Johnny Ramone dies at 55

Los Angeles -- Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band "The Ramones," has died. He was 55.

Ramone died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, his publicist said. He had battled prostate cancer for five years and was hospitalized in June at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Ramone, born John Cummings, was one of the original members of the Ramones, whose hit songs "I Wanna be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned the band induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

The band's singer, Joey Ramone, whose real name was Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Bassist Dee Dee Ramone, who was born Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002.

'Survivor' gives back to children

Indianapolis -- Rupert Boneham, the bushy-bearded giant from Indianapolis who was an audience favorite during two "Survivor" games, is donating $100,000 to help troubled children.

The donation will launch Rupert's Kids Inc., designed to help troubled youths and provide affordable housing for the poor in Indianapolis, Boneham said Tuesday.

"I've always wanted to create my own organization for kids, but I've never had the resources until now," said Boneham, who won a $1 million consolation prize during a special edition of the CBS game.

Boneham, 40, appeared on "Survivor: All-Stars" and "Survivor: Pearl Islands."

Boneham wants to identify troubled youths ages 12-20 and have them remodel dilapidated houses. The charity would then donate the homes or sell them for a nominal amount to a low-income families.

N.Y. rolls out Earnhardt plates

Albany, N.Y. -- It's been three years since seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final turn of the Daytona 500, but the Intimidator's legacy promises to live on for a long time in New York.

Gov. George Pataki announced Tuesday that New York would offer the first custom license plate in the nation honoring Earnhardt. The new red, white, black and gray "legacy" plate features a silhouette of Earnhardt with arms stretched out to celebrate a victory in front of the trademark "E" against a black background. Earnhardt's signature and the logo of NASCAR are just below the image.

A street called 'Law & Order'

New York -- The folks on NBC's "Law & Order" will go to work on a familiar street.

On Tuesday, the city of New York renamed a short road that heads to Pier 62 on the West Side as "Law & Order Way," in honor of the series' 15th anniversary. That's where the show's offices are located and many of its episodes are shot.

"New York City is as much a part of every 'Law & Order' ensemble as the actors," said Dick Wolf, series creator.

The drama is welcoming yet another cast member this season, with Dennis Farina replacing Jerry Orbach as Jesse L. Martin's detective partner. Orbach is heading to a new spinoff, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury."

Martin said his new partner was doing fine.

"He just fit right in," he said.


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