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Buzz Briefs: Sambora, Snipes

This police booking photo released by Laguna Beach, Calif., Police Department on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, shows Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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Sambora Faces Child Endangerment Charge

Police are asking for a misdemeanor child endangerment charge against Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora following his drunken-driving arrest in Laguna Beach, Calif., last month.

The 48-year-old musician was stopped after a police officer saw Sambora's black Hummer weaving in traffic. Police say he was arrested without incident after failing a field sobriety test.

Authorities haven't released the names of a woman and two girls who were passengers in Sambora's car.


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Calls to Sambora's publicist and the district attorney's office weren't immediately returned early Wednesday.

Wesley Snipes May Get Max Sentence For Tax Evasion

2Federal prosecutors say actor Wesley Snipes should serve the maximum possible penalty for failing to file a tax return.

Prosecutors say in court documents filed in Florida this week that Snipes' case "cries out" for him to serve the maximum of three years in prison.

The actor's lawyer says he'll respond with a pre-sentencing memorandum of his own.

Snipes was convicted in February of failing to file a tax return. But he was acquitted of more serious tax fraud and conspiracy charges.

He's to be sentenced next week.

Debbie Gibson Seeks Restraining Order From Spanish Stalker

Singer Debbie Gibson filed for a restraining order Tuesday against a Spanish man who runs a fan club and has allegedly followed her on concert tours and showed up at her door.

Gibson asked that Bassas Jorge Puigdollers, 44, stay 100 yards away, not attempt to contact her by phone or e-mail, and stop attending her concerts, according to court documents filed in Superior Court.

The man, reached by phone in Spain, said he meant no harm.

"I wanted to use the fan club to help people who can't go see her to get autographs and photos," he told The Associated Press in Spanish, adding that the correct spelling and order of his name is Jordi Bassas Puigdollers.

Gibson claimed Puigdollers has attended all of her "nationwide performances" since 2002, where he often tries to go backstage to see her and get autographs. He also follows her to her hotel room, according to court papers.

When Puigdollers came to the front door of the Gibson's Los Angeles home Sunday, the 1980s pop star called police "for fear of my life," she wrote in court documents.

The Police Department granted Gibson an emergency protective order that expires Friday, according to her court papers.

The emergency order allows Puigdollers to get within 10 yards of Gibson at her concerts, but he still must stay at least 100 yards from her home.

A hearing for Gibson's request was scheduled for May 28.

UK Music Festival Defends Booking Jay-Z As A Headliner

3Organizers of one of Britain's best-known music festivals on Tuesday defended their decision to book Jay-Z as their headline act after Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher blamed the rapper for disappointing ticket sales.

The outdoor Glastonbury fest is a cornerstone of Britain's music calendar. But it has yet to sell out this year, in contrast to past years when tickets were snapped up within hours.

Gallagher, whose band headlined the festival in 1995 and 2004, said rap was to blame.


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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Gallagher said in an interview, an audio of which was posted to the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Web site Monday. "If you break it, people ain't gonna go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? ... No chance."

He explained that the inclusion of a hip-hop act went against the festival's tradition of guitar music, adding: "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It's wrong."

Glastonbury Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis said the 38-year-old festival had a long history of attracting rap acts, including Cypress Hill and the Roots.

She said the media stir over Gallagher's comments revealed an "innate conservatism" in some parts of British society.

"There is also an interesting undercurrent in the suggestion that a black, U.S. hip-hop artist shouldn't be playing in front of what many perceive to be a white, middle-class audience. I'm not sure what to call it, at least not in public, but this is something that causes me some disquiet," she said in an article published Tuesday in The Independent newspaper.

Eavis said she thought Jay-Z was "absolutely the right act" for the festival.

Heather Mills, Melissa Rivers To Host Animal Activist Gala

4Heather Mills and emcee Melissa Rivers will host the Gala for Farm Animals held by the Farm Sanctuary, America's Leading Farm Animal Protection Organization. The elegant evening will honor farm animals, promote compassion while guests enjoy fabulous vegan cuisine.

One of the most unique and enlightening events of the season, the Gala for Farm Animals features an award presentation, a special musical performance by Shawn Colvin, a farm animal-inspired silent auction, and a three-course gourmet vegan dinner.

The growing list of celebrity supporters includes Kristen Bell, Rachel Leigh Cook, Jennifer Coolidge, Emily Deschanel, Christine Ebersole, Lisa Edelstein, Susie Essman, Swoosie Kurtz, Vanessa Marcil, Peter Max, Esai Morales, Kevin Nealon, Eric Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Loretta Swit, True Whitaker, Persia White, Debra Wilson Skelton, and many more to be announced. They will be joined by key legislators, artists, animal advocates, and public figures in media and culture.