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May 22, 2006

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No respect for Bush

New York - The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines apologized for disrespecting President Bush during a London concert in 2003. But now, she's taking it back.

"I don't feel that way anymore," she told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. "I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."

As war in Iraq loomed, Maines told the London audience: "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

The remarks led to death threats and a backlash from other country stars, including a high-profile spat with Toby Keith. It also stalled what until then had been the group's smashingly successful career.

Bandmate Emily Robinson said she knew right away the remark wouldn't be taken lightly and got "hot from my head to my toes. It wasn't that I didn't agree with her 100 percent; it was just, 'Oh, this is going to stir something up,"' she told Time.

The Chicks' new album, "Taking the Long Way," is due out May 23. The first single is "Not Ready to Make Nice."

Pearl Jam in a jam

Seattle - Pearl Jam found a new home on J Records for their self-titled album. Now they might need to find a new home, period.

The band's headquarters could face demolition because of the city's plans to build a dump.

"We hadn't even finished unpacking and moving into our new space when we heard about the city's waste management site," spokeswoman Nicole Vandenberg said Saturday.

Now, area residents - many of whom have worked for years to spruce up the area - are hoping their high-profile neighbors will help fight the plan.

"Eddie Vedder's for the little guy, and Pearl Jam would have a lot of clout," neighbor John Bennett told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for a front-page story Saturday.

Vandenberg wouldn't say whether the band would help the neighborhood fight the proposed $70 million transfer station, which has yet to be approved by the city council.

Bounty hunter takes bride

Honolulu - Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of A&E;'s reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," has married his longtime sidekick, Beth Smith.

The sunset ceremony on the Big Island took place Saturday, a day after the death of Chapman's daughter. Barbara Katy Chapman, 23, was killed in a car accident near her home of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Chapman gathered with his 10 surviving children - two of whom he had with Smith - and discussed whether to proceed with the wedding.

"They all decided unanimously they should celebrate the wedding and her life," said Michael Feeney, senior vice president of A&E; television network.

The wedding will be featured in an Aug. 8 episode of the show, about Chapman and his tattooed crew of fugitive-finders, which is now in its third season.

The self-proclaimed world's best bounty hunter and Smith have been together for 16 years.

The wedding and reception were held at the sprawling Hilton Waikoloa Village.

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