Rapper Kanye West arrested after dust-up with photographer at LAX

Police say they have arrested Kanye West at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of vandalism after an altercation with a photographer.


An airport spokesman says police also arrested West's bodyguard shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday.

Airport spokesman Marshall Lowe says early reports are that West got into an altercation with a commercial photographer, and a camera valued at more than $10,000 was broken.


The incident happened before West and his bodyguard, who was not identified, went into a security checkpoint at the airport.

Baby boxer?

And in this corner, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and wearing a little white diaper, is Cu rtis Muhammad Conway.

American Gladiator host Laila Ali, daughter of retired heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, and her husband, retired NFL star Curtis Conway, welcomed their first son Aug. 26, she announced on her Web site yesterday.

It is the first child for Ali, 30. Conway, 37, has three children from a previous relationship.

'Hair' today

The Age of Aquarius will dawn again on Broadway.

The Public Theater's Central Park revival of the '60s-era musical will move there sometime after the first of the year, it was announced Wednesday.


The production, directed by Diane Paulus, has been a critical and popular success for the Public at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Its summer run will close there Sunday.

Hair, which has book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, had its world premiere at the Public Theater in 1967. It moved to Broadway the next year, chalking up a run of more than 1,800 performances.

Speaking of Broadway

The 2009 Tony Awards will be held June 7 at Radio City Music Hall.

The 63rd annual awards ceremony, honoring the best of the 2008-2009 Broadway season, will be televised live by CBS. The cutoff date for 2009 award eligibility will be April 30.

The Tony Awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, formerly the League of American Theatres and Producers.


Not easy being Rice

Thandie Newton, 35, tells The Times of London that she was very intimidated by the idea of playing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's flick about George W. Bush's administration, W.

She says she was shocked that Stone even considered her. Rice, she says, "didn't look like me; she's a couple of decades older than me. And I'm English, for goodness' sake." She said the job was difficult because she was asked to "become Rice without using any prosthetic makeup" to make her look like Rice.

W. costars Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks and is due out next month.


Country singer George Jones, 77


Actress Linda Gray, 68

Actor Joe Pantoliano, 57

Singer Ruben Studdard, 30

Basketball player Yao Ming, 28

Singer Jennifer Hudson, 27