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April 21, 2010

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Actor’s son gets 5-year prison sentence

New York — A judge sentenced Michael Douglas’ son to five years in prison Tuesday for dealing methamphetamine from a trendy Manhattan hotel, calling it his “last chance to make it.”

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced the sentence after hearing 31-year-old Cameron Douglas ask for mercy as his Academy Award-winning father and mother, Diandra, listened behind him in a packed courtroom.

“I’d like to apologize to my family and my loved ones for putting them through this nightmare of my making,” Douglas said.

The Hollywood scion and admitted heroin addict also was ordered to forfeit $300,000. A pre-sentence report listed his net worth as $500,000.

As they left federal court in Manhattan, Michael Douglas and his ex-wife had to fight through a writhing mass of photographers to reach a waiting SUV.

Federal agents arrested Douglas last summer at the Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Prosecutors alleged that he was the middleman in a scheme to smuggle large amounts of meth from California to New York, sometimes using overnight mail.

Rapper Guru dies at 43 after battle with cancer

New York — Guru, the influential rapper known for his intellectual themes, his monotone delivery and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats, has died after battling cancer, collaborators said. He was 43.

The world has lost “one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all time,” according to a statement from Solar, Guru’s producer. It was posted on the official fan website of DJ Premier, who with Guru made up the rap duo Gang Starr. The statement said Guru died Monday.

E-mails from The Associated Press to Solar and his assistant were not immediately returned.

The statement also features a letter Guru wrote before his death. In it, he thanks Solar for his friendship, speaks about his son KC and his nonprofit cancer organization, Each One Counts.

He also dismissed his relationship with Premier, saying, “I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name.”

“I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” it read.

8 minus Kate: Another star axed from ‘Dancing’

Los Angeles — Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin has one fewer job to juggle.

The author and reality star was eliminated Tuesday from “Dancing With the Stars,” leaving seven couples in the competition.

Gosselin failed to ignite the ballroom, landing near the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard during five weeks of dancing. She and professional partner Tony Dovolani came into Tuesday’s results show with the week’s lowest score: 15 points out of 30 for a lackluster foxtrot.

“I think Tony could have had more life out of a frock on a coat hanger,” judge Bruno Tonioli said Monday.

Judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which celebrity is eliminated each week.

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