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June 30, 2004

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Princess Di memorial opens

London -- After many delays, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain flowed for the first time Tuesday, a week ahead of its official opening by Queen Elizabeth II.

Designers and builders of the $6.4 million fountain, shaped like a water-filled sloping stone ring, watched as the fountain was filled. Visitors to the fountain in Hyde Park will be able to splash in the water or picnic inside or around the oval.

"The princess was a contemporary woman. I wanted very much it to be a place you walked into. A total environment -- not an object you walked around," said Kathryn Gustafson, the American designer whose plan for the fountain beat 57 others.

The fountain will open formally at a ceremony Tuesday.

Counterfeit suspected in Salvador Dali show

Helsinki, Finland -- An exhibition of Salvador Dali's art was canceled as police stepped in to confiscate the works, several of which they suspected to be counterfeit.

Collectors who had bought Dali's print works at the exhibition had suspected them to be fake and notified the police, which prompted an investigation, police said Tuesday.

"We also got many phone calls from a number of art connoisseurs who had been to the exhibition," said Jyrki Seppala at the Helsinki Police.

The Helsinki exhibition, which commemorated what would have been the Spanish artist's 100th birthday, was set up by Helsinki-based Artco Scandinavia. It began in late May and was due to end today. All 400 works exhibited are being investigated.

Wedding bells

Los Angeles -- Actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Parker, stars of the Showtime series "Soul Food," are engaged, their publicist said.

Kodjoe, 31, proposed to Parker, 33, June 20 in his hometown of Freiburg, Germany, publicist Alejandra Cristina said.

They plan to marry next spring, she said.

The couple met on the set of "Soul Food," which recently ended after five seasons. The show was based on the 1997 hit film of the same name and was television's longest-running black drama.

They both appeared in the film "Brown Sugar" and will next star in a sitcom, "Second Time Around," which will air on UPN this fall.

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