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Former co-anchors reunite for awards



Published: Sat, November 17, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Former co-anchorsreunite for awards

Connie Chung and Dan Rather, who were paired in an ill-fated co-anchor experiment on the "CBS Evening News" from 1993 to 1995, had a public reunion this week when Chung was the surprise presenter of an award to Rather in New York.

The ABC newswoman sang an off-key rendition of "Love and Marriage" with special words for the two of them.

"Dan and Connie, Chung and Rather, time to put aside the past and gather," she sang. "Glad that I came back, Dan. What's done is done. You're No. 1."

Rather received the Silver Circle Gala Award from the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & amp; Sciences.

Rudy Giuliani hailedas 'America's mayor'

NEW YORK -- It was a love fest for New York's mayor.

Two months after the World Trade Center attacks, and two days after the crash of an American Airlines flight, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was honored this week as "America's mayor" for his leadership.

Those were the words New York Gov. George Pataki used during a glitzy tribute to Giuliani at a benefit dinner in the ballroom of the Sheraton New York Hotel.

"This man made the right decisions ... time and time again, for the city of New York," said Pataki, who has clashed with the mayor in the past. "You are indeed America's mayor."

The evening, with Larry King as host, featured entertainers Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Joel Gray and Natalie Cole, with a tribute by Sen. John McCain, who also called Giuliani "the greatest mayor in America."

Giuliani told the audience, which included police officers, firefighters and prominent businessmen, that his efforts after the Sept. 11 attacks had given him "a chance to give to New York City what was given to me."

Cruise, Kidman reachdivorce settlement

Disappointing news for dirt seekers looking forward to a bitter legal feud in Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's divorce trial, reports the New York Daily News: They've settled. Amicably.

Nine months after announcing their split, the former Hollywood power couple have "come to an amicable, full resolution of all issues," according to a statement from their lawyers. "This was done to ensure that the best interests of their children were protected."

"It's a done deal," said Cruise's attorney, Dennis Wasser.

Details of the agreement are confidential, but Wasser said Cruise and Kidman will share custody of their two children, Isabella, 8, and Conor, 6.

Today's Birthdays

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is 78. Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 62. Actress Linda Evans is 59. Actress Susan Sullivan is 57. C Actor Jameson Parker is 54. Rock musician Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions) is 52. Comedian Kevin Nealon is 48. Rock musician Kirk Hammett (Metallica) is 39. . Actress Peta Wilson is 31.




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