Stories for January 2004

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Saturday, January 31

6News video: Screen Scene

Four movies open this weekend, and none more notable than "Monster." Lawrence native Patty Jenkins wrote and directed this tale examining the life and crimes of notorious serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

People

¢ Crowe role packs a punch ¢ Foxx gets probation for fight ¢ Rice seeks simple suburban life ¢ 'Real World' producer dies

Weekend fare goes beyond Super Bowl

Can we have a show of hands from everybody who doesn't care about the Super Bowl? OK, Super Bowl XXXVIII (5:25 p.m. Sunday, CBS) is a very big deal for fans of the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Now can we have a show of hands from people who didn't even know there was a team called the Carolina Panthers?

'Survivor' puts characters to test

How will "Survivor: All-Stars" differ from bygone "Survivor" series? Just ask Jeff Probst, host of this CBS back-to-nature game show, who got a clue early on.

Friday, January 30

Protesters fail to see humor in 'Boys Are Stupid' shirts

The T-shirts and pajamas are meant to be funny, with cartoon captions like "Boys Are Stupid -- Throw Rocks At Them." But some protesters, encouraged by a fathers'-rights talk show host, are unamused and have pressured three retail chains into dropping the merchandise.

Coogan grew from 'Kid' to 'Rag Man'

You probably know him as the bald, sunken-eyed Uncle Fester on the 1960s sitcom "The Addams Family." But Jackie Coogan was the most popular child star of the Jazz Age. His co-starred with Charlie Chaplin in his first feature-length movie, "The Kid," and starred in the 1925 drama "The Rag Man" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) as an orphan adopted by a vendor, who eventually turns the enterprising tyke into his business partner. TCM is airing a digitally re-mastered version of "The Rag Man" featuring a brand-new score by Linda Martinez, the winner of the network's fourth annual young composer's contest.

People

¢ Trump preaches what he practices ¢ Bird flu delays crooner's tour ¢ MS fails to split Vieira's family ¢ Robin Givens injures pedestrian

Halo 2 release date confirmed

Bungie officially totes "This Fall"

Bungie officially totes "This Fall"

Ad Astra Per Aspera strives to achieve musical motto

The band Ad Astra Per Aspera shares more than just its name with the Kansas state motto. "To the stars through difficulties" has become something of a personal credo for the Lawrence five-piece. "In the beginning we chose the name mostly because we like the way it sounded -- and us all being from Kansas was important as a Kansas pride thing," says Julie Noyce, keyboardist/vocalist for Ad Astra Per Aspera.

Best bets

Thursday, January 29

Court TV shows DNA evidence's impact

Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl") narrates "Marvin Anderson's Nightmare: Stories from the Innocence Project" (9 p.m., Court TV). DNA evidence has been used to free more than 140 wrongly convicted prisoners. The Innocence Project, a charity legal-assistance organization based at the Benjamin N. Cardozo school of law in New York City, has provided direct representation or critical assistance in more than two-thirds of those cases.

Moore film to tackle 9-11

Director plans controversial portrait of U.S. image

Michael Moore isn't the apologetic type.

'Perfect Score' shows personality aptitude

From the behavior of the high schoolers in "The Perfect Score," one is led to believe that taking the SAT is as momentous a life event as getting married or experiencing the birth of a child. With that mindset it's no wonder these teens will do anything in order to notch a 1500 ... including stealing the answers.

Preview: James Bond: Everything or Nothing - PS2, Xbox Gamecube

We got a small taste of what's to come in this ambitious project. So far so good.

We got a small taste of what's to come in this ambitious project. So far so good.

People

¢ James Brown charged with criminal domestic violence ¢ Sandler plans new 'Longest Yard' ¢ 'Shaft' singer awarded Trumpet ¢ Art Garfunkel apparently contesting marijuana charge

R. Kelly ordered to avoid King of Pop

Both stars charged with sex crimes

R. Kelly won't be mingling with Michael Jackson during next month's Grammy festivities: A judge has ordered the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from the King of Pop, himself facing child molestation charges, when Kelly attends the awards.

Wednesday, January 28

Old club, new groove

Town's premier rock club gets a dancefloor makeover

"This is going to be a good night," proclaims Edwin Morales, in what could be the understatement of the year. From his DJ booth overlooking The Bottleneck dance floor (that's right -- dance floor), Morales watches as a churning sea of dolled-up dancers gyrate to Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel the Noize." On stage, a movie screen shows Jim Henson's "The Dark Crystal," a 1982 fantasy film with freakish-looking elfin puppets.

People

¢ Joining the Dead ¢ NAACP announces honor for Dave Matthews Band ¢ For those who think young

'Rings' tops Oscar nominees

Contender list full of surprises

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final chapter in Peter Jackson's majestic fantasy trilogy, led the Academy Awards race Tuesday with 11 nominations, including best picture and director.

'American Idol' chases the Donald from Wednesdays

Give Americans what they want, and what they are familiar with, and they'll turn out in droves. McDonalds proves this day after day, selling billions of predictably prefabricated burgers. And "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox) came through last week with a familiar quarter-pounder of programming that rocked the ratings.

Tuesday, January 27

Tale from the Back Room

20-year-old makes most of sucky job, avoids sticky situations

So what happens when a young woman becomes a cog in this male-dominated multi-billion dollar machine that continues to grind and grind and grind, again and again, faster and harder, year after year?

Review: Maximo vs. The Army of Zin - PS2

Despite its technical shortcomings, there is immense entertainment value here, especially for a weekend rental.

Despite its technical shortcomings, there is immense entertainment value here, especially for a weekend rental.

People

¢ Services planned for Keeshan ¢ P. Diddy lawsuit gets rolling ¢ Performers chosen for music fest

Humor nurses 'American Idol' through less-than-ideal auditions

Simon Cowell couldn't believe his ears. You'd think he'd be used to it by now. But the acerbic "American Idol" judge was railing again about the tone-deaf auditioners he, along with Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, is forced to endure.

'Keen Eddie' finds new home on Bravo

When "Keen Eddie" (8 p.m., Bravo) made its debut on Fox last summer, I was impressed, but confused about its place in the network firmament. This "fish out of water" comedy was a tad too quirky for network television and too brash for PBS, which broadcasts no end of London-based police fare. I was disappointed, but not very surprised, when the summer show disappeared faster than "Banzai!" But "Keen Eddie" fans need not despair. The show has landed back on cable, this time on Bravo, where it probably belonged in the first place.

Review :: Pink Nasty, "Mule School"

If you're gonna be a country crooner, there's one thing you'd better hold on to ... and it's not your truck, your woman or your house. The thing you must have is integrity. Without it, how are you going to convince a room full of leersome lushes that your heartbroken tales are not simply fabrications?

Razzies revel in 'Gigli'

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's real-life romance crashed and burned. Now, the two are front-runners for worst on-screen love affair.

Monday, January 26

'The Anniversary has broken up'

"The Anniversary has broken up." So wrote Anniversary singer and guitarist Josh Berwanger in a recent e-mail to lawrence.com, confirming a rumor that had been circulating for a week and inspiring a collective 'duh' amongst anybody who had been following the band during the last few months.

'Rings' shines at Golden Globes

Film trilogy, 'Lost in Translation' lead among award winners

Hobbits ruled the Golden Globes on Sunday as "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won four trophies including best dramatic film.

People

¢ 'Butterfly Effect' upsets box office ¢ Role lures Fonda back to film ¢ Eminem's ex gets probation

USA offers quality miniseries with 'Traffic' tale

Remember when miniseries used to matter? Discerning viewers should not miss "Traffic: The Miniseries" (8 p.m., USA, continuing Tuesday and Wednesday). While clearly based on the 2000 film (and the British television miniseries that in turn inspired that movie), "Traffic" presents an entirely different cast of characters and updates the drama to reflect the war on terror. But like those two fine dramas, it weaves a complex, overlapping story about the illegal international trade in drugs, weapons and human lives.

Sunday, January 25

Isabel Keating channels Judy Garland in 'Boy From Oz'

Isabel Keating has some gigantic ruby slippers to fill. The tiny woman with a big voice has the formidable task of channeling the girl from Oz -- Judy Garland -- in the Broadway hit "The Boy From Oz," the frenzied musical recounting the life of Garland's protege, Australian entertainer Peter Allen.

Arts notes

¢ Korean choir presents free KU concert ¢ River City Revue takes 'American Idol' flavor ¢ Lawrence High School to present 'Pygmalion' ¢ Grant to support Spencer's Aaron Douglas exhibition ¢ KU student takes second in music competition ¢ KU design faculty to share insights at symposium ¢ Art show looks in at the outside ¢ Comedian coming to Washburn University

Sundance honors go to 'Primer,' 'DIG!'

The high-tech thriller "Primer," about two get-rich-quick inventors whose time-travel device complicates their lives, won the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival.

Advertisers bet they'll score with 90 million viewers

Some deep-pocketed people are betting multiple millions on this year's Super Bowl -- but they don't care how many points the Carolina Panthers or New England Patriots rack up.

It's back to excess at the Super Bowl

Super Bowl excess is back. After being hobbled by the 9-11 terrorist attacks, a sputtering economy and concerns about corporate greed the last two years, the National Football League championship game next Sunday in Houston will ooze a Texas-size lode of wealth and glitz.

People

¢ 'Sex' talk turns serious ¢ Luke Duke gets big-city gig ¢ 'Vagina' a no-go at Loyola ¢ Combs gets Broadway co-stars

What are you reading?

'Hunt Sisters' written with compassion, wit

"The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters" opens with a letter from Olivia Hunt to her sister, Madeline, still safely nestled inside her mother's womb -- "I like writing this letter. It's like you're here. Only you're invisible."

Poet's showcase

Bookstore

Computer analysis aids professor in identifying uncredited stories

Statistical research helps track Henry James' writings

In the mid-1970s, Floyd Horowitz embarked on a long, one-man literary journey: to discover early, uncredited stories by Henry James, stories that had never appeared in book form.

Intimate interiors

Exhibition's subtle paintings acknowledge beauty of everyday scenes

Artists James Lipovac and Jessica Pignotti have the kind of eyes we might all be better off with. They see in everyday scenes most people simply overlook -- clothes tossed haphazardly on a cabinet, trinkets peeking from household perches, a chicken thawing in the sink -- an unaffected beauty that rises to the level of art.

Novel set in Lawrence blends historical fact, fiction

If Tom Mach hadn't retired to Lawrence a year and a half ago, his first novel would tell an entirely different story.

KU architecture students envision Spencer Museum expansion

Spencer Museum of Art officials know their building's hulking facade isn't exactly an invitation to step inside and look around. s More importantly, they know the building -- whatever the consensus about its aesthetic qualities -- has been outpaced by the museum's growing collection. s So they're planning an expansion. But not just any new building will do.

Portland home to thriving comics scene

Craig Thompson wanted to write comics but it was rough going when he moved to Portland six years ago. His budget was so small, he said, that he'd wait outside fast-foot restaurants until people finished, then eat food off their trays.

Arts notes

¢ Paris Hilton tops Mr. Blackwell's list ¢ Setting foundations ¢ Simpson touts 'kissable' beauty ¢ Exhibit chronicles women in fashion

An American violinist in Buenos Aires

Former Kansas City musician moves to cradle of tango

Cradling her violin, Christine Brebes walks awkwardly to center stage in black spike heels. It's Wednesday night in a trendy theater, and nearly a dozen rowdy young musicians surround her.

Writers Guild announces film award nominees

Five movies about culture clashes and strangers in strange lands collected nominations Thursday for best original movie script from the Writers Guild of America.

Infamous photo captures courage

Fifteen years later, a photograph of an anonymous protester facing down a row of tanks in Beijing's Tiananmen Square still inspires astonishment.

Mammoth set becomes star in Broadway musical 'Wicked'

A smoke-breathing dragon flaps its wings and cranks its head. Monkeys fly from a tangle of vines that frames a giant fantasy clock. A witch in a sparkling blue gown travels on a bubble-blowing pendulum. And a green witch in a black hat flies her broomstick through billows of smoke.

Institute honors films

The makers of "Mystic River," "The Lord of the Rings" and "Finding Nemo" put aside awards-season competitiveness Thursday at a ceremony in which they were all winners -- and no one had to give an acceptance speech.

Arts notes

¢ Paris Hilton tops Mr. Blackwell's list ¢ Setting foundations ¢ Simpson touts 'kissable' beauty ¢ Exhibit chronicles women in fashion

New sex museum pays tribute to tame, tawdry

One look at Hollywood's newest tourist attraction and it's easy to mistake it for any number of adult shops along the popular Walk of Fame.

Spencer Museum to screen documentary series on artists

The Spencer Museum of Art will screen all eight programs of the PBS documentary series "Art:21-Art in the 21st Century" between Thursday and Feb. 8 in the museum auditorium.

Actress to promote peace with play project

TV and stage actress Sharron Bower will discuss "A Dramatic Difference: Theatre, Politics and the Media" at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Room in the Washburn Union.

Saturday, January 24

TV's Captain Kangaroo dies

Bob Keeshan was champion of intelligent children's shows

Bob Keeshan, who gently entertained generations of youngsters as TV's mustachioed Captain Kangaroo and became an outspoken advocate of less violence and more intelligence on children's television, died Friday at 76.

Golden Globes show lacks its past craziness

"The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards" (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC) has become a big and slick production. And that's too bad. They used to be fun, intimate, sloppy and, let's be honest, completely meaningless. Now they're so huge, the Academy Awards has moved from March to February to stay relevant.

6News video: Local art lovers visit galleries

The gallery owners say that the Art Walk event gives local artists a chance to strut their stuff.

People

¢ McCartney's wife needs surgery ¢ Davis trades tools for playbills ¢ Shark bite victim hits slopes ¢ Norway welcomes new princess

Prosecutors decline Limbaugh's offer of drug program

Prosecutors rejected a proposed deal offered by Rush Limbaugh's attorney that would have seen the radio commentator enter a court-sponsored drug intervention program rather than face charges, according to records.

Friday, January 23

Best bets

'Tad Hamilton' offers winning mix

Well-cast romantic comedy proves an ideal date movie

Is it a coincidence that this weekend's feature film releases are dominated by the stars of TV's "That '70s Show?" If given the choice between doofus prankster Ashton Kutcher attempting to get in touch with his "serious side" in the thriller "The Butterfly Effect" or Topher Grace deftly mastering the role of acerbic charmer in "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!," audiences might want to settle on the latter.

The Crossing rekindles live music legacy

It was a place that defined the phrase "small but mighty." From the late 1980s through the early '90s, The Crossing, 618 W. 12th St., was as integral to the Lawrence music scene as The Bottleneck or The Jazzhaus. It functioned as a spot where fledgling bands could hone their skills and where veteran headliners sought to prove their "indie credibility" by playing such a tiny locale.

Focus on Kansas

Kevin Willmott's 'CSA' generates national buzz for his home state at Sundance Film Festival

For people in Park City, Utah, a town dedicated to the proposition that not all films are created equal, riding the crest of the insider "buzz" sonic wave during the Sundance Film Festival means being at the hottest spot at its brightest moment. For many, that means being near celebrity.

People

¢ Affleck, J-Lo break up -- again ¢ Prince Harry headed to Africa ¢ College to meet Cosby challenge ¢ Museum to honor Brokaw

Leaders condemn film's depiction of Jews

Representatives of two Jewish groups who attended screenings of Mel Gibson's upcoming movie "The Passion of the Christ" said Thursday it contained offensive stereotypes about the Jewish role in the crucifixion.

Friday night fun: drag queens, hot rods

Apparently, nothing attracts fickle male viewers like the roar of engines and the squeal of rubber. Hot on the success of "American Chopper," the Discovery Channel has launched "American Hot Rod" (9 p.m., Discovery), featuring the creative restorations of Boyd Coddington, considered one of the foremost hot rod designers in America.

Dancer Ann Miller dies at 81

Ann Miller, the raven-haired, long-legged actress and dancer whose machine-gun taps won her stardom during the golden age of movie musicals, died Thursday of lung cancer. She was 81.

Thursday, January 22

Lawrence filmmaker lands distribution deal for 'C.S.A.'

In a deal signed late Tuesday night, IFC Films will be distributing "C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America" according to Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott, director of the film who spoke from Park City, Utah, site of the Sundance Film Festival.

Candidates slug it out one last time

Brit Hume and Peter Jennings join forces to moderate the final debate between Democratic presidential candidates (7 p.m., Fox News) before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. The event is sponsored by ABC station WMUR-TV and the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader newspaper. Chris Wallace will anchor postdebate analysis.

Artist hopes to open minds, mouths

Lawrence painter Aaron Marable owns a television, but he only uses it to watch movies. Too many flashy images, pushy advertisements and talking heads have numbed people's ability to think for themselves, he says.

Review: The Sims: Bustin' Out - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

It's the Sims!...again...with a bit more flash and polish.

It's the Sims!...again...with a bit more flash and polish.

People

¢ Paternal parity sought ¢ Fun and fearless ¢ Environmental defenders ¢ Garfunkel charged for pot

2004: Sequels rule for second year

'Shrek,' 'Harry,' 'Spidey' return

You'd think there isn't an original idea left in Hollywood with all the sequels, spinoffs and remakes crowding the 2004 movie lineup.

Wednesday, January 21

National Book Critics Circle announces award nominees

Rebels old and young were honored this year by the National Book Critics Circle, which announced its awards nominees Monday.

EA acquires two high profile franchises

Acclaim, Eidos lose rights to Burnout 3 and Timesplitters 3, respectively

Acclaim, Eidos lose rights to Burnout 3 and Timesplitters 3, respectively

Nintendo reveals mystery device

Dual-screened, portable Nintendo DS device offers better perspective on gaming

Dual-screened, portable Nintendo DS device offers better perspective on gaming

'Chappelle's Show' offers sharp comedy

"Chappelle's Show" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) enters its second season with more brutally funny and provocative sketches from Dave Chapelle. Dave offers some outlandish variations on political ads and explores the music-video-inspired theory that even the most mundane activity, like doing your laundry, looks sexy when filmed in slow motion.

Reality check: 'Idol' tops premieres

Fox's "American Idol" hit high ratings notes in its third season premiere.

People

¢ It pays to have 'Friends' ¢ Sara Lee dumps Jimmy Dean ¢ Stamp honors activist Robeson

Tuesday, January 20

Nobody's child

KU's jazz archive seeks funds, leadership to stay viable

For the past two years, Josh Powers has been living every hip-hop producer's dream. As the archivist for the Richard F. Wright jazz archive at Kansas University, Powers has unlimited access to thousands of the most rare and valuable jazz recordings in existence. From legends like Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington to lesser-known greats such as Red Nichols and Clifford Jordan, the archive is a jazz-lover's El Dorado; it's a wonderland of infinite discovery stocked with 33- and 78-rpm gold.

People

¢ Don't vote for Midler ¢ Hot topic, worthy cause ¢ Who's telling the truth? ¢ Stay away from me

Johnny Rotten joins British reality show

As Johnny Rotten once snarled, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

State of the Union address dominates dial

Primetime gives way to pomp, protocol and pageantry as President George W. Bush delivers the State of the Union address (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, UPN, PBS, CNN, Fox News) to a joint session of Congress.

Poe visitor taunts French

It was nearly "nevermore" for French cognac Monday in an annual tribute at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.

Monday, January 19

'Chasing Freedom' highlights struggles in Afghanistan

Juliette Lewis offers a fine performance in the television movie "Chasing Freedom" (8 p.m., Court TV) as a workaholic corporate lawyer who grows a heart and a social conscience while helping an asylum-seeker from Afghanistan. Layla Alizada is equally impressive as Meena, a woman who fled Taliban rule after the Islamic extremists beat her and threatened her family with execution in a public stadium for the crime of teaching young girls to read.

Lawrence director overwhelmed by attention at Sundance festival

It was next to impossible Saturday to get a ticket to "CSA: The Confederate States of America," but those who managed to snare a seat for this year's "buzz" film at the Sundance Film Festival left with a lasting impression.

People

¢ 'Along Came Polly' takes No. 1 spot at box office ¢ Bono lauded for efforts to promote civil rights ¢ Work before honors

Sunday, January 18

Texas museum showcases Boucher drawings, paintings

He drew with expression and detail, using soft red chalk to portray a nude woman reclining, and pen and ink to bring to life religious and mythological scenes.

Luciano Pavarotti celebrates new album, daughter and marriage

Luciano Pavarotti is no stranger to pop -- he has performed with artists ranging from Bono to Mariah Carey, and his operatic recordings as part of the Three Tenors have achieved crossover success.

Sophisticated options offered in bridalware

Style-conscious brides-to-be have even more reasons to cheer this year. Wedding dresses, which until the 1990s were often fussy and rigid and anything but sophisticated, are more stylish than ever.

Arts notes

¢ KU professor's book gets national attention ¢ Acclaimed guitarist pairs with chamber orchestra ¢ Scotland's favorite poet gets Lawrence party ¢ Local quilter selected for New York show ¢ Guild's January meeting features Kansas quilter ¢ Piano students to get first-class feedback ¢ Calligraphy exhibit on despite artist's absence

Arts center enrollment defies perceptions

Typical fall-winter decrease doesn't reflect decline in annual numbers

Lawrence Arts Center education director Margaret Morris was under the impression enrollment had declined at the arts center. Classrooms just seemed a bit emptier this fall, Morris says, and she, her colleagues and faculty members were feeling a bit disheartened about the perceived decline.

Apologies don't erase dark era of eugenics

The dream of eugenics was to scrub the human gene pool of defects. Today, it repels people because of its association with Nazi Germany, but in the first third of the 20th century, eugenics was a progressive idea with intellectual cachet.

Ken Kesey's 1967 journal from jail published along with drawings

When Ken Kesey was kicked loose after spending the 1967 Summer of Love in jail for a marijuana bust, the guards asked the famous author, psychedelic explorer and prankster if he was going to write a book and include them in it.

Pete Rose book gets lots of hype, but will it sell lots of copies?

Pete Rose's fame and controversy as a baseball star guaranteed big attention for his memoir, "Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars," in which he finally acknowledges to betting on the game.

Powerful connection pulls apart in 'Amateur Marriage'

Anne Tyler's 16th novel, "The Amateur Marriage," is framed by two world-changing events. The book begins during World War II and ends more than a half-century later, after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Bookstore

What are you reading?

Poet's showcase

In praise of bamboo

Chinese artist simultaneously dances, paints to honor culture and expand creative outlets

There's a moving love story in the 18th-century Chinese epic "Dream of the Red Chamber" about a young man who loses his love interest to a tragic early death.

'Plucky cast works through fire'

Lawrence Community Theatre's 'Nurse Jane' to open on schedule despite setback

In "Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii," one of Harlequin Romance writer Vivien Bliss's claims to fame is that she can make exquisite cheese dreams.

Luster glaze added color to pottery in 19th century

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People

¢ 'Idol' judge takes jab at Madonna ¢ Appeals under way in photo case ¢ Cage's classic ride up for sale ¢ Playwright takes academic gig

American icon Popeye celebrates 75th year

Spinach-eating hero drawn from life

Before Popeye the Sailor Man, Olive Oyl and Wimpy were the stars of a beloved comic strip, they walked the streets of this little town where their creator grew up.

Saturday, January 17

Duo takes SNL stage; lesbian soap debuts

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey play host to "Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m. today, NBC), featuring musical guest G-Unit with 50 Cent. They are the first married couple to be host since Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in 1994. I wonder if the "Newlyweds" stars will revive the popularity of those "Stupid" and "I'm With Stupid" T-shirts that were so popular some time back.

Jackson enters not-guilty plea

Michael Jackson showed up in court 21 minutes late Friday to plead innocent to child molesting, got a scolding from the judge, and then danced on top his SUV in front of a cheering crowd.

Exhibit honoring late KU prof ends this weekend at Spencer

An exhibition of prints honoring the legacy of former Kansas University art professor John Talleur ends Sunday at the Spencer Museum of Art. Here's a look at some other destinations for weekend pleasure.

6News video: Art a la Carte

This weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center, the Seem-To-Be Players will give the Lawrence premiere of "Tales of Tom Sawyer," an original adaptation by Ric Averill of the classic Mark Twain novel. After the Saturday and Sunday performances, the show will tour the country with other Seem-To-Be plays.

People

¢ Weezie wins deluxe star ¢ Comedian claims innocence ¢ Electra master of her own domain ¢ Crystal pumped for Oscars ¢ Clapp to join derriere fraternity

Friday, January 16

Interview: Nintendo PR Director - Beth Llewelyn

We chat with the Big N about beating the Xbox and moving ahead

We chat with the Big N about beating the Xbox and moving ahead

Too bad this 'Goodbye' didn't last

Revivals are tricky, but those based on fairly recent material are the most difficult of all. Too remote to be contemporary, but too close to seem quaint, playwright Neil Simon's 1977 comedy "The Goodbye Girl" (7 p.m., TNT) evokes the social mores, theatrical trends and New York state of mind of a bygone era, when the city teetered on bankruptcy, the streets and buildings were dirty, muggings and graffiti were an accepted fact of life and the mayor's name was Abe Beame.

Poll: Most Americans think three celebs will get fair trials

Most Americans think Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Martha Stewart will get fair trials, though blacks are less confident than whites that Jackson and Bryant will be treated impartially, an Associated Press poll on celebrity justice found.

Best bets

Immigrants learn to believe 'In America'

There's a moment during Jim Sheridan's "In America" when a reclusive artist named Mateo (Djimon Hounsou) is approached by his neighbors' children while the pair attempts to trick or treat in their dilapidated tenement. Despite his initial resistance, the Nigerian invites the girls (played by sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger) into his studio. After just a minute of conversation, he's overcome by the pure honesty of the words they speak.

People

¢ Bill nixes beer, slims down ¢ Carey too 'vulgar' for Malaysia? ¢ Grammy performers announced ¢ Actress Uta Hagen dies at 84

Screen Actors Guild announces nominees

"Mystic River" and "The Station Agent" collected three Screen Actors Guild nominations apiece Thursday, including best ensemble cast.

Q+A with Youngblood Brass Band

Take a Wisconsin-made meat grinder found at a New Orleans yard sale and cram it full with a sousaphone, a snare drum, a bass drum, two trombones, a sax, two trumpets, and eight people who can play the hell out of these ingredients. Then stuff in a liberal dose of hip-hop inventiveness and start crankin'. Fry this up with a healthy portion of cultural consciousness, and oo-wee, you've got the delicious (and nutritious) Youngblood Brass Band. Lawrence.com spoke with Youngblood MC/snare drummer David Henzie-Skogen, in Cajun accents as far as you know.

How to make a 'Monster'

Lawrence native Patty Jenkins turns her indie portrait of a serial killer into an Oscar front-runner

Although Patty Jenkins never dreamed of becoming a filmmaker, the writer-director spent a good chunk of her youth seeing movies at the SUA theater on the Kansas University campus. The obscure art-house flicks must have made quite an impression.

Thursday, January 15

Review :: Drakkar Sauna, "rover"

If you went to Winfield's Walnut Valley Festival last October, you may have stumbled across three straw-hatted gentleman caterwauling with a harmophone, upright bass and guitar. Those men Jeff Stolz, Wallace Cochran and Chris Kuhlman compose Drakkar Sauna, one of Lawrence's most outlandish new bands.

Nintendo claims #2 spot in console race

Japanese-based company says Gamecube zoomed ahead of Microsoft's Xbox in the U.S.

Japanese-based company says Gamecube zoomed ahead of Microsoft's Xbox in the U.S.

People

¢ Rosie's musical folds ¢ Singer ordered to trial ¢ No stork on the way ¢ Parton is Flameworthy

'Friends' have overstayed their welcome

Does anyone care about "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) anymore? Tonight, a shocking secret about Chandler inspires the gang to reminisce. Gee, I guess it's already time for this season's "clip show." This comedy, which just won the People's Choice Award, has been anything but choice this season. Not to quibble, but nothing has happened. Not that there's anything wrong with a show about nothing. But this year's "Friends" has been pretty laugh-free as well.

Sundance departs from formulas

Opening night will mark some firsts for the Sundance Film Festival, the nation's top showcase for independent movies.

Wednesday, January 14

Kerouac manuscript hits road

Like the highway that inspired it, the first draft of author Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" rolls over nearly 120 feet of paper, a wandering narrative told in a continuous block of text.

Don't Fear The Ripper

Rollerblading stunt devil brings worldwide attention to Lawrence/KC crew

The first time Dave Temple saw Alex Broskow skate a handrail, he knew the eight-year-old kid was going to be something special. "He couldn't jump high enough to get on the rails (because he was so small), so he would skate faster than anybody else so vertically it would be a shorter jump," recalls Temple, who was already a teenager when he and his rollerblading friends started tutoring Broskow. "Nobody was skating that fast to handrails back then; it was crazy."

'Bachelorette' has rose-y future on ABC

This time, it's Meredith's turn on "The Bachelorette" (8 p.m., ABC). But will the statuesque Oregonian be able to maintain her dark, moody allure? She was the sad girl of the last "Bachelor," owing much of her mystique and appeal to the death of her grandmother. She also was surrounded by a bevy of would-be cheerleaders. Any woman might seem cool in a crowd that included Kelly Jo. As usual, 25 willing Romeos will arrive by the limo-load, but only 15 will receive a rose.

Paris Hilton blacklisted as worst-dressed celebrity

Mr. Blackwell, chronicler of clothing catastrophes, poked fun at socialite-reality TV star Paris Hilton Tuesday for committing the worst fashion follies of the past year.

People

¢ Actor reported missing ¢ Nugent cut by chainsaw ¢ Kutcher: No marriage plans ¢ Cheers, Ozzy!

Tuesday, January 13

People

¢ Diana Ross won't stand trial ¢ The neurotic director ¢ Musical causing commotion ¢ 'Frasier' series to end

'Survivor' all-stars revealed

Get ready to welcome Rudy, Richard, Tina and other favorite "Survivor" castaways for a rematch on the upcoming "Survivor: All-Stars" competition.

UPN banks on models

After fall fiascos like "Jake 2.0" and "Rock Me Baby," the folks at UPN find themselves hoping that host Tyra Banks can recapture the magic and buzz of last summer's surprise reality hit "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN).

Jackson advisers plot strategy

Michael Jackson's inner circle met Monday at a posh Beverly Hills hotel to look at the entertainer's business affairs, four days before his first court appearance on child molestation charges.

Q+A with The Spiders

Monday, January 12

Anne Heche shines in 'Gracie's Choice'

Before she turned into a tabloid headline, Anne Heche was quite a capable actress. Proof of that fact can be found in "Gracie's Choice" (7 p.m., Lifetime). Heche turns in a frightening and believable performance as Rowena Larson, the abusive mother of five children by five different fathers, whose careless flirtation with a string of drug dealers threatens to send her brood to separate foster homes.

People

¢ 'Friends' favorite among People's Choice Awards nominees ¢ 'Big Fish' beats 'Rings' ¢ Aiken brings back bacon ¢ Former Grammy nominee arrested with gun at airport

Jackson interview gives CBS bad press

'60 Minutes' talks, special lead to ethics questions

Suddenly enmeshed in an ethical crisis involving Michael Jackson at a time he should be enjoying a victory lap, "60 Minutes" founder Don Hewitt confesses only to bewilderment.

Sunday, January 11

The original Jayhawkers

Book reveals untold history of anti-slavery society

Justice came swiftly. After nightfall, a company of Lawrence free-staters 30 strong crept on cat's paws toward an encampment south of the city, where 22 Missouri "highwaymen and horse-thieves" whose captain had committed "outrages" on three free-state mothers were conversing by firelight.

Paris Review names late editor's successor

Four months after the death of George Plimpton, The Paris Review announced Wednesday that interim editor Brigid Hughes will permanently run the literary quarterly.

'Cry No More' short on smarts, long on fun

It's like eating a Twinkie. No, more like eating a box of Twinkies.

Poet's showcase

Arts notes

¢ Seem-To-Be Players tell 'Tales of Tom Sawyer' ¢ Juried art show asks 'love?' or 'love sucks?' ¢ Theater opens auditions for prize-winning 'Proof' ¢ 'Union Station' author to speak at library ¢ River City Revue auditions scheduled ¢ Theater cancels children's activity ¢ Theater to offer adult acting class ¢ Youth theater to have open house ¢ Exhibit shows nobility in aging process

Bookstore

Monkee hits Broadway

Micky Dolenz joins cast of Disney musical

Micky Dolenz studied architecture in college and was fully prepared for a life planning buildings -- not rock 'n' roll immortality -- even though he was auditioning for television shows between classes.

People

¢ 'Wayne Brady Show' gets ax ¢ Osbourne returning to talk show ¢ Bardot condemns civet slaughter ¢ Hines less annoyed in real life

'Spree' aims to explain origins of shopping culture

The average American planned to spend $835 on holiday purchases this year, according to financial education organization Myvesta's annual survey, and this is the time of year we ask ourselves, "Why?"

Hudson Valley ghost stories captivate 'Possessions' author

There is a specter haunting the Hudson Valley. A bunch of them, actually: Henry Hudson's old crew; a headless Hessian; a woman dragged to death by a horse; former railroad workers; peddlers; an assortment of apparitions from the days of the American Indians and the Dutch.

Saturday, January 10

Filmmaker hopes to put spotlight on Kansas

Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott said Friday that Hollywood had nothing on Kansas when it came to making movies. Willmott, whose movie "C.S.A. The Confederate States of America" will play next week at the famed Sundance Film Festival, praised his home state during a news conference with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Ventura takes Harvard fellowship

The Body is heading to Harvard.

Awards show season begins

Eric McCormack of "Will & Grace" is host of the 9th Annual Critic's Choice Awards (7 p.m. today, E!), live from Tinsel Town. The event recognizes achievements in film in the past year as selected by the 180 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. For what it's worth, these awards have become a pretty accurate barometer of Oscar-worthiness. Last year, 11 of the 13 actors and actresses nominated here went on to Oscar nominations. The films up for best picture this year include "Cold Mountain," "Finding Nemo," "In America" and "Mystic River."

Mafia hits streets on 'Sopranos'

Mobsters fresh out of prison and on the loose provide the impetus for the fifth season of HBO's drama "The Sopranos," series creator David Chase said.

6News video: Screen Scene

I'm Jon Niccum, entertainment editor of the Journal-World.

People

¢ Style guru leaving People ¢ Flowers joining N.Y. musical ¢ Russert still meeting the press ¢ Woo wants to bridge culture gap

Friday, January 9

Media at issue in Jackson case

District attorney seeking gag order

The judge presiding over the Michael Jackson child molestation case faces new decisions regarding media access, with prosecutors calling for a rigid publicity gag order and six news organizations asking that court documents be unsealed.

Magical 'Big Fish' hooks viewers with tall tales

Few filmmakers know more about exaggeration than Tim Burton. The fanciful director has made a career crafting fables of larger-than-life misfits who try to adjust to a restrictive society -- whether it's the shears-limbed hero in "Edward Scissorhands," the quixotic filmmaker in "Ed Wood" or even the Halloween honcho who takes over Santa's gig in "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

Review: NFL Street - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

The concept is unproven, even with the NFL Blitzes of the world. So how does it fare?

NFL Street can be fun and is a very admirable attempt at a lesser thought out and unproven concept. Kudos to EA for trying, but this could've been better suited to an extra mode on Madden 2005.

People

¢ Mogul aims to hip-hop the vote ¢ Broadway gets new Belle ¢ Carrey tops moneymakers ¢ 'Nemo' leads Annie Awards

Children build memorial for Keiko

Hundreds of schoolchildren in western Norway bid farewell to Keiko the killer whale Thursday by building a burial mound of stones over the Hollywood star's grave.

Series goes from drear to 'Eternity'

I'm usually a fan of low-budget science fiction, but even I have my limits. The new series (actually a 1999 import) "Code Name: Eternity" (9 p.m., Sci Fi) falls well beyond my threshold of pain.

Best bets

Dawn Brown sets her designs on 'Fish'

"He takes us on fantastical adventures through a slightly askew world," Dawn Brown says of filmmaker Tim Burton. Brown should know, because she helped to design part of that askew world displayed in "Big Fish," Burton's whimsical effort which is released today nationwide.

Thursday, January 8

NBC holds Trump card

Are you ready for "Survivor" in suits? Created by Mark Burnett, the man behind "The Restaurant" and "Survivor," "The Apprentice" (7:30 p.m., NBC) pits 16 highly motivated go-getters with varying degrees of education and experience to vie for a job with real estate mogul Donald Trump. Only one will emerge as president of one of Trump's many companies.

Former royal coroner: Diana not pregnant at time of death

Princess Diana was not pregnant when she died, a former royal coroner says, apparently ruling out one of the rumors which has swirled around Diana's death in a car crash six years ago.

Review: I-Ninja - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

I-Ninja was another humor-based action title added to the fray to inspire the "neenja" in all of us. The feeling you're left with is unfortunately stale.

I-Ninja was another humor-based action title added to the fray to inspire the "neenja" in all of us. The feeling you're left with is unfortunately stale.

People

¢ This makes Goldie Hawn grandma ¢ This just in ¢ Irwin still in the hunt ¢ Lords of the beads

'Producers' heads to screen

Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick will bring show full circle

"The Producers" is coming back to the big screen.

'Win My Life'

Entrepreneur hopes viewers will clamor for his 'great life'

Alexis Garcia lives a good life -- so good, he believes, that millions of television viewers would covet his very existence. "I'm very successful and popular," Garcia said Wednesday as he lingered over breakfast at Milton's Coffee & Wine, 920 Mass. "I live on the beach. I surf. I wear shorts every day."

Wednesday, January 7

Metal outside the mold

The Esoteric earns fans by breaking genre borders

As far as metal bands go, the members of The Esoteric are hardly the long-haired, head-banging, booze-swilling stereotypes that have dominated the genre ever since the days of Metallica and Spinal Tap. In conversation, the Lawrence fivesome is just as likely to rave about Outkast or Justin Timberlake as flagship metal bands like Faith No More or Mr. Bungle.

People

¢ Little friend on the way ¢ Fox to don 'Scrubs' ¢ Author Evanovich offers fans chance to be in book ¢ Super Bowl singer selected ¢ Toast to baby Chardonnay

'Celebrity Mole' features return of has-beens

Both Stephen Baldwin and Corbin Bernsen return for a second round of celebrity subterfuge on "Celebrity Mole Yucatan" (9 p.m., ABC). The duplicitous veterans spend the first 10 minutes talking about how absolutely "crazy" they must be to return.

Tuesday, January 6

Review: The Hobbit - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

How does Bilbo fare in his younger years?

For the most part it succeeds and provides a nice diversion for Lord of the Rings fans.

K.C. critics pick 2003's best in film

The 38th annual vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle was on Jan. 4. Eighteen Kansas City-area journalists in the field of print, television, radio and online (including the Lawrence Journal-World's Jon Niccum) voted in a variety of categories. The following selections were deemed the best of 2003.

Spears' annulment ends marriage 'for the hell of it'

After 55 hours of marital madness and publicity gone wild, Britney Spears and temporary husband Jason Allen Alexander decided Monday to scrap "I do" for "I wish I hadn't."

People

¢ Britain opens inquest into deaths ¢ Steve Irwin answers biting critics about dangling-baby incident ¢ Seinfeld back on the tube ¢ Kinks singer Ray Davies shot in pursuit of purse thief

Review: Fatal Frame 2 - PS2

Fatal Frame 2 doesn't entice you to play during the daytime like Eternal Darkness or Resident Evil: Code Veronica, but it will give you a few thrills at night.

Fatal Frame 2 doesn't entice you to play during the daytime like Eternal Darkness or Resident Evil: Code Veronica, but it will give you a few thrills at night.

Amnesia, bachelor parties, other stale plotlines abound

As you can imagine, I watch a lot of television. And I occasionally get cranky when I see highly paid writers rely on ancient plot devices. Let's take tonight's "Navy NCIS" (7 p.m., CBS), which involves an amnesia victim who may hold secrets about a terrorist plot. Yes, it's 2004, but amnesia still rears its ugly head.

Monday, January 5

'Dreams' will bring nightmare

How can you appreciate a well-produced reality show? Watch a bad one. There are plenty to choose from. But for our instructional purposes, the new series "House of Dreams" (8 p.m., A&E) will do.

People

¢ 'Return of the King' reigns again ¢ Ozzy has second thoughts on riding ATVs after crash ¢ Lou Rawls weds ¢ Drag bingo for charity

Britney weds Vegas-style

Drive-through chapel marriage to be annulled

Pop star Britney Spears' first marriage will be remarkably brief -- even by celebrity standards. The 22-year-old married Jason Allen Alexander, 22, a childhood friend from Louisiana, about 5:30 a.m. Saturday at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. The bride, wearing a baseball cap and torn jeans, was escorted down the aisle by a limousine driver, a source close to Spears told the Associated Press.

Sunday, January 4

Sociologist's new book reflects on boxing years in Chicago

When he first walked into the dingy gym on Chicago's South Side back in 1988, Loic Wacquant had never attended a boxing match and didn't know a left hook from an uppercut.

People

¢ Theron relishes weighty role ¢ Brockovich firm at it again ¢ Fast horses have Keith racing ¢ Jolie gives cows to Cambodia

Clooney's dad hopes next act is in Congress

Political newcomer Nick Clooney needed no introduction as he shook hands with people hunched over steaming breakfast plates at the Farmhouse restaurant.

Industrial art goes on tour

Smithsonian shares collection of engineer doodles

Doodles and drawings done by engineers to guide the manufacture of everyday things sometimes qualify as art, the Smithsonian Institution thinks. As evidence, it has framed 74 of them to send across the country for display in museums.

Edie Brickell has first new album in a decade

Edie Brickell has a mischievous smile on her face when the singer says she's a little jealous of her children's musical ability.

Poet's showcase

Bookstore

Idiosyncratic newspapermen don't quite save 'Bandbox'

In another lifetime, I worked at a newspaper where reporters fueled themselves between editions at a corner bar. There were editors who handed over their daily horse racing bets, tightly wrapped in copy paper, to a composing room employee named Mike the Cuban, who ran a profitable gambling operation on the side. A rewrite man named Byron Roberts once ran for mayor, just so his obituary might one day declare, "Byron Roberts, former candidate for mayor of Baltimore ..."

Events scheduled for February book program

This year's Read Across Lawrence book is L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Thirty copies of the book are available for five-day checkout at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., and 100 additional copies will be circulated around town to be read and passed on.

Arts notes

¢ Pow Wow planned at Washburn University ¢ KC Symphony to perform 'greats' ¢ Hays Arts Council accepting photo entries ¢ Exhibit highlights art of advertising

Best-dressed women of 2003 include artists, director, queen

Vogue magazine's list of the year's 25 best-dressed women includes artists, a movie director and even a queen among the usual gang of perfectly turned-out actresses, models and singers.

Though he died in an unfashionable decade, 'Elvis Fashion' is no oxymoron, author says

Take the words "Elvis" and "fashion" and put them together, and unfashionable images might spring to mind: white jumpsuits, loud polyester prints or the divinely tacky decor of Graceland, the King's home.

Promises, promises

Arts officials, others reveal '04 resolutions

A lot of people don't lend much credence to New Year's resolutions. They figure if you want to accomplish a task or make a life-altering change, you'll do it when you think of it during the year rather than making a monumental declaration to get started Jan. 1.

Commentary: Book teaches tender lesson: 'There's no place like home'

I confess: When I found out this year's Read Across Lawrence book was "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," I rolled my eyes. A full off-to-the-left, waaaay-over-the-top, then long blink kind of roll. It's my quiet way of dismissing ideas I think lack merit.

We're off to read the 'Wizard'

Classic 'Wonderful Wizard of Oz' chosen for Read Across Lawrence

That's right. We're off to read the Wizard, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." If you sang that sentence instead of reading it, then you've probably seen the MGM film that popularized L. Frank Baum's fantastic Land of Oz. The movie has been shown on television so often since 1956 that nearly all American children and their families know it by heart.

Saturday, January 3

Review: 007: Everything or Nothing - Game Boy Advance

At least it's better than rearranging your sock drawer.

At least it's better than rearranging your sock drawer.

Review: SSX 3 - Game Boy Advance

Don't even think about it.

By simply reading this review you've already spent more time with this game than you should.

Review: Medal of Honor: Infiltrator - Game Boy Advance

This handheld version has a quality that's totally absent from its console brethren: it's fun.

This handheld version has a quality that's totally absent from its console brethren: it's fun.

Review: Fire Emblem - Game Boy Advance

A pleasure full of personality and strategy.

A pleasure full of personality and strategy.

Review: Deus Ex: Invisible War - Xbox

A multi-branching experience not to be missed.

If you are an action only guru, Invisible War may be disappointing. But with what developer Ion Storm intended, they achieved with great success.

'Sex and the City' begins final fling

If "Sex and the City" puts its fans in the mood for anything these days, it might just be a good cry.

Musical 'Dreams' are right on key

How do you top yourself after playing Audrey Hepburn? If you're Jennifer Love Hewitt, you strap on some white go-go boots and take a walk over to Makeup so you can impersonate Nancy Sinatra performing her signature hit, "These Boots are Made for Walking," on "American Dreams" (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC).

People

¢ Crikey! This babe raises a fuss ¢ Imbruglia weds in Australia ¢ Norwegian named 'World Idol' ¢ Rush guitarist arrested

Friday, January 2

Lawrence launches Hometown Fest

At his first major film festival in Palm Beach, Jeremy Osbern got a pretty good idea of what he'll have to do to make it in the movie biz. "I learned that buzz is everything," said Osbern, a Kansas University senior in film studies, whose 16-minute short "The Passion" won immediate praise from reviewers at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in April.

Best bets

People

¢ Newspaper publishes annual list of who, what are in, out ¢ Role as bank robber sought by Woody Allen ¢ Red-headed Stranger pens anti-war ballad

Oscar ballots mailed

Oscar nomination ballots are in the mail.

CBS hitches wagon to Jackson gravy train

Pop culture rubberneck alert: The once-canceled musical special "Michael Jackson's Number Ones" (7 p.m., CBS) has been rescheduled and will appear tonight. That's funny -- way back in November, when CBS decided to drop "Ones" from its sweeps lineup, the network solemnly announced, "We will consider broadcasting the special after the due process of the legal system runs its course."

Canceled TV shows have shot at afterlife

There are three stages of afterlife for a dead TV show, and a program's fate can be decided by its unaired episodes.

2003 best of film

'Translation' tops year's 10 best flicks

For most people, December represents the holiday season. For me, it means I've got a month left to scramble in order to see every movie released during the year in order to determine if they make the best or worst list. So what do I look for in a movie?

2003 worst of film

Clearly, the worst film was 'Gigli'

One of the most common questions I get is, "Have you ever walked out of a movie?" The answer is no. But the reason is because no matter how offensive, annoying or just plain boring the experience can be, I always know in the back of mind that I can seek retribution by placing that dud on my "worst of film" list.

Thursday, January 1

'Idol' threat to world peace

As if America didn't have enough diplomatic crises, we now have Simon Cowell representing us as a judge on "World Idol" (8 p.m., Fox). The pugnacious Brit was in particularly foul form last week, insulting the Polish "Idol," Alicja Janosz, the Polish judge and the Polish people. He also dismissed the efforts of Lebanese singer Diana Karazon, representing the "Pan Arab" countries. She had the temerity to perform in her own language and represent the musical tradition of her own culture.

Novelist, screenwriter John Gregory Dunne dies

John Gregory Dunne, the best-selling author of "True Confessions" known for his biting critiques of Hollywood and frequent collaborations with his wife, Joan Didion, has died. He was 71.

People

¢ Cuban musician honored ¢ J.Lo tops the 'hot list' ¢ A 'Candy Man' revival ¢ Meat Puppet accused of assault

Sheriff threatens charges for Jackson's abuse claim

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff on Wednesday strongly denied Michael Jackson was roughed up by jailers during his arrest, and threatened to press charges against the pop star for making a false accusation against an officer.