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Celebrity news 4/19 C4

April 19, 2005

P. Diddy stands up Las Vegas mayor


LAS VEGAS (AP) - "Diddy Day" was a dud.

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was a no-show at an event scheduled Friday at the Aladdin hotel-casino. Mayor Oscar Goodman had been set to proclaim it "Diddy Day," but plans were scrapped at the last minute when word came that the hip-hop mogul wouldn't attend.

"Due to an unfortunate miscommunication, I will not be able to make the anticipated trip to Las Vegas on April 15," Combs said in a statement. "I am flattered the mayor saw fit to honor me with a day and hope to join him soon."

The event at the V Theatre inside the Desert Passage mall at the Aladdin had been billed as part-ceremony and part-announcement, hinting that Combs would reveal a business venture.

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Las Vegas businessman and producer David Saxe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he had been in talks with Combs to develop a nightclub and "other P. Diddy-related ventures," including a restaurant in the V Theatre, but those plans were now on hold.




Chris Shelton fired from 'The Apprentice'


NEW YORK (AP) - It was quite a week for "The Apprentice" candidate Chris Shelton.

On April 10, the 22-year-old real estate developer was taken into custody for lashing out at employees of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Tampa, Fla., over a $20 cover charge for the hotel bar. Shelton was released after posting $250 bail.

Then on Thursday's episode of the NBC reality show, Shelton was fired by Donald Trump.

"Basically, what happened (in Tampa) was I had paid about $2,000 for the most expensive suite they have," Shelton, who lives in Las Vegas, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "In Vegas, I wouldn't have been bothered with a cover charge. It was a misunderstanding."

During his "Apprentice" boardroom feuds, Trump frequently called Shelton out on his tobacco chewing habit and claimed he had an "anger management" problem. Shelton agrees. He quit chewing tobacco and says his temper is something he's "working on."

After his team lost a vehicle brochure task, Shelton's firing led to tears.

"When I was fired, I had such an emotional release because of everything you go through in that experience: being in front of the cameras, the tasks, not sleeping," Shelton said last week. "You get really broken down when Trump says, 'You're fired.'"




Geffen loses fight to keep path closed


LOS ANGELES (AP) - DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen, who fought unsuccessfully for three years to block public access to the beach next to his Malibu home, has agreed to reimburse California and a nonprofit group $300,000 in legal fees.

The payment was announced Friday by the California Coastal Commission. The day before, the commission reported that Geffen was dropping the fight to keep a pathway across his property to the beach closed. Geffen has declined to comment.

"With all of the lobbying power and legal power he could afford to buy, in the end, the public's rights prevailed," said Peter Douglas, the commission's executive director. "This should send a signal to other holdouts."

The walkway is one of 10 the commission wants opened in some of Malibu's most exclusive beachfront communities. Across the state, the closed pathways number more than 100.

Geffen agreed in 1983 to build the pathway across his property in exchange for permission to remodel his mansion on Malibu's Carbon Beach.

He built the path, but then refused to unlock its gates, arguing that the beach lacked the needed parking, lifeguards and restrooms to accommodate the public.

Geffen and Malibu sued the Coastal Commission in 2002, charging the panel failed to conduct a proper environmental analysis and that the nonprofit group Access for All, which was to oversee the path, had limited resources and no experience in managing such a project.




Snyder diagnosed with leukemia


NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Snyder, a late-night talk show fixture for years, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Snyder announced on his Web site Friday that doctors have told him that he has chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

"When I was a kid leukemia was a death sentence. Now, my doctors say it's treatable! With pills or chemotherapy or a combination of both," he said.

Snyder, 68, says he had been low on stamina, felt bloated and gained about 50 pounds - all symptoms that led him to seek tests. Coincidentally, he says his younger brother also has been diagnosed with the same disease.

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