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Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2010

Shakira plans to build school in Haiti

Advertiser Staff

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Pop star Shakira yesterday visited Haiti's Petionville Golf Club, where 50,000 quake survivors are camped.

RAMON ESPINOSA | Associated Press

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Hip-shaking Colombian pop star Shakira is meeting with Haitian earthquake survivors living in makeshift camps and she says she is searching for suitable land to build a school for needy children.

Arriving yesterday, the singer waved to onlookers and greeted infants living on a Haitian golf course that has turned into a sprawling makeshift camp for 50,000 quake survivors.

Her Barefoot foundation provides nutrition to more than 6,000 children in Colombia, and she is a member of the ALAS foundation that advocates for children across Latin America.

Shakira was greeted by actor Sean Penn, who is providing humanitarian aid at Haiti camps. The two spoke about challenges confronting Haiti since the Jan. 12 disaster.

MICHELLE OBAMA TO SOLO ON MEXICO TRIP

Steve Carell and Tina Fey are in a box-office clash with the gods of Mount Olympus.

No. 1 bragging rights for the weekend were too close to call yesterday, with 20th Century Fox estimating a $27.1 million debut for Carell and Fey's comedy "Date Night" and Warner Bros. reporting the action tale "Clash of the Titans" at $26.9 million. Rankings will be sorted out today when studios release final numbers.

Running a close No. 3 was DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," which took in $25.4 million, lifting its 17-day total to $133.9 million.

WAGNER'S GRANDSON GETS GRAND FUNERAL

Some 1,500 people, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, paid tribute to Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of Richard Wagner and a longtime leader of the Bayreuth opera festival.

Wagner, who died March 21 at age 90, led the festival dedicated to his grandfather's works from 1951 until 2008.

Yesterday's memorial service at the opera house built by the composer featured music from "Lohengrin," "Goetterdaemmerung" and "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg," directed by star German conductor Christian Thielemann.

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