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Author has her say

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee generally avoids media interviews and public appearances. But the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" broke her silence briefly yesterday at a ceremony inducting four new members, including former home-run king Hank Aaron, into the Alabama Academy of Honor. Lee, a member of the academy, was in the audience yesterday when Academy of Honor chairman Tom Carruthers joked with her, saying he knew she had something she wanted to say to the crowd. "Well it's better to be silent than to be a fool," Lee said. The audience gave Lee a standing ovation. (AP)

Filming mishap
Several extras were injured when they fell out of a truck during the filming of "Valkyrie," which stars Tom Cruise as Germany's most famous anti-Hitler plotter. The accident happened Sunday evening while scenes were being shot around the Finance Ministry in Berlin, which was once the Nazis' aviation ministry. United Artists said 10 extras briefly required medical attention after falling off the truck, which the studio said was traveling at less than 10 mph when wooden slats gave way. (AP)

Federline lands role
Kevin Federline will guest star in a series of shows in the upcoming season of the CW's "One Tree Hill." The aspiring rapper will portray a rock singer, said a publicist for the show. (AP)

Doherty arrested
Pete Doherty was arrested early yesterday on suspicion of drug possession, a police source in London said. Doherty, 28, was arrested with a man and a woman, less than two weeks after being warned by a magistrate that he faced a prison sentence if he failed to show that he was trying to kick his drug habit. The troubled singer was arrested after being stopped in a car in east London. He had been performing at the V Festival in Staffordshire late Sunday. (Reuters)

Seacrest Emmy host
Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" is hosting next month's Emmy ceremony. Seacrest's appeal is expected to pull viewers, especially younger ones, to the awards show on Fox, Dick Askin, chairman and chief executive officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said yesterday. The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 16. Last year's Emmys, hosted on NBC by Conan O'Brien, drew about 16.1 million viewers, the second least-watched Emmy telecast since '91. (AP)

Garner heads for Broadway
Jennifer Garner, who began her career on the stage in New York, will return to the boards this fall opposite Kevin Kline in a Broadway production of Edmond Rostand's 1897 classic "Cyrano de Bergerac." Garner will play Roxanne, the woman whom Cyrano (Kline) woos in secret. Daniel Sunjata will play the army cadet who uses Cyrano's poetry and love letters to win her. Previews begin Oct. 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theater. (AP)

Born yesterday
'I have time.' Robert DeNiro, celebrating his 64th birthday twice by flying over the international dateline and having a second party

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