Highway to Hell? No, but AC/DC Lane likely



Highway to Hell? No,but AC/DC Lane likely
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian rock band that belted out "Highway to Hell" could soon stroll down a lane named in their honor.
The Melbourne City Council is considering renaming Corporation Lane, a narrow downtown alley, AC/DC Lane as a tribute to the band.
"They are probably the most successful Australian band ever, and they really do have a connection to Melbourne," council city services committee chairwoman Kimberly Kitching said Monday.
One of the band's famous video clips, for the song "Long Way to the Top," was filmed on the back of a truck in a Melbourne street.
She said the council would make a decision on the name change within the next month, but it had already received broad community support.
AC/DC already has a street named after it in Madrid.
San Antonio Symphonyto play on brighter note
SAN ANTONIO -- The silence is ending for the San Antonio Symphony, which plans to play its first post-bankruptcy concert on Sept. 17. The symphony canceled its 2003-04 season last year in May and filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming its financial troubles on a poor economy and reduced gifts from donors.
It emerged from bankruptcy in April and announced details of its upcoming 2004-05 season Friday. The season will be a first for music director Larry Rachleff, who was appointed in late 2002.
Twelve classical programs were scheduled, down from 16 in recent seasons. The symphony also has planned eight pops concerts, four weeks of Young People's Concerts and a two-week run of "The Nutcracker" with Ballet San Antonio.
The symphony will operate on a $5.8 million budget, including $300,000 earmarked for repaying creditors, symphony president Bruce Johnson said. A new operating plan called for a shorter season and lower pay and benefits for musicians.
Golfing with Woods:Bidder wins the chance
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Here's a playing partner who doesn't come along often: Tiger Woods.
Someone won a chance to play with Woods with a $30,100 bid in the 2004 Buick Open charity auction. The auction was held May 27 through Saturday on eBay. The winner, whose name was not yet known, has until June 19 to claim the prize.
The winner will play with Woods at the 2004 Buick Open Pro-Am on July 28 or at the next Buick-sponsored golf tournament in which Woods plays, Buick Open spokesman Al Abrams said Sunday.
Woods has not committed to play in this year's Buick Open. He won in 2002 and tied for second last year.
The Buick Open is July 26-Aug. 1 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc.
Former rocker toutedfor Australian candidacy
CANBERRA, Australia -- Peter Garrett, the former lead singer of the disbanded Australian rock group Midnight Oil, has been touted to run in the next federal election. Sunday newspapers gave front page coverage to the prospect of Garrett, a leading environmentalist and longtime political activist, becoming the highest profile candidate for the safe Labor Party seat of Kingsford Smith in Sydney.
Garrett could not be contacted for comment Monday.
Labor leaders have welcomed the possibility of Garrett's joining their team and bringing with him crucial environment-focussed voters.
"My view is that Peter Garrett would make a fantastic parliamentarian," Labor leader Mark Latham told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
Notable death
BERLIN -- Renowned juggler Francis Brunn, a gymnast and showman who mesmerized circus audiences for more than 50 years, has died. He was 81.
Brunn died May 28 at a Frankfurt hospital where he had been in intensive care for 10 weeks following heart surgery, according to CircusWeb.de, a German industry-related Web site.
Born near Frankfurt in 1922, Brunn performed his act with his sister Lotte from 1939 to 1948 in Europe, when he was invited to join Ringling Brothers and Barnum & amp; Bailey Circus in the United States.
Although he could already dazzle audiences by juggling up to 10 rings at once, he changed his act in the late 1950s after watching the carefully controlled moves of a flamenco dancer.
Today's birthdays
Movie director James Ivory is 76. Actress Virginia McKenna is 73. Singer Tom Jones is 64. Poet Nikki Giovanni is 61. Actor Ken Osmond ("Leave It to Beaver") is 61. Talk show host Jenny Jones is 58. Actress Anne Twomey is 53. Actor Liam Neeson is 52. Actress Colleen Camp is 51. Singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is 51. Actor William Forsythe is 49. Record producer L.A. Reid is 48. Singer-songwriter Prince is 46. Rock singer-musician Gordon Gano (The Violent Femmes) is 41. Rapper Ecstacy (Whodini) is 40. Rock musician Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 38. Rock musician David Navarro is 37. Actress Helen Baxendale is 34. Actress Larisa Oleynik is 23. Tennis player Anna Kournikova is 23.
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