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Backstreet Boys end tour at Ice Palace

The Backstreet Boys will end their world tour Dec. 2 at Tampa's Ice Palace. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Ice Palace box office and through Ticketmaster. Tickets cost $29.80 and $38.80, plus service charges. Ticketmaster can be reached on the Internet at, or at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

After getting their start in Orlando in the mid-'90s, the Boys' self-titled first album debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard charts, and they've been on the charts ever since. Their current single, I Want It That Way, is No. 8 this week. Their latest album, Millennium, is No. 1.

Downey's out of luck

Robert Downey Jr. ran out of second chances Thursday when a judge ignored his pleas for more drug rehabilitation and sentenced him to three years in prison.

Downey, 34, had been jailed since June, after he acknowledged during his semiannual visit to the judge that he had been missing scheduled drug tests.

The actor probably will serve a year behind bars, lawyers said. The judge credited him 201 days for time served and ordered him to pay $600 restitution for violating probation on a 1996 drug conviction.

Apollo Theater gets help

Time Warner Inc. has stepped in to help rescue Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.

The agreement with the Empire State Development Corp., which owns the Apollo, calls for the media and entertainment conglomerate to put $500,000 into the troubled theater, a Time Warner spokesman said Thursday.

Rep. Charles Rangel will step down as chairman but will remain a member of the board that controls the theater. Rangel will be replaced by actor Ossie Davis.

The board, which will consider the deal Monday, will be expanded to 19 and will include 10 new people named by Time Warner.

_ Staff, wire reports.