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September 23, 2009

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New Dan Brown novel tops 2 million mark

New York — Dan Brown’s new novel has passed the 2 million mark.

Doubleday announced Tuesday that sales for “The Lost Symbol” topped 2 million copies in its first week. The total, for the United States, Britain and Canada, includes hardcover, audio and e-book sales. “The Lost Symbol” came out Sept. 15 with an initial print run of 5 million books that since was raised to 5.6 million.

The book is Brown’s first since “The Da Vinci Code,” an international phenomenon published in 2003. “The Da Vinci Code” has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

Khloe Kardashian to wed NBA player

Los Angeles — The Kardashians are adding another family member: Lamar Odom.

Khloe Kardashian’s spokeswoman said the reality TV starlet will marry the Los Angeles Lakers forward Sunday.

Kardashian, 25, appears with her family on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” She and her sister Kourtney co-star in the E! spinoff show, “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.” She also competed on “The Celebrity Apprentice” earlier this year.

Odom, 29, agreed to a four-year contract to stay with the Lakers this summer after helping the team win the franchise’s 15th NBA championship in June. He has two children, daughter Destiny and son Lamar Jr., from a previous relationship.

Gellar, Prinze welcome baby girl

Los Angeles — It’s a girl for “Scooby-Doo” stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

The couple named their newborn daughter Charlotte Grace Prinze. A spokeswoman for the actress said the baby was born Saturday.

It is the first child for the acting duo, who first met in 1997 and married in 2002.

Senate hopeful skipped voting

Hartford, Conn. — Linda McMahon’s wrestling empire urged young adults to vote in 2008, but the former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO didn’t always follow suit.

McMahon, who has stepped down from her job to seek the Republican nomination in Connecticut for the U.S. Senate, acknowledged on her campaign blog that she didn’t vote in the 2008 presidential primary after Sen. John McCain became the presumptive GOP nominee.

In a Sept. 16 blog entry titled “One of My Regrets,” McMahon, who co-founded WWE with her husband, Vince McMahon, said she also missed a general election in 2006 and several local elections.

“I talk all the time about how important it is for people to vote. And it is. Yet, I haven’t always been the best example myself,” she wrote. “I regret it, I apologize, and I don’t make any excuses for it.”

Police arrest stalking suspect at Jewel’s ranch

Fort Worth, Texas — A man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her rural Texas ranch said he was on a mission from God, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael Lawrence Kozelka of Townsend, Wis., was arrested last week after he went two consecutive days to the 2,000-acre Stephenville ranch owned by Jewel’s husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.

After Kozelka was found on the ranch Sept. 14, the landowner warned him not to return, Bryant said. But on Sept. 15 Kozelka was found at the main house with a pocket knife in his clothing and a dog with him, although he did not resist arrest after deputies were called, Bryant said.

“He was not aggressive and was not mad,” Bryant told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “He just said he was on a mission from God, that God told him to come to Stephenville and led him to this ranch.”

Heather Locklear joining updated ‘Melrose Place’

New York — Heather Locklear is reprising her signature role as scheming Amanda Woodward on its updated version of “Melrose Place,” the CW network announced Tuesday.

Locklear will make her debut appearance Nov. 17 on the prime-time soap. The revived “Melrose Place” premiered earlier this month.

The 47-year-old Locklear joined the original “Melrose Place” in 1993, at the end of the first season. She stayed throughout the series’ seven-year run on the Fox network. As Amanda, she was the ruthless head of the D&D advertising agency.

Before “Melrose,” Locklear had been a regular on the cop show “T.J. Hooker” and the glamorous melodrama “Dynasty.” She later co-starred with Michael J. Fox on the sitcom “Spin City.”

She will now be joining original “Melrose” castmates Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bisset and Daphne Zuniga in the CW’s updated version.

Lasorda portrait installed at Smithsonian museum

Washington — The National Portrait Gallery has installed a painting of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda on his 82nd birthday.

The life-sized portrait, measuring 60 inches by 50 inches, was installed Tuesday at the Smithsonian Institution. It commemorates Lasorda’s long career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and goes on view at the start of a three-game series between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals in the nation’s capital. The portrait will be on view in the “New Arrivals” gallery through Nov. 15.

Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 20 seasons, leading them to eight division titles, four National League pennants and World Series titles in 1981 and ’88.

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