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December 14, 2004

Sore throat keeps John from concerts


LONDON (AP) - Singer Elton John canceled a second British concert because of a throat infection.

John, 57, blamed the infection for the cancellation of his planned show Sunday at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center in Glasgow - the fourth concert in a tour of Britain. Two nights earlier, he had canceled a concert in Nottingham.

"I've been doing all that I can to try to get my voice back and I've seen a throat specialist again today and he's advised that it would be foolish to go ahead with tonight's show," John said in a statement.




Two fired by Trump learn their lesson


NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump taught Kevin Allen and Sandy Ferreira, his oh-so-close firees on NBC's "The Apprentice, a valuable lesson: go to school but don't stay too long.

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"Ultimately, I think I came to the table with an entrepreneurial spirit," Ferreira, 28, told The Associated Press. "I just didn't have the degree that Trump wanted. I couldn't pull it out of the air."

On the flip side, Trump called law student Allen, 29, overeducated and underexperienced before firing him - even though finalist Kelly Perdew has the same number of degrees and Jennifer Massey has a similar amount of business experience. What gives?

"I think at that point, down to final four, Trump was looking for a specific thing," Allen told the AP. "He just couldn't find a way to articulate that when it came time to fire me."




Estate seeks state honors for Marley


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - He's received countless musical accolades and inspired millions with his message of "one love."

Now, members of Bob Marley's estate are lobbying the government to proclaim the reggae singer a national hero, Jamaica's highest honor. Marley died of cancer in Miami in 1981 at 36, and some of his family members have lived in South Florida.

"Anywhere you go in the world the first thing people think of when they hear Jamaica is Bob Marley," said Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, who is organizing the campaign for the Bob Marley Foundation. "He has inspired so many people with his songs so it's time for us to step up and take Bob's recognition to a higher level."

Marley was awarded Jamaica's third highest honor, the Order of Merit, one month before he died.

The foundation is also seeking to have his birthday - Feb. 6 - declared a national holiday. The group is planning special celebrations, including a concert and a block party in the capital of Kingston, to mark his 60th birthday next year.




Cinemax spotlights 'Huff' with marathon


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Showtime's new series "Huff" has yet to generate ratings to match its critical acclaim, so the channel tried a "minimarathon" to draw viewers.

The first five episodes of the drama, starring Hank Azaria as a troubled psychiatrist, aired back-to-back Saturday.

Showtime President Bob Greenblatt said the minimarathon was designed to give "people who haven't seen it amidst all the other stuff going on in November sweeps to maybe hook into it."

He referred to the intensive period of ratings measurement that is marked by competitive network programming.

Calling the drama "one of the best shows if not the best show we've ever done," Greenblatt said he's already renewed "Huff" for another 13 episodes for next season.




Jazz players to visit India to fight AIDS


NEW DELHI (AP) - A group of popular American jazz artists will perform in India next month as part of a U.S. State Department-supported campaign to combat HIV and AIDS, an embassy official said.

George Duke, Al Jarreau, Earl Klugh and Ravi Coltrane will hold concerts in Bombay and New Delhi starting Jan. 13, said David Kennedy, U.S. embassy spokesman in New Delhi, on Monday.

Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to make a formal announcement Wednesday. The tour is jointly sponsored by Black Entertainment Television.

India, with 1.06 billion people, has the world's second largest HIV-infected population, totaling 5.1 million.

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