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August 21, 2001

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Dave Barry's pipe dreams

The Dave Barry Memorial Lift Station?

Grand Forks, N.D., Mayor Mike Brown says the name has a ring to it.

Brown invited Barry to Grand Forks, promising the grand tour and a proclamation after a Barry column last week making fun of North Dakotans who want to drop the "North" from the state's name.

But Barry, a nationally syndicated columnist and humorist, said he'll have to think about it.

"I can honestly say I've never dreamed of having a lift station named for me, and I'm a person who dreams a lot," Barry said.

Happy birthday, pie face

The Tennessee Titans helped U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson celebrate his 59th birthday in style when a couple of rookie linemen surprised the former actor with a couple of pies in the face.

Football practice had ended, and the Tennessee Republican was walking beside the team's practice facility when defensive tackle Donovan Arp and guard Chris Valletta sneaked up behind Thompson and hit him in the face with the pies Sunday afternoon.

Thompson, who acted in movies such as "Die Hard 2" and "The Hunt for Red October" before being elected to the Senate in 1994, called it a first.

"Well, it's the first time I've had it on my face literally," Thompson said.

Pies in the face are a birthday tradition around the Titans. Even general manager Floyd Reese watches his back every year on his birthday.

Whoa, Nelly

Rappers are known for their large entourages, but rap star Nelly might have broken a record.

The rapper and an accompanying crowd estimated at about 3,000 people were refused entry Saturday night to a Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., night club.

"We were already full by midnight and had anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 people already inside," Shooter's 21 owner John Teichman told the Lake Sun Leader newspaper in Sunday's edition. "When I realized Nelly and thousands of friends were trying to get inside the front door, I called the cops for help."

The crowd was not violent, said Missouri Water Patrol officer J. Pragman, but people continued to try to push through the club's locked doors. No injuries occurred and no one was arrested, Pragman said.

Rapper Tupac memorialized

DeKalb County, Ga., political leaders joined with the family of Tupac Shakur to break ground over the weekend for an arts center honoring the slain rapper.

Organizers expect the Tupac Amaru Center for the Arts to open in March 2003 in Stone Mountain. Shakur's family has lived in the area for nearly a decade.

The center will feature studio space for the performing arts and a gallery that initially will hang the art of Shakur's fans who have sent their work to his mother, Afeni Shakur.

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