People And Places


March 17, 2003

Maines' apology doesn't stop Chicks boycott

Radio stations nationwide are continuing to boycot the Dixie Chicks, even though lead singer Natalie Maines publicly apologized for telling a London audience last Monday: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." Maines is a Lubbock native.

In her apology Friday, Maines said: "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect."

The words didn't carry much weight with listeners in Maines' home state and elsewhere.

"We've had a huge listener reaction and movement against the statements," said Paul Williams of KPLX-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth, the nation's fifth largest radio market. In Kansas City, Mo., WDAF-AM set trash cans outside its offices for listeners to toss their Dixie Chicks CDs.

The Dixie Chicks are touring in Europe and are scheduled to kick off the U.S. leg of their "Top of the World Tour" on May 1 in Greenville, S.C.

Woods defends `Rudy'

Actor James Woods says he considers former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani an American hero and fought "tooth and nail" to portray him as such in a coming television film. The actor, concerned that Hollywood would vilify Giuliani or present him as overly conservative, says he insisted on approving the script for Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story before agreeing to play the part.

"Our business is notorious for being almost lunatic liberal," Woods told the New York Times in yesterday's editions. "There's sort of a loony fringe that's way over the top and out of step with mainstream America."

The film will be broadcast March 30 on the USA Network.

Producer feared dead

The creator of the long-running reality television series COPS fell 300 feet from an Oregon cliff into the Pacific Ocean and was feared dead, police and the Coast Guard said yesterday. Paul Stojanovich, 47, and his fiancee, Kim Srowel, were hiking Saturday at Treasures Cove, a bluff overlooking the ocean, when he slipped while stopping to pose for a picture, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jamie Desanno.

Stojanovich grabbed a tree limb to break his fall but plummeted into the surf below, said Sgt. Mike Zimmerman of the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office. The waves were 14 to 16 feet at the time, and rain over the past week had left the trail slippery and wet.

Officers searched for three hours after Srowel called 911, but they didn't find any sign of Stojanovich, Desanno said. He said yesterday that authorities had ended their search, though no body had been found.

Stojanovich, the executive producer whose home is in Portland, was also an honorary Special Reserve Officer for the Beaverton (Ore.) Police Department, said Beaverton Officer Mark Hyde.

Johnson may sue

Actor Don Johnson says bank statements found in his car listing $8 billion in transactions weren't his - and he is in no way involved in money laundering. Johnson told CNN's Larry King on Friday that the papers, discovered by German customs officials in November when he crossed the border from Switzerland, belonged to potential investors with whom he was discussing a movie project.

The former Miami Vice and Nash Bridges star said he might sue a German tabloid and other media that published stories last week alleging he was involved in illegal activities.

Eminem in Detroit

Eminem took the stage, and his hometown fans went wild. "Detroit! If you had one shot," the rapper began as the audience repeated the words to "Lose Yourself," the Academy Award-nominated song from his film 8 Mile.

Eminem was in town Thursday to celebrate the DVD release of 8 Mile. It hits stores tomorrow after earning nearly $116 million last year at the box office.

8 Mile chronicles an amateur rapper's frustrations with stage fright and his family's poverty. Eminem portrays the rapper, and Detroit's burned-out homes, vacant storefronts and gritty streets serve as a backdrop for his character's own hardscrabble life.

Today's birthdays

The former national chairwoman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, is 70.

Actor Kurt Russell is 52.

Actor Gary Sinise is 48.

Actress Vicki Lewis is 43.

Actor Rob Lowe is 39.

Actor Matthew St. Patrick (Six Feet Under) is 35.

Actor Yanic Truesdale (Gilmore Girls) is 34.

Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur is 31.

Actress Marisa Coughlan is 29.

Singer Stephen Gately (Boyzone) is 27.

Rapper Swifty (D12) is 26.

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