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Tampa native debuts on 'Real World'

By wire services
Published January 6, 2004
[Last modified January 6, 2004, 01:33:37]

TAMPA - For the second time in the show's 14 seasons, there is a Tampa-area resident appearing on MTV's reality series The Real World.

Lifelong Tampa resident Robin Hibbard, 23, a student at the University of South Florida and a bartender at Ybor City's Coyote Ugly Saloon, will be introduced as one of the seven castmates on the premiere of The Real World San Diego at 10 tonight. A 25-episode installment will air consecutively at 10 p.m. each Tuesday.

Former Valrico resident and University of South Florida graduate Melissa Howard, who now appears regularly on the Oxygen Network's hidden-camera comedy show Girls Behaving Badly, was on The Real World New Orleans in 2000.

Pulitzer winner Toland dies at 91

DANBURY, Conn. - John Toland, who won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for The Rising Sun, a historical narrative of the rise and fall of the Japanese empire during World War II, has died.

Mr. Toland, 91, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 2004) of pneumonia at Danbury Hospital, said his daughter, Tamiko Toland of Ithaca, N.Y.

The Rising Sun tells the story of the Japanese empire from 1936 to 1945, from the Japanese perspective. Mr. Toland described the book as "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

Although Rising Sun won the Pulitzer, Mr. Toland might best be known for Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, published in 1976. Hitler became a national bestseller that Newsweek called "the first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or the war in Europe must read."

Kinks singer Davies shot in robbery

NEW ORLEANS - Singer-songwriter Ray Davies of the British rock band the Kinks was shot in the leg while chasing thieves who snatched a purse from a woman he was with, police said Monday.

Police said Davies, 59, and the woman were walking near the edge of the French Quarter at 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a passing car stopped and a gunman jumped out and demanded the purse.

The woman handed it to him, and the thief ran back to the car. When Davies ran after him, the thief shot Davies in the leg, said Capt. Marlon Defillo, a police spokesman.

The woman was not hurt. Davies was treated and released at a hospital, Defillo said.

Police said Davies got the car's license number, which officers were able to trace. They arrested Jerome Barra, 25, on charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. Another suspect was being sought.

"I'm sorry for what happened, but Mr. Davies showed poor judgment in running after the individuals," police Chief Eddie Compass said.

Depression group to honor Buchwald

BRADENTON - Humorist Art Buchwald is being honored for talking openly about depression.

Buchwald, 78, will be feted by the National Association for Research on Depression and Schizophrenia at a gala Monday in Sarasota.

"I could fight it, but then I became suicidal. I just couldn't handle it anymore," said Buchwald, who writes a column for the Washington Post. "It was so bad that I planned to check into the Plaza Hotel (in New York) and jump from the 16th floor."

Buchwald, the Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary in 1982, revealed his depression on CNN's Larry King Live nearly eight years ago.

R&B boy band B2K breaks up

NEW YORK - Platinum-selling R&B quartet B2K has split up, their manager said Monday. The teen heartthrobs gained instant success and legions of screaming fans when they debuted in 2002.

According to the statement by Chris Stokes, disagreements among the group members - Omarion (Omari Grandberry), Lil Fizz (Dreux Frederic), J-Boog (Jarrell Houston) and Raz B (De'mario Thornton) - fueled the breakup of B2K, meaning Boys of the Millennium.

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