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Published August 1, 2006

It's trash for Boy George

Boy George will perform his court-ordered community service by picking up trash on New York City streets in the August heat, a sanitation spokesman said.

The one-time Culture Club singer will be issued a shovel, broom, plastic bags and gloves when he reports Aug. 14 for five days of work.

The 45-year-old singer was ordered to do community service after pleading guilty in March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report of a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment in October; responding officers found cocaine inside.

Kate Moss: modeldresser

Supermodel Kate Moss graces the cover of Vanity Fair's September issue as the magazine's choice for the top spot on its 2006 international best-dressed list.

Other sharp dressers include George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Renee Zellweger, Gwen Stefani, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, filmmaker Sofia Coppola, Britain's Prince William and Jordan's Queen Rania.

The cover is the latest move in Moss' career comeback. She entered a drug rehab clinic in Arizona last year after pictures of her allegedly using cocaine were published in a British tabloid. In June, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to charge Moss.

New task force in the B.I.G. murder case

Six veteran homicide detectives lead a new Los Angeles Police Department task force investigating the unsolved 1997 killing of Notorious B.I.G.

The probe comes during a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the rapper's mother, Voletta Wallace, and other relatives claiming rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

The suit ended in a mistrial last year when it was discovered that a police detective hid statements by a jailhouse informant linking the killing to two former officers. A judge ordered the city to pay $1.1-million in legal fees and other expenses to the rapper's family. A new trial was set for early next year.

B.I.G., a New York rapper also known as Biggie Smalls, was one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the 1990s.


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