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Cline gets star on Walk of Fame

More than three decades after her death, country legend Patsy Cline has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About 150 fans gathered Tuesday to witness the unveiling of the star, the 2,141st dedicated along the famed walkways spanning Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles. Cline's husband, Charlie Dick, accepted on behalf of the family.

Cline's hits included Crazy, I Fall to Pieces and Sweet Dreams, which was released a week after she died in a plane crash in 1963.

Teen princes to the rescue

A princely gesture left one Londoner flabbergasted.

Simon Thompson was trying to push his stalled BMW off a road in suburban Chelsea last week when another driver called out, "Do you want a hand?"

The car's back doors flew open and out jumped Prince William, 17, and Prince Harry, 14. Rolling up their sleeves, the young princes helped push the car out of traffic, then continued on their way.

The story was confirmed by a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman, who said the sons of Prince Charles were headed to a private function: "They pushed the car to the side of the pavement _ they did not jump-start it or anything like that."

Thompson, 28, said the princes acted as if it were no big deal. "I could not look them in the face, because I did not want them to feel uncomfortable, but it is amazing when there are two princes pushing your car down the road," he said.

Diving in gets star swept away

On TV, off TV, it's one cliffhanger after another for Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson.

Jackson, 21, who plays Pacey Witter on the hit show, had to be pulled out of Masonboro Inlet in Delaware by the Coast Guard on Tuesday evening after he and a friend tried to rescue two girls stranded near a rock jetty. The pair dived into the ocean and swam out to help the girls, but waves swept all four over the jetty and into the inlet, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jody Howey said. The falling tide prevented them from swimming back to shore.

Jackson "kept them safe and floating until the Coast Guard got there," said David Hartley, producer of the show, which is filmed in nearby Wilmington.

High-kicking dancer dies at 73

Linda Alma, a high-kicking dancer who worked with leading Greek and French artists during her 30-year career, has died of cancer in Athens, Greece. She was 73.

Alma, who died in a hospital Monday, was born Eleni Malioufa in Athens in 1926. She rose to fame as the partner of dancer Yannis Flery, with whom she moved to Paris in the late 1940s to work with French singing legends Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.

Alma was best known to Greek audiences for her appearances in dance sequences in Greek movies, styled on 1950s Hollywood musicals, and her 1979 marriage to actor Manos Katrakis, who died in 1984.

Greece's Culture Minister, Elisavet Papazoi, described Alma as a "great lady of dance."

She was buried Wednesday in Athens.

Spielberg to receive medal

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will be given the Smithsonian Associates' annual James Smithson Bicentennial Medal next Wednesday in Washington. The award is named for the British scientist whose 1846 bequest to the United States financed the start of the Smithsonian Institution.

Spielberg was chosen for his work establishing the Righteous Persons Foundation, a grant-making organization dedicated to strengthening Jewish life, and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, created to preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors.

"I am both surprised and deeply honored to be designated for such a prestigious medal from an institution that is a national and international treasure," Spielberg said in a statement.

Blondie concert moved to center

The Sept. 1 Blondie concert has been moved from the USF Sun Dome to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Return Sun Dome tickets to the point of purchase by Aug. 20 to get them replaced with TBPAC tickets. Tickets are $25 and $35, and are available at the box office, or, to charge by Ticketmaster, call (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Moby to be at Jannus Landing

Techno recording artist Moby will come to St. Petersburg's Jannus Landing on Sept. 16. His CD Play "boasts his usual inspired, danceable jams, but mellowed a bit and textured with lyrical samples from gospel, and rhythm and blues," according to a recent Times review. Tickets are $15; they go on sale through Ticketmaster (see numbers above) at 10 a.m. Friday. Showtime is 8 p.m.; the Boom Boom Satellites will open.

Performers needed for festival

The application deadline to perform at the 1999 Times Festival of Reading is Aug. 31. The festival needs storytellers, performance artists, puppeteers, theater artists, poets and other performers for the three outdoor stages at the festival, to be held Nov. 13 and 14 at Eckerd College. Acoustic folk, jazz and classical musicians also are encouraged to apply. Performers will receive stipends. The stages will be coordinated by First Night St. Petersburg, the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County and local author Billie S. Noakes. For an application or more information, call (727) 892-2358.

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports.