Friday, September 17, 2004
Award recipients honored for giving peace a chance
New York -- Yoko Ono has awarded peace grants to journalist Seymour Hersh and Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, men she says epitomize her late husband John Lennon's song, "Gimme Some Truth."
Hersh and Vanunu will each receive a $50,000 LennonOno Grant for Peace, according to a statement Thursday by Ono's publicist, Elliot Mintz.
Vanunu, a former technician at an Israeli nuclear reactor, served 18 years in prison for divulging information about Israel's nuclear secrets.
Hersh, a writer for the New Yorker magazine, has published a series of investigative articles about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, compiled in a new book, "Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib."
Contest lets sports fan score
New York -- Tom Arnold of Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show Period" wants to know just how dedicated some sports fans can be.
As part of a sponsorship promotion for Smart Watches, Arnold has launched a contest aimed at finding the craziest things fans have done to get the score of a big game when they were supposed to be doing something else.
The person with the best story will win a trip to Hawaii to party, where the NFL's Pro Bowl will be played the weekend of Feb. 12, 2005.
Rabid fans can enter the contest until Oct. 8 at the Web site HowLowDidYouGo.com.
Kidman cashes in Down Under
Sydney, Australia -- Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest young woman, according to BRW magazine's list of the country's top earners under age 40.
The Oscar-winning star of "The Hours" has an estimated worth of $108 million, said the magazine's "young rich" list, released Wednesday.
Kidman, 37, came in fourth overall and was the highest-ranked woman on the list, which was topped by 39-year-old mobile phone magnate John Ilhan, whose worth was put at $210 million.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson and pop star Kylie Minogue were tied in third place on the rich women's list with $42 million each.
It's a done-me-wrong sing-along
Nashville, Tenn. -- Comedian Joan Rivers takes a look at some of the best ways to say "kiss off" in country music when she hosts "CMT 40 Greatest Done Me Wrong Songs."
"Honey, nobody knows more about being done wrong to than me. Well, maybe Martha Stewart but that's another story," Rivers said.
The two-hour special, airing at 7 p.m. Saturday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 77, will count down country music's best cheating, back-stabbing and revenge-filled songs.
Celebrity appearances include Linda Gray of "Dallas" and Morgan Fairchild of "Falcon Crest," known for their roles as the always-wronged woman.