Cleaning house

Little Rock, Ark.-- About 300 people packed into the offices that once served as Wesley Clark's campaign headquarters for a chance at history -- and used office supplies.

Some who attended Friday's auction were supporters of the former Democratic presidential hopeful, while others were adding to their own offices. Still others hoped to make money reselling the items.

The campaign netted $27,000 from memorabilia and office equipment such as phones, desks, televisions and computers, said Andy Kessel, campaign budget director.

He said he'd like to raise about $500,000 from the auction and other fund-raisers across the nation to cover debt from the campaign. He estimated the campaign would end up owing that much after a Federal Election Commission audit later this year.

A hands-on top model

Radnor, Pa.-- Known for gracing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and the Victoria's Secret catalog, Tyra Banks is moving into life beyond the runway.

Banks is the creator and executive producer of the UPN reality television series "America's Next Top Model." The series is in its second season and has been picked up by UPN for two more.

"The (modeling) industry represents a revolving door: The new ones come and the old ones go. I'm still in there, but I'm ready to kick myself out soon," the 30-year-old model tells TV Guide for its March 20 issue.

Banks says she considers herself a more hands-on producer than some, for example, Donald Trump of NBC's "The Apprentice."

"Is he really in the editing room every day like I am? Is he discussing budgets and hiring the cinematographer?" she asked. "I don't think he's doing all that."

Impromptu show

Jupiter, Fla. -- Country music star Alan Jackson had a surprise concert for his neighbors, trying out some new songs and polishing up some old ones before his new tour begins.

Jackson called a radio station Friday afternoon and announced the impromptu and free show at Castaways Marina in Jupiter, near where he owns a home.

About 1,100 people packed the restaurant and bar. Jackson and his 10-piece band, the Strayhorns, performed for nearly four hours.

He opened the concert with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Last year, he and Jimmy Buffett filmed the video for the song at the restaurant's beach-themed bar.


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