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April 25, 2001

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Rosie back despite infection

Rosie O'Donnell has returned to her television talk show with a new accessory an IV pack. O'Donnell, who has a hand injury, needs antibiotics to fight an infection, a publicist for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" said on Monday.

"There's a pump in there full of antibiotics and every four hours the antibiotics go through a little pump in my arm," O'Donnell said on her talk show. She's expected to wear the IV pump for about a month, the publicist said.

Buffett headed back to college

It's not as much fun as Margaritaville, but Jimmy Buffett may be headed for the board of trustees of Florida Atlantic University. Buffett, who lives in Palm Beach, and former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis were among 24 people the faculty chose to join the 11-member board. Gov. Jeb Bush expects to make the appointments by June 30.

The 54-year-old singer supported a recent lawsuit filed by an environmental group against Bush and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, accusing them of doing too little to protect manatees.

Buffett, whose hits include "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," was not available for comment.

QEII headed to the poorhouse

Once thought to be the richest individual in Britain, Queen Elizabeth is finding it hard to get back into the top 100, having been overtaken by mere grocers, financiers, and even Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This year the monarch ranked 105th on her nation's list of richest people published by the Sunday Times. She fell in the ranking because the newspaper stopped counting Buckingham Palace, the crown jewels and the royal collection of art as part of her assets. According to the new list, the Duke of Westminster is the richest Briton and Hans Rausing, the packaging billionaire, is the second richest.

'Nash' tosses temper tantrum

Aging playboy Don Johnson is at it again. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the 51-year-old "Nash Bridges" and former "Miami Vice" star "went ballistic with a memorable tantrum" at the Bellagio sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a disagreement about extension of his credit.

The newspaper quoted a witness who said Johnson became furious with a shift manager, "pointing and shouting" and threatening to take his argument to Kirk Kerkorian, who owns most of MGM Mirage, which owns the hotel.

The Review Journal noted that when George Clooney who has been shooting scenes for "Ocean's Eleven" in Vegas got turned down recently for $2,500 credit to gamble because he didn't have his driver's license with him, "he didn't act like a jerk about it."

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