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hSimpson, Lachey set for NFL tribute to 9/11


Published: Sat, September 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


hSimpson, Lachey setfor NFL tribute to 9/11
NEW YORK -- Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of a tribute by the National Football League to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Their performance will be televised by CBS and Fox before the nine regular-season opening games on, Sept. 11, it was announced Wednesday. The pop couple will perform at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., where the Washington Redskins will play the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, Lachey will provide features as a regular contributor, including onsite appearances, on ESPN's "College GameDay." "Nick is a huge sports fan and will add a unique perspective to the show," said Norby Williamson, ESPN senior vice president and managing editor. "He will provide wide-ranging, off-the-field features spotlighting the tradition of the game, its fans, athletes and personalities." The program started its new season Saturday.
Final dates scheduledfor Springsteen tour
NEW YORK -- Bruce Springsteen, no surprise, wraps up his second solo acoustic tour by going back where it all began: New Jersey. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plans shows in the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton and the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. as part of a 17-city swing. The Garden State shows are the last dates supporting his "Devils & amp; Dust" album; the tour began April 25 in Detroit. The first show in the third leg of the tour is set for Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 6. Springsteen, over the course of these shows, has performed 115 songs from his three-decade career. The three New Jersey shows are scheduled for Nov. 13 in Atlantic City, Nov. 16 at Continental Arena, and Nov. 21 in Trenton. In a July interview with The Associated Press, Springsteen said he'd enjoyed reinterpreting everything from his new material to reinvented old favorites to rarely heard obscurities. "I'm in search of how to take the stuff I've written and make sure the audience hears it fresh again," Springsteen said. "It's been a lot of fun. I've enjoyed it." The other new dates are set for Hartford, Conn. (Oct. 7), Uniondale, N.Y. (Oct. 9), Minneapolis (Oct. 12), Chicago (Oct. 13), Madison, Wis. (Oct. 15), Worcester, Mass. (Oct. 20), Providence (Oct. 21), Richmond (Oct. 24), Boston (Oct. 28), Fort Lauderdale (Nov. 3), Tampa (Nov. 4), Philadelphia (Nov. 8) and Norfolk, Va. (Nov. 11). All arena shows will be played in spaces modified to a theater format. There was no immediate word on availability of tickets.
Baldwin adds his supportto offshore wind park
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Often called "the bloviator" by the tabloids for spewing hot air on a variety of topics from politics to the environment, Alec Baldwin blew into town to announce his support for an offshore wind park being pitched by the Long Island Power Authority. Baldwin, who grew up in Massapequa, has recorded radio spots stressing the need to reduce Long Island's dependence on fossil fuels by adopting clean alternative energy sources, including the wind park. The Power Authority and FPL Energy have filed an application with the Army Corps of Engineers to create a "wind energy park" featuring 40 turbines in an 8-square-mile area in the Atlantic Ocean south of Jones Beach. If approved, the park could be in operation by 2008, officials said. Other supporters include Phillipe Cousteau, the grandson of marine scientist Jacques Cousteau. Baldwin, who arrived Thursday in Mineola, was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 2003's "The Cooler." The 47-year-old actor says in the radio ads that "harvesting our offshore winds to produce pollution-free energy is a forward-looking solution that protects public health, the environment and the region's quality of life."
Today's birthdays
ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey is 87. Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 74. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & amp; The Pips) is 63. Actress Jennifer Salt is 61. Golfer Tom Watson is 56. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread is 55. Actress Judith Ivey is 54. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 54. Actress Khandi Alexander is 48. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 45. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 45. Actor Noah Taylor is 36. Actress Ione Skye is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 30. Actor Wes Bentley is 27. Singer Dan Miller ("Making the Band") is 25. Singer Beyonce Knowles is 24.


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