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February 15, 2001

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U2 frontman is Harvard bound

U2 lead singer Bono will speak to Harvard University seniors in June as part of the school's "Class Day" festivities. Harvard officials denied earlier reports that Bono would be the class of 2001's graduation speaker and an honorary member of the graduating class.

Bono called Harvard economic professor Jeffrey Sachs in the spring of 1999 to talk about debt relief for Third World countries, according to the university. Since then, the two have worked together to promote that cause. Through Sachs, Bono offered to speak at the school.

'Friend' is foe of fat

Courteney Cox Arquette has been criticized in the media for being too thin, but after playing "Fat Monica" on the NBC sitcom "Friends," she knows she never wants to put on weight. Arquette appears on the show in sporadic flashbacks to her character Monica's younger days, when she was overweight.

"It took me about three hours get me into 'Fat Monica' makeup. But when I become her, I become the most uninhibited person in the world," the actress says in the March issue of Jane magazine. "I'd do this dance in front of the audience called 'the popcorn.' Made me feel like I wouldn't ever want to be fat," she said. "It's hot to be fat. And I don't mean hard. I mean hot."

Auction, Bond auction

The bikini worn by original Bond girl Ursula Andress in the James Bond film "Dr. No" sold for more than $60,000 at Christie's auction house Wednesday. In the first Bond film, Andress emerged from the sea in the bikini, defining the sexy image of the Bond girl and achieving screen immortality. The swimsuit was one of more than 250 items from 21 James Bond movies at the largest-ever sale of props from the James Bond films.

The most expensive item was a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by actor Pierce Brosnan when he starred as James Bond in the 1995 film "Golden Eye." It went to British computer entrepreneur Max Reid for $228,737. A Walther PPK air pistol held by Sean Connery in the advertising poster of "From Russia With Love" sold for $20,445, and an Omega stainless steel diver's watch owned and signed by Pierce Brosnan sold for $10,222.

Puffy, J. Lo in splitsville

Valentine's Day was a heartbreaker for Sean "Puffy" Combs, who acknowledged his breakup with singer-actress Jennifer Lopez.

"Mr. Combs confirmed that he and his love, Jennifer Lopez, have in fact broken up," his publicist Nathalie Moar said Wednesday.

A breakup has been rumored for weeks. The performers have spent considerable time apart because she is promoting an album and he has been on trial in New York on weapons and bribery charges stemming from a 1999 nightclub shooting.

"Mr. Combs is confirming this today as he wanted to put all the rumors surrounding their relationship to rest. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect his privacy," Moar said.

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