- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 2, 2005

Tiger man walking

Roy Horn says “the magic is back.”

But two years after he was nearly killed by a tiger on stage, the magic is about walking short distances, not making elephants disappear.

“I meditate a lot, but I am constantly in pain,” Mr. Horn, of the famed duo “Siegfried & Roy,” told the Las Vegas Sun. “I’m trying to live with this.”

Today is the second anniversary of the attack; It’s also his 61st birthday.

Mr. Horn can now walk unaided for short distances, and the grip of his right hand is noticeably firm. But signs of the attack remain: A thin white scar cuts across the right side of his neck, his left side is partially paralyzed and his walk is a slow shuffle.

His goal is to walk without assistance.

“It will be soon,” he said. “I will surprise everybody when I do it. I like surprises.”

Mr. Horn said he still finds solace in his animals and visits them at least once a week — including Montecore, the white tiger that mauled him during a performance at the Mirage.

Recalling the night he nearly died, Mr. Horn said it was not his time.

“They were not ready for me,” he said. “They were not ready for me to do the show upstairs. Not yet.”

‘It-girl’ gets cold feet

Paris Hilton said Saturday she ended her five-month engagement to a Greek shipping heir because she’s “not ready for marriage” and didn’t want it to end up in divorce.

The 24-year-old celebutante-turned-model broke off wedding plans with Paris Latsis, 22, because she didn’t want to rush into marriage too quickly.

“I have seen the breakups between people who love each other and rush into getting married too quickly,” Miss Hilton said in a statement released to Associated Press. “I do not want to make that mistake.”

The couple became engaged in the spring and Mr. Latsis gave the hotel heiress a 24-carat, $5 million diamond engagement ring.

Miss Hilton said she still loves Mr. Latsis and the pair will continue to work together on business endeavors and that they have “movies together in the works.”

Via Loretta

The way to Loretta Lynn’s famous “cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler” is about to go from hardscrabble to a smooth ride.

Construction crews are preparing to pave the mile-long gravel road that winds its way into Butcher Hollow, the mountain community of Miss Lynn’s youth that she made famous in the autobiographical song and later the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

“I was absolutely shocked at the number of people nationwide, worldwide, who would call wanting to know how to get to Butcher Hollow,” Johnson County Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel said. “We’d get calls from as far as England and Germany from people asking how to get to Loretta Lynn’s homeplace.”

Tourism officials have been trying to capitalize on eastern Kentucky’s contributions to the country music industry by building museums and performance halls. While the homes of Kentucky natives like Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless are all visited — none is as much as Miss Lynn’s.

Though the $379,265 federally funded project is intended to smooth the ride for tourists, about 50 families who have to dodge the potholes every day also will also benefit.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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