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Johnny Cash calls off tours due to Parkinson's

Legendary country singer Johnny Cash has Parkinson's disease, ABC News reported Monday. Cash has canceled his national book-signing tour and a coming concert tour because of his worsening medical condition, an ABC News Radio report said. "Cash feels he is physically not up to the tour," the network quoted his publicist as saying. Cash "felt he had to go public," the publicist said. Cash has recorded 1,500 songs and appeared on 500 albums. The degenerative disease is characterized by tremors.

Strawberry Festival

announces musical acts

The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City does not start until Feb. 26, but the musical lineup is set. Here is a look at who is coming and when: Feb. 26 _ Neil Sedaka; Feb. 27 _ Sammy Kershaw; Feb. 28 _ Blackhawk; March 1 _ John Michael Montgomery; March 2 _ Oak Ridge Boys; March 3 _ Lou Rawls; March 4 _ Neal McCoy; March 5 _ Loretta Lynn; March 6 _ Tracy Byrd; March 7 _ Louise Mandrell; and March 8 _ Randy Travis. Each artist performs two shows on the day they appear, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket order forms may be obtained by calling the festival ticket office at (813) 754-1996 or (813) 754-2190, or the festival office at (813) 752-9194. The only way to buy tickets before the festival accepts walk-up and drive-up sales in January is through the mail. No phone orders will be taken.

Pavarotti honored

for helping orphans

Luciano Pavarotti was honored Monday for helping raise $8-million for the orphans of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The tenor received a special achievement trophy at the Gramophone Awards. Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich received the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to classical music. The young artist of the year award went to Germany's Isabelle Faust for her debut recording of Bartok's violin sonatas. The award was presented by Paul McCartney, whose symphonic poem Standing Stone had its premiere recently. The awards are sponsored by Gramophone magazine.

In other news . . .

He's not a sportscaster anymore, but Pat O'Brien keeps playing one on television. Since O'Brien gave up sports on CBS less than two months ago, he has appeared as a sportscaster on two of the network's shows, Everybody Loves Raymond and Early Edition. "It's kind of fun," he said. "Now I actually have to act to be a sports announcer." O'Brien left CBS Sports to become co-host with Giselle Fernandez of the syndicated Access Hollywood.

Robin Williams and Alan Arkin are in Budapest, Hungary, to shoot Jacob the Liar. They arrived during the weekend after wrapping up work in Warsaw, the primary location of the film about life in a concentration camp in 1944. Williams is expected to spend most of the shooting schedule in Hungary, save a brief return to the United States for the November premiere of his movie Flubber.

A freelance journalist who lost a slander lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson has filed for bankruptcy protection. The move automatically put on hold a trial to determine how much Victor Gutierrez owes Jackson in damages. The trial had been scheduled to begin this week. Jackson contended Gutierrez lied in a 1995 appearance on Hard Copy when he claimed he saw a 27-minute videotape that purportedly showed the singer having sex with a 13-year-old boy. A judge found the writer liable for damages.

_ Compiled by Times wire reports

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