Popular young singer Jewel has been injured in a horse-bucking accident on a Texas ranch. The Dallas Morning News says that the 27-year-old singer-actress broke her collarbone and several ribs. The accident happened on a ranch about 90 miles from Big D. The ranch is owned by rodeo star Ty Murray, a longtime boyfriend of Jewel's. She was resting up prior to embarking on a now-canceled promotional tour to tout her latest CD "This Way." The accident marks the second time that a well-known entertainer was badly hurt in a Texas accident. Lyle Lovett continues to recuperate after suffering a shattered shinbone in an encounter with a raging bull. Jewel's accident was completely unexpected. She is an accomplished horsewoman and the incident is considered to be a fluke.
SEN. HELMS TO HAVE OPEN-HEART SURGERY
Venerable Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., will undergo open-heart surgery to fix problems with an artificial heart valve that was initially installed a decade ago. The latest surgery will take place at the National Naval Medical Center in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md. Helms is now 80 and has championed conservative causes during his many terms in the U.S. Senate. He is planning to retire January next after three decades.
PAROLE BOARD TO MANSON: 'NO' ... AGAIN
One of the most famous convicted killers of modern times, Charles Manson, has been denied parole again ... for the 10th time. The California penal system officials told reporters that mass murderer Manson was not present at his latest hearing, saying he didn't want to appear while restrained. The surviving sister of actress Sharon Tate, one of those killed during a two-day murder spree by Manson and his "family" in 1969, was present at this week's parole hearing. She told media that she was disappointed that Manson was a no-show. The appearance by Debra Tate marked the first time that a member of the Tate family was present at a Manson parole hearing. During the much-publicized killing spree, Tate and four others were killed. The next night, a wealthy couple was also murdered. Manson's next hearing is in 2007.
SECOND MAJOR MEMOIR FOR LORETTA LYNN
The singer known as "The Coal Miner's Daughter," Loretta Lynn, has just released her second major memoir. Called "Still Woman Enough," it's published by Hyperion Press. The book, co-written with author Patsi Bale Cox, looks at the 36 years since her initial rise to fame and concentrates on her 48-year marriage with husband Doolittle "Doo" Lynn. The book is written in the same "folksy" style as her original "Coal Miner's Daughter," released decades ago. Lynn has recently been making the rounds of major book signings and taking part in radio and media interviews. She was recently inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, but missed the event because of a bad bout with bacterial pneumonia.
WANT TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? FIND BIN LADEN
There are reports that whoever is able to lead bin Laden hunters to the terror mastermind may be able to live the rest of his or her life in the lap of luxury. United Press International's Michael Kirkland says that if and when someone is able to blow the whistle on the world's No. 1 enemy, there is likely little this country won't do to show its gratitude. Kirkland speculates that the combination of great wealth, adulation by millions and the chance to relocate to the States might be hard to pass up for some who know where bin Laden is still hiding. The problem, of course, is to get the word out to those who might be a candidate for "stool pigeon of the century."
CHESNEY'S NEW CD LEADING COUNTRY PACK
The latest CD by rising young singer Kenny Chesney is the hottest-selling new album on the country charts. According to country.com, Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" is the seventh major release for the singer. His catalog now contains five studio albums and a "greatest hits" compilation. By the way, the big single from the album, "Young," is now No. 2 on the national charts. Two songs on the album are Chesney's personal creations. One is a cover of a Bruce Springsteen song, "One Step Up."
UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 319
Back to the mailbag for this one: "If you could change your first name, to what would you change it and why?" Put NAME in the subject line and send to firstname.lastname@example.org via the Internet.
RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 314 (CAMERA)
Last week we asked if you had any surveillance cameras in your home or on your property. The question was the result of my mentioning that I had a small color camera pointed at the front yard of my apartment building so I would feel less closed in because my office's windows are blacked out. Here is a sampling of the replies, picked at random: Peggy sent in a cute answer, basically saying that if she tells us about her covert cameras they won't be covert any more! Amanda says no cams at her house, but an alarm system. Nigel says he not only doesn't have any surveillance cams, he wasn't able to lock his new front door for a year. (And no dingoes forced their way in?) Actually, only 20 percent of those responding to the survey noted that they had any spy cams in their house. Jennifer, though, brings up an interesting point. She mentions a recent case in her area about a guy who taped intimate shots of his own family and his wife called the cops on him. TOMORROW: Your recurring dreams. GBA