'Body Farm' authorfunds scholarships at UT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Author Patricia Cornwell announced she is giving $20,000 more to fund scholarships for law enforcement officials attending the University of Tennessee's National Forensics Academy.
Cornwell's 1994 book "The Body Farm" is based on the school's experimental station that studies bodies in varying stages of decay.
She established the scholarship fund in 2002 and made the announcement at the academy's alumni retraining seminar here, UT officials said Thursday.
The scholarship helps police departments with limited budgets send officers to attend the academy's 10-week training program for crime scene investigators.
"The announcement caught us by surprise," Mike Sullivan, executive director of UT's Law Enforcement Innovation Center, said. "But we're excited about her decision to continue supporting the academy."
Oprah, fellow jurorstalk about recent trial
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey said she would not want to serve as a juror in a murder trial again, but she enjoyed getting to know her fellow jurors -- and invited them to her show to talk about the experience.
"You're not allowed to discuss anything to do with the trial until the whole thing is over, and so you get to know people really, really well because you're trying to talk about everything else," Winfrey said during a show taped Tuesday and broadcast Thursday.
Winfrey was one of 12 jurors who convicted a Chicago man of murder Aug. 18. The billionaire's presence drew massive amounts of press attention to what would normally have been a low-profile case.
Winfrey briefly discussed the experience with other jurors who sat in the audience of her show before she interviewed actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law.
One said Winfrey asked the other jurors to sing whenever she went to the bathroom attached to the jury room to drown out the noise. Winfrey, looking embarrassed, verified the story and said one of the songs the jurors chose to sing was "Kumbaya."
Anne Heche, Scott Wolfjoin 'Everwood' cast
Anne Heche will join the cast of "Everwood," the WB drama about a Manhattan brain surgeon who relocated to a Colorado mountain town.
The actress, who has starred in the movies "Wag the Dog" and "Six Days, Seven Nights," will play the role of Amanda Carver, the Patron Saint of the town of Everwood, the WB says. The show's main character, played by Treat Williams, becomes involved with Heche's character while helping her cope with her husband's paralysis.
Also joining the third season of "Everwood," which premieres at 9 p.m. EDT Sept. 13, will be Scott Wolf, best known for his role on "Party of Five."
Today's birthdays
Actor Charles White is 84. Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 81. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 68. Actor Elliott Gould is 66. Movie director William Friedkin is 65. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 65. TV personality Robin Leach is 63. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 48. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 48. Singer Michael Jackson is 46. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 42. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello is 35. Rhythm and blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 34. Actress Carla Gugino is 33.
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