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Authorities find Johnson with $8-billion at German border

Don Johnson, star of TV shows Nash Bridges and Miami Vice, was stopped in November by German customs officers who found credit notes and securities worth as much as $8-billion in his car, customs officials said.

The car in which Johnson was traveling with two other people was searched in a routine check at a border post as he entered Germany from Switzerland on Nov. 6, said Wolfgang Schmitz, spokesman for Germany's Customs Crime Office in Cologne.

The actor and his companions haven't been charged, Schmitz said Wednesday. German officials informed U.S. tax and customs authorities about the discovery, he said.

The officers didn't confiscate the documents and made photocopies instead, Schmitz said. The papers, weighing several pounds, were packed into a black leather suitcase found in the car trunk, the Times of London reported.

Johnson told officers he was on his way to a DaimlerChrysler plant, said Jeorg Groener, a Customs spokesman.

Concert rescheduled

The Counting Crows concert at the Sun Dome March 27 has been rescheduled for Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The original date appears in today's Weekend section, which was printed before the new date was announced on Wednesday.

Tickets are available at the Sun Dome, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100 and on line at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets purchased for the original date may be refunded at the original place of purchase, otherwise they are still valid for the same seats on Sept. 5th.

Lear to work on "South Park'

Archie Bunker, meet Eric Cartman.

Norman Lear, the Emmy-winning producer of TV's All in the Family, said Wednesday he will collaborate on several episodes of the crude Comedy Central satire South Park.

Lear, 80, is best known for the politically charged comedies All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude and The Jeffersons.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said they became friends with Lear by appearing alongside him on panels to discuss censorship and the challenges of producing controversial programming.

The new season starts Wednesday.

"Bernie Mac' creator fired

Fox has fired Larry Wilmore, the Emmy-winning creator of the comedy The Bernie Mac Show, Variety reports.

Although this is not entirely unexpected _ Wilmore has had a battle of wills with Fox execs as far back as 2001 when the show was in development _ it's rare for an award-winning producer to be booted off a show he created.

The show _ which has won an Emmy, a Peabody, a Humanitas Award and an NAACP Image award _ failed to perform well this fall, but it has done better since it moved back to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, with an American Idol lead-in.

Also . . .

LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY MOVES TO MIAMI: The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will be moving to Miami, although it will remain a part of the larger National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, it was announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, the date and host city for the 4th annual Latin Grammys are still to be determined. Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, are in the running as hosts.

PRINCE CHARLES TO HAVE SURGERY: Prince Charles will undergo surgery to treat a hernia injury and will miss his annual skiing holiday, his office said. St. James' Palace wouldn't provide details.

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