- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

Drummer, DJ stable

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM are expected to recover fully from burns they suffered in a fiery South Carolina jet crash that killed the other four people aboard, one of their doctors said Sunday.

Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., said the two suffered second- and third-degree burns but had no other injuries from the crash, Associated Press reported.

Mr. Barker was burned on his torso and lower body, and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was burned on an arm and a portion of his scalp, according to a statement from the musicians’ families released by the hospital. Both men are still in critical but stable condition, he said.

The Learjet crashed late Friday night shortly after taking off from an airport in Columbia, S.C., where the men had performed a concert for thousands of college students. The plane’s two-person crew and a pair of the musicians’ staff members were killed.


• Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole has been hospitalized in New York after suffering a setback in her battle against Hepatitis C, her spokeswoman said Friday. Miss Cole, the 58-year-old daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole, has canceled her tour dates for October but is expected to make a full recovery, the spokeswoman told Reuters News Agency. The hospitalization was first reported by Entertainment Tonight.

• Pop star Justin Timberlake said he is planning to write a song for his friend Ellen DeGeneres and her new bride, Portia De Rossi, United Press International reports. “I actually made them a promise, and I’m gonna stick to it,” Mr. Timberlake said when he called in to radio’s “The Billy Bush Show” on Thursday.

Arrest in London

“A 45-year-old man was arrested on 19 September on suspicion of possession of drugs in the Hampstead Heath area,” a London Metropolitan Police spokesman said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Turns out it was British pop star George Michael, arrested in a public toilet, police said late Saturday. The singer was taken to a police station and given the caution for possessing class A and class C drugs, police said.

Mr. Michael, 45, has admitted using drugs in the past. In 1998, he was arrested when he made lewd advances to an undercover male police officer in a public toilet in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 2006, he was found slumped over the wheel of his car, and last year he was given a two-year driving ban after pleading guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.

Compiled from wire and Web reports

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