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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 12:31 GMT
James Taylor weds for third time
Singer James Taylor has married his longtime girlfriend Caroline "Kim" Smedvig in Boston.

Smedvig, an executive with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was given away by Hollywood composer John Williams.

The marriage is Taylor's third and Smedvig's second.

Sir Andre Previn and Yo-Yo Ma performed at the wedding.


Stars pay tribute to Fred Astaire

The life of late dancing legend Fred Astaire has been remembered at musical tribute in London organised by his daughter Ava.

The show at the London Palladium featured contributions from celebrities including actor Sir John Mills and TV chatshow host Michael Parkinson.

Astaire died in 1987 aged 88. His long career included nine films with dancing partner Ginger Rogers.


Mick quits Brookside

Brookside actor Louis Emerick, who plays Mick Johnson in the soap, is to leave after 12 years in the show.

Viewers will see Mick Johnson, who plays the soap's takeaway boss, exit the show in an emotional storyline in September.

Emerick has told The Sun newspaper that he wants to concentrate on film and theatre roles.

The actor took on the role in 1989 after being made redundant from a car factory.


Lopez employee detained by police

A member of the Jennifer Lopez entourage was detained in Toronto after hashish and marijuana were found in his socks.

Corporal Larry Foy of the Canadian Mounted Police said no charges were filed against the man.

"It's up to each officer's discretion on whether to lay charges," Foy said.

"In this case, it was really small, so it was easy to decide."

Foy described the incident as "routine" and the group as "very cooperative".


Rapper DMX promises he will go to jail

Grammy nominee DMX has vowed to give himself up to the authorities and begin a 15-day jail sentence after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was sentenced last May after being stopped by police in Buffalo, New York.

He claims work commitments stopped him from honouring the court order earier.

He is in the running for best rap album and best rap solo performance at the Grammys on 21 February.

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