Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Bachelor,’ babe split

Say it isn’t so: “The Bachelor” and his reality show soul mate are no more.

Dr. Travis Stork, who chose Sarah Stone over 25 contestants vying for his love on the ABC show, have parted ways, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Stork, 33, an emergency room physician in Nashville, Tenn., chose Miss Stone, an elementary school teacher, in last week’s finale of “The Bachelor: Paris.” In a joint interview Monday, the duo told the Tennessean they are no longer an item.

He said the rules that prohibited them from dating or being together in public between the end of the show’s taping in November and the Feb. 27 finale were hard on their relationship. Episodes began airing in January.

Miss Stone, 26, told the newspaper “I definitely think it would’ve worked out differently” if she and Mr. Stork had met and dated under different circumstances.

However, both just laughed when asked if they might reconnect romantically after the publicity dies down.

Mr. write

Author Wayne Greenhaw has been named the 2006 recipient of the Harper Lee Award, given in recognition of a writer’s significant body of work.

Mr. Greenhaw has published 16 books of fiction and nonfiction, including “The Thunder of Angels,” a recently released history of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that he co-wrote with Donnie Williams.

The award winner is selected by the executive committee of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a statewide literary arts service organization, from nominations submitted from the field. The honor will be presented at the annual Alabama Writers’ Symposium, hosted by Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, May 4-6, AP reports.

Mr. Greenhaw is the ninth recipient of the award, named in honor of Harper Lee, author of the best-selling novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Previous winners include Albert Murray, Madison Jones, Helen Norris, Sena Jeter Naslund, Mary Ward Brown, Rodney Jones, Sonia Sanchez and Andrew Hudgins.

Yanni, gal pal in row

The musician Yanni, known for his gentle compositions, was arrested at his home after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, authorities said.

The Greek-born singer-pianist, whose legal name is John Yanni Christopher, was arrested early Friday and faces a domestic battery charge, AP reports. He denies the charges.

According to the police report, Yanni asked his girlfriend, Silvia Barthes, to leave his beachfront home in Manalapan, Fla., on Thursday night. Miss Barthes, 33, told police that she attempted to pack her clothing, but that the 51-year-old musician threw it on the ground.

Miss Barthes told officers he then grabbed her arms and shook her, throwing her on the bed, and jumped on top of her. Yanni — who previously dated actress Linda Evans — told police that Miss Barthes kicked him and that he believed he injured his finger during the incident, the report says.

Orlando Gonzalez, Yanni’s West Palm Beach-based attorney, also denied Miss Barthes’ claims — calling Yanni a nonviolent man who would never hurt anyone. “He’s the most gentle man around,” Mr. Gonzalez told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “His hands are his instruments.”

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

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