By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  Jan. 4, 2002 at 6:19 PM
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Meteoric young artist Nelly Furtado has been honored by the recording industry when it listed the nominations for the latest slew of Grammy awards. She's one of five -- along with India.Arie, David Gray, Alicia Keys and Linkin Park -- nominated for Best New Artist of 2001. Additionally, the singer-songwriter has been nominated in the Song of the Year category for "I'm Like A Bird." Other songs in the top category are "Drops of Jupiter," Alicia Keys' hit "Fallin'" and "Video," by India.Arie. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" helped U2 make the list. By the way, Furtado is also nominated in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category and for Best Pop Vocal Album. U2, according to the Grammy Web site, was nominated in eight categories; India.Arie and Alicia Keys got seven and six, respectively. The Grammys will be handed out in Los Angeles on Feb. 27 at the Staples Center in an international broadcast.


Members of the Secret Service are investigating the death of former President Clinton's dog Buddy. Published reports indicate that the dog, a chocolate Lab retriever, was run over by a car near Clinton's New York home at Chappaqua. Buddy was apparently struck on a highly traveled two-lane road that leads to a cul-de-sac where Clinton lives. The dog apparently simply darted into traffic for no reason. Clinton got Buddy in the fall of 1997 while living in the White House. TV viewers got constant glimpses of "the first dog." It was obvious that the former president was very attached to the dog. Buddy seemed to be omnipresent when Clinton went outdoors, particularly to board or disembark the presidential helicopter.


One of the most colorful men in San Francisco's modern history has died. Alfred "Snooky" Nelder could have been a major league baseball standout, but he gave up a career with the Cincinnati Reds to return to his native San Francisco and be a "cop." Nelder decided that public service was more important than hitting home runs, even though baseball was in his blood -- he often faced Lefty Gomez and Joe DiMaggio while playing ball as a kid. Rising through the ranks of the Men in Blue, he eventually was appointed the city's police chief, served a term as a supervisor and was a member of the city's Police Commission. One local historian told the Chronicle that during the half century "Snooky" spent in law enforcement in San Francisco he brought the city from "a horse-and-buggy operation to a modern, high-tech department." Nelder leaves a trail of legends in local police work and politics. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown may have put it best when he noted that Nelder "really became a part of the folklore (of San Francisco)." Nelder was 87.


One of the members of Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter, has been arrested in Tampa, Fla., on charges of refusing to follow the orders of police officers at a nightclub where a fight had broken out. Local police confirm that Carter, the youngest member of the mega group (even though he's now 21), has been charged with one misdemeanor count. He was taken to a local precinct station, handcuffed. He was later released on his own recognizance. Police records show that they encountered the singer during their second visit to the Pop City nightspot, responding to additional complaints that arguments had led to fighting. Carter was allegedly arguing with a woman and would not leave the club when ordered to do so. After asking him nearly a dozen times to leave the building, he was warned that he would be arrested if he didn't follow orders. He didn't and police cuffed him. He has a day in court set for March 4.


Back in 1963, during some of the most viscous days of the civil right conflict, three young girls died when someone set off a bomb in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Now, decades later, Bobby Frank Cherry -- a former Klansman -- has been ruled competent to stand trial for the killings. In the ensuing years, two other former KKK members went to trial for the slayings, one of the most gruesome events of the era. One trial was held in the '70s, one last year. Thursday a judge in the city where the events of 1963 took place reversed his earlier assessment of the mental state of Cherry and ruled that he can stand trial. More legal action will be taken on Jan. 18 when the future course of the trial will be announced. Cherry is now in his early 70s.


The man who assumed the mantel of head coach of the Indiana University Hoosiers basketball squad is reportedly following in the footsteps of his controversial predecessor, Bobby Knight. Though there are no reports that Mike Davis has thrown any folding chairs lately, the Big Ten Conference says that it has fined Davis $10,000 for comments made after a game with Butler University over this past weekend. At one point, while razzing a ref, he reportedly noted that were he not the lowest-paid coach in the conference he would speak his mind. He was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct. The incident comes the same week that a new wave of publicity is surrounding the career his outspoken predecessor. More information is being released about the upcoming ESPN-produced movie about Knight's career. The biopic will star Brian Dennehy and will be aired in March.


It's funny, ten years ago I fought the coming of the computer age tooth and nail. Now I have three computers on my desk and never travel without my laptop. After all, I managed to do this column and other work during 2001 and still travel but never took any vacation time. Now I find it impossible to even think of doing my work with pre-computer tools. One of the most interesting parts of "my life with computers," for some reason, is the fact that I am constantly changing my desktop's appearance -- often using the face of a friend as its centerpiece. So, today's question: "What's on your computer's desktop or screen saver? Put SCREEN in the subject line and send to via the Internet.


A week ago we asked your attitude about tipping in restaurants. Here are some of your replies, as space permits: Most respondents who gave a formula for deciding tips agreed that 10 percent is OK if the service was minimal. Fifteen percent is usually best when the service is "adequate." Twenty percent is recommended when the service is exceptional. Sheba agrees but notes that if the service is lousy the "tip" should be: "Get another job." Karen says that she always gives a big tip to make up for the fact that her kids are so messy. Celeste doubles the tax and "adds a little." Deborah is among many who have worked as food servers. She notes that tips are such a part of salaries that everyone should give some kind of tip unless the service is horrible. Deborah points out that most restaurants provide a miserable wage and tips make up the difference. Personally, I'd rather pay more for my meal and have the restaurant provide people with a decent living. GBA.

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