- The Washington Times - Monday, July 5, 2004

Gone to the dogs

Romance novelist Fern Michaels has come to the aid of the Stratford, Conn., police department.

Miss Michaels, the author of “Vegas Rich” and “Vegas Heat,” has given the town $10,000 to buy two drug-detecting canines. The German shepherds, Roscoe and Zak, will wear body armor, also courtesy of Miss Michaels.

“If you give a police officer a bulletproof vest, you should give his partner one, too,” she told the Associated Press.

Miss Michaels lives in South Carolina but responded to an e-mail appeal for help from a Stratford resident.

Wedded bliss

Tom Cruise is famous for being “Born on the Fourth of July,” and now Dennis Quaid has produced a sequel: “Wed on the Fourth of July.”

Mr. Quaid celebrated Independence Day by marrying Texas real estate agent Kimberly Buffington.

According to AP, Mr. Quaid, 50, and Miss Buffington, 32, tied the knot Sunday at an undisclosed location in Montana.

In the role of best man was Mr. Quaid’s 12-year-old son, Jack Henry Quaid. Mr. Quaid met his new wife in March 2003 when a mutual friend introduced them at a dinner in Austin, Texas, according to the actor’s spokeswoman.

He was previously married to actress P.J. Soles from 1978 to 1983 and to Meg Ryan, the mother of his son, from 1991 to 2001.

‘Baywatch’ to Billy

David Hasselhoff is set to make his London stage debut in the West End production of “Chicago,” in which he’ll play the conniving publicity hound lawyer Billy Flynn.

Mr. Hasselhoff, the much-maligned actor/singer most famous for his TV roles in “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch,” will debut at London’s Adelphi Theatre July 16 and is slated for 60 performances, according to the British Web site ananova.com.

“This is not about making money; this is about following my heart, challenging myself and having fun,” the actor said.

“Billy will be like every attorney I’ve ever known — charming until he delivers the bill.”

Cagey concert

In an abandoned church in the German town of Halberstadt, the world’s longest concert moved two notes closer to its end yesterday: Three years down, 636 to go.

The addition of an E and E-sharp complement the G-sharp, B and G-sharp have been playing since February 2003 in composer John Cage’s “Organ2/ASLSP” (“Organ squared/As slow as possible”).

The five notes are the initial sounds played on a specially built organ. The instrument’s keys are held down by weights, and new organ pipes will be added as needed as the piece is stretched out to last generations, according to AP.

The molasses-in-January concert “has a philosophical background in the hectic times in which we live, to find calm through this slowness,” said Georg Bandarau, a businessman who helps run the private foundation behind the concert.

“In 639 years, maybe they will only have peace.”

Brothers in arms

A dispute over the conception of the movie “White Chicks” has pitted a previously unknown group of brothers against the Wayans brothers.

Brothers Jason, Jon and James Coppola, plus friend Mario Pittore, sued the Wayans brothers last week in federal court, seeking $15 million in damages.

They claim the Wayans stole their idea for the movie “White Chicks.”

“We feel not only does it rip us off, but it’s not even as good” as [ours],” Mr. Pittore, 30, told AP.

“White Chicks,” directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, stars Shawn and Marlon Wayans as black FBI agents who pose as young white hotel heiresses. The movie has grossed $37.3 million since it opened June 23.

The Pittore-Coppola script, titled “Johnny Bronx,” is about a bumbling black FBI agent who impersonates a white man to infiltrate the mob.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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