By Todd Peterson
Updated February 27, 2004 12:00 PM

DISPLAYED: Coming in second place isn’t so bad if you’re Clay Aiken. The runner-up to last season’s “American Idol” has seen his career skyrocket since he finished second to Ruben Studdard, and now some of the clothes he wore along the way are becoming historical relics. Aiken donated a white shirt, black pants and a pair of shoes he wore in an early round of “AI” to the North Carolina Museum of History, AP reports. The clothes will go on display March 2 and remain up until Sept. 6, at which time they will become a permanent part of the museum’s collection.

EARNED: J.K. Rowling, author of the hugely popular “Harry Potter” series, has surpassed the $1 billion earnings mark, Reuters reports. The success of her books and movies have pushed the once-unemployed mother to the upper echelons of the rich, according to Forbes magazine’s annual report of the world’s richest people. But Rowling stands as no threat Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who still ranks as the world’s richest person for the 10th year in a row. Gates’s fortune is estimated at $46 billion.

EXITED: After a return engagement in the roles they made famous, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are once again leaving the smash Broadway hit “The Producers,” AP reports. Lane and Broderick had exited the Mel Brooks show earlier last year. But the pair returned to the show, which had suffered somewhat financially, on Dec. 30. But it has now been confirmed that the two will leave the show April 4. No replacements have been named yet.

PLEADED: Former boxing champion Mike Tyson narrowly escaped trial Thursday, after agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct for his role in a fight at a Brooklyn, N.Y., hotel, Reuters reports. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. As part of his plea, Tyson had to accept responsibility for his actions. The plea arrangement was made as jury selection was about to begin for a trial that would have found Tyson charged with assault for his role in a June 2003 incident outside the Marriott Hotel.