- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 14, 2006

Lewis returns t

Comedian Jerry Lewis is set to return this summer to the Orleans Hotel and Casino for his first live Las Vegas performance since his health took a turn for the worse six years ago, his publicist said. Mr. Lewis, 80, is booked for a four-night comeback engagement from July 13 to 16 at the Orleans Showroom, where he was a regular fixture before various medical problems sidelined the veteran entertainer.

Garrett sentenced

Former teen idol Leif Garrett has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation on charges stemming from a drug possession arrest. Garrett, 44, was sentenced Thursday in Los Angeles after opting out of a drug-treatment program. He has been in a Los Angeles County jail cell since March 30 after failing a court-ordered drug test. He will get credit for time served.

Hair-raising Beethoven

Beethoven composed many enduring symphonies, but now a Chicago company wants to make a Beethoven piece that lasts forever — a diamond made out of strands of the 18th-century composer’s hair. LifeGem Memorials, a company that first gained attention in 2002 by making diamonds out of the carbon from cremated human remains, now says it can make diamonds out of human hair, allowing people to bury their loved ones but still have a memento they can carry with them.

Clause draws fire

Hollywood doesn’t blink at paying top dollar for the right actor in a movie deal, but some media companies are against a federal proposal that would require them to reveal their stars’ salaries. CBS Corp., Walt Disney Co. and Viacom Inc. are among the companies asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to drop a proposal that would require them to say how much they pay their top-earning non-executives such as actors and TV news anchors. The proposal has become known as the “Couric” clause after “Today” show host Katie Couric’s new contract with CBS News.

Kinky ready to run

Musician and mystery writer Kinky Friedman, brandishing his trademark cigar and spouting one-liners, turned in petitions with nearly 170,000 signatures Thursday in his bid to run for governor of Texas as an independent candidate. The 169,574 signatures would be more than three times the number needed to get Mr. Friedman’s name on the ballot in November, but they still must be verified, state officials said.

Ava, Fidel and Juan

What exactly did screen legend Ava Gardner and Cuban leader Fidel Castro do in Havana in the early days of the revolution? And what did she do to annoy ex-Argentine dictator Juan Peron? A new biography of Miss Gardner, “Love is Nothing” by Lee Server, details some funny encounters between the tempestuous actress and the two iconic Latin American strongmen.

Eating like Dagwood

The oversized sandwiches lovingly constructed by Dagwood Bumstead in the “Blondie” comic strip will soon be on real-life menus. Cartoonist Dean Young, the character’s alter ego since he inherited the strip from his father, Chic Young, in 1973, said last week the first of his Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes should open this summer in Clearwater, Fla., with plans to go national and international.

• Compiled by Joseph Weber from news service reports.


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