FOR A GOOD CAUSE
You can now visit the official Web site for what's being billed as the biggest benefit concert ever. The goal of NetAid -- which will feature Bush, Counting Crows, Jewel, Wyclef Jean, Bono, Celine Dion, Pete Townshend and Robbie Williams -- is to fight extreme poverty. On Oct. 9, three overlapping benefit concerts will take place in New York, London and Geneva. MTV, VH1 and British TV will televise them. Beforehand, www.netaid.org will carry updates on the concert.
But the real action starts with the Web site, which carries music and backstage reports live. The site design team, led by Cisco Systems, is preparing for record-breaking traffic of 60 million hits an hour -- 10 times the peak reached during the '98 men's World Cup soccer finals. NetAid won't end Oct. 9 -- organizers plan to work through the United Nations for a continuing crusade. The Oct. 9 proceeds will help refugees in Kosovo and Africa.
Woodstock '99 co-producer John Scher said on an Internet chat that he wouldn't organize a future Woodstock unless he was sure violence could be prevented. Woodstock '99 was marred by riots, fires and reports of women being sexually assaulted.
TAKE IT BACK
Guess? is recalling 78,000 girls T-shirts with a liquid-filled bubble patch on the front. The liquid contains a petroleum solution that can be harmful if swallowed, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The patches come in heart, circle and rectangle shapes and were sold from June '97 through March '99. If you have such a T, return it to the store where you got it for a refund. No injuries have been reported, but the panel is playing it safe. (Still, wouldn't you know better than to swallow a part of your clothes?)
Poor kids in the Dominican Republic now have a hospital to use. The Sammy Sosa Children's Medical Center for Preventive Medicine recently opened in the Chicago Cubs slugger's hometown of San Pedro de Macoris. Sosa said the hospital would be open to all poor people.
Make like a celebrity and get your mug in a Milk Mustache ad! The American Dairy Association wants teens to send photos of themselves wearing a milk mustache for their annual ad contest. Glop milk on your face, have someone take a photo and add some exciting words that describe you as a milk drinker, including your favorite way to enjoy milk, and mail by Oct. 8 to "Show Us Your Milk Mustache Ad," American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, 219 S. West St., Suite 100, Syracuse, N.Y. 13202-1205. Mail with name, age, address and daytime telephone number. The grand prize is a year's supply of milk, or 52 gallons, and 52 boxes of your favorite cookies, so don't forget to mention your favorite type of milk and cookie.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"There were tons of Altoid mints involved. It was weird. The entire crew is just sitting there eating doughnuts, and we were making out. Katie and I made the best of it."
-- Barry Watson, on locking lips with Katie Holmes during the filming of "Teaching Mrs. Tingle."
-- Knight Ridder