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Actor Pine charged with DWI

Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

The 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court officials said Wednesday.

New Zealand Police said in a statement that a 33-year-old American was charged March 1 with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, which in New Zealand is .08 percent. Police did not name the man, but said he was stopped during a routine early-morning check near the South Island town of Methven.

Pine has been in New Zealand filming the movie “Z for Zachariah,” which is due for release next year.

Ex-plant worker wins award

A former Baltimore factory worker has won some life-changing money. Not from the lottery, but for poetry.

Claremont Graduate University in Southern California announced Wednesday that 62-year-old Afaa Michael Weaver of Somerville, Mass., has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book of verse “The Government of Nature.”

The prize, one of the richest handed out for poetry in the U.S., goes annually to a mid-career poet.

The competition’s chief judge, Chase Twichell, called Weaver’s life story “remarkable.”

Born in Baltimore in 1951, Weaver served in the Army for two years and worked in a factory for 15 before reinventing himself as a poet in the 1980s.

The book, his 12th, describes his traumatic childhood.

‘Big Bang’ renewed through ’17

CBS says it’s renewing its hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory” for three more years.

The extraordinary three-year deal would carry TV’s most-watched sitcom through the 2016-2017 season, the series’ 10th on the air.

“The Big Bang Theory” premiered in September 2007 and has been a ratings smash for virtually its entire run. It has averaged nearly 20 million viewers each week this season.

Richards writes kids’ book

From Rolling Stone ... to children’s book author?

At 70 years old, Keith Richards’ latest project (other than touring with the Stones) is a book called “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,” based on memories of growing up with his grandfather, jazz musician Theodore Augustus Dupree, publishing company Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced.

“I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about,” Richards said in a statement. “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”

Theodora Dupree Richards, Keith’s model/artist daughter, 28, is the book’s illustrator.

This is the second time Richards will try his hand as an author – his memoir, “Life,” was a best-seller. “Gus & Me” will be released Sept. 9.

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