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August 22, 2002

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Lauper's show goes on

Oklahoma City Cyndi Lauper tripped and fell while singing her new single, "It's Hard to Be Me," at the Ford Center.

In front of a sold-out crowd Tuesday night, Lauper fell about 5 feet, hitting her shin and ankle while walking on stairs near the stage, said Paul O'Leary, spokesman for the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Lauper continued with her set but had to be carried off by a stage hand at the end. The colorful pop star is the opening act on Cher's farewell tour.

The 49-year-old singer was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released a few hours later, a hospital spokeswoman said.

India to get first glimpse of Elton

Bombay, India Elton John will perform for the first time in India, concert promoters said Wednesday.

John has planned a concert in November in the southern city of Bangalore, said Sukhetu Kohli, manager operations at DNA Networks. The date has yet to be set.

Bangalore was chosen over Bombay, India's film and entertainment capital, which has a 50 percent entertainment tax. The city also has a 10 p.m. curfew for live performances.

Taco Bell's instant millionaire

Lakeland, Fla. For an hour or so, Tim Harmon was arguably the biggest celebrity in Lakeland. Then Mini-Me hopped down from the back seat of his black stretch limousine.

Verne Troyer, who portrayed Dr. Evil's ill-tempered clone in the last two "Austin Powers" films, got the rock star treatment when he arrived Tuesday for an appearance at a Taco Bell restaurant.

Harmon, a bakery supervisor at the Publix Supermarkets headquarters, got a day to remember.

Their lives converged because Harmon, 31, won $1 million and a Mini Cooper car from Taco Bell when he peeled a sticker off a plastic cup last month. Troyer, whose Mini-Me was featured as part of the contest, flew in to hand over the winnings.

Clinton in talk show talks

New York Former President Clinton's flirtation with becoming a talk show host has spread to CBS, according to published reports.

Neither CBS nor Clinton's representatives would confirm Wednesday that they are discussing a talk show, although the president's lawyer, Robert Barnett, said Clinton had received an "enormous number of offers" from media outlets.

Clinton met in May with executives from NBC. The New York Times reported Wednesday that those talks have collapsed.

"August is rerun time, and we've seen this episode before," said Jim Kennedy, Clinton's spokesman. "It ends the same way nothing is imminent."

A spokesman for CBS, Dana McClintock, would not comment on the reports.

CBS is a corporate cousin of King World, one of the leading companies that syndicates talk shows.

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