April 01, 2004 01:50 PM

TERMINATED: Reps for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have crushed an Oregon beer brewer’s plans to market Governator Ale, Reuters reports. The proposed libation alluded to Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” movies, and featured a Pumping Iron label, a reference to the actor turned politician’s early career as a professional bodybuilder. A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said the governor had to protect against unauthorized uses of his name and image. Portland Brewing Co., makers of the beer, offered no comment, but has reportedly canceled plans to go ahead with the brew.

D’OHED: Actors providing the voices for characters on FOX’s “The Simpsons” have stopped work, Reuters reports. With their contracts recently expired, they are reportedly requesting more money as the show prepares to enter its 16th season. Among the voices that have apparently gone missing are Dan Castellaneta (who plays Homer) and Nancy Cartwright (who provides Bart’s voice), as well as the actors who perform for the remaining Simpson family members, in addition to two other performers. The last “Simpsons” contract dispute was in 1998.

LAUNCHED: Comedian and left-wing activist Al Franken launched the liberal Air America Radio Network on Wednesday. Hoping to loosen the hold that conservative broadcasters such as Rush Limbaugh have on the talk-radio market, Air America debuted on the airwaves in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Ore., San Bernardino, Calif., via XM Satellite Radio and over the Internet at http://www.airamericaradio.com, Reuters reports. An executive for the station said the goal wasn’t simply to counter conservative broadcasting. “We do want to make a buck,” he said.

AWARDED: The National Endowment of the Arts tapped Herbie Hancock for the Jazz Masters Fellowship Award on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. It is the government’s most prestigious award for jazz musicians, and Hancock joins an esteemed list of performers in accepting the honor, including Count Basie, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Hancock was presented with the award in Washington during halftime of an NBA game between the Washington Wizards and New Jersey Nets.

REMOVED: The marquee that was a staple on the “new” Las Vegas Strip was removed Wednesday. The Mirage hotel changed its “Siegfried & Roy” sign 14 years after it first went up, AP reports. The illusionists’ show came to an end after Roy Horn was mauled by one of the tigers in the performance on Oct. 3. Horn has been recovering since, but the show has been canceled. The Mirage had left the sign up for the past six months out of respect to Horn.

DIED: TV game-show host Art James, 74, died Sunday in Palms Springs, Calif., AP reports. James hosted and announced for many game shows during his decades-long career, including “Family Feud” and “Concentration.” James had recently taken ill, but the cause of death was not immediately known.

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