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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teens hurt in fan frenzy in Sydney

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Justin Bieber

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Bret Michaels

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SYDNEY Thousands of frenzied teenagers, who spent the night camped out by Sydney Harbour awaiting a concert by pop star Justin Bieber, surged toward the venue yesterday morning, sending at least eight girls to the hospital and injuring several more.

Police canceled the performance after the swarm, which may have begun when rumors spread that the 16-year-old Canadian heartthrob had arrived early. In the crush, at least 10 girls fainted, and paramedics had to pull them out of the crowd, according to Australia's Network Seven.

Police said the station was prepared, but that the frenzy of 5,000 fans got out of control.


LOS ANGELES Doctors plan further testing to help pinpoint the source of the brain hemorrhage that is keeping Bret Michaels in intensive care, according to a post yesterday on the rocker's website.

A report from doctors is expected this week. The website doesn't say where Michaels, 47, is hospitalized.

"Please remember Bret is, and always has been, a fighter and survivor and is under the best medical care possible," the post added.

His New York-based publicist, Joann Mignano, on Friday confirmed a report on People magazine's website that said the former Poison frontman was rushed to intensive care late Thursday after a severe headache. Doctors discovered bleeding at the base of his brain stem, the report said.


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Randy and Evi Quaid showed up in a criminal courtroom two weeks late yesterday and were arrested on outstanding warrants, authorities said.

The actor and his wife were ordered held on $100,000 bail and told to return for a court hearing tomorrow, Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said in an e-mail.

The couple have repeatedly failed to show up in a Santa Barbara court for hearings in a felony case alleging that they defrauded an inn out of more than $10,000. Their attorney has said the money has been repaid and the Quaids hope to resolve the case.


NEW YORK Rapper DMX says he's been ripped off for years by a company hired to collect his song royalties, but he's been behind bars so much that he only recently realized the problem.

The platinum-selling but troubled hip-hop artist who's currently in an Arizona jail said in a lawsuit filed yesterday that Rich Kid Entertainment 1 and related companies paid him nothing while collecting royalties on some of his most popular work. The company also made deals letting record labels reproduce his work without telling him, the lawsuit claims.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, scored such hits as "Get At Me Dog" and "Party Up" in the 1990s.