Originally created 06/02/06

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CHICAGO - Roger Ebert, who has battled cancer in recent years, will undergo surgery again, according to a published report.

In Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times, where Ebert has been the movie critic for nearly 40 years, columnist Robert Feder reported that Ebert will have surgery June 16 to remove a cancerous growth on his salivary gland.

"It's not life threatening, and I expect to make a full recovery," the 63-year-old critic and host of the nationally syndicated movie review show, "Ebert & Roeper," told Feder. "I'll continue to function as a film critic during this time."

Feder reported that Ebert is not expected to require radiation treatment as he did when he underwent surgery in 2002 and 2003 to remove tumors on his thyroid and salivary glands.

"This is known as a slow-growing and persistent cancer," Ebert said. "You live with it."

Ebert said he plans to tape enough shows with Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper that the program will continue to air during his recovery.

Ebert has been a film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975, the same year he teamed up with Gene Siskel of the rival Chicago Tribune to launch their movie-review show. Siskel died in 1999.

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http://tvplex.go.com/buenavista/ebertandroeper/

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NEW YORK (AP) - Anna Nicole Smith has confirmed that she's pregnant, in a video clip posted on her Web site.

"Let me stop all the rumors. Yes, I am pregnant. I'm happy, I'm very very happy about it. Everything's goin' really, really good and I'll be checking in and out periodically on the Web and I'll let you see me as I'm growing," the 38-year-old former reality TV star and Playboy playmate says.

Smith, who is floating on an inflatable raft in a swimming pool as a small white dog barks in the background, did not provide any details.

Her lawyer and spokesman, Howard K. Stern, could not be reached by The Associated Press on Thursday for comment.

Early last month, there were reports that Smith was expecting a baby. Stern issued a written statement saying, "If Anna Nicole is pregnant, she obviously doesn't want anybody to know yet.

"If she's not pregnant, she's not denying the rumor because she thinks it's funny how much of a stir it's causing. She'll leave it up to you to guess which one it is."

Smith has a 20-year-old son, Daniel, from her first marriage.

She married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year. Since then, she has feuded with Marshall's son, Pierce Marshall, over her entitlement to the tycoon's estate.

Smith won a judgment from the Supreme Court last month that allows her to continue to seek part of Marshall's fortune.

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On the Net:

http://www.annanicole.com

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LONDON (AP) - "Definitely Maybe," the debut album by Oasis, has beaten the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in a British vote for the greatest album of all time.

The Beatles took third place with "Revolver" and had three other albums - "The Beatles (The White Album)," "Abbey Road" and "Rubber Soul" - in the Top 100 in the vote staged by British Hit Singles & Albums, an annual publication, and NME.com.

The vote was announced in last year's edition of British Hit Singles & Albums, said editor David Roberts. Anyone could vote for as many as 10 albums, in rank order, and probably 95 percent of the 40,000 votes came from Britain, he said Thursday.

Other albums in the top 10: "OK Computer," Radiohead; "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" Oasis; "Nevermind," Nirvana; "The Stone Roses," The Stone Roses; "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd; "The Queen Is Dead," The Smiths; and "The Bends," Radiohead.

The biggest surprise, in Roberts' view, was The Libertines' debut album, "Up the Bracket," at No. 15 - a strong showing he attributed to singer Pete Doherty's well-publicized involvement with supermodel Kate Moss and his arrests for alleged drug use.

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On the Net:

http://www.bibleofpop.com

http://www.nme.com

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle in TV's "Saved by the Bell," has sued The National Enquirer for libel over an article that included claims she had a drug problem.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed Tuesday in Superior Court.

The lawsuit says Voorhies, whom it describes as a "famous and popular actress," lost several "potential acting and hosting jobs" after the tabloid published a June 2005 article that said she was hospitalized for a cocaine addiction.

Her doctor wrote a letter confirming that she had no addiction and was not hospitalized for drug abuse, the lawsuit said.

Voorhies could not be located by The Associated Press for comment. A call to The National Enquirer after hours Wednesday was not immediately returned.

The tabloid story was "patently false and heinous" and humiliated her, the actress stated in her lawsuit, which alleges libel, invasion of privacy, unauthorized use of her image, name or voice and other claims.