LONDON (AP) – Aimee Osbourne, the eldest daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, is now having treatment in Los Angeles after a lump was removed from her breast, Sharon Osbourne said Wednesday.

“Aimee’s had a breast cancer scare. She found a lump on her breast which she’s had removed,” Sharon Osbourne said in a statement without saying whether the lump was cancerous or providing other details.

Sharon and Aimee had been set to star in a London production of “The Vagina Monologues,” but withdrew Friday, saying Aimee was ailing.

“The operation went very well on the whole but there have been a few minor complications and she will be having more treatment and lots of rest over the next few weeks,” Sharon Osbourne said. “We’re sure she’ll make a complete recovery.”

Aimee, 21, was the only family member not to appear in the MTV reality show, “The Osbournes,” that catapulted the family to fame.

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MIAMI (AP) – A man accused of stalking Anna Kournikova was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial by a judge, who removed him from a hearing because of repeated disruptions.

William Lepeska will be treated at a restrictive mental facility in Florida for the next six months under the order by Circuit Judge Diane Ward. If he shows sufficient improvement, Lepeska could then be tried on charges stemming from his alleged attempts to contact Kournikova in person, by mail and the Internet.

“His illness is very legitimate,” Ward said.

Lepeska was arrested Jan. 30 after swimming nude across Biscayne Bay in an attempt to reach Kournikova’s home on Sunset Island. He wound up on the pool deck of the wrong house and was yelling “Anna! Save me!” when officers took him into custody.

At a previous court hearing, Kournikova said she had hired bodyguards and added security to her home. She also said Lepeska had sent her sexually explicit e-mails and letters.

The 23-year-old tennis star didn’t attend Wednesday’s hearing.

If Lepeska does stand trial, he faces a possible sentence of 30 years in prison on charges of battery on police officers, resisting arrest and burglary.

Lepeska was removed from the courtroom after repeatedly and loudly shuffling papers and speaking in a disjointed and fragmented way. Two psychiatrists and one psychologist who examined the 40-year-old man in jail testified that he exhibited similar behavior then as well and that he isn’t taking any medication for mental illness.

“Everything is part of a conspiracy where he’s been wronged,” said psychologist Jethro Toomer. “He sees himself as a victim.”



TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo’s nationalist governor had one request for Clint Eastwood before he starts shooting his next film, about the World War II battle at Iwo Jima: Respect the fallen soldiers.

Eastwood, who is expected to begin shooting an adaptation of James Bradley’s “Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima” later this year, met Wednesday with Shintaro Ishihara.

Ishihara told Eastwood that thousands of Japanese soldiers who died on the island in one of the war’s bloodiest battles remain unaccounted for more than a half-century later.

He asked the actor-director to avoid “sacred” sites of the dead if he films on the island, Tokyo metropolitan government spokesman Katsumi Kumagai said. Eastwood replied that he would “absolutely not” trample on Japanese feelings, he said.

Earlier, Eastwood had visited Iwo Jima, 700 miles south of Japan’s capital, which is governed by Tokyo. He has yet to ask Tokyo’s permission to shoot on the island, Kumagai said.

Nearly 7,000 American troops and more than 20,000 Japanese died in the battle from February to March 1945.

Eastwood, 74, has won two best-director Oscars, for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Unforgiven.”



LONDON (AP) – Police escorted Grace Jones off a Eurostar train after she allegedly grabbed a ticket inspector’s arm in a row about her fare.

Jones, 52, also verbally abused the female inspector after being asked to pay for a seat upgrade on the Tuesday evening service from Paris to London, Eurostar spokesman Paul Charles said.

“We are not pressing charges but we will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse from anyone against passengers or staff on Eurostar,” Charles said.

No one was immediately available for comment Wednesday at the office of Jones’ lawyer in New York.

The singer-actress was traveling with a first-class ticket but sat in the premium-class area, Charles said. When the ticket inspector asked her to pay for an upgrade, Jones said she had no money and refused to move, he said.

“She was arguing and verbally abusing the train manager. She then attacked the manager, grabbing her arm,” he said. “A male catering assistant managed to separate the two women and tried to calm Ms. Jones down.”

Jones would have paid around $564 for a first-class return ticket, Charles said. A one-way premium upgrade would have cost her an additional $132.

British Transport Police said they were called to the train when it made a scheduled stop at Ashford, south of London. A spokesman said Jones left the train there at the request of officers and added that no further action was being taken.



NEW YORK (AP) – Four years after his retirement from the Guarneri String Quartet, cellist David Soyer is returning to help celebrate the end of the ensemble’s 40th anniversary season.

Soyer, 82, will join the group in a performance of Schubert’s cello quintet Wednesday at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He played the piece – which features two cellos, two violins and viola – at the concerts marking his retirement in 2001. Since then, he has played with the Guarneri only three other times.

Soyer, a founding member of the group, was succeeded by one of his students – Peter Wiley. The other members are violinists Arnold Steinhardt, John Dalley and violist Michael Tree, who have been together since the quartet was founded in 1964.

The quartet has some free events to celebrate the anniversary. On Monday, they will lead a master class and on Tuesday, they have an open rehearsal for the Alice Tully concert and will participate in a symposium titled, “The String Quartet – Views From Inside.” Among others appearing at the symposium: pianist Claude Frank, violist Rafael Hillyer and Orion String Quartet members Steven Tenenbom and Timothy Eddy.

The events are at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center’s Rose Building, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis.



On the Net:

http://www.herbertbarrett.com/guarneri.htm



RED BANK, N.J. (AP) – Bruce Springsteen says sometimes all a song needs is a dictionary and a notebook.

Some 350 people at The Two River Theatre watched The Boss perform during a taping of VH1’s “Storytellers” series Monday night.

“It’s kind of an iffy proposition,” Springsteen said of discussing songs.

“Talking about music is like talking about sex,” he told fans in Monmouth County, where he was raised and still makes his home. “Can you describe it? Are you supposed to?”

Springsteen launched the program with “Devils & Dust,” the title track of his new album, scheduled for release April 26.

He said the song was written when U.S. troops entered Iraq and deals with the struggle between the personal and the political. “What if we do destroy our ideals?” he asked.

Springsteen said he used a rhyming dictionary and a notebook when he wrote “Blinded by the Light.” During the two-hour show, he also discussed the lyrics and sang “Thunder Road,” “Brilliant Disguise” and “Nebraska.”

“Songs shift their meanings when you sing them,” he said. “They shift their meaning in time.”



On the Net:

http://www.brucespringsteen.net/

http://www.vh1.com/



LONDON (AP) – The widow who inspired the hit movie “Calendar Girls” is to marry the vicar who comforted her after her husband died.

The Rev. Charles Knowles said Tuesday he will marry Angela Baker, 58, of Linton-in-Craven in northern England, in November, seven years after the death of her husband, John.

John Baker’s death from leukemia at 54 prompted Baker and other members of the Rylstone and District Women’s Institute to pose naked for a calendar that raised more than $1.8 million for leukemia research.

The 2003 film starred Julie Walters and Helen Mirren.

Knowles said the couple will marry in Rye, southern England, and then hold a civil ceremony in Linton-in-Craven, where Baker works as a registrar.

He met the Bakers while the three were students at Sheffield University and kept in touch ever since.

After John Baker died, Knowles sent Angela Baker a supportive letter and helped her with her grief. Their relationship developed from there.



BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – Longtime Warner Bros. spokeswoman Barbara Brogliatti will retire at the end of May after 18 years with the film and television studio.

Brogliatti will retire as executive vice president and chief corporate communications officer on May 31 to concentrate on teaching, philanthropic activities and spending more time with her husband at their home in the Napa Valley, the company said Monday.

“It’s simply time to move on; I’m leaving the whine for the wine,” Brogliatti said.

Brogliatti began her entertainment industry career at CBS after graduating from UCLA in 1968. She spent 11 years at Norman Lear’s Embassy Communications, where she oversaw publicity for series such as “All in the Family.”

She played an influential role in the industry, serving as chief spokeswoman and press strategist for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents the studios in contract talks with actors, writers and directors.


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