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Valrico woman in final round of Bachelor

By Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 8, 2003

And then there were two.

Valrico resident Kirsten Buschbacher was shown topping another hurdle in ABC's reality romance show The Bachelor Wednesday - moving to the show's final competition, vying against just one other woman for the affections of Andrew Firestone.

Firestone was shown Wednesday handing roses to Buschbacher, a 23-year-old HSN.com staffer, and Jennifer Schefft, a 26-year-old account executive from Chicago. Left out was Tina Panas, a 22-year-old student from Wisconsin.

Firestone will be shown picking between the two finalists in a two-hour finale airing at 9 p.m. May 18 (next Wednesday, the 23 women rejected by the bachelor return for a recap episode).

Marine voted off; "Idol' down to 3

Whether it was inevitability, the ear-boggling sounds of the BeeGees gone country or both, Joshua Gracin's American Idol run is over. The 22-year-old Marine lance corporal was booted off the show Wednesday after 22-million viewer votes were totaled after Tuesday's night of BeeGees songs.

Gracin, admittedly a country singer, did country-sounding versions of Jive Talkin' and To Love Somebody.

Still in the competition are Kimberley Locke, Clay Aiken and favorite Ruben Studdard. The winner, who gets a recording contract, will be announced May 21.

Rock legend Pete Townshend cleared

LONDON - Rock guitarist Pete Townshend, co-founder of the Who, was cleared Wednesday of possessing pornographic images of children but still was placed on a national register of sex offenders.

That registration was part of a formal police caution Townshend received for accessing a Web site containing images of child abuse.

Prince Edward, wife expecting first child

LONDON - Prince Edward's wife, Sophie, expects to give birth to their first child in December, Buckingham Palace said.

Edward is the third and youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II.

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