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Lil 'gnarly gash'

Lil Wayne said Monday he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park.

The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. KTVI-TV reported that Lil Wayne, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center's emergency room.

Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Newell said she could not confirm Lil Wayne was at the hospital, citing privacy laws. But Lil Wayne wrote about it on his Twitter account.

"The Lou was good, but I busted my ... head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people," he wrote.

Messages left with Lil Wayne's management on Monday were not returned. Details about how he was hurt were not immediately available.

Lil Wayne is about to release his new album, "The Carter IV." A previous album, "The Carter III," was the best-selling album of 2008 and the Grammy Award winner for best rap album of that year. In 2010, Lil Wayne served time in a New York jail after pleading guilty to a weapons charge.

"The Carter IV" will be released digitally after Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, at which Lil Wayne will perform. The album, which features collaborations with Drake, Cory Gunz, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and others, will be in stores next Monday.


On a golden stage

Ernest Thompson wrote the screenplay for "On Golden Pond" during Memorial Day weekend in 1978 and watched from the sidelines as the movie adaptation became a blockbuster 30 years ago.

But when the curtain opens today at a tiny New Hampton, N.H., theater on the lake where the movie was filmed decades ago, the Academy Award-winning Thompson will be center stage.

He will introduce the first-stage adaptation of the drama that he has ever directed.

"I started with it as a play, so that's where my heart is," Thompson told the Associated Press.

The 1981 movie that netted Oscars for Thompson and lead actors Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda was the second-highest grossing movie that year, behind "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and ahead of "Superman 2" and "Cannonball Run."

It is the story of an aging couple -- Ethel and Norman Thayer -- spending the summer at their lakeside cottage. They are grappling with an estranged daughter, played in the movie by Jane Fonda, who feels the urge to join them for Norman's birthday after a lengthy trip to Europe with her fiance. Meanwhile, the Thayers are taking care of her fiance's rebellious, adolescent son -- bringing multigenerational issues to bear.

Today's opening marks the second run for the play that Thompson directs at the Little Church Theater on Squam Lake in Holderness. It had a two-week run earlier in the summer, and Thompson had a chance to gauge audience reaction.

"They come in with a little skepticism," Thompson said. "How are you going to improve on Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda and, incidentally, where's the lake?"

"What's really powerful is that the audience's imagination fills in all the missing pieces," Thompson said.

Thompson, 61, wrote the play when he was 28 and making a career change from acting to writing. He said he was writing about the end of an era when families would spend the entire summer at a lake cottage, as he did growing up. His mother would not abide a telephone, television, stereo or radio at their cottage on Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. But the cottage had a vast library of books, Thompson said, and the storyteller in him took root there.


A 'destitute' survivor

Richard Hatch, the winner of the first season of "Survivor," is claiming he's "destitute" as he seeks a court-appointed lawyer to help him appeal a nine-month prison sentence for failing to settle his tax bill in his tax-evasion case.

Filings in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., made public last week show Hatch believes he should be given free legal representation to fight the sentence handed down in March.

Hatch, 50, of Newport, R.I., had been returned to prison after he violated the terms of his release from prison on his conviction for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings from the CBS reality show.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond is recommending Hatch be denied free legal counsel. He said the appeal is not "taken in good faith."

Hatch is appealing to the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston. The federal court in Rhode Island, however, is expected to rule on whether Hatch is entitled to free legal representation.

In his handwritten court filing, Hatch says he is "financially destitute" and rejects assertions that his appeal is not in good faith and his issues frivolous.

Hatch spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on "Survivor" winnings. He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. A judge ruled he never did and returned him to prison.

Hatch is behind bars at FCI-Morgantown in West Virginia. He is expected to be released in December.

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