PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Dollywood theme park has canceled a performance by gospel singer Michael English because he is facing drug charges in Nashville.
English, who was booked to perform two shows on Sept. 24, was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday on 12 counts of fraudulently obtaining the prescription drug hydrocodone, a sedative similar to codeine.
''The circumstances under which we must cancel Mr. English's concerts are unfortunate,'' Dollywood General Manager Ken Bell said Monday. ''However, we feel it is the best decision for everyone at this time.''
English, 38, has said he got addicted to hydrocodone after it was prescribed to him as pain medication for an injury. His lawyer is trying to win him probation. Spokesman Jeff Lysyczyn said the singer has not lost any other bookings because of the charges.
English shocked the Christian music industry in 1993 when he returned six Gospel Music Association Awards and acknowledged an adulterous affair with a backup singer.
Dollywood is named after country music star Dolly Parton.
Barkin, mogul to marry
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the fourth time for him, the second for her: Billionaire cosmetics executive Ron Perelman and actress Ellen Barkin are getting married.
''I'll confirm they'll be getting married but give no details in the interest of preserving their privacy,'' Perelman spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Tuesday.
The New York Post reported that the Revlon mogul -- still thick in the fight for custody of his 5-year-old daughter by third wife Patricia Duff -- plans to marry Barkin on Wednesday at an East Side synagogue, followed by a reception for 75 people at a restaurant.
Perelman, who is worth almost $5 billion, has five other children and recently became a grandfather. He is 57.
Barkin, 46, had love scenes with Al Pacino in ''Sea of Love'' and Dennis Quaid in ''The Big Easy.'' She has two children with actor Gabriel Byrne.
Conservatives back Dr. Laura
Political conservatives have begun rallying to the defense of talk show host ''Dr. Laura'' Schlessinger, who has been under assault by members of the gay and lesbian communities for her positions on homosexuality.
Wednesday, former presidential candidate and conservative Christian leader Gary Bauer is bringing her to Capitol Hill for a series of meetings with the GOP congressional leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and members of the Conservative Action Team.
Just last week, Schlessinger's plight (the gay and lesbian coalition is running a boycott against sponsors of her planned television show) was a subject of discussion at an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., of social conservative groups.
Earlier, Focus on the Family officials had launched a counterassault on Procter & Gamble after it agreed to pull its ads from Schlessinger's program.
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