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Diddley up and around after stroke

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 19, 2007


Four days after suffering a stroke, Bo Diddley walked around the intensive care unit at an Omaha, Neb., hospital, and doctors were encouraged that the legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist would be able to perform again, his manager said. Diddley, 78, was hospitalized when he appeared disoriented at the Omaha airport on Sunday; he did two concerts in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday night. Though Diddley's speech is impaired, he has made significant progress, Margo Lewis told the Associated Press. She believes Diddley, who lives in Gainesville, will sing again, even though he will require speech therapy first. Lewis said it was uncertain how long Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, will be hospitalized.

Jackson auction will proceed in Vegas

Lawyers for Michael Jackson on Friday dropped an effort to block an auction of the pop star's personal belongings and other Jackson family items, including Jackson's gold record for Thriller. Jackson didn't appear in a Las Vegas court where his lawyer told a judge that a confidential agreement had been reached with representatives of an auctioneer, the owner of the materials, and a New Jersey man who claimed a warehouse full of Jackson memorabilia after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court. Lawyers declined to describe terms of the agreement, the Associated Press reported. Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's auction house of New York, said the auction will go on as scheduled May 30-31 at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas.

'Dukes' car on the block again

After a nearly $10-million bid for a car made famous by The Dukes of Hazzard fell through, John Schneider learned his lesson: Sell only to prescreened bidders. Schneider, who played blond heartthrob Bo Duke in the '80s TV series, said the winner's account on the eBay auction Web site was hacked as a joke, so he wasn't the one bringing up the bid for a version of the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger. The online auction was held this month. In a new eBay Inc. auction set to begin today, the orange coupe with "01" on the doors will be listed to bidders who must prove they can pay, Schneider told AP Radio News. The car wasn't featured in the Dukes show but has signatures of cast members.