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THE DAILY DISH

P. Diddy's social conscience
Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs accused the media of ignoring the severity of the AIDS epidemic before performing at an AIDS-awareness concert in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday.

"I don't think you see enough of this story in your face," an indignant Combs told reporters. "There are millions and millions of people that are dying, and a lot of it is ... because it's Africans, it's black people that are dying at this high rate."

Combs, R&B artists Alicia Keys and Usher, and top South African acts Mandoza and Zola were performing at MTV's Staying Alive Concert, which the network will broadcast globally for World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

An estimated 4.7 million South Africans -- about 11 percent of the population -- are HIV-positive, one of the world's highest infection rates.

No Doubt's return
It was a return to the Magic Kingdom for rock band No Doubt.

The Anaheim-bred band received the keys to the city Friday at Disneyland, which the band mocked in its 1995 hit album "Tragic Kingdom."

"It's like coming full circle," bass player Tony Kanal said. "Who would have ever thought we would be here?"

Lead singer Gwen Stefani even had a confession.

"I wanted to work at Disneyland," she admitted. "I wanted to sing songs at the Disneyland Hotel. ... I used to come dancing here."

Tripp tries new trade
Linda Tripp is going into business with the Christmas Sleigh, a year-round holiday shop scheduled to open next month in Middleburg, Va.

After her involvement in the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, Tripp moved to a cottage near Middleburg, about 40 miles west of Washington.

Four years ago, Tripp handed independent counsel Kenneth Starr tape-recorded conversations with Monica Lewinsky in which Lewinsky confided a sexual relationship with President Clinton. Tripp was later fired from her job at the Pentagon.

Tripp's lawyer, David Colapinto, told the Washington Post she would not comment on the store because she is recovering from breast cancer, diagnosed in March. He said Tripp does not own the store.

Birthdays
Today: Columnist William F. Buckley is 77. Actress Denise Crosby is 45. Actress Shae D'Lyn ("Dharma and Greg") is 40.

Monday: Actor Ricardo Montalban is 82. Author, actor and game show host Ben Stein is 58. Singer Amy Grant is 42.

Tuesday: Singer Robert Goulet is 69. Impressionist Rich Little is 64. Singer Tina Turner is 63.

Wednesday: Actress Robin Givens is 38. Actor Michael Vartan ("Alias") is 34. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 32.

Thursday: Actress Hope Lange is 71. "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 53. TV personality Anna Nicole Smith is 35.

Friday: Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 62. Skier Suzy Chaffee is 56. Comedian Garry Shandling is 53.

Saturday: Actor Robert Guillaume is 75. TV personality and producer Dick Clark is 73. Singer Billy Idol is 47.

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