Originally created 11/22/04

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Bucky Buckaroo the wallaroo and Pancho the goat may soon be back in the custody of their rapper owner Vanilla Ice.

Bucky and Pancho escaped more than a week ago and spent several days frolicking in the streets and wooded areas of St. Lucie County in southeast Florida. They made a run for it after Pancho nudged open an unlocked door with his head and the two broke out of a relative's backyard.

The animals were captured Nov. 13 after the 60-pound wallaroo - a cross between a wallaby and a kangaroo - scratched a woman's car. But Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert van Winkle, was out of town and could not immediately claim them.

When the rapper arrived at animal control offices Friday, officials fined him $220 because his permit for the pets had expired. So Bucky and Pancho are staying temporarily with an exotic animal breeder.

"I'm pretty shocked at all the attention," the rapper said, holding up clippings of newspaper stories on the incident. "They get more attention here than they do at home."

He says he expects he'll be able to reclaim the animals after he pays another fine to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Vanilla Ice climbed to fame with his 1990 rap hit "Ice Ice, Baby." Of late, he has appeared on the WB's "Surreal Life" reality show, which featured celebrities whose fame had faded.


LOS ANGELES - Jim Carrey says on the CBS program "60 minutes" that he is better able to deal with depression now that he lives a life free of Prozac and alcohol.

In an interview for Sunday's broadcast, Carrey said he took Prozac for a long time but the drug didn't cure his depression.

"I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that... everything is just OK," he told reporter Steve Kroft at his home in Brentwood.

Even when he was taking Prozac, the depression didn't go away entirely, he says.

"It feels like a low level of despair you live in where you're not getting any answers but you're living OK and you can smile at the office," he said.

Carrey says he still has bouts of depression but he now deals with it without Prozac and alcohol.

"I rarely drink coffee. I am very serious about no alcohol, no drugs," he said. "Life is too beautiful."

Carrey's film credits include "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Mask" and "The Truman Show."


COSTA MESA, Calif. - Dennis Rodman is playing basketball again in a bid to return to the NBA, but for now he's not venturing far from home.

Rodman's debut with the Orange County Crush of the American Basketball Association begins next month. But his contract is only for home games.

Rodman, 43, "doesn't want to deal with all the hoopla that comes along with being Dennis Rodman when he travels," said Shannon Barr, his publicist.

Still, the seven-time rebounding champion will leave home for some things: At the moment he's in Houston shooting a television commercial to be aired during the Super Bowl, Barr said.

The Crush has its first game Sunday but Rodman won't even start practice for another week to 10 days. The first home game is Dec. 9.

"Dennis just wants to concentrate on staying home and getting in the best basketball shape possible," Barr said. "He has one goal in mind and that is to make it back to the NBA without any distractions."

Rodman, who played on NBA championship teams in Detroit and Chicago, returned to the NBA briefly in 2000 with the Dallas Mavericks. But he was waived after 29 days, a day after criticizing owner-in-waiting Mark Cuban.


ST. PAUL, Minn. - Diana Ross looked every inch the diva as she pulled up to Musictech College in a black stretch limo and got out wrapped in a thick fur coat and wearing dark sunglasses.

Striding across a specially rented red carpet leading to the school door, Ross beamed as she accepted a bouquet of white roses and signed record albums held out for her autograph.

But inside the small music conservatory, where a new full scholarship was named in her honor Saturday, Ross told an audience of more than 100 students that it's not divadom that defines her - it's motherhood.

"I'm more a mom than I am a celebrity, even though I know you know me as a celebrity. I'm a mother first," she said.

Ross, who has had her ups and downs in nearly 40 years in the music business, said she has always believed in herself.

"I actually don't remember ever not believing in myself," said Ross, 60. "I was brought up in the Brewster projects in Detroit and I always knew that there was a way out."


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