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July 1, 2007

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Object thrown from Kenny G's property hits girl in head

Malibu, Calif. - Investigators are trying to determine who threw objects from a bluff-top compound owned by musician Kenny G that struck a 9-year-old girl on the head.

The incident happened June 23 when Brooke Porter was at the beach with her family and she was hit in the head, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives. She needed four stitches to close her wound.

Sheriff's officials said they believe two teens on the musician's property - neither related to him - threw the objects that hit Brooke 50 feet below.

Although authorities would not say what was thrown, Kenny G's attorney said Hershey's Kisses and a PowerBar energy bar were thrown.

"I have been informed a PowerBar hit the girl accidentally on the head," said attorney Lee Blackman. "It was just an accident."

He said Kenny G's wife paid the girl's medical bill.

The girl's parents were upset about the incident and believe whoever threw the items targeted Brooke and her brother, Chase, a 12-year-old with Down's syndrome and autism.

Former lab worker pleads guilty to stalking singer

Albuquerque, N.M. - A former national laboratory worker has admitted that she used government computers to access the e-mail account of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington and hacked into a cell phone company's Web site to obtain his phone number.

Devon Townsend, 28, appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Scott and pleaded guilty to charges including stalking and unlawful access to stored communications.

Townsend faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for each count. A sentencing date has not been scheduled. Townsend's attorney, Ray Twohig, did not return messages Friday.

Townsend, who worked in Sandia National Laboratories' technology and manufacturing group, used lab computers to access private information about Bennington and his wife, Talinda, from January 2006 to November 2006.

According to a plea agreement filed Friday, Townsend said she was able to access family photos, information about a new home bought by the Benningtons, the couple's travel plans, and correspondence between Warner Bros. Records and Linkin Park's business attorney.

Stella McCartney to co-host virtual anti-fur protest online

Paris - Stella McCartney will co-host a virtual anti-fur protest this month in the online fantasy world known as Second Life.

The weeklong protest will begin July 12 on a dedicated island in the computer-generated alternative universe, it was announced last week by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The island will feature stables, a lake, picnic tables and Linda McCartney mini-veggie-burger stalls.

"Sometimes it's nice to have a bit of humor on serious subjects," the 35-year-old British designer said in a statement.

Like her late mother, Linda, McCartney is a longtime supporter of animal rights. She doesn't use leather or fur in her designs.

Visitors to SecondLife.com will be able to clothe their digital proxies, called avatars, in T-shirts bearing the slogan: "I'd Rather Be Pixelated Than Wear Fur."

They can also enter a competition to come up with alternatives to PETA's famous tag line, "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur." The best three, judged by McCartney, will win prizes, including two tickets to her fashion show in Paris.

Sally Field takes golf lesson at Women's Open

Southern Pines, N.C. - Sally Field likes golf. She really, really likes golf.

Instead of merely watching the U.S. Women's Open from the gallery, the Academy Award-winning actress tried playing, taking her first lesson on a practice hole at Pine Needles with renowned teacher and former LPGA star Peggy Kirk Bell.

"I would go to all these locations and think ... why don't I play golf? People walk around and enjoy God, God's gifts, the trees, so I think I've always thought I should have that in my life," Field said.

Field, who stars in ABC's "Brothers and Sisters," also came to the Open to promote awareness of women's health issues, including osteoporosis, a disease that affects millions of Americans. Field was diagnosed with it last year.

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