- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

To the rescue

David Lee Roth no longer runs with the devil. He runs with a New York ambulance crew instead.

Mr. Roth, 50, has been training to become a paramedic, the New York Post reported yesterday.

“I have been on over 200 individual rides now,” Mr. Roth said. “Not once has anyone recognized me, which is perfect for me.”

The ex-Van Halenite has been riding with emergency response crews in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn several nights a week.

His training, evidently, is going well.

Several weeks ago, Mr. Roth saved the life of a heart attack victim in the Bronx by using a defibrillator.

“You would never know you were dealing with a rock ‘n’ roll guy,” said Linda Reissman, Mr. Roth’s emergency medical service tutor. “His commitment really is touching. He wants to help people.”

Bad Vibes

Fists flew and a man was apparently stabbed at the Vibe Awards on Monday night as rapper Snoop Dogg and producer Quincy Jones were preparing to honor Dr. Dre.

Dozens of people sitting near the stage inside a hangar at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport began shoving each other as the show wound down about 7:30 p.m., according to an Associated Press photographer who was covering the event.

News video showed chairs being thrown, punches flying, people chasing one another and some being restrained.

The victim, a 26-year-old man, was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition. No arrests were made.

Witness Frank Williams told KCAL-TV that Dr. Dre was involved in the brawl.

“I saw Dr. Dre fighting somebody,” Mr. Williams said. “I don’t know if he was fighting back. But there was a guy taken out basically bloodied.”

The awards were scheduled to air last night on UPN.

Funny business

Christopher Buckley, author of such comic novels as “Thank You for Smoking” and “Florence of Arabia,” collected the ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Mr. Buckley, son of retired conservative icon William F. Buckley, won the prize for “No Way to Treat a First Lady,” which spoofs the trouble-prone marriage of former President Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I read it quickly, [convulsed] with delight, pulled through by the wit and invention of the satire, amazed at the wealth of detail,” prize judge Andrew Hudgins said, according to AP.

The Thurber award, named for the late humorist and cartoonist James Thurber, is worth $5,000. Previous winners include Ian Frazier’s “Coyote vs. Acme” and David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”

Football comes first

English soccer star David Beckham won’t be getting a kick out of the forthcoming “Pink Panther” remake.

“I’ve never said that I wanted to go into movies. I’ve been offered a couple of things like ‘The Pink Panther,’ but my football comes first,” Mr. Beckham told AP.

The new “Panther” movie, set for release next summer, will star Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau, and Beyonce Knowles. The plot revolves around the murder of a soccer coach, according to the film’s Web site.

Decking the halls

Singers JoJo, LeAnn Rimes, Ruben Studdard and Vanessa Williams are on tap to perform at the annual Christmas in Washington concert.

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush are expected to attend the concert, slated for Dec. 15 at the National Building Museum.

Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw and wife Robin will host the show, according to Billboard.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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