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June 12, 2000
Web posted at: 1:40 p.m. EDT (1740 GMT)

Today's buzz stories:

Springsteen song prompts police protest

NEW YORK -- A new Bruce Springsteen song isn't going over so well with New York's Finest.

The unrecorded, unreleased song, inspired by the 1999 police slaying of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo, prompted a call for a boycott of his concerts.

It opens with "41 shots, 41 shots" - the same number fired at Diallo. Four officers were acquitted of murder in February.

Springsteen, who first performed the song in Atlanta earlier this month, opens a 10-show stand Monday at Madison Square Garden.

"I happen to like Springsteen," Officer Orlando Vega told the Daily News. "But we're trying to work in this community, and his opening up old wounds just makes our jobs more difficult."



k.d. lang: 'too odd' for superstardom

LOS ANGELES -- k.d. lang doesn't think she could stomach singing a sentimental ballad like Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," even if it meant more commercial success.

"If I had a hit with something like that, it would be a terrible fake," she said, emphasizing that she values artistic excellence over sales figures.

The Canadian singer, whose album "Invincible Summer" is scheduled for release later this month, achieved her biggest success eight years ago with "Ingenue," but sales dropped on follow-up efforts.

"I don't think I'll ever have what it takes to be a superstar," she told Britain's Times newspaper Monday. "I'm too odd for the mainstream."



Press veteran Helen Thomas not retiring

ATHENS, Ohio -- You might not see Helen Thomas in the White House briefing room, but that doesn't mean she's out of the reporting picture.

The former United Press International correspondent, who covered eight presidents before quitting last month, said Saturday that she's considering offers to cover the presidential election.

The 79-year-old spoke at Ohio University's commencement ceremony, where she encouraged graduates to seek fulfilling, enlightening jobs.

"From my own view from the bridge, happiness is working at what you enjoy," said Thomas, who left UPI after it was sold to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's News World Communications.



Big hair won't do on 'Sex'

RADNOR, Pennsylvania -- Complicated coifs just won't cut it on "Sex and the City."

Sarah Jessica Parker says she and other actresses on the Manhattan-based HBO series have to sport hairstyles that normal women can wear. They are, after all, regular gals.

"The hair rules are, if you can't do it yourself, you can't do it," she told TV Guide. "I don't know any woman in America who can run out of the house in the morning and do an upsweep - except for maybe Ivana Trump, and I don't want anyone on the show to look like Ivana Trump."

On the list of hair 'don'ts': scrunchies, butterfly clips or 'hair ornaments of any kind.'



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