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O.J.'s 'If I Did It' to be sold at auction

A judge ordered yesterday that rights to O.J. Simpson's aborted book, "If I Did It," be sold at auction to help satisfy a civil judgment against the former football star -- meaning the book could find its way into stores. The ruling comes four months after Simpson's book about how he could have committed the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, was scrubbed by News Corp. media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg's decision comes at the request of Ron Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, who expressed outrage at the original publication of "If I Did It" and now finds himself putting the manuscript back into circulation. Goldman's lawyer, David Cook, said his client did not necessarily want the book published but had determined that the rights to "If I Did It" were one of Simpson's few "visible assets." The auction could be held within 30 days, Cook said. (REUTERS)

Stallone faces import charges in Australia
Sylvester Stallone (left) has been charged with trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted. Lawyers for Stallone, the 60-year-old star of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movie franchises, represented him yesterday in a Sydney court, where he faces a charge of importing a banned substance. Stallone and his entourage were stopped at Sydney's airport and detained for several hours on Feb. 16 while customs officials searched bags and confiscated items. His hotel room was searched and more items were confiscated three days later. (AP)

DNA sample sought from Stern
A lawyer for one of three men claiming to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby asked a judge yesterday to order the late Playboy model's partner, Howard K. Stern, to come to California and provide a DNA sample. Attorney Debra Opri, who represents Smith's former boyfriend Larry Birkhead, said after a closed hearing that she wants the DNA to determine if Stern is the baby's father. His name is on the little girl's birth certificate. "Put up or shut up, that's what we're asking for," Opri said outside court. Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider refused to make Stern a part of the paternity court action but said he would review the matter in two weeks after he considers the law more closely, Opri said. Stern was living with Smith at the time of her death. He and the baby, Dannielynn, reside in the Bahamas. Opri said Birkhead needs a paternity ruling from California to present in the Bahamas to strengthen his case for claiming paternity of the child. A lawyer for Stern argued against the DNA request, saying Stern is already officially listed as the baby's father. "Howard Stern doesn't have to go to Larry Birkhead for anything," attorney Ron Rale said. Smith, 39, died of unknown causes Feb. 8 after collapsing at a Florida hotel. A court in the Bahamas is currently dealing with custody issues involving the child. A judge has barred Stern from taking the girl out of that country until a custody ruling is made. Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, also says he may be the father. (AP)

Missouri town to honor McQueen
Steve McQueen (inset), the "King of Cool," will be honored later this month in the central Missouri town of Slater, where he grew up. Steve McQueen Days, to be held March 23-25, could help raise the tourism profile of the farming community of 2,100 residents, about 200 miles northwest of St. Louis, said the city's assistant administrator, Russell Griffith. "We hope to do it again, but this is a unique opportunity to meet people who knew Steve McQueen throughout his life," said event coordinator Dan Viets, who has written extensively about Missouri's film history. The event will include screenings of his movies, a showing of memorabilia and tours to his boyhood home and former school. McQueen, whose famous movie moments include a mad motorcycle dash in "The Great Escape" and a car chase through the streets of San Francisco in "Bullitt," died in 1980 at age 50, having lost his battle against cancer. (AP)

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