- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sandra Bullock weds

Actress Sandra Bullock married mechanic and reality TV star Jesse James at a ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., according to reports.

Miss Bullock, 40, and Mr. James, 35, exchanged vows Saturday in front of several hundred guests at the Folded Hills Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley’s wine country.

Guests included actor William Shatner, actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Regina King, and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, according to “Entertainment Tonight” and Us Weekly magazine.

Many in Hollywood were surprised at the pairing of the tattooed bad boy and the on-screen good girl, who met in 2003.

It’s the first marriage for Miss Bullock, the “Miss Congeniality” star who had been engaged to actor Tate Donovan. She recently played the wife of a district attorney in the film “Crash.”

Mr. James, who has two previous marriages and three children, appears on the Discovery Channel’s “Monster Garage.”

Amazon fetes 10th year

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert Saturday for its employees and customers that included a rare joint performance by Bob Dylan and Norah Jones.

The free concert for more than 2,500 employees in Seattle, which was also circulated over the Web, was aimed at showcasing Amazon’s success at becoming the Internet’s biggest retailer — unlike unlucky companies that died along with the bursting of the technology bubble five years ago.

Miss Jones, whose debut album “Come Away With Me” won eight Grammy Awards in 2003, paused once during her performance to say, “This is the part where we usually do a Bob Dylan song.

“But don’t worry, we won’t, because we’re too scared to do that,” Miss Jones said of the singer-songwriter who set the tone for the 1960s counterculture and influenced many later artists.

Reuters News Agency reported that Miss Jones’ performance will be her “first and only show in 2005.”

Policeman’ arrested

Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was arrested by real police who reportedly found a gun and drugs in his convertible.

Mr. Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as “Macho Man” and “In the Navy” before leaving the Village People in the late 1970s, was taken into custody Monday after an officer stopped his Chevrolet Corvette.

Police said Mr. Willis didn’t have a valid license or identification and at first lied about his name and residence. Inside the car, the officer found a .45-caliber handgun as well as rock cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Traces of cocaine and other paraphernalia also were found in his residence in a mobile home park in Daly City, Calif., just south of San Francisco, police said. Mr. Willis also had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of narcotics.

Police arrested him on suspicion of six felony counts, including possession of a firearm, driving on a suspended license and transportation of cocaine. He posted $100,000 bail Tuesday and was to be arraigned Aug. 16.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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