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List makes being ostentatious easy

Ashley Judd and Kevin Spacey are among the celebrities who wear some of the big-ticket items named in the Robb Report's 12th annual "Best of the Best" list for conspicuous consumers.

The luxury lifestyle magazine's latest list, which hits newsstands Monday, includes everything from cuff links to convertibles in its 125 categories.

Judd wears Oscar de la Renta, praised for upholding traditional evening wear lines. And Spacey sported an Aspery & Garrard watch and cuff links at the Academy Awards, items represented on the list of wants by the affluent.

"Prices do not drive our final choice, but quality certainly does. Being in vogue is a nonissue," publisher Paul Dean said.

The $360,000 Rolls-Royce Corniche and $45-million Boeing Business Jet also made the list.

Olmos lectures educators on teaching minorities

Actor Edward James Olmos caught several educators off guard when he started a speech in Spanish at a Kentucky education conference.

After several minutes, he shifted to English but said he wanted to make the point that the United States is increasingly becoming an "English-only" nation.

Olmos delivered a fiery hourlong speech Friday at the end of Equity Conference 2000, a gathering of teachers, principals and administrators from across Kentucky who discussed how to improve the achievement gap between whites and minorities.

"We've been fed a one-course vitamin diet," he said.

"The Fox' Foster, famous beer chugger, dies at 68

Bill "The Fox' Foster, a regular on The Man Show on Comedy Central and a well-known chugger of beer and singer of bawdy songs, has died.

Mr. Foster was 68 when he died May 10 at his home in Santa Monica of prostate cancer.

A character in barrooms and fraternity houses around Southern California, Mr. Foster ran The Fox Inn, a popular Santa Monica tavern, from 1961 until it closed in 1989.

He was a master performer of what he called "songs your mother wouldn't sing (maybe)," and he held forth nightly at the Fox, leading patrons in song and facing all challengers in beer chugging contests. Mr. Foster was a man of quick wrists and deep throat.

"I used to be able to chug a 40-ounce pitcher of beer _ that's close to five mugs _ in about 3.5 seconds," Mr. Foster recalled. He opened the Fox in 1961 and built a large following through his appearances there and at colleges around the country. He began his act by downing a few pints or pitchers with astonishing speed and moved on to his real love: leading a songfest of bawdy ballads. The exposure led him to other venues and then to television, where he made guest appearances on shows such as Taxi and The Jeffersons.Eva Jagger, mother of rock star, dies at 87

Eva Jagger, the mother of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, died Thursday, a month after she was hospitalized with a heart condition. She was 87.

"The Jagger family are deeply saddened and would request privacy at a time like this," the family said in a statement.

Mick Jagger, a frequent visitor to his mother's Parkside Hospital bedside in the past month, was returning from the Cannes Film Festival in France to be with his father, Joe.

Mrs. Jagger was last seen in public with her rock-star son in March, when she accompanied him to the opening of an arts center named in his honor.

"People are always asking what it's like to have a famous son," she once said in an interview. "The answer is simple _ to me, he's just a son."

Game show contestant faces fraud charges

A former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contestant who wrote a soon-to-be-released book on how to get on the game show is accused of embezzling nearly $200,000. Paul Barbour, 38, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and his brothers were the first three siblings to appear on the game show, though none made it past the preliminary round. A federal grand jury in July accused Barbour and a nurse of defrauding an insurance company of more than $190,000 by authorizing dozens of payments to a phony medical services company in 1998, the Syracuse Newspapers reported Wednesday.

_ From Times staff, wires.