Russert to write memoir on fathers and sons


January 01, 2003

Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, has agreed to terms with Miramax Books for a memoir about "fathers and sons."

Russert's representative, Washington attorney Bob Barnett, said about 10 publishers competed for the book. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a source close to the negotiations said the deal was worth about $3 million.

Barnett's other clients include former President Clinton, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, whose memoirs will be published by Miramax next year.

The memoir, not yet titled, is scheduled to come out for Father's Day in 2004.

The book will share the lessons, anecdotes and advice given to Russert by his dad while growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., according to a statement by Miramax.

Diva arrested

Original diva Diana Ross was apparently getting a jump on a New Year's party when Arizona cops arrested her early Monday for drunken driving.

The 58-year-old singer, who checked herself into a rehab center this year to kick her addiction to alcohol and painkillers, was reportedly swerving all over a Tucson road when she was stopped.

Police said a breath test showed Ross had a .20 percent blood alcohol level, more than double the legal limit of .08 percent in Arizona.

"That would be considered extreme DUI in Arizona," Tucson police Sgt. Judy Altieri told the New York Daily News.

Ross' spokesman, Paul Bloch, had no immediate comment.

Rapper arrested

Rapper 50 Cent, whose hits include "Wanksta," was arrested just before 2 a.m. yesterday morning after police, responding to a complaint about a sport utility vehicle double-parked outside Manhattan's Copacabana nightclub, found two guns inside the car.

Police Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said when officers approached the vehicle, they saw a .25-caliber handgun on the floor of the SUV. A further search turned up a .45-caliber pistol. Police said both weapons were loaded.

50 Cent, 27, and the four men with him were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Jolie in Kosovo

Angelina Jolie visited with Kosovo's minority community, along with NATO peacekeepers and local leaders, during a three-day visit to the troubled region.

The Oscar-winning actress, who is a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said she was troubled by the conditions of minorities there.

"People think that when a war is over, everything goes back to normal," Jolie said Monday, after her visit concluded. "But in Kosovo, the security situation remains questionable for minorities."

Jolie visited the area of Kosovo's capital, Pristina, and the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica, which remains a hotbed of tension.

The 27-year-old actress has visited refugee camps in several regions, including Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Pakistan. She plans to return to Kosovo in the spring.

Today's birthdays

Author J.D. Salinger is 84.

Actor Frank Langella is 63.

Rock singer Country Joe McDonald is 61.

Writer Don Novello is 60.

Actor Rick Hurst is 57.

Country singer Steve Ripley (the Tractors) is 53.

Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 45.

Actress Ren Woods is 45.

Actress Dedee Pfeiffer is 39.

Actress Embeth Davidtz is 37.

Actor Morris Chestnut is 34.

Actor Verne Troyer is 34.

Writer Paul Thomas Anderson is 33.

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