- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

James Levine battling cancer

A growth on a kidney removed from conductor James Levine was malignant, but doctors say the cancer was caught early and no further treatment is needed, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Tuesday.

Doctors in New York removed the right kidney last week because the growth was causing pressure and discomfort for Mr. Levine, 65, music director of both the Boston orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, AP says. The surgery forced him to miss the remainder of the BSO’s Tanglewood season.

Omarosa, host spar on air

Reality-TV villain Omarosa sparred with talk-show host Wendy Williams on Monday in a spat that at one point turned physical, AP reports.

Omarosa appeared on Fox’s “The Wendy Williams Show” to promote her upcoming book but instead spent more time trading insults with the radio-personality-turned-talk-show-host.

“I wanted to throw her off the set,” Miss Williams later told AP.

The altercation started when Howard University graduate Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth walked onto the daytime talk show and said she was displeased with Miss Williams’ introduction of her and would not be disrespected. Things got uglier when Miss Williams grabbed Omarosa’s book cover to hold it up to the camera and Omarosa snatched it from Miss Williams’ hand.

The yanking gave way to Omarosa attacking Miss Williams’ appearance. Miss Williams didn’t stay silent throughout the heated interview. She called Omarosa “a typical angry black woman” and suggested cosmetic injections could fix her wrinkles. An after-hours telephone message and e-mail to Omarosa’s publicist were not immediately returned, AP says.

Miss Williams’ hour-long show, which launched July 14 for a six-week preview, is seen in four cities — New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it premiered to strong ratings in its first week in New York, finishing No. 1 among women 18 to 34 and No. 2 (tied with “The View”) among women 18 to 49.

Rock pleads no contest

Kid Rock has been sentenced to a year’s probation and fined $1,000 for his role in a fight at a suburban Atlanta Waffle House last fall. The DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office says the 37-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Robert J. Ritchie, also was sentenced to six hours of anger-management counseling and 80 hours of community service. Four counts of battery were dropped.

Mrs. Spelling’s humble abode

The widow of producer Aaron Spelling paid a whopping $47 million for a two-story condo atop a Century City residential tower that’s still under construction, AP reports.

The price paid by Candy Spelling for the 16,500-square-foot property works out to $2,848 a square foot, a record price for a Los Angeles condo unit, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The previous record of $2,700 was set at the same Century tower project in February.

Mrs. Spelling will be move into her unit in about a year, her attorney Stephen Goldberg said.

The condo isn’t the first record-breaking residence for Mrs. Spelling. Her current abode, a 123-room mansion that she and her husband dubbed “The Manor,” is the largest home in Los Angeles County at 56,500 square feet.

The house in the affluent Holmby Hills neighborhood sits on six acres and has 11 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms and amenities such as a bowling alley, doll museum and gift-wrapping room.

Mr. Goldberg said Mrs. Spelling was moving in order to downscale her living space after her husband’s death in 2006. She’ll now seek to sell her lavish estate, which was built between 1986 and 1990, he said.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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