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Page 10 —Tuesday, October 29, 2002 Ex CETERA <3lnhiaua Oiaseite All things Bono in Palm Springs; Khan keeps singing By The Associated Press PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The Sonny Bono Concourse has been added to the Palm Springs International Airport Bono, of the '60s singing duo Sonny & Cher, was the area's congressman until his death in a 1998 skiing accident. Earlier this year, officials designated a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 10 as the Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway. The section runs from just west of the Highway 111 cutoff near Palm Springs to Dillon Road in the Coachella area. Downtown, there's a life-size statue of Bono, who once served as mayor of Palm Springs. A wildlife refuge at the Salton Sea also is named after him. "He opened a door to help focus on tourism and entertainment," airport commissioner Bert Engelhardt said last week- He said Bono was instrumental in several phases of the airport's development. People Woman" and "I Feel for You." "Sometimes I wonder what business this is I'm in today — is it a circus, a fashion show or what?" Khan said. "It's like anybody who has a look can be a singer or entertainer now. The talent is almost not necessary anymore," she said: "I think a lot of people are out there making videos, singing and making a lot of money based on nothing but a cute shape and a pretty face." Khan assured fans she has no plans to retire. "As long as I have two legs to walk on and a voice to sing with, I can't see how I can retire," she said. "I would go crazy. I couldn't sit at home for more than a week or two." Former Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calit., on Capitol Hill May 7, 1997. Bono, of '60s singing duo Sonny & Cher, was a congressman until his death in a 1998 skiing accident. (AP photo) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Nobody does it better than Chaka Khan, some R&B music lovers might say. But the Grammy-winning singer insists there are a handful of new- generation vocalists who come real close. "There are a few recent artists that I have been impressed by," the 49- year-old Khan said during a recent visit to this Southeast Asia country. "Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, I love her, Faith Evans, Mica Paris. ... Craig David — he's very good; he's brilliant." Khan was the vocalist for the '70s soul-funk group Rufus. Her solo hits include "Ain't Nobody," "I'm Every MERRUJLVILLE, Ind. — This time, Bill Cosby wasn't just after laughs. The 65-year-old comedian joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher onstage Sunday to raise money for donation to the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Hatcher has been trying to raise money to build the hall in Gary for two decades.. "You go and you buy a lottery ticket. You've got just as much chance of getting struck by lightning as you do of winning the lottery," Cosby told several hundred people at a private reception before his show Sunday at the Star Plaza Theatre. "Take that money and build something you can see ... something for the children," said Cosby, who donated the money from the show to the museum. "Gary is a huge, pivotal part of the civil rights struggle in America. Espe- cially when Hatcher became the mayor," said Jackson, leader of the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition. Jackson recalled how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taped telephone messages supporting Hatcher's 1967 campaign. "There were no black mayors in Houston and Dallas, and places like that, until after Hatcher became mayor in Gary," Jackson said. Gary's City Council and Mayor Scott King have been locked in a dispute over funding for the hall, which both sides support. The council voted in June to approve $5 million in casino revenues for the museum, but King argued the council had no authority to initiate spending measures, arid filed a lawsuit. BRANSON, Mo. — The Polish Prince is pulling the plug on his Blue Velvet Theatre. Bobby Vinton, who recorded pop ballads such as "Roses Are Red (My Love)," "Blue Velvet" and "Mr. Lonely," has sold his theater in the heart of Branson's entertainment strip to producer David King, whose "Spirit of the Dance" has performed with Vinton for tBe past three years. Terms of the sale weren't disclosed, but Vinton said last week that the offer "was simply too good to pass up." Vinton, 67, will perform through Dec. 14 at his theater, fulfilling his season schedule in the southwest Missouri resort town. Then he will shift to venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J., although he may perform limited engagements in Branson. The announcement comes as Vinton marks his 10th anniversary in the 1,600-seat theater — with murals on the ceiling and sparkling blue tiles throughout the lobby. "This was a very difficult decision for me to do because my family was here along with so many Mends and great audiences," he said. He's been performing five days a week, sometimes doing two shows a day — April through December — in Branson. Vinton said he's looking forward to reducing his work schedule, but added that fans will still be able to see htm. "I do it for the love of it," he said. "I'm going to keep doing it for as long as I can — and as long as someone will come listen to me." (On the Net: Bobby Vinton Web site: www. bobby vin ton. com) Library project wakes up Little Rock Hotels, restaurants and tourist shops replace dilapidated downtown stores By CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gone are the abandoned warehouses and dilapidated storefronts that once dotted downtown along the Arkansas River. Upscale hotels, trendy restaurants and tourist shops have taken their place in a flourish of revitalization over the past five years. The turnaround has coincided with the development of the Clinton Presidential Library, an ambitious project that has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to a city where the downtown was once cluttered with boarded-up storefronts. Before the development, "there was really nothing downtown," said Wayne Strong, a longtime hotel doorman. Strong has had one of the best views of the urban renaissance. He recalled that when he began working downtown in the mid-1980s, only Official says Ryder 'fessed up By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The first witness in Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial testified that the actress admitted trying to steal from a Saks Fifth Avenue store but insisted she was doing it to prepare for a movie role. Security official Ken Evans testified Monday that he first met Ryder after she had been detained and while Saks officials in California and New York were trying to decide whether to refer the case to police. "She was seated, and she immediately stood up and took my hand," said Evans, the asset-protection manager at the Beverly Hills store. "She said, I'm sorry for what I did. My director directed me to shoplift for a role, which I was preparing.'" The 31-year-old actress was arrested in December, accused of stealing $5,560.40 worth of designer merchandise, including hats, handbags, tops and hair accessories. Ryder could face up to three years in prison if convicted of three felony counts. out-of-towners attending conventions visited. "Back then I had to send them out of downtown because there wasn't any nightlife here, not until the River Market was done," Strong said. "When they started doing things in the River Market, I thought, downtown is going to blow up. None of that was here when I started." Nearby, standing on the roof of his new $14 million building overlooking the. Arkansas River, developer Jimmy Moses shared his observations on the stark contrast between now and not-so-long-ago days. "There was nothing," he said, sweeping his arm north over the now-developed downtown area. "Everything was dilapidated old buildings, a few industrial buildings and a derelict waterfront. Little Rock was one of the most desolate down- towns in the country." It was Moses' idea to move the city's longtime farmer's market from a parking lot to its own pavilion — the River Market. The day the River Market opened, Littie Rock had a traffic jam downtown — the first in many years. "A year before it opened you could come' downtown and shoot cannons in any direction and not kill anything," he said. Since the River Market opened in 1996, Little Rock and North Little Rock have seen $145.7 million in development. An additional $595.7 million is either planned or under way. The improvements, new buildings and renovations have spread. On President Clinton Avenue are shops, restaurants, bars, offices and condos. Arkansas native and Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen and her husband, actor Ted Danson, bought a condo there last year. The area's residential population has increased 70 percent since 1990. "When Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson want to drink a cup of coffee at 10 at night, they have a place to do that," Moses said. "I feel that we've created enough that Little Rock's downtown will always be an alive place." little Rock native and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher noticed the changes when the basketball team was in town last month for a preseason game against the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. "When the plane landed, a lot of our players could see the difference from when we were here three years ago," he said. "Say what you want to say for now, but Little Rock is on the way up." The crown jewel of the development came with President Clinton's decision to build his library east of Interstate 30, which runs east of downtown Little Rock. The library, expected to open in 2004, will anchor one end of the city's bustling River Market District and bring a $200 million academic center and museum. Empty storefronts still dot Main and other downtown streets, but development continues to expand from the seven blocks of President Clinton Avenue in the River Market. Today in History By The Associated Press RYDER Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2002. There are 63 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On Oct. 29, 1929, "Black Tuesday" descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America's Great Depression began. On this date: In 1682,.the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, landed at what is now Chester, Pa. Fn 1901, President McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted. In 1911, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston, S.C. In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed. In 1947, former first lady Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83. In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel launched an invasion of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. In 1956, "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered as NBC's nightly tel- evision newscast, replacing "The Camel News Caravan." In 1966, the National Organization forWomen was founded. In 1979, on the 50th anniversary of the great stock market crash, antinuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. In 1998, at age 77, Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he'd blazed for America's astronauts 36 years earlier. Ten years ago: A New York City jury acquitted 17-year-old Lemrick Nelson of murdering Yankel Rosenbaum, an Australian Hasidic scholar who was killed in rioting that erupted in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in August 1991 following the traffic death of a black child who was hit by a Hasidic tlriver. (In February 1997, a jury convicted Nelson and Charles Price of violating Rosenbaum's civil rights.) Five years ago: Chinese President Jiang Zemin met with President Clinton at the White I louse; the two leaders clashed over China's human rights record, but agreed to end the diplomatic chill between their countries. The Baghdad government barred Americans from the U.N. disarmament effort in Iraq — a move that outraged chief weapons inspector Richard Butler and prompted him to suspend inspections. One year ago: The FBI issued a terrorism warning, asking Americans and law enforcement to be on the highest alert for possible attacks in the United States and abroad. A gunman killed four people in the French city of Tours. Today's Birthdays: Country singer Lee Clayton is 60. Rock musician Denny Laine is 58. Singer Melba Moore is 57. Musician Peter Green is 56. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 55. Actress Kate Jackson is 54. Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne is 51. Singer Randy Jackson is 41. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 37. Actress Joely Fisher is 35. Rapper Paris is 35. Rock singer SA (311) is 32. Musician Toby Smith is 32. Actress Winona Ryder is 31. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 30. Actor Trevor Lissauer is 29. NOW'S THE TIME TO GET INTO SHAPE! ONEMONTH FREE* Curve* ^ F' ^^ If M//? ji/f f f\t ^^^ "30 Minute Fiirteu & Weijflu IMS Centers •Quickfit: A complete workout designed for women, that only takes 30 minutes. •On-Site weight loss guidance •Fast »Fun •Fitness Dear Abby By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I was married a few months ago. My sister and one of my bridesmaids "got into it" inside the limousine on the way to the chapel. My sister said my friend was rude. I became upset because I felt they could have waited until after the reception to air their differences. I felt my sister was selfish. At the end of the reception, my mom and I got into a huge argument. Mom was drunk and cursing at the guests. One guest came up to me and complained about her. When I confronted my mother, she said I was a liar and some other hurtful things. Then Mom wanted to make some nasty comments on the microphone. When her girlfriend and I tried to stop her, her friend and Mom fell on the floor. Mom refuses to acknowledge that she has a drinking problem, so I decided to stay away from both her and my sister. I haven't spoken to either one since the wedding. Am I wrong? — "D" IN FARMINGDALE, N.Y. DEAR "D": You are not wrong; you are protecting yourself. You will never be able to have the relationship you want with your mother until she faces the fact she's an alcoholic and confronts her problem. As for your sister and your bridesmaid, I don't know who is to blame for the argument in the limo, but they both owe you an apology. DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Mel," and I are in our 70s. We have been married 14 years. It's the second marriage for both of us. Mel has a 30-year-old daughter who is married and the mother of two children. She and her husband and children live out of state. Abby, the daughter calls my husband at least twice a day, any time she feels the urge to talk to him. I find it very annoying that a girl her age needs to talk to her "daddy" so often. She asks him for advice and constantly tells him she loves liim. Of course, Mel loves the attention she lavishes on him — but I am upset and a little jealous. Is her behavior normal, and if so, how do I handle this infuriating situation? — FRUSTRATED IN FLORIDA DEAR FRUSTRATED: You "handle it" by learning to accept it. For whatever reason, your husband's daughter is a "Daddy's girl" — she needs his approval and support, and it isn't likely to change. You are not rivals for his affection unless you make it so. Think of it this way: You and she have something important in common. You both love her father in different ways, just as he loves both of you. DFAR ABBY: I work in a busy office where I meet and interview clients. Last week, while meeting with a couple — who were prospective clients — the man began admiring my display of family photographs. To my surprise, he picked up the portrait of my husband, showed it to his wife, and said, "Look, there's Michael, Kathy's boyfriend!" (Kathy is the man's sister.) Abby, he knew my husband's name, the name of my husband's best friend and where he lives. When I asked Michael about it, he said he didn't know any girl named Kathy. I want to believe Michael, but I cannot understand why a couple would go to such great lengths to be as cruet as they were to me. 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