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By PAT NASON and DENNIS DAILY, United Press International   |   May 16, 2003 at 6:00 PM   |   Comments

HILLARY IS BARBARA'S BIG 'GET'

Barbara Walters has won the heated competition for a TV interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton when she begins a tour to promote her new book. "Living History" is due in stores on Monday, June 9. Clinton -- the junior U.S. senator from New York -- will appear with Walters for one hour at 7 p.m. EDT on June 8. "I am proud to be given the opportunity to go behind the headlines and behind the scenes of this extraordinary woman's public and private life," said Walters in a prepared statement. Both ABC and a spokeswoman for the former first lady said there will be no restrictions on what Walters is permitted to ask during the interview. Walters is expected to ask challenging questions about Clinton's take on former President Bill Clinton's affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky -- a scandal that led to Clinton's impeachment.


TRACE TAKES ON HOLLYWOOD

Country music star Trace Adkins will tangle with Hollywood celebrities next week on Hollywood Squares. Adkins will appear on the syndicated game show from Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23. The singer has been pretty active outside of country music lately. Last week, he was in a Nashville studio taping his part in an upcoming episode of "King of the Hill." A publicist for Adkins said the word on the "Hank Hill grapevine" was Adkins will play a character by the name of "Big John the Trucker" -- and that he has even recorded a song for the show. Fans also can see Adkins this month on CMT's "Got Me in with the Band" and "The Academy of Country Music Awards" on CBS. He's scheduled to perform in June on "Grand Ole Opry Live," CMT's "Ultimate Country Home" and FX's telecast of the "Trace Adkins Chrome 300."


REMEMBERING JUNE CARTER CASH

The country music world is mourning the death Thursday of singer-songwriter June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash. She died in Nashville from complications associated with heart surgery that she had undergone on May 7. She was 73. The daughter of country music pioneer Maybelle Carter won Grammys with Johnny Cash for "If I Were A Carpenter" and "Jackson." She won a Grammy in 2000 for her solo album "Press On." June Carter Cash co-wrote one of Johnny Cash's biggest hits, "Ring of Fire," in 1963. She also had an acting career. In the 1950s she appeared on "The Edge of Night." In 1973 she played Mary Magdalene in "Gospel Road," co-written by Johnny Cash. She co-starred with her husband in the 1978 TV movie "Thaddeus Rose and Eddie," and again in the 1983 TV movie "Murder in Coweta County." The two also appeared together in the TV movies "The Baron and the Kid" (1984) and "The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James" (1986). Also in 1986, she joined her husband -- along with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson -- in a remake of "Stagecoach." She co-starred with Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall in the 1997 theatrical feature "The Apostle." On TV, June Carter Cash appeared in several episodes of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."


COLDPLAY ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

Coldplay has announced plans to kick off the second leg of its 2003 North American tour on May 20 in Edmonton, Alberta. The sold-out run of arenas and amphitheaters includes two dates each at the Hollywood Bowl, May 31 and June 2, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, June 5 and 6. The tour is scheduled to end on June 13 at Madison Square Garden. The band will promote the 17-date tour with a live radio broadcast of "Coldplay: Live From the Hollywood Bowl," on May 31 over Westwood One. Plans call for the two-hour special to air on more than 150 stations nationwide.


JOE WILLIE SPEAKS UP FOR ARTHRITIS AWARENESS

Joe Namath is stepping up next week to educate Americans about arthritis on Discovery Health Channel's "Medical Profile: Joe Namath." The Hall of Fame quarterback has a lot to show for his NFL career -- a Super Bowl ring and MVP trophy, and a case of arthritis that's been with him for close to 30 years. To observe National Arthritis Month, he will appear in the Discovery Channel series beginning May 22 as a spokesman for the Arthritis Huddle -- a national health initiative designed to help people tackle their arthritis. Namath will share with the audience his approach to living with arthritis -- with each one-hour episode featuring a different celebrity and an examination of his or her medical issue.


UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 590

Prompted by a discussion with a friend who is in the middle of a confusing vacation, here is today's question: "When was the last time you really got lost? Have any neat stories to tell?" Put UPI-LOST in the subject line and send to comments@upi.com via the "Internet.


RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 585 (VISIT)

Last week we asked: "When was the last time someone in your family or close circle of friends suddenly arrived from out of town with no warning?" From our usual random dip into the e-mail inbox we found a surprising number of people have never had that happen. "All my friends are courteous ones," writes MRP. But some had some strange stories to tell. Witness this one from Cookil: "I joined a cyber dating service and answered an e-mail from someone who listed his home as San Diego," we are told. "I found out in later e-mail that he was in fact from Sydney, Australia. The dating service doesn't accept people from out of the United States. We corresponded for a while and then he started calling. One day he asked if I had any plans for the weekend. I said: 'No, did he?' He was evasive. That Saturday morning he was at my door and stayed for a week. That was the longest week of my life. After that he sent a dozen roses to my work with a proposal. We no longer correspond!" NEXT: More of your comments. GBA

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