By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 23, 2003 04:47 PM
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REINSTATED: A federal judge in Little Rock has ordered author J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books back onto an Arkansas school district’s library shelves Tuesday, rejecting a school board’s claim that tales of wizards and spells could harm school children, reports the Associated Press. Ruling 3-2 in favor of a fourth-grader’s parents, U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren ordered the Cedarville School District to put the four books in the popular series back in general circulation, after a parent had complained about their content.

CAST: Former football star and acquitted murder suspect O.J. Simpson, 55, will be the subject of a 13-week reality series from the Texas-based Urban America Television Network, says the Hollywood Reporter. The series, due to air in June on 75 independent stations nationally — and apparently not approved by Simpson — will reportedly chronicle his daily life in Miami using footage collected over several months in 2001 and 2002.



DIED: Felice Bryant, 77, who co-wrote the Everly Brothers‘ “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Bye, Bye Love” and Buddy Holly‘s “Raining in My Heart,” died at her home in Tennessee on Tuesday from cancer, reports Reuters. It’s estimated that the 800 recorded titles written by Felice and her husband, the late Boudleaux Bryant, sold more than half a billion copies worldwide. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991.

ACHIEVED: The oldest living American is now Elana Slough, 113, of New Jersey, who was born 26 days after the late Mary Dorothy Christian, who died in Northern California Sunday afternoon, reports AP. (Christian, who witnessed the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, liked junk food and lived alone until she was 102.) Meanwhile, according to the UCLA School of Medicine, which is part of a research group that tracks such statistics, the oldest living American man is Fred Hale, 112, of New York. And, just for the record, the world’s oldest person, according to the Gerontology Research Group, is Kamato Hongo of Japan, who is 115. The oldest person on record was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who was 122 when she died in 1997.