Originally created 08/20/05

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NEW YORK - "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross is engaged.

Cross last weekend accepted a proposal from her boyfriend, stockbroker Tom Mahoney, the actress's publicist, Heidi Slan, said in a statement Friday.

"The happy couple have not set a date for the wedding yet," said Slan.

It will be the first marriage for both Cross and her 47-year-old fiance.

The engagement was first reported by Us Weekly. The magazine reported the couple began dating about six months ago.

The 43-year-old actress, who plays Bree Van De Kamp on the hit ABC show, last month was nominated for a best comedy series actress Emmy. "Housewives" raked in a total of 15 nominations, including noms for her co-stars Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman.

Cross's TV credits also include "Melrose Place" and "Knots Landing."


BOSTON (AP) - While fans are rocking to the Rolling Stones inside Fenway Park, police officers armed with noise meters will be positioned outside the ballpark Sunday night.

If the noise surpasses 70 decibels on the surrounding streets, Patricia Malone, director of the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing, will be alerted, and she will tell concert host Clear Channel to turn it down.

It's all part of the city's efforts to minimize the impact of the Fenway concerts - now in their third year - on the neighborhood.

"It's something they've done for the past two concerts, and I've asked them to do it for this concert as well," Malone told The Boston Globe.

She said any major problems would be fixed between Sunday and the second Stones concert on Tuesday night.

The Stones are kicking off their North American tour at Fenway Park. The 93-year-old ballpark had never hosted a concert before Bruce Springsteen played there in the summer of 2003. Jimmy Buffett played two shows at Fenway last September.


DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) - Snoop Dogg's new youth football league is a hot item in Southern California.

Two years ago, Snoop began coaching his son's team in the Orange County Junior All-American Football Conference, luring children from other squads with his star power. Players watched game video inside a school bus equipped with DVD players, TV screens and a booming sound system.

The rapper and sometime actor also made personal phone calls to draw in top talent, and last year his Rowland Raiders went undefeated en route to a league championship. They also went on to win the "Snooperbowl," held a day before the Super Bowl, and took home custom-made trophies donated by Tiffany & Co. for their effort.

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is taking things to the next level this year, creating his own Southern California league. He lowered fees for joining a team from $175 or more to $100, which covers the cost of cleats and pads. He also loosened residency requirements.

Children and some coaches have flocked to the eight-chapter Snoop Youth Football League, leaving supporters of old leagues dejected and wondering whether they were used.

"I'm mad at Coach Snoop," said 10-year-old Xavier Bernal, a player for the Rowland Raiders. "He was so cool; he told me to play my heart out and to play everything I've got. But now I just want to ask him, why did he take all our players?"

Nevertheless, a movie documenting the effort, and titled "Coach Snoop," is reported to be in the works.

"It's so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs," Snoop said. "We should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics."


WESTPORT, Conn. (AP)- With a $25 million price tag, the home being put up for sale by Phil Donahue and his actress-wife, Marlo Thomas, is most definitely upscale.

The 7,379-square-foot 1911 wood-and-stucco Tudor house has 17 rooms, including nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms and five fireplaces. It also has a guesthouse.

As an added attraction, neighbors include radio talk-show host Don Imus and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

But Donahue says he and Thomas aren't pulling up stakes. "We'll be staying right here in the neighborhood," Donahue told The Advocate of Stamford Wednesday. "We're not leaving Westport."

The estate is listed with Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate and rests on three lots that comprise 7.7 acres. Donahue bought the adjoining properties years ago and demolished a home to improve his Long Island Sound view.

Donahue, 69, is an Emmy Award winner for his syndicated talk show, which began in 1967 and aired nationally from 1970 to 1996. Thomas, 67, starred in the '60s TV series "That Girl" and had a recurring role on "Friends."

The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in May.


NEW YORK (AP) - A $35 million, 20,000-square-foot penthouse isn't everyone's idea of a starter home, but Ivana Trump hopes celebrities will snap it up. After all, she says, real estate is a good bet for anyone.

Sales materials for her luxury residential project show prices for apartments in Ivana Las Vegas will range from $550,000 to $35 million for the penthouse.

The building will have 945 units that Trump hopes will attract business executives, entertainers and others who "love Nevada because of its weather."

"I always felt very secure and very safe with real estate. Real estate always appreciates," Trump, a former wife of real estate mogul Donald Trump, said Wednesday in an interview at her Manhattan town house.

At 82 stories tall, the building will be a dominant fixture of the Las Vegas skyline. Work will start next year and the project likely will be completed by 2008, Trump said.

"I made a tremendous amount of money on real estate," she said. "I'll take real estate rather than go to Wall Street and get 2.8 percent. Forget about it."


CHICAGO (AP) - Writer, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel, a 93-year-old Chicago icon, has been released from the hospital after undergoing risky open-heart surgery - with doctors calling the Pulitzer Prize winner's recovery "spectacular."

Terkel, who walked out of Rush University Medical Center Wednesday, underwent six hours of surgery on Aug. 9 to replace a narrowed aortic valve and redo one of five coronary bypasses he had done nine years ago, doctors said.

"To my knowledge, Studs is the oldest patient to undergo this complex redo," said Dr. Marshall Goldin, the surgeon who operated on Terkel. "His progress is spectacular. He is recovering physically and mentally as well as someone half his age."

Doctors say there are major risks associated with the procedure.

"Recognize that this operation is a risky operation for even a 60-year-old, let alone a 93-year-old," said Dr. Constantine Mavroudis, surgeon-in-chief at Children's Memorial Hospital. "The risks of the operation include death, stroke, myocardial infarction and resultant heart failure. If complications are avoided, then Studs should do just fine, given time for rehabilitation."

Terkel, whose firsthand chronicles of American life go back to the Great Depression, said he intends to continue working.

In addition to writing his memoirs, Terkel plans to help promote his new book, "And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey," a collection of interviews with performers such as Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan. It is due out next month.


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LONDON (AP) - A British television channel plans to screen what it calls a "factually accurate" television drama that depicts Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister, Princess Margaret, having sex and taking drugs.

Channel 4 described "The Queen's Sister" as "a witty and irreverent royal romp." One scene features the princess in a lesbian kiss, while another shows her smoking a "strange cigarette" at a party, the channel said Thursday.

"I think some people will find it quite arresting and challenging," said Kevin Lygo, Channel 4's director of television. "It's factually accurate and it's a racy romp."

Francis Hopkinson, Channel 4's senior commissioning editor for drama, said the program "shows the excesses of hedonism" but "wasn't intended as an expose."

Hopkinson said it was based on interviews and research from existing sources.

Channel 4 said it planned to broadcast the program in late November.

Margaret died in February 2002 at age 71.

Lygo said the drama captured Margaret "in the late fifties and early sixties when she was absolutely the most glamorous public female figure in a Diana-like way in her own era and then it all went a bit wrong."


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