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CITED: Rush Hour star Chris Tucker, 33, spent about half an hour behind bars in a Georgia jail Sunday morning after failing to stop for cops as he drove his speeding 2005 Bentley, reports the Smoking Gun. Clocked at 109 mph, Tucker, an Atlanta native, was charged with reckless driving and fleeing to elude after he did not pull over right away.
ARRESTED: Rapper DMX (real name: Earl Simmons), 34, was arrested following an accident on New York's Bronx expressway that injured three people, including two police officers, when his vehicle struck their cars, police tell the Associated Press. Simmons wasn't injured, while the others suffered minor injuries. Police say Simmons is due in court next month. Last June, he was arrested for allegedly smashing his sport utility vehicle into a gate at JFK Airport after telling a parking lot attendant he was a federal agent. He later admitted to being on Valium at the time.
TRANSFORMED: Less than a year after Marlon Brando's death last July from lung failure at age 80, his private island in French Polynesia will open as an environmentally-sensitive 30-bungalow resort, to be called, "The Brando," AP reports. The makeover is scheduled to open in 2008 on Tetiaroa, the island the actor bought in 1965. The only current inhabitant is Brando's son, Teihotu, one of his children with ex-wife Tarita Teriipia. Although major obstacles to the project have been cleared, there is much work to be done to create the $40-million project on a 150-acre island with no electricity or running water.
DIED: John Fred Gourrier, 63, leader of John Fred & His Playboy Band, who had an international hit with their send-up of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – their version was "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" – died Friday at Tulane University Hospital & Clinic in New Orleans, where he was being treated for complications that developed after a kidney transplant. ... diminutive George Molchan, 82, who was one of the Munchkins in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz, but starting in the 1950s found everlasting fame as Little Oscar, the Oscar Meyer mascot, died on April 12. At his funeral in Indiana, the Wienermobile was parked near his grave, reports AP, and about 50 mourners sang a chorus of the Oscar Mayer jingle and blew on their wienerwhistles.
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