Originally created 08/14/04

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Nearly a year after being mauled by a tiger, illusionist Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy" was evaluated at a hospital that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Dave Kirvin, a spokesman for Horn, declined to comment on how long Horn was expected to stay or what treatment he was receiving. Horn arrived at Craig Hospital earlier this week and was being evaluated Thursday.

Horn was able to walk again in March, five months after being mauled by a 300-pound white tiger in Las Vegas. The tiger attacked him during a sold-out performance at The Mirage hotel-casino.

Horn's partner, German-born magician Siegfried Fischbacher, has downplayed Horn's injuries, describing the illusionist's wound as "a little punch hole" on the left side of his neck.

Fischbacher has said a stroke Horn suffered afterward resulted from blood pressure medication that sometimes made him feel faint.

MGM Mirage officials have said Horn has a long recovery ahead of him, and the duo's long-running show has been closed.

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NEW YORK -- It was love at second sight for Fred Savage and his new bride, Jennifer Stone.

Savage, who starred on the 1980s series "The Wonder Years," wed Stone, a childhood friend, in an Aug. 7 ceremony at the L'Orangerie restaurant in Los Angeles, People magazine reports.

They were neighbors until 1988, when Savage, then 11, moved from a suburb of Chicago to Los Angeles for his TV stint as Kevin Arnold. The family drama ran until 1993.

The couple reconnected 11 years later at a birthday party for Savage.

"We started talking and smooching and we've been together ever since," the 28-year-old actor-director told People.

Savage's films include "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and "Welcome to Mooseport."

"I had tears, but they were tears of joy," said Stone, 31, who is a commercial real estate agent. "Seeing Fred at the end of the aisle was the best part."

Quipped Savage: "I promised to always bring up a glass of water to her before we go to bed, and she promised to never let me dress myself."

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NEW YORK -- Barbie thinks she knows who can make a difference in this year's presidential race - girls - and she's the one who is going to represent them.

The Mattel doll has thrown her hat into the ring as the candidate of the Party of Girls! She unveiled her platform Thursday at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square.

She has pledged a campaign that will concentrate on creating world peace, helping the homeless and poor, and taking care of animals. Her platform was chosen by girls across America through the Barbie.com Web site.

Marie C. Wilson, president and founder of the national, nonpartisan The White House Project, said Barbie's campaign shows girls that they can aspire to the highest levels of leadership, including the presidency.

"It allows girls to think about turning Barbie's dream house into the White House," Wilson said in a statement. "Since Barbie is such a large part of girls' lives, we believe it's important to encourage them to become tomorrow's leaders, and Barbie for President sends that message."

The White House Project, devoted to advancing women's leadership, recently launched its Go Vote. Go Run. Go Lead. Go Girl. campaign.

Girls can learn the basics of campaigning and the electoral process, and receive information about female political role models and possible leadership activities on the Barbie Web site.

Barbie for President dolls will be available exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson owes more than $1,700 in parking fines.

The Philadelphia 76ers star received four tickets - each more than $300 - when he left his Rolls-Royce in a handicapped spot at an airport parking garage for a week in late May, Clorise E. Wynn, director of the city's Bureau of Administrative Adjudication, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Since March 2001, Iverson has received at least 65 parking tickets for $4,500 on his cars, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Thursday. He already paid $2,800.

Iverson is in Athens to play in the Olympics. His personal lawyer, Larry Woodward, declined comment.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is investigating whether the star's uncle, Greg Iverson, was properly given a handicapped placard. His cars have been seen in handicapped spots at the Philadelphia International Airport, outside the 76ers' practice facility and a downtown apartment building garage.

Joan Nissley, a PennDOT spokeswoman, said the agency's medical unit was looking into the placard. Greg Iverson, 41, defended parking in handicapped spots, noting he had the placard. He did not answer when asked about his handicap by a Daily News reporter.


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