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Monday, May 5, 2003

PRINCE EYES NEW YORK: Prince William wants to spend a few years in New York after finishing his university degree, a British newspaper reported in London Sunday.

William, 20, wants to pursue a postgraduate degree at an American college or a job with a U.S. art auction house or gallery, The Sunday Mirror said.

"William is determined to maintain a degree of anonymity and feels America offers him the best chance of that," a courtier at Buckingham Palace told the newspaper. "Various options are being discussed. It would be for a year or perhaps two."

A spokesman for St. James' Palace did not deny the report but said no decisions about William's future have been made.

"He has two years left at university. Anything about what he might do then is pure speculation," the spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity.


BUDDING STAR: Buddy Jewell, a man who's no stranger to the way Music City works, secured a record deal Saturday night by winning the "Nashville Star" talent competition.

"Aside from the times my babies were born and I married my wife, this is the greatest," Jewell said from the stage of the Acuff Theatre after winning the competition.

Jewell, 41, who's been singing demos for songwriters for a decade in Nashville, beat out 10 other finalists in the USA Network series.

Jewell, a native of Osceola, Ark., earned a Sony Music recording contract. Country artist Clint Black will produce Jewell's debut CD.

Jewell and 11 other aspiring country stars moved into a house on Nashville's Music Row in early March and lived there for nine weeks.

While there, they competed in weekly talent shows. Viewers voted by telephone or the Internet after each show, sending the contestant with the least votes home.


OPRAH IN AUDIENCE: This time Oprah Winfrey watched someone else on the screen.

The talk show host and actress attended the Friday night premiere of "Charlie's War" at the Nashville Film Festival. Her father, Vernon, has a role in the independent film.

"I'm excited to see what he can do on the screen," she told reporters as she entered the theater.

Her father is a Nashville barber and former councilman.

Oprah Winfrey grew up and got her start in broadcasting in Nashville.


HOT EBAY ITEMS: Copies of the Lisbon High School student newspaper from the mid-1960s have become collectors items.

That's because they contain two original stories by an author listed as "Steve King."

The stories, "The 43rd Dream" and "Code Name: Mousetrap," are believed to be among the earliest published works of best seller Stephen King, who grew up in Durham, Maine, and attended Lisbon High at that time.

The old newspaper copies were discovered last year when retired English teacher Prudence Grant cleaned out her file cabinet. She sold the copies on the online auction site eBay, where they fetched $400 to $800 per copy.

Grant never had King in class, but she was an adviser for the school newspaper, The Drum, which King wrote for. Grant remembers him as "a goofy guy who went on to do far, far, far better than any of us."

Rocky Wood, one of the authors of the CD-ROM "The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King," said he sent copies of the stories to King for verification. However, King has been out of town and hasn't been able to look at them, said his personal assistant, Marcia DeFilippo.

"We don't have exact verification by Stephen right now, but we hope to have him look at the stories soon," said DeFilippo.

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