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Thursday, January 28, 1999 3:38:33 PM EST

Today's buzz stories:


Evel Knievel undergoes liver transplant

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- Evel Knievel has undergone a liver transplant operation. The former motorcycle daredevil had the surgery at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday night, according to his Web site. "He's in stable condition," spokesman John Dunn said, confirming Knievel's transplant. He said he was not authorized to give any details of the operation. The statement on Knievel's site ( says the operation was "completed successfully" and "the next few days are critical" in determining how he will accept the transplant. Knievel, 60, had hepatitis C and had been on a waiting list for a liver transplant for several months. He lives in nearby Clearwater, Florida.

Knievel rose to fame in the late 1960s and 1970s as an obstacle-jumping motorcycle daredevil who ignored odds -- and often paid the price. He has suffered dozens of broken bones in crashes. On January 1, 1968, he crashed while jumping over the fountains at Caesar's Palace Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and was in a coma for 30 days.

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Lisa Marie settles with Enquirer?

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A lawsuit filed by Lisa Marie Presley against the National Enquirer has been settled, but the controversy surrounding it is picking up steam. Presley had sued the tabloid over an article that said she was suicidal. "I am satisfied with the settlement," Presley said Wednesday, explaining that the lawsuit was designed to send a message to tabloids that she won't tolerate the publication of untruths.

But Enquirer editor Steve Coz was outraged by Presley's announcement. "She is lying if she means to suggest that she proved false the 1997 article," Coz said. "If Lisa Marie wanted a public airing of the facts surrounding these matters, she would not have dropped her lawsuit." Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed.

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Senator proposes highway to honor Gene Autry

BURBANK, California (CNN) -- California Sen. Adam Schiff has announced that he plans to introduce a resolution to name a highway interchange after singing cowboy Gene Autry. Gene Autry Memorial Interchange would unite Interstate 5 and Highway 134, a few offramps east of Bob Hope Drive and 110 miles from the Gene Autry Trail desert thoroughfare.

"Gene Autry was a pioneering star in the early days of music, radio, film, television and rodeo performances. I am proud to posthumously honor such an inspiring role model," said Schiff. Autry died on October 2 after a long illness, three days after his 91st birthday.

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Prinze Jr. thought stardom would take more time

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Freddie Prinze Jr. is now a leading man, starring in the new romantic comedy "She's All That" with Rachael Leigh Cook. But the actor says he thought it would take him longer to achieve his current status. "This is where I wanted to be, but this isn't where I thought I would be," Prinze said in Wednesday's Daily News. "I saw it taking a bit more time."

Prinze, who was 10 months old when his father committed suicide in 1977, is determined to make it on his own, despite his name recognition. The senior Freddie Prinze, a comic who starred in "Chico and the Man," was 22 when he shot himself.

"She's All That" opens this Friday, January 29 -- the same day his father died 22 years ago. The irony wasn't lost on the 22-year-old Prinze. "I was like, 'What? Is this some kind of sick joke?' Now that was kind of trippy," he said.

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Reuters Limited contributed to this report.

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