film starring Donald, Mickey Mouse and Goofy together.