EX-ROCKER GLITTER FACES CHILD SEX TRIAL



Ex-rocker Glitterfaces child sex trial
HANOI, Vietnam -- Former British rocker Gary Glitter will stand trial March 2 on charges he committed obscene acts with two underage Vietnamese girls, the presiding judge said Monday. Glitter, 61, who won fame as a flamboyant glam rocker in the 1970s, has been accused of kissing and fondling a 10-year-old and 11-year-old and "engaging in other physical acts" at his rental home in the coastal resort city of Vung Tau last year. If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, has been in police custody since Nov. 19, when he was seized in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight out of the country. He is perhaps best known for his song "Rock and Roll (Part 2)," often played at sporting events. He was convicted in Britain in 1999 of possessing child pornography and served half of a four-month jail term. He later went to Cambodia and was permanently expelled in 2002, but Cambodian officials did not specify any crime or file charges.
Bee Gees reunion
LOS ANGELES -- Barry and Robin Gibb, two-thirds of the Bee Gees, reunited on stage for a Miami charity concert, their first performance since the death of brother Maurice three years ago. The Gibb brothers performed a private concert Saturday night at the Diplomat Hotel to raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute at an annual benefit for the organization, Paul Bloch, Barry Gibb's publicist, said Sunday.
Notable death
CALGARY, Alberta -- William Cowsill, lead singer of the 1960s singing family band The Cowsills, which inspired the TV series "The Partridge Family," has died. He was 58. Cowsill, who was suffering from emphysema, osteoporosis and other ailments, died Friday in Calgary, Alberta, according to the family and Canadian record producer Neil MacGonigill. He had been in deteriorating health.
Today's birthdays
Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy is 79. Movie director Bob Rafelson is 73. Actress Rue McClanahan is 71. Actor Gary Lockwood is 69. Actor-director Richard Beymer is 67. Actor Peter McEnery is 66. Film/music company executive David Geffen is 63. Actor Alan Rickman is 60. Actress Tyne Daly is 60. Tricia Nixon Cox is 60. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is 59. Rock musician Jerry Harrison (The Heads) is 57. Actor William Petersen is 53. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 51. Country singer Mary-Chapin Carpenter is 48. Actor Jack Coleman is 48. Actor Christopher Atkins is 45. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 45. Actor William Baldwin is 43. Rock musician Michael Ward is 39. Blues musician Corey Harris is 37. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 36. Rock musician Eric Wilson (Sublime) is 36. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 33. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 27. Singer Charlotte Church is 20.

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