Originally created 02/03/05

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NEW YORK - Paris Hilton will be the host of this week's "Saturday Night Live."

It will be her first time as host, NBC said Tuesday. She previously appeared on "SNL" in a tongue-in-cheek interview with Jimmy Fallon on the show's "Weekend Update" segment.

Hilton is the star of "The Simple Life" with friend Nicole Richie. The Fox TV reality series, now in its third season, features the duo working in a series of menial jobs.

She also has published a memoir, "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose."

British band Keane will perform as the show's musical guest.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Jiri Belohlavek will become chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson will be principal guest conductor, the orchestra announced Tuesday.

Belohlavek, 58, will be chief conductor designate until the summer of 2006, when he assumes the chief conductor post on the first night of the annual Proms concerts. He succeeds Leonard Slatkin, who was chief conductor from 2000 until last summer.

Belohlavek was chief conductor of the Prague Symphony (1977-89), music director of the Czech Philharmonic (1990-1992) and principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1995-2000). He made his Metropolitan Opera debut last month in Janacek's "Kat'a Kabanova" and is to make his Berlin Philharmonic debut next year.

Robertson becomes principal guest conductor in October, two months after Jukka-Pekka Saraste's term ends.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has recruited hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons to promote a new toll-free hot line for New Yorkers to report abuse of animals.

Launched on Tuesday, the campaign will use public service announcements and print ads featuring Simmons to encourage people to make anonymous tips to the hot line - 1-877-THE-ASPCA.

"There is nothing cool about being cruel to animals," Simmons said in a statement. "They have no choice or voice."

In 2004, the ASPCA investigated about 4,500 reports of animal cruelty citywide, resulting in 54 arrests.

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - NBA pros of years past will trade their jerseys for ear pieces, microphones and a layer of TV makeup when the third season of ESPN's "Dream Job" returns.

There will be a special preview episode Feb. 20, and starting the following Sunday, Dana Barros, Dee Brown, Matt Bullard, Darryl Dawkins, J.R. Reid and Gerald Wilkins will compete for a one-year NBA studio analyst contract with ESPN. The finale for the five-week series is March 27.

"These guys are ready to start a new chapter in their post-NBA careers," said Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. "While their expertise on the court is without question, making the jump to the game analyst role will be a challenge that requires an entirely different skill set."

Hosted by Stuart Scott, each hourlong episode will show the contestants competing in a variety of challenges meant to test their on-air worthiness. Whether they are breaking down plays, mastering the telestrator or analyzing game footage, they'll see if they have what it takes to relate to viewers.

Guest NBA athletes and personalities will make appearances during the series to participate in mock segments and scenarios for the contestants.

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