- - Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sarah Jessica Parker and Gerard Butler are adding to the star wattage at the Nobel Peace Prize concert.

The actors will be the hosts of the 19th annual event, to be held Dec. 11 in Oslo, The Associated Press reports. Jennifer Hudson and Seal are among the performers.

The European Union captured the prize this year.

Miss Parker said she is honored to “promote the power of peace around the world. Mr. Butler said the European Union has shown “the world what is possible when forces unite in peace” and called the concert a “remarkable celebration of humanity.”

Past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize include Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, former Vice President Al Gore and President Barack Obama.

McCartney, Springsteen to take part in Sandy benefit

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Kanye West will hit the stage at a Superstorm Sandy benefit concert next month at Madison Square Garden.

Madison Square Garden announced Thursday that Billy Joel, The Who, Alicia Keys and Jon Bon Jovi also will perform at the Dec. 12 show, dubbed “12-12-12.” More performers will be announced later.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit those affected by Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Sandy’s assault three weeks ago created widespread damage and power outages throughout the area.

Drug charges dropped against Bon Jovi’s daughter

A central New York prosecutor said drug charges against Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped.

Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a Hamilton College dorm early Wednesday.

Town of Kirkland police charged Ms. Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., and another student with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said Thursday he was dismissing the charges against both students. Under state law, someone having a drug overdose or seeking help for an overdose victim can’t be prosecuted for having a small amount of heroin or any amount of marijuana.

Mr. Bon Jovi is scheduled to perform a concert to benefit Hamilton on Dec. 5. He has not commented on his daughter.

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