Saturday, January 3, 2004
Crikey! This babe raises a fuss
Brisbane, Australia -- "Crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin's latest stunt -- hand feeding a large crocodile while holding his infant son -- drew fire from viewers, a visit by police and the promise of a government investigation.
Before a crowd of onlookers at his reptile park in Beerwah, north of Brisbane, Irwin on Friday cradled his month-old son, Robert, under one arm and dangled a piece of chicken from the other hand in front of a 13-foot crocodile.
The croc quickly snapped up the meat.
Queensland state's Families Minister Judy Spence has called for unedited tapes of the incident and officials from the state's workplace safety authority said they would also be investigating.
Imbruglia weds in Australia
Brisbane, Australia -- Pop star Natalie Imbruglia married Daniel Johns, lead singer for Australian rock band Silverchair, in a secret ceremony.
The couple exchanged vows Wednesday at an exclusive resort on Australia's northeastern coast, with a large white tent seen on the lawns of the Thala Beach Lodge, Australian Associated Press reported.
Imbruglia first rose to stardom in Australia as an actress on the television drama "Neighbors" which also spawned pop princesses Kylie Minogue and Holly Valance.
Norwegian named 'World Idol'
London -- Apparently it was "Middle Earth Idol" after all.
Kurt Nilsen, a 25-year-old former plumber from Norway, conquered early favorites Kelly Clarkson and Will Young to claim the entirely honorary title of "World Idol" on a one-hour special that aired Thursday on Fox. The selection episode came a week after the Dec. 25 "World Idol" performance special.
Following Nilsen's Christmas Day performance of U2's "Beautiful Day," Australian judge Ian Dickson said, "You have the voice of an angel and the face of a hobbit. If they had a Middle Earth Idol you'd be it."
Rush guitarist arrested
Naples, Fla. -- The lead guitarist for the rock band Rush skirmished with sheriff's deputies, spat blood on one and was arrested on New Year's Eve after his son refused to leave the stage at a fancy hotel, authorities said.
Deputies said they had to use a stun gun on 50-year-old Alex Zivojinovich -- known on stage as Alex Lifeson -- for what they described as drunken, violent behavior at the Naples Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Zivojinovich was released from Collier County jail Friday afternoon. Also arrested were his son Justin Zivojinovich, 33, and his son's wife, Michelle Zivojinovich, 30.
Justin Zivojinovich said deputies broke his father's nose.
The son said he went on the stage where the house band was performing so he could sing. According to authorities, the scuffle began when Justin Zivojinovich refused to leave the stage.