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'Real World' to hold Tampa tryout

By Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 7, 2003

Know any "characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds"? If so, and they're between the ages of 18 and 24, send them to Stumps Supper Club in Tampa's Channelside complex next week to audition for the next installment of MTV's The Real World.

The series, in its 14th season, puts seven people together (in pretty fabulous digs) for five months and documents their every move. The show will be shot this summer; where it will be set has not been announced.

Brace yourself for disappointment; producers expect to talk to thousands of applicants during open calls like this that are being held across the country.

The Tampa casting call is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Stumps. Bring a recent photo and valid ID. For more information, go to the production company's Web site:

Wal-Mart pulls 3 men's magazines

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pulled the men's magazines Maxim, Stuff and FHM from its shelves, deeming them too racy for its customers.

The retail giant made the decision after hearing opinions from customers and associates, Melissa Berryhill, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, told the New York Times in Tuesday's editions.

The halt in sales is part of a series of moves by Wal-Mart to pull back on items that it considers too risque. Maxim, Stuff and FHM often feature stars posing on the cover and in layouts with little clothing.

But Wal-Mart accounts for less than three percent of newsstand sales for Maxim and Stuff, said Stephen Colvin, president of Dennis Publishing which owns both magazines.

"I don't think that these decisions are often rational; they are subjective. For any men's magazine to put a woman on the cover seems a bit troubling to them," he said.

Carter died from heart disease, diabetes

LOS ANGELES - Nell Carter, who played the sassy housekeeper on the 1980s TV sitcom Gimme a Break! died of natural causes, the coroner's office said Tuesday.

An autopsy and toxicological tests determined the death was natural because of probable heart disease and diabetes complications, said coroner's Capt. Deborah Peterson.

Carter died Jan. 23 at 54 after collapsing in her Beverly Hills home. She had undergone two brain operations in 1992 to fix aneurysms.

Carter won a Tony for her performance in the musical Ain't Misbehavin' in 1982.

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