SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Paula Poundstone was briefly jailed Tuesday by a judge because of a relapse during her treatment at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center where she was sent after pleading no-contest to child endangerment.
The downcast comedian was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs after she admitted violating probation, then was brought back to court later in the day.
"You've been in for half a day and I always let people have a break on the first violation," Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins told her. But, he added, "To me, this is a relapse rather than just a slip."
The treatment program alerted Kamins that Poundstone suffered a relapse involving the use of unprescribed drugs or medications, according to the prosecutor.
Buck trial jury dismissed
LONDON (AP) -- The judge in R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's air-rage trial dismissed the jury on Tuesday, and hasn't set a date for a retrial.
Buck had been charged with assault and drunken behavior aboard a British Airways flight from Seattle to London in April.
Judge John Crocker told jurors, "matters have arisen which necessitate that this trial cannot proceed at the moment."
On Monday, prosecutor Edward Lewis told the jury of nine men and three women that Buck "became the transmogrification of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde" after consuming 15 glasses of wine on the trans-Atlantic flight.
The 44-year-old guitarist denies charges of being drunk on an aircraft, assaulting two cabin crew members, interfering with the performance of a crew member's duties and damaging British Airways crockery.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) -- Garth Brooks will give a free concert on South Padre Island, and city officials hope the country star will draw visitors to the island hurt by a bridge collapse.
The Gulf Coast barrier island's resort economy has been at a crawl since a string of barges slammed into the only bridge to the island on Sept. 15. The midsection of the Queen Isabella Causeway collapsed. Eight drivers died when their vehicles plunged into the Laguna Madre. Travel to the island has been limited to ferry service established after the collapse.
The Nov. 28 concert is one of three CBS-televised stops on the "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast" tour to promote his ninth album. Tickets quickly sold out to the first concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
A Nov. 21 performance will air from the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier at Norfolk, Va., to welcome soldiers back from a deployment in Afghanistan. Each concert will be broadcast as an hour-long special at 10 p.m. EST.
With both coasts covered, Brooks was looking for a spot in Texas. Brooks' promoters contacted the island, South Padre Island Visitor and Convention Bureau spokeswoman Erica Pena said.
"They said he'd heard about what happened and that he wanted to do his part to help out," Pena said.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, who's been critical of how the American Red Cross handled donations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, spoke at a benefit for the local chapter of the emergency relief group.
O'Reilly drew a distinction Monday between the Kansas City chapter and the national Red Cross, which has drawn the bulk of his comments on his show, "The O'Reilly Factor."
O'Reilly also praised the Red Cross for the good things it does.
About 600 people paid between $100 and $1,000 to hear him speak at one of the biggest fund-raisers for the local chapter. The money will pay for disaster relief in Kansas City.
The American Red Cross announced last month that not all the $560 million it has raised for the Liberty Disaster Relief Fund would go to victims of the attacks. More than $200 million will be held in reserve in case it is needed for other terrorist attacks.
O'Reilly said donors were misled into thinking that all their donations would go directly to families of those killed Sept. 11. He also said many families were confused about where they could get help, because other charities had not contacted them or advertised.
"We're not asking them to dump wheelbarrows of money in their front yards," O'Reilly said.
The 37,000-employee American Red Cross administers almost half the nation's blood supply and provides relief to victims of disasters.
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