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THEDAILYDISH... A SPICY SERVING OF CELEBRITY NEWS

Voice of dissent ...
"Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover is the latest celebrity to feel the heat for his criticism of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

The conservative group Judicial Watch is seeking to force telecommunications company MCI to dump Glover as its pitchman because of his comments about Cuba and the Iraq war. "The whole idea is to crush any kind of dissent," Glover said in an interview. "Something is happening now that is very dark and very sinister in this country, and for us to not admit it is happening is, in some ways, for us to be blind."

Glover was among 160 artists and intellectuals to sign a that appeared May 1 in the Cuban government newspaper Granma. That statement called the Iraq war an unprovoked, unjustified invasion and said there is "a strong campaign of destabilization" against Cuba that could be used as "a pretext for an invasion" much like that launched against Iraq.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the boycott is not about Glover's right to free speech. "He has those rights. But we have the right to criticize him. We have the right to try to criticize MCI for endorsing those views through his contract," Fitton said.

A call to serve ...
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., urged graduates of George Washington University's medical school Sunday to serve all of humanity.

Frist, a heart surgeon who was elected to the Senate in 1994, told the 153 graduates to be ready for the challenges ahead -- from "unscrupulous HMOs" and "overly aggressive trial lawyers" to SARS and threats of bioterror. He also stressed the importance of rectifying inequities in medical care. "That injustice and inequality is a cancer that we can just simply no longer allow to fester," he said, pointing out that infant mortality is twice as high for blacks.

Mark of Sinatra ...
Hometown fans of Ol' Blue Eyes now can have their envelopes stamped "Frank Sinatra Station."

The main branch of the Hoboken Post Office in New Jersey was named for the city's most famous son during a ceremony Friday. But the crooner, who died May 14, 1998, will have to wait for a stamp. A postal service spokesman, Gary Ferrari, said people must be dead at least 10 years before their image can be put on a stamp.

White on the mend ...
Soul singer Barry White, 58, is "in great spirits" as he recovers from a stroke that affected his speech and the right side of his body, his daughter says.

White suffered the stroke earlier this month while waiting for a kidney transplant needed because of complications from years of chronic high blood pressure.

His daughter, Shaherah White, said he's had a minor setback but he someday will perform again. She spoke at a Friday news conference on plans to rename South Park Recreation Center in Los Angeles after her father, who grew up in the area.

Rooney marches on ...
"60 Minutes" curmudgeon Andy Rooney may be 84 years old, but he has no plans to retire soon. And he managed to play a joke on his fans Sunday at the end of the CBS newsmagazine's 35th anniversary show.

"This is a special moment that I have dreaded," Rooney said in closing. Rooney, whose boss, "60 Minutes" founder Don Hewitt, is stepping down next year as executive producer, said it seemed like a good time to make a personal announcement.

"I've been writing for television since there was television," he said. "I've done 800 of these essays in the 25 years I've been on '60 Minutes.' I've saved some money and I'd like to travel. I'd like to spend more time with my family."

But, said Rooney, he isn't going to do any of those things.

"I'll be back here again next year," he said.

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