Originally created 05/01/06

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Keith Richards fans gathered outside a hospital Sunday where the Rolling Stones guitarist was believed to be undergoing treatment for a mild concussion reportedly suffered when he fell out of a palm tree on vacation in Fiji.

One newspaper also reported that Richards, 62, got on a Jet Ski after the fall and had another accident. Several Australian and New Zealand media outlets reported the fall from the tree.

Band spokeswoman Fran Curtis has said only that Richards was injured earlier this week and flown to New Zealand with his wife, Patti, for observation. Her statement Saturday did not comment on Richards' condition or how he was injured.

New Zealand's Sunday Star-Times provided no details on the Jet Ski crash, but quoted Dr. Uzzel Kanti Dhar as saying that Richards was admitted to Suva Private Hospital spokesman hospital in the Fijian capital on Thursday, the same day he was said to have fallen from the tree.

Richards reportedly was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital later that day. Duty manager Steve Kirby refused to confirm early Sunday that Richards was a patient there, citing the hospital's privacy policy.


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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Tom Wolfe, who wrote about lacrosse culture in "I Am Charlotte Simmons," reiterates the novel's setting is not Durham, home to Duke University and its embattled lacrosse team.

Answering an audience member's question at a book festival on the Duke campus, the author said he did notice similarities between his fictional characters and people at the center of the recent rape investigation involving Duke lacrosse players.

Wolfe's 2004 novel, set on a fictional Northern university campus, portrays "sexually aggressive lacrosse players," and an earlier best-seller, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" depicts a white district attorney who needs black votes to be re-elected. Durham's district attorney, Mike Nifong, is white and a candidate in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

But none of the "Charlotte Simmons" characters "lived within 600 miles of Durham, N.C.," Wolfe said Saturday at the North Carolina Festival of the Book.

Duke has been mentioned as the possible setting for "Charlotte Simmons," partially because the fictional Dupont University includes the Gothic architecture that marks Duke and also because Wolfe's daughter attended Duke.

In the book, athletes at Dupont are depicted as lumbering, thuggish "herpes pustules" who get all the women and get away with everything. In lacrosse, one character says, "white boys are the ones with the machismo."

Wolfe said his next book will be on immigration. His previous works include "The Right Stuff," the acclaimed behind-the-scenes chronicle of the U.S. space program, and the 1998 novel "A Man in Full," runner-up for the National Book Award.


LONDON (AP) - British rocker Pete Doherty was released on bail Sunday by police investigating tabloid newspaper photos that showed him injecting himself and a woman with drugs, a police official said.

The Babyshambles singer was detained Saturday morning on suspicion of recklessly administering a noxious substance, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to identify the suspect.

Doherty, 27, is to return for questioning in July, the official said.

The Sun newspaper published a photo Friday that appeared to show Doherty holding a syringe to the arm of a woman lying on the floor. Another showed him with a needle to his arm. The pictures were taken at the singer's London home in the past five weeks, the paper said.

Doherty was previously arrested April 20 for suspected drug possession, hours after a judge placed him on probation on separate drug charges.

Police found marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine in Doherty's car and clothing when he was arrested Dec. 18, one of a long line of run-ins with the law.

Last year, a newspaper published pictures of model Kate Moss, his girlfriend at the time, apparently using cocaine at a music studio where Doherty and his band were recording.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don Johnson and his wife, Kelley, celebrated their seventh anniversary with the birth of their third child, a spokesman announced Sunday.

The baby boy, who is yet to be named, was born Saturday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, said Elliot Mintz, a spokesman for the star of TV's "Miami Vice" and "Nash Bridges."

Johnson described himself as "over the moon times six," Mintz said.

Mother and baby were both doing well.

The couple also have a boy, Jasper, and a daughter, Grace.

Johnson has a daughter, Dakota, with actress Melanie Griffith, and a son, Jesse, with actress Patti D'Arbanville.


HONG KONG (AP) - Actress Maggie Quigley said she was seriously ill when she auditioned for "Mission: Impossible III" and was amazed that she got a key role in the film starring Tom Cruise, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Sunday.

Quigley, who lives in Hong Kong, said she found out she got the part when a floral basket arrived at her Los Angeles hotel with a card saying, "Welcome. Here's to a great mission," the South China Morning Post reported. Cruise's signature was the first one on the card, it said.

Quigley, known as Maggie Q in Hong Kong, where she got her acting start, plays Zhen, a member of Cruise's team of agents that hunts down an arms dealer.

The former model said she had to overcome a reputation of being a "giggly model" who made "cheesy films, bad films, OK films."

When she auditioned for "Mission: Impossible III," she said she was in the early stages of a kidney infection.

"I landed in L.A., alone, terrified, sick as a dog," she was quoted as saying. "I was so ill, I could barely remember what it was I had to do. I had uncontrollable shaking one minute, and I was sweating the next. But I realized right then I had 10 minutes to change my life. Either you bring it or you don't."

Quigley also starred in the comedy "Rush Hour 2" and Jackie Chan's "Around the World in 80 Days."


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