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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 October, 2003, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
P Diddy puts on running shoes
Hip-hop mogul Sean "P Diddy" Combs is planning to run the New York City Marathon to raise money for charity.

The 33-year-old star has been training for three weeks, running up to 15 miles a day for the event on 2 November, which will have around 30,000 runners.

Combs hopes to raise $1m (£604,276) for three children's charities, and has already secured sponsorship from companies including Nike, MTV and McDonald's.

A spokesman for the race organisers said: "It's great, we welcome him."


Caine to unveil plaque at birthplace

Oscar-winning actor Sir Michael Caine is to unveil a blue plaque at the site of his birthplace on Wednesday.

The star was born 70 years ago at St Olav's Hospital in Rotherhithe, London, where offices are now sited.

Sir Michael was among 20 people voted for by the public as part of a blue plaque project run by Southwark Council.

Plaques have already been unveiled to Charles Dickens and actor and director Sam Wanamaker. Footballer Rio Ferdinand will also have a plaque at a local park.


Shriver vows to keep career

Maria Shriver, wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, said she will continue with her TV journalism career if the Hollywood actor wins next week's election for California governor.

"I intend to go back to my job," Shriver said. "I've been working for 26 years; journalism is a passion of mine."

Shriver, a reporter for NBC television, took a leave of absence to help the campaign on the understanding she could return to her job.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is said to be leading the race to become governor, which was called after a furore over the state's crumbling economy. The election takes place on Tuesday.


Sir Sean gets handy at première

Sir Sean Connery joined hands with an elite group of actors as he attended his first West End première in a decade.

The actor dipped his hands in plaster before the screening of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in London's Leicester Square on Monday.

His hands will be cast in bronze and exhibited with others by Charlton Heston, Tom Cruise and Pierce Brosnan.

Sir Sean, 73, said he was surprised by the size of the 2,000-strong crowd. The film received poor reviews in the US.


Bridget Jones creator expecting baby

The creator of Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, has revealed she is expecting her first baby.

Fielding, a writer and former journalist, created the ultimate single woman's icon in Bridget Jones, which went on to become a bestseller and smash film.

She and her partner Kevin Curran, an executive producer and writer for The Simpsons, expect the baby to arrive in February.

Fielding is currently working on her latest novel about a female spy, while the second Bridget Jones film, based on the book Edge of Reason, is due to start filming.


ITC rules against '9-11' deodorant ad

A deodorant ad has been banned after it reminded TV viewers of the 11 September attacks on New York's Twin Towers.

The Independent Television Commission ruled the advert - which prompted 159 complaints - broke broadcasting rules and should not be shown again.

In the commercial, a man runs through an office block pursued by a wrecking ball without breaking a sweat.

Viewers felt it was reminiscent of the World Trade Center disaster, though the ITC accepted this was unintentional.



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