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October 31, 2004


Schwarzenegger suit can proceed

London -- A television host who says she was groped by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger four years ago and then libeled by his aides can take legal action in a British court, a judge ruled.

Judge David Eady on Friday rejected a claim by Schwarzenegger aide Sean Walsh that British courts had no jurisdiction in the case. Anna Richardson claims Schwarzenegger, 57, fondled her breast during an interview in London in 2000 and that his staff subsequently damaged her reputation as a professional interviewer by alleging she encouraged the behavior.

Cash professed love on bench

San Antonio -- The first wife of the late singer Johnny Cash says she would like to own the San Antonio River Walk bench that she and Cash carved their names on in 1951 -- but city officials say that's unlikely.

Vivian Distin told the San Antonio Express-News she rediscovered the bench two weeks ago during a visit to San Antonio and asked city officials if she could have it if she paid to replace it. The city, realizing the bench's historic value, quickly locked it away in a storage room out of fear that someone would steal or damage it, the paper reported Friday.

Malcolm Matthews, director of the city's parks and recreation department, said the bench probably could not be relinquished.

Cash was an 18-year-old cadet at Brooks Air Force Base and Distin was his 17-year-old girlfriend when they carved "Johnny loves Vivian" on the cedar bench.

Rapper says God loves bling

New York -- Thou shalt bling?

According to Ma$e, God doesn't mind when people adorn themselves with flashy jewelry.

"He don't have no problem with you blinging," the rapper said in an interview, during which he wore a jeweled necklace and bracelet.

God's heavenly abode proves that he's the real king of bling, Ma$e added.

"His gates are pearly, his house is about 10 stadiums big, the streets are gold -- you do the budget on that kind of place," said Ma$e, 27.

Ma$e retired from rap in 1999 to follow a religious calling, but returned to hip-hop this summer with the album "Welcome Back," which is free of the cursing, drug references and womanizing that peppered his earlier work. Ma$e continues to preach in the Atlanta area.

'Angel' star gets namesake rose

Los Angeles -- Actress Della Reese is joining an elite group of famous people who have roses named after them.

With the "Della" rose, she joins the ranks of the late Princess Diana, President John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth and Dolly Parton.

The fragrant hybrid with a deep burgundy color will be dedicated in the actress' honor Jan. 3 in a ceremony sponsored by Armstrong Garden Centers.

Reese, 73, who starred in the long-running series "Touched by an Angel," grows several dozen varieties of roses at her home, said her publicist, Eric Raymond.

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