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Eye on Dubai?

Pop star Michael Jackson, on a private visit to Dubai, reportedly is thrilled by the Gulf Arab emirate, which is in the midst of a construction boom — leading many to speculate that he may be considering a move there.

Reuters news agency, quoting local newspapers, reported yesterday that the King of Pop has been touring the emirate, the Gulf region’s trade and tourism hub, for the past week in the company of Dubai-based Arab rally-driving champion and friend Mohammed bin Sulayem.

According to published reports, Mr. Jackson has made inquiries about real estate.

The singer, who turned 47 yesterday and was acquitted of child sex abuse charges in June, is living in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain as a guest of the royal family.

Clintons go Hawaiian

Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spent a vacation on Hawaii’s Kauai Island with their daughter, Chelsea, doing what most tourists do — shopping, eating out and golfing, albeit with a movie star.

According to Associated Press, the Clintons have been spotted hiking the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast and golfing at Princeville with “James Bond” actor and Hanalei resident Pierce Brosnan.

The Clintons stayed at a private luxury home on Kauai’s lush North Shore. They also have been accompanied by a team of Secret Service agents.

Hanalei Gourmet owner Tim Kerlin said the former prez picked up a deli sandwich, while his wife and their daughter enjoyed a restaurant appetizer specialty: deep-fried crispy artichoke hearts.

Mr. Clinton last visited Kauai in 1992, when he spent a day campaigning on four islands for Hawaiian Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mazie Hirono, who lost to Gov. Linda Lingle.

Brit fit

Pop princess and mommy-to-be Britney Spears stormed the set of little sister Jamie Lynn Spears’ Nickelodeon show, “Zoey 101,” last week and screamed at a 13-year-old co-star who had been feuding with Jamie Lynn — leaving the traumatized actress in tears, the New York Post reports.

“Britney had the talent coordinator bring [co-star] Alexa Nikolas over to Jamie Lynn’s trailer — where she proceeded to scream that Alexa was an ‘evil little girl’ and that she had better watch herself or she ‘will never work in this town again,’” the newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying.

“Alexa was in tears,” the source adds. “She was sobbing and totally upset — I mean, she has been buying Britney CDs since she was 6, and then Britney tears her to pieces? It was totally uncalled for. While Jamie Lynn is the star, Alexa still works there, and it is technically her set. And the fight was a petty,13-year-old thing between Alexa and Jamie Lynn, who is becoming a real pest. Britney should have stayed out of it.”

A spokeswoman for both Spears sisters offered a different spin on the incident.

“Jamie Lynn and another girl on set were having problems, as 13-year-olds do,” the spokeswoman says. “Britney did have words with the girl but felt she was sticking up for her sister. She did not yell by any means; she just gave the girl a sisterly talking to and wondered why they just couldn’t all get along.”

Pyle’s home a goner

The Indiana farmhouse where World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle grew up has been demolished, shocking preservationists who had worked for years to keep Pyle’s legacy alive.

The home’s demolition in mid-August came after the owners had offered it to the Ernie Pyle museum in Dana, Ind., the state or anyone who would take it.

“All we asked was that they move the house from where it stood because we could not afford to fix it up, and vandals were breaking into it. It became a liability issue with us,” owner Gene Goforth says.

The hilltop farmhouse outside of Dana, about 20 miles north of Terre Haute, was where Pyle lived from roughly age 2 to 18.

Laura Minzes, a deputy director at the Department of Natural Resources, told AP that money was the primary reason the state passed on the opportunity to acquire the farmhouse.

Pyle, who was killed by a Japanese sniper on the tiny Pacific island of Ie Shima in April 1945, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Decades later, he was awarded a posthumous Purple Heart.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee and Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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