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Published: Saturday, 12/6/2008

Bowling Green State University prof's talk to be broadcast

FROM STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

Steve Cady, associate professor of management at Bowling Green State University, will be featured in a one-hour special at 8 p.m. Monday on WBGU-TV, Channel 27.

The station recorded Cady's motivational talk, Life Inspired: Six Ways to a Passionate Soul, Nov. 24 before an audience in BGSU's Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Cady explores the simple truths drawn from his research about how people have sought and found meaningful ways to live their calling and ignite their potential. The program will be rebroadcast at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Oprah Winfrey tops the Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 list, an annual ranking of the most influential women in the entertainment industry.

The chairman of Harpo Inc. was selected "based on her dizzying array of Oprah-branded media and her immense cultural influence," editor-in-chief Elizabeth Guider said in a statement yesterday.

The Hollywood Reporter also ranks the industry's highest-paid actresses each year. Angelina Jolie is No. 1, commanding more than $15 million a movie, followed by Julia Roberts and last year's top earner, Reese Witherspoon.

The honorees were chosen by Hollywood Reporter editors, based on overall media influence and ability to greenlight projects. The actresses were ranked by asking-price salary.

A Harry Potter fan and Web site operator said yesterday he's going ahead with publishing an encyclopedia after losing a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by the author of the massively popular book series.

Steven Vander Ark said at a news conference at a southwestern Michigan bookstore that Muskegon-based RDR Books will publish his Harry Potter Lexicon on Jan. 12. It is a 400-page unauthorized guide to the seven novels written by J.K. Rowling, and is a print version of the online encyclopedia Vander Ark launched in 2000.

A federal judge in New York ruled in favor of Rowling in September, permanently blocking publication of the reference guide. He also awarded Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. $6,750 in statutory damages.

Vander Ark, a former school librarian, and his publisher say the revised version meets specifications for such a book laid out in the judge's ruling.

During the trial, the small publisher did not contest that the lexicon infringes on Rowling's copyright, but argued it was a fair use allowable by law for reference books. The judge ruled Vander Ark went too far.

Boy George, the flamboyant former Culture Club front man, was convicted in London yesterday of falsely imprisoning a male escort.

Norwegian escort Audun Carlsen had alleged he was handcuffed to a wall hook at the singer's east London apartment on April 28, 2007. Prosecutors said Carlsen was held by the singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, for under an hour.

Carlsen, 29, said O'Dowd, 46, swung a metal chain at him when he got loose and fled the apartment following a naked photo shoot.

The iconic '80s singer was released on bail following the verdict. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16. False imprisonment carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Such a severe sentence is not expected in this case.



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