The AKC/Eukanuba Championship Dog Show bounds into the Tampa Convention Center and St. Pete Times Forum Saturday and Sunday. Two-day passes are $28.50 for adults, $13.50 for kids. The show also will be televised live, with commentary by Ron Reagan, at 8 each night on Animal Planet and Discovery. It's the largest prize-money dog show in the world, with a record 2,451 dogs competing. AKC spokesman Brian Cox says that means there will be a full-time, six-person cleanup crew, even though people tidy up after their own dogs. The pup named national champion gets $50,000 and a Suzuki SUV. Well, he has a license, right?
HOW ABOUT A GRITS BATTLE?
Iron Chef America hits the fire at 9 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network. Will the homegrown version of that wacky but strangely addictive Japanese import Iron Chef be as much fun without the dubbed-in-English starlet? The American show features dynamos Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto, as well as motor mouth Alton Brown (Good Eats) as the commentator. Want to see Brown up close? He'll be signing his new book, I'm Just Here for More Food, at the Publix at 7835 Gunn Highway in Tampa at 3 p.m. Jan. 17.
THE LEGAL LIMIT
The U.S. Supreme Court gets back to the bench today, with rulings expected on such weighty matters as detention of immigrants and raising the minimum age for executions. But the buzz is all about Chief Justice William Rehnquist's health, and a recent Los Angeles Times report about gifts the justices accepted from 1998 to 2003. Clarence Thomas reported a bigger gift pile than all the other justices combined: $42,200 worth, including a $19,000 Bible, perhaps with Matthew 19:24 (camel, needle) omitted. On the other side of the scale, David Souter reported accepting no gifts.
Thursday is the 95th anniversary of the world's first radio broadcast, when inventor Lee De Forest aired the voice of opera star Enrico Caruso to a handful of listeners in New York City. This week, radio talkers from across the political-cultural spectrum celebrate birthdays: Jim Hightower turns 62 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Howard Stern is 51 and Rush Limbaugh is 54. Nina Totenberg is 61 on Friday.
By COLETTE BANCROFT, Times staff writer
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