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NICOLE RICHIE GIVES BIRTH TO BOY NAMED SPARROW

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have procreated again, this time spawning a healthy baby bird, uh, boy, Sparrow James Midnight Madden. He was born in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, weighing in at just a little more than mom at 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Sparrow joins older sis Harlow Winter Kate Madden in the "What were our parents thinking?" household. Well, at least he can be friends with Shiloh, Bronx and Zuma. Geez, come to think of it, Sparrow ain't so bad.

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SuBo is coming to America!

Britain's Got Talent nonwinner - but Web sensation - Susan Boyle, 48, is taking some time off from completing her much-anticipated album to fulfill another one of her big wishes: performing in America. SuBo is set to appear on the America's Got Talent finale on Sept. 16, People reports, adding, "The songstress from the small town of Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland, has had special dress fittings ... so she can look her glamorous best for the show."

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Real Globetrotters try 'Amazing Race'

One team will have a leg up on the competition in the upcoming season of The Amazing Race. Two of the Harlem Globetrotters are among the 12 teams starring in the 15th edition of the CBS reality show, which premieres Sept. 27. Nathaniel "The Big Easy" Lofton and Herbert "Flight Time" Langtold the Associated Press that their experience will help them dominate this season's course, which spans eight countries in 21 days. "I've been to about 65 countries around the world," said Lang. "I definitely think that gives us a little bit of an advantage. ..." Racers will set off from the Los Angeles River, then head to Tokyo first to complete several zany tasks.

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Garrison Keillor hospitalized after stroke

Humorist Garrison Keillor still plans to start his new season of A Prairie Home Companion as scheduled in just over two weeks, despite suffering a minor stroke. After Keillor had the stroke, he was admitted to Saint Marys Hospital at Mayo Clinic, said Karl Oestreich, a spokesman for the Rochester, Minn., facility. He will remain there until Friday for tests "and upon his release will resume his schedule as previously planned," Keillor spokesman David O'Neill said.

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Cronkite memorial draws celebrity crowd

Jimmy Buffett stole everyone's attention Wednesday at a gathering of dignitaries, journalists, family and friends in New York to honor Walter Cronkite, who died July 17 at age 92. Buffet sang Son of a Son of a Sailor for his sailing buddy Cronkite, but also shared a memory of seeking some advice for a mutual friend, the late 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley. After a sail, "the sun was down, the rum was out, and I said, 'Walter, Ed called me, and he's thinking about wearing an earring on 60 Minutes,'" Buffett recalled. To which Cronkite responded: "It doesn't matter if he wears an earring, as long as it's a good story." Other guests at the Lincoln Center event included former CBS colleagues, musicians Wynton Marsalis and Mickey Hart, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

- jgillin@tampabay.com

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