Black Magic Woman
Byline: Robyn-Denise Yourse, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Black magic woman
San Francisco Chronicle
Friends close to teen rocker Kelly Osbourne fear her feud with Christina Aguilera is getting out of hand - after she revealed that she tortures a voodoo doll of the singer.
The daughter of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne reportedly told pals she keeps the Aguilera effigy in her bedroom and regularly sticks pins in it, signaling that her distaste for the singer is escalating.
Stern fears change
Shock jock Howard Stern Tuesday warned listeners that the departure of Viacom President Mel Karmazin may leave him more vulnerable to anti-indecency crusaders.
Yet whatever happens with Infinity Broadcasting, he added, it's unlikely he's going away.
"Mel's the one who has kept the corporate [suits] off me," Mr. Stern said on the air. "He said, 'I'll back you 100 percent,' and he always did. These new guys, I don't know if they will."
Mr. Stern has been cited often by the FCC for indecency, most recently this spring. Under Mr. Karmazin, Infinity has challenged each citation, though the company made a $1.7 million payment to the FCC in 1989 in lieu of a pending fine.
When rumors heated up last week about Mr. Karmazin's possible departure, Mr. Stern suggested, "If Mel goes, I go." But he said his contract has 18 months to run, "and I have to honor it. I couldn't walk out. The question is whether they will fire me."
Mr. Stern said if that happens or if he doesn't sign a new deal with Infinity, he could surface on satellite radio or television or at another radio company.
Grammy-winning composer John Adams has been named the first recipient of a new award in classical music composition established by Northwestern University.
The biennial Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition includes a $100,000 cash award. Mr. Adams' selection was announced Tuesday at the school in Evanston, Ill.
Mr. Adams is known for "Nixon in China," a modern opera based on President Nixon's historic 1972 visit, and "The Death of Klinghoffer," which debuted in 1991, six years after American tourist Leon Klinghoffer was shot by Palestinian terrorists on a hijacked cruise ship and hurled overboard. …