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Barker 'Right' for Hall of Famous Missourians

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After more than 6,500 episodes of The Price Is Right, it was Bob Barker's turn to "Come on down."

Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and Barry Bennett, a former radio broadcaster who now works for Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, couldn't resist repeating the line. Only this time, Barker descended the stairs of the Missouri Capitol Rotunda as he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Barker, 83, is the 30th inductee, joining luminaries such as Mark Twain, Walt Disney and Walter Cronkite.

Why they did it

Fred Goldman defended yesterday his family's publication of O.J. Simpson's book If I Did It, insisting on The Oprah Winfrey Show that it was not producing "blood money."

"Every penny that we take from him is a piece of justice," said the father of Ron Goldman, who was killed in 1994 along with Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown. Goldman said he had gained rights to the book to prevent Simpson -- who already had been paid a $630,000 advance -- from "profiting further." But Nicole Simpson's sister, Denise Brown, wouldn't appear on the same stage with him yesterday. She called the Goldmans "hypocrites" and the book "a manual on murder."

Simpson was acquitted in a criminal trial but found liable for the deaths in a civil court and ordered to pay $33.5 million. He has not done so.

Nick Madigan

An honor, squared

A city block that surrounds a CNN building in Hollywood has been named after Larry King.

The City Council voted Wednesday to rename the block "Larry King Square" in recognition of King's 50 years in broadcasting. King, who started his career at a Miami radio station in 1957, hosts CNN's longest-running interview program, Larry King Live.

The council also agreed to name an intersection near Paramount Studios "I Love Lucy Square," after the late comedian Lucille Ball and Lucy Casada, who owned a popular restaurant there.

Passage to India

Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, are planning to shoot a movie in India.

"I'm looking forward to going to India," the actress was quoted as saying by The Times of India yesterday. "Michael and I are developing a script that will be set up in India. We will take our kids and ... shoot a film." Zeta-Jones didn't give further details.

Douglas visited Mumbai two years ago and announced plans to co-produce and star in Racing the Monsoon, an action-adventure about a diamond heist.

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