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Ohno, hough top 'dancing'

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 23, 2007


One judge called them the perfect pair, a breath of fresh air. And that pair, Olympic speedskating gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohono and partner Julieanne Hough, were named the winners of Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday. After two nights of dancing, and viewer votes and judges scores were combined, they bested former 'NSync member Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson in the final two pairs. Viewer votes from dances on Monday's show counted for half of their total; the other half were from judges' scores, the last of which came from a final Tuesday performance. In third place were Laila Ali, a professional boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, from abc web site. All three couples received perfect scores of 30 from the judges for their final dances Tuesday. Ohno and Hough did a paso doble, Fatone and Johnson a tango, and Ali and Chmerkovskiy a mambo.

Fires get folk festival canceled

The Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, has been canceled. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has temporarily closed Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, where the festival is held, because of fire concerns. For information, go to www.florida stateparks.org/folkfest.

Diddley improving after stroke

Bo Diddley, who suffered a stroke after a performance this month, has improved enough to be moved into a regular room at an Omaha, Neb., hospital, his publicist said. The 78-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist has been hospitalized since May 13.