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Honoring Mr. Rogers ...

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mister Rogers cared deeply about his neighbors and his neighborhood, both in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and in real life.

Now, friends and colleagues of late television icon Fred Rogers want to honor his legacy with a national day of volunteering on his birthday. Rogers, who died in 2003 after battling stomach cancer, would have been 82 today.

David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," said volunteering meant a lot to Rogers.

The idea for the Won't You Be My Neighbor? Day grew out of Sweater Day, which Family Communications Inc. of Pittsburgh has promoted over the past several years to honor Rogers. Rogers created the company to produce his show and other family friendly educational fare.

Of course, people still are encouraged to wear sweaters in Rogers' honor.

The volunteer day is beginning this year in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County, the county in which Pittsburgh is located and where the show was made.


Twitter halts suicide ...

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) -- Actresses Demi Moore and Nia Vardalos were linked to an online chain of Twitter posts that ultimately led to Florida authorities intervening Friday when an 18-year-old man threatened to commit suicide.

Moore's Twitter account, mrskutcher, was among those responding to a message from a young man threatening to hang himself in his front yard in Casselberry, north of Orlando. Moore -- with more than 2.5 million followers -- and husband Ashton Kutcher are both active on the social network.

Vardalos' eponymous account included a message that she had called a suicide hotline and been connected to Florida police. "I gave his name city. They went to home, helped him," one message read.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said authorities received two calls around 2:30 a.m., one from California and one from Vancouver, British Columbia. Both callers reported the suicide threat on Twitter. There was no record of the callers' names, Lt. Sonia Pisano said.

Deputies went to a home and took the man to a hospital, Pisano said.


Prince of a trek ...

LONDON (AP) -- Prince Harry says he hopes to join a group of disabled soldiers in a charity expedition to the North Pole to raise money for wounded troops.

The 25-year-old prince, who is patron of the four-week trek campaign, launched the event in London Friday.

The participants -- ex-soldiers who lost their limbs while serving -- aim to cover up to 300 miles (483 kilometers) across the frozen Arctic Ocean, taking the Siberian approach to the North Pole next spring. They hope to become the first amputees to reach the pole.

Harry said he would love to join the team for part of the route, "if my military commitments allow me."

The prince is training to become a helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps.


Birthdays ...

Sunday: Actor Matthew Broderick is 48. Actress-comedian Rosie O'Donnell is 48.

Monday: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 80. Actor William Shatner is 79.

Tuesday: Comedian Marty Allen is 88. Singer Chaka Khan is 57.

Wednesday: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 40. Rapper Maceo of De La Soul is 40.

Thursday: Singer Aretha Franklin is 68. Musician Elton John is 63.

Friday: Actor Leonard Nimoy is 79. Actor James Caan is 70. Actor Martin Short is 60.

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