Schwarzenegger Makes $18 Mil in Land Deal
SOLD: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have sold three properties in their exclusive Pacific Palisades residential compound, which is valued at about $18 million, and a fourth parcel is in escrow, the Los Angeles Times reports. The couple has not lived on the 5.3-acre property since they bought a new home in nearby Brentwood for about $11.9 million in 2002. Among the parcels, a one-acre lot was bought for $3.4 million by Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy's and a cousin of Shriver's. Schwarzenegger had purchased that home, with its pool and tennis court, for Shriver in 2001 as a Valentine's Day gift.
OFFERED: Phish says it will donate at least $100,000 of the proceeds from the band's final Aug. 14-15 concerts to nonprofit groups in Vermont, reports the Associated Press. The band has already earmarked $75,000 for groups including Bread and Puppet theater, Dairy Farmers of Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank. The balance will be donated to other nonprofit organizations in the region. More than 70,000 fans are expected to descend upon the town of Coventry in northeastern Vermont for the band's final concert.
BOUGHT: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has purchased a 17,000-sq.-ft., 21-room Alpine, N.J., mansion for more than $10 million, AP reports. The seller was financier Mark Arzoomanian. The brick colonial dwelling is set on 3.5 acres with a gated, tree-lined driveway that winds to a circular courtyard. It also has an outdoor pool with a waterfall and separate spa; a movie theater; tennis, racquetball and basketball courts; a wine cellar; a six-car garage, and a 700-gallon aquarium.
DIAGNOSED: Apple Computer chief Steve Jobs, 49, has had successful surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees in a company-wide e-mail on Sunday. Writing from his hospital bed, Jobs said he plans to return to work in September after recuperating in August. In the message, he said his cancer is called "an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, and can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time (mine was)." He added that he "will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments."
DIED: Sam Edwards, 89, a character actor who made scores of appearances on such TV shows as Gunsmoke, Barnaby Jones, McCloud and Happy Days, as well as portraying the town banker on Little House on the Prairie, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. His film credits included Twelve O'Clock, Hello Dolly! and The Postman Always Rings Twice and numerous TV movies. He also supplied the voices for several children's productions and appeared on Winnie the Pooh records as Owl and Tigger. ... Eugene Roche, 75, a paunchy character actor who played the "Ajax man" in commercials and had memorable roles on such TV shows as All in the Family (as Pinky Peterson) and Magnum P.I , also died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in an Encino hospital. Survivors include his wife, Anntoni, and their nine children.
CLOSED: The $6.5 million water fountain serving as a memorial to Princess Diana in London's Hyde Park, which opened less than a month ago, has been shuttered indefinitely following injuries to three people, including a child, who slipped while wading on its smooth granite surface. Designers are being blamed, and the granite is said to be undergoing treatment to rough it up. No re-opening date has been announced, and a wire fence now surrounds the tribute.
REGROUPED: Fans of The Dukes of Hazzard descended upon Bristol, Tenn., this weekend from as far as Australia to meet cast members, buy T-shirts and listen to country music at a festival marking the 25th anniversary of the top-rated 1979-85 TV show's first season, AP reports. Catherine Bach, now 50 but still with long brown hair, wore a low-cut pink sun dress – not the trademark short-shorts made so famous by her Daisy Duke character (now known simply as "Daisy Dukes"). "We love our fans as much as they love us," Bach said. John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who played Bo and Luke Duke, were not able to attend because they were performing elsewhere.