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October 7, 2000

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The Prince of Patagonia

Five days after arriving in the wilds of Patagonia, Prince William appears to have already achieved one goal of his trip being left alone by the media.

The British embassy on Thursday called on the Chilean press "to respect the privacy of Prince William," offering in exchange to arrange a photo session with him.

The son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana remains at a sprawling farm named El Verdin, about 1,000 miles south of Santiago. Security is tight and the prince has not been photographed or even seen.

He is participating in an international expedition working with other young volunteers on environmental and community projects. William is expected to help build a home for the elderly and a hall for the local volunteer fire department.

Patricia Pavez, a spokeswoman for the expedition, told The Associated Press that William is sleeping in a tent he pitched himself.

"He even has to cook for himself," she said.

Rapper chooses jail

Given a choice between 30 days in jail or a year of counseling and anger management classes, a Boston rap musician chose jail.

Raymond "Ray Dog" Scott of the rap group Made Men was found guilty Thursday of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in a Randolph night club.

Scott's lawyer said his client chose jail because he wanted to get the ordeal over with, and because the one year of probation would have placed too many restrictions on him.

Made Men has been in the spotlight since the recent stabbing that left Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce hospitalized. Three men with ties to the group have been charged in the stabbing, but members of the group have denied any involvement.

Pitt splits Carolina coast

Celebrity watchers, take note: The South Carolina shore no longer seems a good bet for a glimpse of Brad Pitt.

Pitt was sighted around Harbor and Fripp islands in June and July, scouting possible locations for filming Pat Conroy's novel "Beach Music."

But since then, the project has ground to a halt.

"We have no clues about what's going to happen with it," Jeff Monks, of the South Carolina Film Office, said Wednesday. "They're literally trying to figure out what the script is and, until they do, there's really no need to go any further."

A native of South Carolina, Conroy has had several books made into movies, including "The Prince of Tides."

Canada boots Dr. Laura

If Dr. Laura Schlessinger ever needs a new theme song, how about "South Park's" irreverent ditty "Blame Canada."

Our northern neighbors are permanently exiling the advice-spewing morality maven's controversial new TV talk show, reports E! Online.

The reason might not be what you think. While Dr. Laura has been under incessant fire from gay and lesbian groups over her comments that homosexuals practice "deviant" behavior and are "biological errors," the company that owns the show's Canadian outlets says the reason for the cancellation is simply low ratings.

"Our audience has voted and, unfortunately, they've cast a 'nay' ballot for Dr. Laura on television," says Roy Gardner, a vice president of programming for CanWest Global Communications. "The latter part of the afternoon is very important to us because it forms the lead-up to our evening news programming, and Dr. Laura just isn't delivering the viewers."

Gardner admits to receiving tons of complaints from the gay and lesbian community about the show, which premiered in Canada Sept. 18.

Dixie Chicks visit granddad

As band after band lined the stage of the 34th annual Country Music Assn. Awards, 88-year-old W. Wall Burns sat patiently in his basement, ignoring most of the performers hogging the limelight.

All he wanted to see were his granddaughters Emily Robison and Martie Seidel, two of the three Dixie Chicks.

He smiled a big, proud smile when he finally saw the women, who as children lived in York County, Pa., before moving Dallas with their mother, a school teacher.

Burns has visited his granddaughters several times since they've become famous. He also accepted a limo ride they arranged for him to a recent concert in Washington.

But he's got his priorities. He missed the first hour of Wednesday's show including the group's first two awards and their performance to make sure he fulfilled a commitment at his church.

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