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Published October 12, 2006

Lovitz show cancelled

Jon Lovitz's Oct. 25 concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall has been canceled as part of the cancellation of his whole tour, his management announced Wednesday.

For refunds, return tickets bought through Ticketmaster to point of purchase. Tickets purchased at www.rutheckerdhall.com must be returned to the hall ticket office at 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets being held at the ticket office will automatically be refunded. Tickets should be returned by Nov. 10.

For information, call (727) 791-7400.

Smith's attorney quits

Anna Nicole Smith's lead attorney in the Bahamas said Wednesday he has withdrawn as her counsel, citing disagreements on strategy and concerns about her conduct.

Michael Scott said he was unsettled by Smith's decision to exchange vows with her boyfriend before she made funeral arrangements for Daniel Smith, her 20-year-old son, who died Sept. 10. People magazine bought photos of the ceremony, which was not a legal wedding and was held aboard a catamaran on Sept. 28 in waters off Nassau, Bahamas.

A Nassau funeral home has been holding Daniel Smith's embalmed body while awaiting further instructions from the family. He died while visiting Smith in a Bahamas hospital where she had given birth to a daughter three days earlier.

Scott said he decided to withdraw effective Tuesday after consulting with his partners "It was not really an amicable parting," he said.

Celebrated animator dies

Ed Benedict, a legendary animator who put life, love and laughter in TV cartoon characters Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Yogi Bear and others, has died at the age of 94.

Mr. Benedict died in his sleep on Aug. 28 in Auburn, Calif., longtime friend and fellow animator David K. Sheldon confirmed Tuesday.

"He was the main character designer for all the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw," Sheldon said.

For The Flintstones, Mr. Benedict designed Fred and Barney; their long-suffering wives, Wilma and Betty; and the show's clever array of Stone Age houses and gadgets, including the characters' foot-powered cars.