People talk 12/15/03

Monday, December 15, 2003

Dolly's library gives away millionth book

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Country singer Dolly Parton's book program, which she started seven years ago to inspire preschoolers to read, has reached a milestone with delivery of its millionth book. Parton was on hand Friday when her Imagination Library gave a copy of "The Little Engine That Could" to the parents of 1-year-old Cana Waynick of Danville, Ala. Children start receiving books at birth and continue through 60 selections until age 5.

Dogg, MTV sued over simulated sex scene

LOS ANGELES -- An actress has sued rapper Snoop Dogg and MTV over an episode of the television show "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," in which she claimed she was unwittingly made to appear as if she were naked and engaging in sexual relations with another actor. In a lawsuit filed Friday, Doris Burns accuses Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and MTV of breach of contract, fraud, invasion of privacy and defamation.

Hill criticizes abuse at Vatican benefit concert

VATICAN CITY -- During a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican, singer Lauryn Hill launched into a tirade against priests who abuse children, according to news reports Sunday. Hill read a statement criticizing the church and its leaders during the Saturday night concert, where she was a featured performer.

Writer of 'Silver Bells' honored in hometown

McDONALD, Pa. -- Residents of this tiny Pittsburgh suburb want to honor songwriter Jay Livingston, co-writer of the popular Christmas song "Silver Bells," with a historic marker at his boyhood home. Livingston was born Jacob Harold Levinson in 1915. He and his partner, Ray Evans, wrote several songs and movie scores including "Mona Lisa" from the 1950 movie "Captain Carey USA" and "Silver Bells" -- the duo's biggest seller -- which first appeared in the 1951 Bob Hope movie "The Lemon Drop Kid."

-- From wire reports

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