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August 22, 2001

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Jolie to become U.N. ambassador

Angelina Jolie will become the United Nations' latest celebrity ambassador at a ceremony next week, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.

Kris Janowski, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said Jolie would be appointed a goodwill ambassador Monday at the agency's Geneva headquarters.

"She is the kind of person who can get our message across to young people," Janowski told reporters.

Since 1954, when the late comedian Danny Kaye became the first goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Children's Fund, leading personalities in the arts, sports and public life have traveled around the world advertising the work of the United Nations. Current ambassadors include Muhammad Ali, Michael Douglas and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Street renaming scrapped

Plans to rename a Springfield, Mass., street in honor of blues musician and former resident Taj Mahal have run into a dead end.

Following objections from people who live on the street set to be renamed Monroe Street city councilors on Monday night decided instead to add a plaque to the street instead of changing its name to Taj Mahal Way.

The residents said they didn't want to go through the inconvenience of having to change their mailing addresses.

Taj Mahal, who spent part of his childhood on Monroe Street when his name was still Henry Fredericks, lived in Springfield for 23 years. The bluesman has won two Grammy awards.

Paul Harvey back on the air

Paul Harvey returned to the airwaves sounding a bit hoarse but telling his audience he "feels so good to be back."

"Americans, in judging the speaking voice which is still undergoing renovation, please be merciful," Harvey said Monday as he closed his five-minute morning program, "Paul Harvey News and Comment."

The 82-year-old broadcaster had been absent from his daily radio shows since mid-May while recovering from what he believed at first was a severe case of laryngitis. Doctors later diagnosed a virus that had settled in one of his vocal cords, and he was treated earlier this month in Chicago.

Paltrow ponders weighty matters

Gwyneth Paltrow learned a lot about beauty by wearing a fat suit.

The tall, leggy actress plays an obese woman in the upcoming Farrelly brothers' movie "Shallow Hal." It took three hours to put on the suit and an hour to take it off.

"The first day I tried it on, I was in the Tribeca Grand, and I walked through the lobby," the 28-year-old told W magazine for its September issue. "It was so sad; it was so disturbing. No one would make eye contact with me because I was obese.

"Shallow Hal," co-starring Jack Black as a man who's hypnotized and sees Paltrow's character as a thin, beautiful woman, is scheduled to open Nov. 9.

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