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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 26, 2001

Surviving the return

NEW YORK -- They survived weeks of starvation and grueling physical challenges -- but can they endure an onslaught of attention when they return to their hometowns?

That's what Survivor: Back From the Outback aims to discover. The one-hour show will air at 8 p.m. May 10 on CBS, a week after the $1-million winner emerges on Survivor: The Australian Outback.

The program will follow the 16 contestants as they return home and deal with their newfound fame, reported Wednesday. It also will include interviews with contestants from the original Survivor.

And, right smack in the middle of the May sweeps period, the second half-hour of Back From the Outback will air opposite a special 30-minute episode of the NBC game show Weakest Link, which features a handful of original Survivor players.

Survivor: The Australian Outback wraps up May 3 with a two-hour finale, followed by a one-hour town hall-style reunion with host Bryant Gumbel.

Gladys Knight marries

Single gals know that picking something up at the Home Depot is one way to get the job done right. It worked for singing star Gladys Knight, who met her new hubby, William McDowell, at the do-it-yourself superstore. Knight, 56, married McDowell, 42, two weeks ago at a seaside ceremony attended by 80 friends and relatives. No longer selling hardware, McDowell is now a corporate consultant. He met Knight 10 years ago, but did not start dating her until January.

Knight is best known for her 1973 hit Midnight Train to Georgia with the Pips. Now a solo artist, she is currently touring with the Broadway revue Smokey Joe's Cafe.

Milton Berle has tumor

LOS ANGELES -- Milton Berle has a small cancerous tumor in his colon, but doctors have decided against surgery.

Berle, who turns 93 on July 12, vows to win his cancer battle and is looking forward to living to at least 100, said his wife, Lorna.

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