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Published Oct. 10, 2005

Stallone high culture? With nary an "ugh" or a "yo!" Sylvester Stallone accepted recognition Friday in Paris as a man of culture worthy of one of France's highest artistic awards.

Culture Minister Jack Lang, pinning a green and gold medal on Stallone, anointed him an Officer of The Order of Arts and Letters and saluted him as a "man of sensitivity and culture."

The actor was to be the guest of honor today at the annual Cesar Awards, France's version of the Oscars, and is to receive an honorary Cesar.

Rushdie to marry: Author Salman Rushdie plans to remarry soon, sources in London said Friday. British news reports said the woman is a poet. Scotland Yard asked that her name not be released for security reasons.

Rushdie and his second wife, American author Marianne Wiggins, separated after they were forced into hiding when a death sentence was issued by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Feb. 14, 1989.

The Iranian cleric said Rushdie's book, The Satanic Verses, blasphemed Islam and called on Moslems to kill the author.

Gorbachev the columnist: Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will write a monthly column for an Italian newspaper. The column will be distributed outside Europe by the New York Times. Gorbachev will deal with such issues as the future of communism, the gulf war, and his relationship with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.