- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Luciano staying put

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti has been given the go-ahead by doctors to leave the hospital where he was admitted last week with a fever, but he plans to remain for a few more days just to be sure, his wife said yesterday.

Nicoletta Mantovani, told reporters that her husband had chosen to stay because he feels more tranquil there than at home, says Associated Press, citing a report from the ANSA news agency.

Mr. Pavarotti, 71, underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in July 2006 in a New York hospital. At the time, he had been preparing to resume his farewell tour.

Garrett slugs photog

Everybody loves Raymond, but the actor who played Ray Romano’s brother on the hit TV series literally punched out a paparazzo’s lights in a vicious encounter.

According to the New York Daily News, Emmy winner Brad Garrett was caught on film losing his cool Sunday night outside a Malibu, Calif. sushi restaurant. The 6-foot-8 actor, 47, was furious that Joe Mansour, 38, had called him a “racist.” Mr. Mansour, who is from Senegal, insists that a month ago Mr. Garrett told him: “Man, I didn’t know they had black people in Malibu. We don’t like you here.” Moments after Sunday’s verbal sparring started, Mr. Garrett got physical, lashing out at another photographer, a TMZ.com lensman, and knocking a light from atop his camera.

Mr. Garrett’s manager, Glenn Robbins, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail from AP seeking comment.

Harvey Levin, TMZ’s managing editor, said the Web site wouldn’t press charges because the camera wasn’t damaged, AP said.

ITunes has Lennon

Apple yesterday announced the debut of the John Lennon solo catalog on the ITunes Store (www.itunes.com).

Sixteen of Mr. Lennon’s solo works from EMI Music will be available for the first time on ITunes with the “Lennon Legend” and “Acoustic” collections making their worldwide digital debuts.

Also, for a limited period of 30 days, exclusive video content will be included with the albums “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” “Sometime in New York City,” “Walls and Bridges,” “Milk and Honey” and the collections “Anthology” and “Working Class Hero.”

“John would have loved the fact that his music will now be available in a format suited to a new generation of listeners,” said Mr. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

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