Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 15, 1997 · Page 51
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Detroit, Michigan
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Wednesday, October 15, 1997
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8F DETROIT FREE PRESSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1997 1 ' -1 . , ..--'-.,.J Jagger out sore; Bowie steps in Crphe folks at MTV had one or two ; 1 maybe even 19 nervous breakdowns ! I Monday courtesy of Mick Jagger and the I Rolling Stones. Jagger's illness forced the J Stones to cancel their Tuesday appearance on MTVs "Live From the 10 Spot," leaving network executives with no concert a day before the premiere of their new weekly live concert program. David Bowie was quickly enlisted as a fill-in. There's a risk in presenting a weekly live music series," said spokeswoman Andrea Smith, "but MTV is committed to and excited about taking that risk." Jagger expects to be well enough to perform at NJ.'s Giants Stadium on Thursday. 111" David Bowie: Bails out MTV THE THEATER of the Absurd, also known as Ellen DeGeneres' ABC sitcom, "Ellen," gets wackier and wackier. ABC has decided that tonight's show (9:30 p.m., Channel 7) will air without a parental advisory. You'll remember that last week's episode sparked a well-publicized dustup with the show's star. DeGeneres reportedly flared again when ABC execs balked at a scene in an episode taped Friday, in which DeGeneres' character and her new girlfriend stroll to the bedroom, where, presumably, they would have sex. As approved by ABC brass, the script has Ellen plucking the petals of a flower and saying "She loves me, she loves me not," when they open the door of the bedroom and see twin beds. What hasn't been shot, according to a source close to the production, is who's occupying those beds and this is where the absurdity is at its thickest. If ABC can pull off the casting, the occupants will be "Ellen" fan Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, playing their old, when-TV-was virginal characters Rob and Laura Petrie. Says Rob (or Laura): "Hey, we were married with children and we never slept in the same bed!" Fun-ny, eh? NOW HERE'S a surprise. Donald Trump's current squeezerino is non-blond Kara Young, 31. She has modeled eensy-weensy teeny duds in Victoria's Secret mag and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But that's not what he's there for. He likes her, notes a bud, because "she's irreverent, funny and smart ... and dangerous." But do you smell a pattern here IvanA, MarlA, KarA . . . SPEAKING VIRTUAL from the crypt, late TV programming wizard Brandon Tartikoff was indignant: His NBC successor was wrecking the network with junk. In a magazine interview granted three months before he died of Hodgkin's disease Aug. 27, Tartikoff blasted Warren Lirdefield's job performance, and offered a simple reason why Littlefield still had a job at NBC: "You have to understand something about Warren. He's a cockroach. He's going to survive nuclear war. . . . There's a lampshade on the head of every fifth character in all these shows. The promos just make me want to grab a Valium." NBC indicated there would be no response. WHITNEY HOUSTON and Bobby Brown made no friends in D.C. last week with their show of security force. They had six sets of muscle at the Four Seasons Hotel, commandeering elevators and such. The singing duo munched alone in a private room at Goldoni Ristorante. Goldoni GM Julian Russell noted the show of paranoia "was a little overpowering, even for Washington. I think when the president came in here, he had two Secret Service agents." Briefly Engaged: Actor David Carradine and actress Marina Anderson. The star of "Kung Fu . . . the Legend Continues" and the actress are planning to marry Sept. 8, 1998, the third anniversary of the start of their relationship. Born: To Osmond Family bro Jimmy Osmond and wife Michelle, son Zachary James Osmond. The new baby is the 50th grandchild for Osmond's parents, who have nine children, the most famous of whom are Donny and Marie. Compiled by John Smyntek, who can be reached at 1-313-222-5169. lit ' V Wolf Kasteler Public Relations Newlyweds Actress Angela Bassettand former Detroiter and actor Courtney B. Vance smile after being wed at a private home Sunday in LA. The bride wore a white V neck, sleeveless gown and a flowing veil. No word on a honeymoon destination. Both are working on movies. She is shooting "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." He's working on "Naked City." 2 j -- ''.. j. .. , . .: LI V' MP I X S VI 1 i A natural classroom teaches visitors about the activities of honeybees - h ' I (if . p r4: ; V v ' X k2 f ' f - H J' : J YVtL W I J a r Wearing protective suits, members of Cub Scout Pack 880 of Livonia walk a trail toward honeybee hives. Leading the way is Rick Simek, supervisor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Natural Areas. Honey is harvested by scraping the golden, gooey nectar from the honeycombs lifted out of the hives. 'V i 5 " s , The University of Michigan-Dearborn Natural Areas Department land, with its wildflowers and native vegetation, is the perfect place for nature lovers and honeybees. Each day of the year visitors can wander the trails and natural areas to watch honeybees' activities. Bee Connected, a honeybee education program sponsored by the university, is one of many environmental education offerings for school groups and the public. Started in 1994, the program provides nature experiences for organizations like Cub Scout Pack 880 of Livonia. "My favorite part was putting on" the protective suit, said David Shapiro, 8. "And seeing the queen bee." More than 7,000 schoolchildren visit every year, according to Rick Simek, supervisor of Natural Areas. Wildflower honey produced by honeybees is harvested in early September. The process starts by removing frames from hives, then uncapping and extracting the golden nectar from the honeycombs. After filtering and bottling, it's ready to eat. "We give it away to volunteers and staff," Simek said, "to spread good cheer." For information on Bee Connected, call 1-313-593-5338. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREW JOHNSTON SPECIAL TO THE FREE PRESS r S A place where young readers read, write and yak. There's a new G.I. Joe doll heading for stores and she's nothing like her fellow dolls. For starters, she's female. Hasbro, the giant toy company, is releasing the first female doll for the G.I. Joe line since the nurse of 1967. The new doll is a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. She's the first African-American woman for the doll line. Another big difference: This G.I. Joe has no scar on her cheek, but male dolls in the line have a scar on their right cheek. Although some people like to call the female dolls "G.I. Jane," Hasbro says all the dolls are called G.I. Joes. Kurt Groen, who designed the new female full-size figure for the G.I. Joe line, wasn't sure if the doll should have a scar on her face. He decided to ask G.I. Joe collectors. Slightly more people said they liked the doll better with no scar. The doll, which is part of the 1995 G.I. Joe Classic Collection, is an 52nd Airborne Division helicopter pilot. She has French-braided hair and comes with a rifle. There is also a white version of the 12-inch pilot doll. The doll sells for $24.99 and should be in stores by the end of the month. This is also the month that the U.S. Postal Service is saluting women in the military. To honor the nearly two million women who have served (and currently are serving), the Postal Service has issued a special 32-cent stamp. The stamp shows women in various branches of the service. At the same time this stamp was released, a "Women in the Military Service for America" memorial was dedicated at the gateway of Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. It is the first major U.S. memorial to honor all women who have served their country. Thirty-seven million of the stamps have been printed. The wording "Women in Military Service" appears In white on a blue background at the top of the stamp with five white stars beneath the phrase. The names of the five services are printed across the bottom in black: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, look for the new -stamps at your local post office. Sources: Associated Press and Yak's Corner staff ft - n - 4 j?7.'? l f CT1 o t i ?i Ll ,j,r v - J.r.T.,. .an.jai.,;.MAjiiM Reuters photo A two-month-old giraffe stays close to its mom as it meets visitors at the London Zoo for the first time.

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