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Axl Rose on the lam

Rock 'n' roll band Guns N' Roses postponed its sold-out show at the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago on Friday just 15 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open because lead singer Axl Rose had to skip town ahead of the law, according to the band's record company.

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Officials had a warrant for Mr. Rose's arrest on four misdemeanor charges stemming from a riot in July at a concert outside St. Louis.

The Cook County sheriff's office planned to arrest Mr. Rose and extradite him to St. Louis to enforce a bench warrant obtained by the St. Louis prosecutor's office.

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"Rather than go to jail, Rose left the sheriff's jurisdiction," said Bryn Bridenthal of Geffen Records.

According to Horizon officials, about 400 fans were outside when the show was canceled. Guards, ushers and other security personnel broke the news.

Guns N' Roses also canceled shows tomorrow and Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Camp survivor Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Byrd has a reputation as the last of the old-time Senate orators. On Friday, he used in a budget debate what is believed to be the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary. The West Virginia Democrat said: "To use one of Jackie Gleason's phrases, how sweet it is that at last we seem to be getting away from the splendiferous floccinaucinihilipilifications in which we have been engaged in these last several weeks."

Floccinaucinihilipilification means the action or habit of estimating as worthless.

Gangster chic for sale

Al Capone's eggshell-white French Empire furniture, gold-banded stemware and a sailfish he caught 63 years ago will be sold at auction Wednesday in the first event of its kind involving the late gangster.

Buyers also will be able to bid on an art deco set of cologne bottles in jeweled gilt brass holders "of the type a gun moll might have at her dressing table," said Gary Piattoni, handling the sale for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago.

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The items are among dozens of Capone's possessions from the tile-roofed stucco mansion he owned on Palm Island, Fla., where he died of syphilis in 1949. They are being sold by an Akron, nTC Ohio, businessman who bought the Capone estate and its contents from the gangster's widow. He later sold the house but kept the contents, 60 lots of which are being auctioned.

Capone lived in the Florida mansion after he got out of prison for tax evasion.

The auction house said choosing April 15 -- the income tax filing deadline -- as the date of the auction was purely coincidental.

Candidate Buchanan reveals finances

There's nothing like running for president to nuke one's privacy.

Ask Patrick J. Buchanan, who has been forced by election laws to reveal how much money he makes.

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His financial statement reveals that CNN paid him $438,200 to do "Crossfire" last year; he got $32,100 for "The McLaughlin Group"; and the syndicate that distributes his column paid him $102,025.

Birthdays

Actor-singer David Cassidy is 42. Bandleader Lionel Hampton is 79. Musician Herbie Hancock is 52. Comedian David Letterman is 45. Actress Ann Miller is 69. Entertainer Tiny Tim is 70.

'Satanic Verses': an unfinished chapter

Nine months after the murder of Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of "The Satanic Verses," police say they are out of clues. Mr. Igarashi, 44, a professor of literature at Tsukuba University in suburban Tokyo and one of Japan's few experts on Islam, was found slashed to death last summer near his campus office.

There is no direct evidence that the killing was connected to "The Satanic Verses." But it came after the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini claimed that the book blasphemed Islam and called for the execution of the author, Salman Rushdie, and the publishers.

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Larry Johnson makes slam dunk in dollars

Charlotte Hornets forward Larry Johnson, known for fierce rebounding and rim-rattling dunks, is making headlines back home in Texas for another kind of assist. Mr. Johnson's gift of $2,000 to the Exline Recreation Center in south Dallas means a group of boys, 12 and under, are competing this weekend in a national basketball tournament in New Orleans.

"It was fortunate that we knew Larry and that he was interested in giving something back to the community," said Jackie Peel, business manager for Exline, the gym where Mr. Johnson used to play. Otherwise, the players would have had to pay more than $200 each for hotel rooms and meals during the trip.

Liz Taylor dons glitter to give to AIDS effort

Elizabeth Taylor is taking a "Glitter and be Giving" benefit for AIDS research seriously -- she'll be wearing $1 million worth of glitter.

Ms. Taylor will bring the spectacular "Lachrymosa Mask," a diamond, platinum and gold half mask, to tomorrow's benefit in New York for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, said group spokesman David Kirby.

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The mask will be auctioned Tuesday along with another $11 million in precious stones to raise funds for the foundation.

Hepburn sees hunger caused by arms race

Actress Audrey Hepburn kindly accepted an award for her work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, then proceeded to blame the arms race for creating world hunger.

The movie star, who accepted the award from Brown University President Vartan Gregorian on Thursday, said nations spend millions on arms while children of the Third World -- about 40,000 a day -- are dying of hunger.

"This is one of the great tragedies of our time. No flood ever killed 40,000 people," she said. "In a world wherein a matter of weeks we can launch a massive military campaign, hunger anywhere -- especially among children -- is needless and appalling."

Bush fully vested on Opening Day

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Rumor has it that blooped first pitch on Opening Day wasn't the fault of George Bush. Apparently, the president, who threw out the first ball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards last week, was wearing his bulletproof vest, and it made for an unwieldy windup. In any case, it was a missed election-year opportunity for the president to repair at least one embarrassing stat: At the Texas ++ Rangers' opener last season, he bounced a curve ball into the dirt.

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