Paparazzo hits Lohan

Paparazzo hits Lohan
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan wasn't injured Tuesday after her car was hit by a photographer who allegedly was following the "Mean Girls" actress. Galo Ramirez, 24, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after running into Lohan's car, police said. Ramirez was released on $35,000 bail, a watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire station said Wednesday. "I thank God my daughter was able to walk out of the car," Lohan's mother, Dina, said in a statement released by a publicist for the 18-year-old actress.
Stewart, 60, dad to be
LOS ANGELES -- Rod Stewart -- known for songs such as "Forever Young" and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" -- will be a father again. Stewart and his fiancee, model/photographer Penny Lancaster, confirmed Wednesday that she is pregnant. The baby is due in early December, and the couple plan to marry in spring 2006, said a statement from J Records. The 60-year-old rocker told People magazine that he is "overjoyed and extremely proud." "The best news of all is Penny is feeling just wonderful, is very happy and looks more radiant than ever," Stewart told the magazine. Lancaster, 34, and Stewart have been together for nearly six years. He proposed to her in March at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Crow keeps promise
KENNETT, Mo. -- A pledge by Grammy winner Sheryl Crow has become a reality as the Sheryl Crow Aquatic Center opened in her southeast Missouri hometown. Joined by area musicians including her father, Wendell Crow, she played a few songs to celebrate the opening of the complex over the Memorial Day weekend. "This is one of the most exciting days I've had in a really long time," she told the audience of about 4,000 people. "If I was in better shape, I'd put my swimming suit on and go swimming in the pool," she joked. The center has an 82-foot-long swimming pool, a children's swimming pool, a splash pad and water slide. "I'm feeling pretty good getting to play with my dad today," the 43-year-old singer said as a band broke into her song "Soak up the Sun."
'Dogg' attack at concert
SEATTLE -- King County sheriff's deputies are investigating a concertgoer's claim that he was severely beaten onstage during a performance by Snoop Dogg at the White River Amphitheatre. Richard Monroe, 24, said performers had encouraged him to climb on the stage at Saturday's concert at the amphitheater near Auburn, which also featured The Game. Some performers and others on the stage kicked and punched him, poured alcohol on him, ripped out his diamond earrings and stole his watch, cell phone and wallet, Monroe said. Amateur video footage aired on KING Television showed a man being tackled by several others after approaching Snoop Dogg from behind and putting his arm around the rapper's shoulders. Meredith O'Sullivan, a publicist for Snoop Dogg, said in a statement Tuesday that anyone who climbs onstage during a performance "has to be interpreted as a security threat and an immediate risk."
Notable death
MINNEAPOLIS -- Percy Strother, a local blues musician who recorded the 1992 album "A Good Woman is Hard to Find," died at his Minneapolis home Sunday, about two months after learning he had liver cancer. He was 58. Strother was recognized for his deep, soulful voice and for his flashy attire, including capes and snakeskin boots. Musician Paul Metsa, who books acts at Famous Dave's BBQ & amp; Blues, said Strother even "dressed to the nines" at his last gig April 15. A native of Vicksburg, Miss., Strother found a home in Twin Cities nightclubs in the 1970s, alongside other Southern immigrants such as Mojo Buford, Big Walter Smith, Lazy Bill Lucas and Willie Walker. Like most of these players, Strother found fans as far away as Europe but often fought to get noticed at home. With the help of R.J. Mischo, a local bluesman he mentored, Strother recorded the acclaimed 1992 album "A Good Woman Is Hard to Find." The title track, inspired by his wife, tied with Robert Cray's "I Was Warned" for best blues song of the year in Living Blues magazine.
Today's birthdays
Actor Tony Curtis is 80. Musician Boots Randolph is 78. TV producer Chuck Barris is 76. Actress Irma P. Hall ("The Ladykillers") is 70. Author Larry McMurtry is 69. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 66. Singer Eddie Holman is 59. Musician Too Slim (Riders in the Sky) is 57. Singer Suzi Quatro is 55. Singer Deneice Williams is 54. Rock musician Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 53. Singer Dan Hill is 51. Actor Scott Valentine is 47. Country singer Jamie O'Neal is 37. Singers Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez (No Mercy) are 34. Actress Lalaine ("Lizzie McGuire") is 18.

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