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July 26, 2000

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Speaker of this house gives OK for son's young bride

Newt Gingrich's mother approves of his new bride.

The 57-year-old former House Speaker and his 33-year-old fiancee, Callista Bisek, joined his mother, Kathleen "Kit" Gingrich, in cutting a cake at a wedding shower she threw for the couple Sunday.

Kathleen Gingrich was all smiles as she talked about her only son, whom she affectionately refers to as Newty, and his future bride.

"She is a lovely girl. I liked her from the first time I saw her," she said. "This is the first time I can ever remember seeing that Newty is in love. When you see him, he just beams."

Newt Gingrich, who divorced his second wife, Marianne, last December after 18 years of marriage, will marry Bisek Aug. 18. Gingrich admitted to having a six-year affair with Bisek, a congressional aide, while he was married. It will be Bisek's first marriage.

Home-run king

pinch-hits for youths

Baseball great Hank Aaron is stepping to the plate for a group of children in Michigan.

Eighteen children were recognized Monday as the first to benefit from a partnership between the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation and Comcast Cablevision of Detroit.

They will receive grants to help pursue their special interests, such as attending space or math camp or the arts. The awards totaled $25,000.

"Young kids have to be able to dream and have someone to help foster their dreams," said Aaron, who holds the major league record for career home runs at 755. "You want to get these kids and help stabilize their lives."

Aaron, 66, said he and his wife, Billye, wanted to establish a "dream fund" instead of a more traditional scholarship program.

Opera is so dramatic

Veteran opera star Hans Sotin, scheduled to play Gurnemanz in Richard Wagner's "Parsifal," quit in a huff just a day before the start of the renowned Wagner music festival in Bayreuth.

Sotin, in a phone call Monday to the Nordbayerischer Kurier newspaper, cited "irreconcilable differences" with the director. There were no immediate specifics on the spat.


The Rev. Al show

his street smarts

City officials have renamed the street in front of singer Al Green's church in his honor.

Memphis honored the 54-year-old rhythm and blues singer Sunday by renaming a stretch of Hale Road to Rev. Al Green Road.

Green is known for the songs "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love With You."

Hundreds of family, friends, fans and city officials were on hand for the dedication at Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. Green, 54, has been pastor of the church since 1976.

Captain Ted earmarks

U.N. Foundation funds

Billionaire media mogul Ted Turner has announced plans here to dedicate $42 million of his United Nations Foundation funds to social and environmental projects around the world.

"Working with the UN, we have developed an exciting program to help protect some of the world's most important natural resources," Turner, the foundation's chairman, said in a statement Monday.

Brazilian First Lady Ruth Cardoso, who sits on the foundation's board of directors, said another area of special focus would be on improving the lives of adolescent girls.

The foundation was created by Turner in 1998 after he pledged to donate $1 billion to the United Nations the previous year.

Bowie wins recognition

for his ch-ch-ch-changes

"Ziggy Stardust," once a counterculture icon, has now conquered the Internet age.

Singer David Bowie received top honors during Monday night's third annual Yahoo!Internet Life Online Music Awards celebration at Studio 54.

Bowie won The Online Pioneer of the Year Award in the event hosted by actor John Leguizamo. The award honors individuals at the forefront of the Internet music industry. Bowie's Web page, Bowienet, was named the Best Artist Site.

Today's birthdays

Actor Jason Robards Jr. is 78. Movie director Blake Edwards is 78. Singer Dobie Gray is 60. Rock star Mick Jagger is 57. Actress Susan George is 50. Actor Kevin Spacey is 41. Actress Sandra Bullock is 36. Actor Jeremy Piven is 35. Actress Kate Beckinsale is 27.

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