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February 04, 2005

In the News

Harry Potter and the Internet credit card scheme

J.K. Rowling says Internet hucksters who claim to be selling electronic copies of her latest Harry Potter saga are actually running a scheme to steal credit card numbers and bank information. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince won't be published until July 16 and is not available as an e-book, the writer warned.

Her legal team shut down one fraudulent Web site but fears others may surface. Police suspect organized crime gangs from Eastern Europe are behind the scheme.

Supermodel released from hospital

Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova has been discharged from a Prague hospital, five weeks after being injured when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck Thailand. The 25-year-old Czech beauty broke her pelvis and suffered internal injuries when the waves struck Southeast Asia on Dec. 26. Nemcova survived by clinging onto a tree for eight hours, but her photographer boyfriend Simon Atlee is missing and presumed dead.

After spending two weeks in a Thai hospital, Nemcova was flown to the Czech capital last month and has since made a rapid recovery. She has left the hospital and is recuperating in a mountain chalet owned by her grandfather in her hometown of Karvina. "Her health is getting better and better," said Nemcova's father, Oldrich. "She can already climb stairs by herself, although she still can't lean on her left foot."

This year's `Hasty' duo

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tim Robbins will be this year's recipients of the annual Hasty Pudding awards, given by the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe. The awards are given to performers who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment" by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University.

Sizzla in the cooler

Reggae dancehall singer Sizzla was sentenced to 15 days in prison for using profanity during a Christmas Day performance.

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, began serving the prison term immediately after a court sentenced him Wednesday in Yallahs, just east of Kingston, the Jamaican capital.

He was arrested Dec. 25 after swearing while performing at the East Fest concert in St. Thomas parish in eastern Jamaica. He was released on bail pending the court hearing. His 2003 album, Da Real Thing, was a big seller in Jamaica.

They said it

"We have to get in gatekeeper positions. We have to get those dual law and MBA degrees and work up the corporate ladder.

Director Spike Lee said Tuesday, on how black representation is stronger than ever on screens, but true power lies behind the camera.

"He is without a doubt one of the sharpest minds and best writers in this business."

MSNBC President Rick Kaplan, where MSNBC announced Wednesday that it hired Tucker Carlson to host his own prime-time show.

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