WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards says that despite being diagnosed with osteoporosis four years ago, she's stronger than ever.
Richards, 66, has been talking to women all over the country about how to treat -- and hopefully prevent -- the disease. On Friday, she spoke at a forum on women's health after age 50, sponsored by Brandeis University.
''I speak with women's groups everywhere and seize every opportunity to help women realize that osteoporosis is one of those diseases you can treat,'' Richards said. ''Lift weights, exercise, medication, treatment, pay attention to diet.''
Richards' mother, Ona Willis, suffered from the disease. She died in 1997 at age 86.
Richards, a Democrat, was elected governor of Texas in 1990 and served until 1994, when she was defeated by current Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, George W. Bush.
Actor Gooding Jr. shows real estate agents the money
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cuba Gooding Jr. is showing real estate agents the money.
The Oscar-winning actor purchased a Pacific Palisades home for nearly $3.5 million and plans to remodel the 3,500-square-foot house, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday, citing confidential real estate sources.
The home was built in the early 1940s, includes a pool, spa and guest house and sits on nearly an acre of property with a view of nearby canyons.
Gooding won a best supporting actor Academy Award in 1997 for ''Jerry Maguire,'' in which he played a pro-football star whose catchphrase was ''Show me the money!''
The 32-year-old actor, who made his film debut in the 1991 gang drama ''Boyz N the Hood,'' co-starred last year with Anthony Hopkins in the thriller ''Instinct.''
The actor was a first-time home buyer in 1994, when he bought a Studio City home for $610,000, the newspaper said.
Parker's rule: Actresses must
be able to do own hairstyles
RADNOR, Pa. (AP) -- Sarah Jessica Parker says the actresses on her HBO show ''Sex in the City'' can't have impossible 'dos -- they have to have hairstyles that a normal woman could wear.
''The hair rules are, if you can't do it yourself, you can't do it,'' Parker said in the June 17 issue of TV Guide.
''I don't know any woman in American who can run out of the house in the morning and do an upsweep -- except for maybe Ivana Trump, and I don't want anyone on the show to look like Ivana Trump.''
The actress has other rules -- ''no scrunchies, no butterfly clips, no hair ornaments of any kind, period.''
As for other style trend for the third season of the cable TV hit series, Parker said, ''We're doing a lot more jewelry, a lot of gold, sort of sophisticated uptown ghetto.''
Indonesian leader enjoys country-western music
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- The leader of Indonesia enjoyed some country-western music and Midwestern hospitality during an overnight stop here.
Abdurrahman Wahid accepted an invitation to speak at the tiny College of the Ozarks and have a down-home dinner at the school, tucked in the rolling green hills just south of Branson.
Wahid, a fan of country music and Mark Twain novels, said Saturday the visit to Missouri gave him the opportunity to study two of the state's economic virtues -- tourism and agriculture.
''The trip to this place reminds me of visits to my own ancestors -- they were farmers,'' Wahid said. ''I hope that I can learn a thing or two on how to improve Indonesia's agricultural situation.''
He said he also decided to visit because he has been impressed since childhood with Twain and the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
''Nowadays, I see our children don't read those books because they are more interested in Superman than in Mark Twain,'' he said.
Later in the evening, the newly elected president was serenaded with country western tunes by entertainer Mel Tillis at his Branson theater.
Indonesia suffered two large earthquakes last week that killed about 100 people, injured 1,900 others and demolished thousands of homes. Protesters have complained the government has neglected them.
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