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March 22, 2004

Clooney raises cash for dad's campaign

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (AP) - Actor George Clooney helped raise about $140,000 Saturday at private fund-raisers for his father's congressional campaign.

Nick Clooney, a longtime Cincinnati television personality, is the lone Democratic candidate for the 4th District seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas.

George Clooney spoke briefly at two events in northern Kentucky, but stayed away from making political statements. Instead, he talked about his father and how he wanted to help him with the election.

"It's great having my son come in to help," Nick Clooney said. "It's family. When my son and my daughter show up and help me, it means a lot and it shows me this is more than just politics. We still matter to one another."


About 150 people paid $250 each to mingle with the actor at The Oriental Wok, a restaurant in Fort Mitchell. In another fund-raiser, about 100 people paid $1,000 each to see the actor at a private home.

Joel Siegel wins Courage Award

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Joel Siegel, entertainment editor for the television show "Good Morning America," received the Gilda Radner Courage Award on Saturday from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.

Siegel, 60, was credited with offering hope to others through his public battle with colon and lung cancer.

Siegel said he seems to be OK now, but he recently recorded a public service announcement saying that an earlier colonoscopy would have spared him three surgeries, radiation treatments and chemotherapy.

Siegel wrote about his experiences in a 2002 book, "Lessons for Dylan," which contains reflections on his life for his young son.

"I'm not sure whether it was the cancer or having the child at 55, but those are really two life-changing events," Siegel said Saturday.

Quoting Radner, the late comedian and cancer victim whom Siegel considered a friend, he added, "One of the things cancer does is it helps you set your priorities. If it weren't for the downside, everybody would want to have it."

Prince Andrew to attend Master's

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Prince Andrew is making his way stateside to watch the Master's tournament.

Andrew arrives in Augusta on April 5 for the Augusta National golf tournament, according to the calendar posted by Queen Elizabeth's press secretary.

The golf course is named for Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, an 18th-century relative of Andrew, the Duke of York, and mother of King George III.

Andrew, who is captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, will also attend a reception designed to promote U.S.-British trade, said former Augusta Mayor Charles DeVaney.

"I think everyone should think of it as a great honor for our city," DeVaney said.

Jordan's Queen Noor visits S.C. hospitals

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Queen Noor of Jordan made stops at a neonatal intensive care unit and a cancer center Saturday.

The queen was in town as the featured guest for a gala held by the Society of 1921, which raises funds for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. The society was honoring people who donated $1,000 or more last year.

During her stop at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Queen Noor held 3-pound Brooklyn Pace. The infant and her fraternal twin, Kelsey, were born premature 10 days ago.

"How often do you get your baby held by a queen," said Ricky Pace, the twins' father. "The photos will look great in scrapbooks."

Queen Noor, who was married to the late King Hussein, said she tries to clear up misconceptions about Arabs and Muslims through her role as a global humanitarian.

Although the queen has made fewer public appearances in recent years, she continues to work for human rights for women and children and the reduction of land mines in Third World countries.

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