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May 6, 2002

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Murray steps up for team

Brockton, Mass. Comedian Bill Murray is taking such an active interest in Brockton's new minor league baseball team he may eventually become part owner.

The star of "Caddyshack" and "Stripes" is a baseball fanatic and unofficial "director of fun" for the Brockton Rox, who start playing this month in the independent Northern League in a new $17 million stadium.

"Bill Murray is an old friend of mine and he's going to be actively involved," Rox principal owner Van Schley said. "He may become an owner in the future."

Relating on relationships

Las Vegas There's no misunderstanding Pink.

The themes of her current album, "M!ssundaztood," find Pink fighting against bad relationships in her own strident, independent way.

"To me, it was all about freedom," she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of her music. "Life is not always flowers and chocolates, and I figured people could relate to that."

Pink, 22, broke into radio and MTV in 2000 with the hit "There You Go." In 2001, she was one of four singers teaming up for the hit remake of "Lady Marmalade." And in the past few months, she raced up the pop charts with the single "Get the Party Started."

Stones to roll again

New York The Rolling Stones are ready to do it again. Forty years after Mick Jagger and his bandmates first hit the road, the aging rockers are due to announce another tour at noon Tuesday in New York, reports the New York Daily News.

The group is still hammering out details, but a source close to the band says, "They're all ready to rock again." Look for the tour to support a new CD.

Meanwhile, Jagger and Keith Richards are due to face off with Bart Simpson on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons." The show's creator, Matt Groening, says Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Brian Setzer and Lenny Kravitz will also lend their voices to the show.

Can't eat his words

Exeter, England Gaffe-prone Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, told a joke about people with eating disorders and the blind last week that seemed to surprise a crowd at a public appearance.

Philip was visiting Exeter Cathedral with his wife as part of her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain when he spotted blind woman Susan Edwards and her guide dog in the crowd waiting for the royal visitors.

"Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?" he asked Edwards. Although she didn't seem to react, people standing nearby raised their eyebrows without saying anything.

Philip has generated newspaper headlines several times by making unguarded comments on official royal tours. In the past, he has made comments that have been seen as insulting to Australian Aborigines, tribes of Papua New Guinea, Cayman Islanders and Beijing, China.

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