Originally created 06/27/99

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WOODSTOCK 99:

If you're willing to shell out the bucks, pay-per-view will allow you to watch 60 hours of Woodstock '99 from the comfort of your own home.

This 30th anniversary celebration of the original high-profile, high-energy music celebration, set for July 23-25, is to feature Aerosmith, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, the Foo Fighters, Ice Cube, Los Lobos, Metallica, Alanis Morrissette, Willie Nelson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and more than a dozen other performers.

The price for the pay-per-view event is $29.95 a day, $59.95 for all three days, and is being offered by Knology (364-1000), Jones Intercable (733-7712) and Charter Communications (860-1580). Northland Cable, (803) 648-8361), will offer the event for $29.95 a day.

TOY RECALL:

About 12,000 Sock Monkey stuffed animals from Restoration Hardware Inc. are being recalled because sewing needles or pins have been found in the stuffing of some monkeys, creating a hazard.

The handmade sock monkeys are about 20 inches tall and made of a brown, tweedlike knit fabric. The dolls have white hands and feet, red lips, black felt eyes and a red patch directly under the tail.

They were sold from October 1997 through May 1999 at Restoration Hardware stores, catalogs and Web site for about $29.

For more information, call Restoration Hardware, toll-free, at (877) 747-4671 or visit the company's Web site (http://www.restorationhardware.com/).

TV TONIGHT:

Those mesmerized by the original Thorn Birds in 1983 might suggest that The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, a disappointing 1996 project, should have stayed missing. An older Richard Chamberlain, reprising his role as Father Ralph, the ambitious Australian priest, lacks chemistry with Amanda Donohoe, who replaced Rachel Ward as his married lover, Meggie. Part 1 airs tonight at 9 on CBS. Part 2 airs Wednesday at 9 (WRDW-TV, Channel 12).

Hundreds of extreme athletes descend on San Francisco for the fifth annual X Games festivities beginning at 9 tonight on ESPN. Freestyle Moto-X (the first motorized sport in this summer event) and bouldering are new categories. Nine days of coverage can be found on ESPN and ESPN2 through July 5. Other categories include skateboarding, skysurfing and street luge racing.

A brother and sister search for their missing father and his downed airplane in Alaska at 7 p.m. on ABC (WJBF, Channel 6). Charlton Heston plays a bad guy; his son, Fraser, directed this 1996 adventure.

-- From Staff and Wire Reports