WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Fearing the effects of "bad ideas" on Polish young people, Warsaw's mayor on Tuesday urged parents to keep their children away from a concert by American shock rocker Marilyn Manson.
"It promotes bad ideas, bad values. It promotes violence," Antoni Pietkiewicz said of the performer's religion-bashing lyrics.
He urged parents during a radio interview to "protect our children, our young people" by forbidding them to attend the concert Tuesday night.
The mayor sharply criticized a Warsaw district governor for allowing the concert to be scheduled in the Torwar sports hall.
Poland's powerful Roman Catholic church and education authorities also have protested. About 90 percent of Poland's 39 million people regard themselves as Catholics.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, takes his stage name from Marilyn Monroe and cult murderer Charles Manson. He and his band are on a European tour.
Smith felt ostracized
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former stripper and Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith wept on the witness stand Tuesday as she told of being so ostracized by the family of her multimillionaire husband that she wasn't even told when the elderly ill man was dying.
"Everyone hated me and no one gave me a chance," Smith said during a fifth day of testimony in a trial over the estate of her late husband, Howard Marshall II.
Smith met Marshall while she was dancing in a Houston topless bar. They married in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the next year.
Smith, 33, along with disinherited stepson J. Howard Marshall III, sued designated heir E. Pierce Marshall over the estate of her late husband. Smith dropped her Texas claim after a California bankruptcy judge awarded her $475 million in a separate case, but Pierce Marshall, 61, is appealing that decision and countersuing, claiming she interfered with his inheritance.
$50 million donated to center
WASHINGTON -- Alberto W. Vilar, a Cuban-born billionaire and arts patron, is giving the Kennedy Center $50 million, the largest donation ever to the 30-year-old performing arts center.
The gift, which will be announced Wednesday morning at a news conference, will support a 10-year series of appearances by the famed Kirov Ballet and Opera as well as a training program for arts managers.
Vilar has given about $150 million to cultural organizations in recent years. The gift to the Kennedy Center is the largest single donation the American businessman has given to a performing arts organization, and establishes him as one of the most generous patrons of the performing arts in modern history.
Vilar, 60, was penniless when he left Cuba with his family at the time of Castro's revolution. Now he is the president of Amerindo Investment Advisors, a company he founded in 1980. He invested early in Yahoo!, America Online, Microsoft, eBay, Amazon and Cisco, and estimates his portfolio is currently worth about $5 billion. That fortune has given him a luxurious lifestyle, including a 30-room apartment in Manhattan near the United Nations and homes in London, San Francisco, Vail and Puerto Rico.
Springer guest charged
CHICAGO (AP) -- A man was charged with criminal sexual abuse of a minor after authorities watched him appear on "The Jerry Springer Show" with his pregnant, 15-year-old girlfriend.
Brandon R. Parks, 19, was arrested last week at his trailer park residence on the misdemeanor charge after authorities interviewed the girl and reviewed a tape of the Oct. 2 show.
Parks was 18 when he appeared on an episode titled "Heartbreaking Betrayals." During the show, which is taped in Chicago, Parks accused his girlfriend of sleeping with other people. The girl countered that Parks had gotten her pregnant and had slept with her older sister.
During the episode, Parks admitted having sex with the girl, police said Tuesday. Even with consent, it is illegal in Illinois for adults to have sex with minors under 17, according to police.
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