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Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 3:12 a.m.

Nelson honor roadblocked

AUSTIN, Texas - Willie Nelson's name is off the road again.
A state legislator had proposed naming a 49-mile stretch of Texas Highway 130 being built around Austin in honor of the Texas country music singer.
But two Republican senators, Steve Odgen of Bryan and Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, said they didn't want Nelson's name on the road that crosses their districts, citing the musician's fondness for drinking and smoking, and active campaigning for Democratic candidates.
''It's frustrating, and sad in a way, but at this point, there is no reason to make this an unpleasant experience for anyone, especially Willie, so I'll take no further action on the bill,'' said state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, an Austin Democrat and the bill's author.
Barrientos said he wanted to honor Nelson ''for so much good music and so many good works.''

Beckhams suing ex-nanny

LONDON - David and Victoria Beckham are suing their former nanny for claiming in the British press that the couple's six-year marriage was on the rocks.
The former nanny, Abbie Gibson, was paid $225,000 by the News of the World tabloid for her story about the soccer star and his wife. On Friday, Gibson promised Britain's High Court that she wouldn't say anything further about the couple's marriage or spend the money until the lawsuit is decided.
Justice David Eady said Gibson should not be barred from repeating information already in the public domain.
''Unfortunately, publication of the material has taken place on such a wide scale that it would be futile to try and prevent publication of these matters,'' he said.
Beckham, captain of the England soccer team, plays for Real Madrid. His wife is a former pop star and member of the Spice Girls.
The Beckhams had sought a court order preventing the News of the World from publishing Gibson's allegations.
Gibson, who worked for the Beckhams from May 2003 until her resignation in March, had signed a confidentiality agreement, said the Beckhams' lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson.
The Beckhams also are suing the News of the World over Sunday's story.

Actor gets into swing of things

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Kevin Costner joked with fans and offered his club to a young spectator so the boy could take a swing as he and Jack Nicklaus played an 18-hole exhibition for about 700 to show off a new Nicklaus-designed course.
The 50-year-old actor-director took up golf during the filming of ''Tin Cup'' in 1996. Nicklaus praised the actor's swing as the two played The Cliffs at Walnut Cove on Wednesday. ''I'm going to make some really crummy shots, but I'll consider those for the gallery, because that's who I'm representing,'' Costner said before the round.
''Jack's representing a whole other kind of golf, but I'm representing you. So, when it (the ball) slides to the right or left, I expect just a little bit more than a tennis clap.''
The Oscar-winning director of ''Dances With Wolves'' has also starred in films including ''Field of Dreams,'' ''The Untouchables'' and ''The Upside of Anger,'' now in theaters.

Barbara Bush speaks at Columbia College

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former first lady Barbara Bush told Columbia College graduates they shouldn't feel limited to the homemaker lifestyle she chose in the 1950s or the career-at-all-costs track that followed in the 1960s and 1970s.
Bush said she remembered an article in the 1950s that counseled women to have their children quiet and all appliances off when their husbands came home, and not annoy their spouses with tales of their day.
''That didn't really happen in my house,'' she said. George Bush was more likely to hear ''Do you know what your son, George W., did today?'' she quipped.
Bush, wearing no ceremonial cap on her signature white hair, said she often asks her grandchildren what they're talking about when they use words such as TiVo, PDA and wi-fi.
Still, she countered that she had her Blackberry at the lectern and ''I can Google with the best of you.''
Bush reminded graduates that nothing in life is planned and to enjoy the journey. She says she wouldn't have believed her civic role, or that she would be a published author ''when I was making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in Midland, Texas.''
''There's a better balance for each of you. You have the freedom to be whoever you want because we're getting better at respecting each others' choices.''

Birthdays

  • Actor Glenn Ford is 89.
  • Former astronaut Scott Carpenter is 80.
  • Jazz singer Shirley Horn is 71.
  • Rock musician Johnny Colt is 39.
  • Country singer Tim McGraw is 38.
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