Family shares Jaycee Dugard videos
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Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard, held captive for 18 years in a ramshackle backyard compound, was seen cooking with her sister and mother and riding horses in new home videos aired on ABC yesterday.
In one video clip, Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, thanks the public for its support and asks people to respect the family's privacy.
It's the first time that Dugard, 29, has been seen and heard on video since she resurfaced six months ago after being kidnapped outside her California home in 1991.
ABC played excerpts from the family videos on "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "Nightline."
'MODERN FAMILY' ON MAUI FOR FILMING
The ABC comedy "Modern Family" is on Maui to shoot its season finale at the Wailea Resort.
The cast and crew will start shooting Monday and plan to stay a week, said Maui County film commissioner Benita Brazier.
"Modern Family," which airs Wednesday nights, follows the dysfunctional adventures of Jay, played by Ed O'Neill ("Married, With Children"), his two children and their three families. Julie Bowen, who plays one of the adult kids, had a role in ABC's "Lost."
SEAN PENN: DEATH TO HAITI RELIEF CRITICS
Sean Penn has strong words for those who think he's showing off with aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
In an interview airing on this week's "Sunday Morning" on CBS, the outspoken actor says he hopes cynics who dismiss his efforts as a star turn will "die screaming of rectal cancer."
Penn has visited the devastated Caribbean nation accompanied by doctors and a U.S. businesswoman with whom he established a relief organization. He has brought water filters for distribution and met with aid groups.
NOBEL INSTITUTE TO HONOR MICHAEL J. FOX
Sweden's Karolinska institute says it will give an honorary medical degree to Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox for raising funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease.
The institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in medicine, says the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has since 2000 given more than $175 million to research aimed at developing drugs against the disease.
Fox was diagnosed in 1991 with Parkinson's, a progressive neurological condition that impairs motor skills.
SCHWARZENEGGER RETURNS AD PAYCHECK
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver received more than $235,000 for appearing in California tourism commercials but have repaid it.
The ad payment was revealed by the Los Angeles Times.
The governor's office yesterday said the couple did not realize they were being paid, because they had agreed to do the spots for free. Their spokesman said they repaid the California Travel and Tourism Commission this week.