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Last Updated: Friday, 9 May, 2003, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Two big winners at Latin Billboards

Puerto Rican artist Chayanne and Mexican singer Pilar Montenegro were the biggest winners at the Latin Billboard music awards on Thursday.

Chayanne won Latin track of the year for Y Tu Te Vas (And Then You Leave). He also won pop airplay track of the year for the same song.

Montenegro's Quitame Ese Hombre (Take Him Away From Me) won female pop airplay track of the year. An alternative version also won regional Mexican track of the year for a female solo artist and for a new artist.

The awards, which also recognised Spanish trio Las Ketchup, were held in Miami.


Jordanian poet punished

A Jordanian poet has been sentenced to three months in jail after insulting religious feelings in a collection of his poems published in 1999.

Moussa Hawamdeh was given the sentence on Thursday, after pleading not guilty to charges of insulting the religion of Islam and a violation of the publication laws.

The poems were published in his 1999 collection My Trees Are Higher.

Hawamdeh has challenged the decision and will be free while his appeal is being heard.


Writer for fraud script

The creator of TV drama Queer As Folk is to write the screenplay for a film based on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? fraud case.

Celador Films have commissioned Russell T Davies, who also wrote TV series Bob And Rose and controversial drama The Second Coming.

Davies will treat the story of Major Charles Ingram and his failed plot to cheat the show out of 1 million as a "comedy of errors".

"Like most people in Britain and around the world, I have been riveted by the unfolding story of this bizarre, doomed and oddly endearing escapade," he said.


Glitter Band member mourned

Gerry Shephard, guitarist with 1970s glam rockers The Glitter Band, has died, the band's official fan site has reported.

According to an obituary message on Glitterband.net, Shephard died on Tuesday, aged 51.

It is understood that he had been ill for some time.

Shephard, who leaves a wife Claire, played a distinctive star-shaped guitar for the band at the height of their popularity in the early- to mid-1970s.


US gets first female TV millionaire

A single mother from Oklahoma has become the first US woman to win $1m (625,000) on a TV quiz show.

Nancy Christy, a teacher, landed the prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Screams erupted from the audience as she correctly answered the million dollar question: Who did artist Grant Wood use as the model for the farmer in his classic painting American Gothic? The answer is his dentist.

Christy had put herself through college at the age of 42 and carried out three jobs while raising her two children.


Jackal actor made OBE

Actor Edward Fox has been appointed OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Fox, 66, star of the classic 1970s assassin movie Day of the Jackal, was given the honour for his services to acting.

He said: "I don't mind being remembered as the Jackal. If people remember you for anything, you're lucky."

Fox was honoured alongside cricket commentator Henry Blofeld and The Sun newspaper's royal photographer Arthur Edwards.






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