SCHEDULED: A free-to-the-public musical tribute to Johnny Cash will be held Nov. 10 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, according to published reports. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams Jr., Jack Clement, Steve Earle, Larry Gatlin and Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, are scheduled to perform, says the late Man in Black’s publicist. Discussions also are reportedly underway with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Bono. Cash, 71, died Sept. 12 of complications from diabetes.
SEPARATED: Two-year-old twin boys from Egypt who had been joined at the head spent their first night apart after a 34-hour separation surgery, and a doctor in Dallas said Monday they were “in good shape.” The surgery to separate little Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim began Saturday morning at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and ended late Sunday afternoon. They remained in critical but stable condition early Monday, reports the Associated Press. The boys’ father, Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim, fainted when he heard the operation was over.
QUOTED: “People just assume I’ve done martial arts my whole life. I did nothing my whole life. I ate, hung out and played handball.” — “Charlie’s Angels” and “Kill Bill” star Lucy Liu, 34, to The New York Times
DIED: Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker, 72, who rode winners of 11 Triple Crown races in a four-decade career, died in his sleep Sunday, reports AP. Since a 1991 car accident, he trained horses from his electric wheelchair. … Actress Florence Stanley, 79, who played the gravelly voiced Bernice Fish on the sitcom “Barney Miller” and in the show’s spin-off series, “Fish,” died Oct. 3 in a Los Angeles hospital of complications from a stroke, her husband, Martin Newman, has told AP. … Joan Kroc, 75, widow of the late McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, died Sunday after a brief bout with brain cancer, says AP. In her later years she was known as a fierce advocate for world peace and funded university think tanks for that purpose.
OFFERED: On Friday, outgoing California Gov. Gray Davis, 60, delivered advice to incoming Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” (Schwarzenegger is a frequent guest on the rival “Tonight Show.”) As quoted by Reuters, Davis’s 10 tips were: 10. Governor, when you realize you don’t know what you’re doing, give me a call. 9. Bodybuilding oil will stain the mansion’s Italian silk sofa. 8. Listen to your constituents — except Michael Jackson. 7. (Sorry, joke No. 7 was recalled.) 6. To improve your approval ratings, go on Leno — when you get kicked out, go on Letterman. 5. Study the master — George W. Bush. 4. You could solve the deficit problem simply by donating your salary from “Terminator 3.” 3. If things are bad, just yell, “Save us, Superman!” 2. While giving a speech, never say, “Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara … same thing.” 1. It’s pronounced “California.”