Arrested - Again

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Byline: Robyn-Denise Yourse, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Arrested - again

Amy Winehouse has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession, police and her spokesman said yesterday.

According to Associated Press, Miss Winehouse's spokesman, Chris Goodman, says the arrest is connected to a video that reportedly shows the troubled singer taking drugs at a party in her home in northern London.

Britain's Sun tabloid in January published still images from a video that it claimed showed Miss Winehouse inhaling fumes from a small pipe. The images were said to have been filmed during a party at her London home.

Famous for her Grammy-winning hit "Rehab," Miss Winehouse has had a turbulent private life. She was cautioned by police for assault last month after she slapped a man during a night out.

Shortly after the Sun published still photographs of the video, Miss Winehouse entered a London rehabilitation center.

Maestro miffed

Acclaimed conductor Franz Welser-Moest will not take the rostrum for two scheduled performances of a vampire-inspired staging of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" at the Zurich Opera, AP reported yesterday.

Mr. Welser-Moest, the general director in Zurich and music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, will not conduct the Strauss operetta on May 17 or June 20 because of "artistic reasons," says spokeswoman Nadia Stefanizzi.

The daily Neue Zurcher Zeitung reported last month that the 47-year-old Austrian was "unhappy" with the staging by his compatriot Michael Sturminger, who infused vampires and Dracula's castle into the popular 19th-century Viennese work. While Strauss' title literally means "The Bat," the operetta focuses on amorous intrigue at a bourgeois home, a ball and a Vienna prison. The bat serves only as the symbol of revenge that befalls the main character.

Miss Stefanizzi says Ralf Weikert will conduct the performances in Mr. Welser-Moest's place. A DVD will feature Mr. Welser-Moest because there was enough material from the two performances he conducted to fill out the film, she says. …