NEW YORK (AP) -- Sean "Puffy" Combs is about to get what he says he has wanted for more than a year -- his day in court.
The rap mogul's trial on gun possession and bribery charges gets underway this week.
Combs, his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, and rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, 19, were arrested Dec. 27, 1999 after Barrow allegedly shot three people in Club New York, a Times Square nightspot. Barrow faces attempted murder charges.
Combs was charged with two counts of illegal possession of a weapon after police found a gun in the vehicle used by Combs and his girlfriend, actress-singer Jennifer Lopez, to flee the nightclub. Police said a second handgun was thrown out of the vehicle.
Combs was charged with bribery for allegedly offering to pay his driver $50,000 to claim ownership of the gun in the car.
Combs has said the gun was not his, and has pleaded innocent.
A jury was seated last week. Opening arguments were to begin Monday.
DiCaprio explains 'W'
ROME (AP) -- What's in a name?
If you're Leonardo DiCaprio, it's the key to the German heritage of Italy's wandered-off native son.
DiCaprio, picking up one of Italy's Rudolph Valentino film awards Saturday, revealed the hidden "W" of his middle name.
Given his "distinctly Italian name," the 26-year-old film star told audience members, they and everyone else know of his Italian heritage through his father's side.
But "what you probably don't know is my middle name: Wilhelm," said DiCaprio.
That came from his mother's side, he said, speaking of summers spent with his grandparents in Germany as a child.
DiCaprio said he shared "the overwhelming pride that we Italians take in who we are," but emphasized he was proud of the "Wilhelm" in him as well.
So much so, he said, that he resisted agents' recommendation for a more American name at the outset of his career: "Titanic" star "Lenny Williams?"
DiCaprio has been in Rome since fall filming Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York."
Moon Zappa feels threatened
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Moon Zappa, whose mocking of San Fernando Valley slang made "Valley Girl" a hit song, applied for a restraining order against a man who allegedly threatened to kill her.
Zappa sought the temporary restraining order against Timothy Mark Brownfield, who pleaded innocent last month to making death threats against Zappa.
Brownfield was ordered confined to a psychiatric ward in a federal detention center after he allegedly threatened Zappa's life in a letter mailed to the FBI.
At the time, a defense lawyer told a judge Brownfield had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and depression.
Brownfield claimed Zappa and her late father, musician Frank Zappa, stole the lyrics of the 1982 hit song "Valley Girl" from Brownfield. Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer in 1993.
Zappa asked the restraining order be extended to include her mother, sister, two brothers, and a male friend.
Hatch regrets movie role
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he regrets his cameo role in the movie "Traffic," which features nudity, sex, drug use and profane language.
Before the film was released, Hatch defended the movie's use of violence by saying it accurately portrayed the drug culture as degrading.
But then Hatch saw the movie, which stars Michael Douglas.
"I was shocked and dismayed at the gratuitous amount of violence and profanity in 'Traffic,"' Hatch said in a prepared statement. "It was more than was necessary to reveal the devastation caused by drugs. I do not condone it. It detracts from its anti-drug message."
The senator, better known for writing religious hymns and berating Hollywood violence than appearing on the big screen, briefly appears as himself in the film.
"The thing I really resented was that every other word is the F-word. Hollywood needs to grow up ... There's no excuse for that," he said.
He plays a bit part in a scene where Douglas, acting as the nation's new drug czar, talks to senators at a Georgetown party. Hatch tells Douglas what he thinks a drug czar ought to do.
Grand Ole Opry returns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Decked out in his traditional cowboy boots, hat and denim jacket, Alan Jackson stepped out of his tour bus and made his way to Ryman Auditorium stage.
He was one of several country stars performing to a sellout crowd Saturday night at the Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry returned after a two-decade absence.
Jackson took a minute to note the significance of the path he was walking to the Ryman, a former church in downtown Nashville known as "The Mother Church of Country Music."
"Anytime you walk out here where Hank and all them played its pretty haunting," said Jackson, who in 1991 was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
The Ryman played host to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Minnie Pearl and other country music pioneers from 1943 to 1974, before the show moved to the Opry House at Opryland USA.
The Opry will perform its weekend showcases at the Ryman through Feb. 24.
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