Saturday, March 20, 2004
Actor pleads guilty to obscenity
Los Angeles -- "Pee-wee Herman" actor Paul Reubens was sentenced to three years' probation Friday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor obscenity charge involving photographs seized from his erotica collection.
The former star of the "Pee-wee's Playhouse" children's TV show and two "Pee-wee" movies won't be allowed unsupervised contact with minors during the probation period.
Under terms of a plea agreement that Superior Court Judge Carol H. Rehm approved, Reubens also agreed to pay a $100 fine and enter a counseling program for one year.
Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor charge of child pornography that had carried a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
However, the 51-year-old Reubens agreed to register as a sex offender for the duration of his probation.
Tammy Faye has lung cancer
Los Angeles -- Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner announced Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live" that she has inoperable lung cancer.
Messner, 62, told one caller that she "believes in miracles" and told another that she is considering holistic medicine in addition to chemotherapy to treat her cancer.
The former Tammy Faye Bakker divorced televangelist Jim Bakker in 1992 while he was serving a sentence for financial fraud.
Messner has a self-help book "I Will Survive ... And You Will, Too!" that was released last year before she was diagnosed.
Former president plans leap
Dallas -- Former President George Bush hasn't had enough air time yet.
For his 80th birthday, he's planning his third skydiving feat since 1997 -- and fourth jump ever.
The ex-president also plans a party on June 12 (his birthday) and 13 in College Station so friends and admirers can watch the next leap. Tickets will be sold, with prices beginning at $100 and the proceeds going to charity.
A Navy pilot during World War II, Bush made a jump at age 72, fulfilling a promise he made after bailing from a crippled plane during the military conflict. He'd vowed to skydive again just for fun.
In 1999, Bush marked his 75th birthday by jumping from an airplane.
"Clearly, after his first jump, I think he was hooked," said Chris Needels, executive director of the U.S. Parachute Assn. and staff member on Bush's National Security Council.
More 'divas' added to show
New York -- Joss Stone, Deborah Harry and Cyndi Lauper will join previously announced performers Patti LaBelle and Jessica Simpson on stage at this year's "VH1 Divas."
"VH1 Divas" will air live April 18 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they're confirmed, VH1 announced this week.
The "Divas" specials raise funds for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in America's public schools and raising awareness of the positive effect that music participation has on students.