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Posted on: Saturday, May 22, 2010

'Ukulele star, 82, picks up diploma today


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More than 60 years after leaving Farrington High School, 'ukulele virtuoso Eddie Kamae will pick up his diploma today.

Drafted into the Army during his senior year, Kamae returned to the classroom after 18 months of military service. One week before commencement, he learned he was a class shy of the graduation requirement. He went to summer school, but got bored on the first day: "I just walked out. I told myself: 'I don't need that piece of paper. I'm going to find my way in this world.' "

And he did. Kamae, 82, is an accomplished award-winning musician, composer, singer and documentary filmmaker, best known as the founder of the Sons of Hawai'i. His advice to the 2010 graduating class? "Now it's important to have a piece of paper," Kamae said. "It helps set your course" for the future.

Maureen O'Connell

JAMES APOLOGIZES TO BULLOCK AND HIS KIDS

NEW YORK Jesse James says he took an amazing life and threw it all away.

The estranged husband of Oscar winner Sandra Bullock gave his first television interview to ABC's "Nightline," scheduled to air Tuesday. ABC says in a brief excerpt released yesterday that James apologized to Bullock and his three children for cheating on her.

When asked by ABC's Vicki Mabrey whether he was the most hated man in America for cheating on "America's sweetheart," James said hated man in the world is probably more like it.

The tattooed biker and host of "Monster Garage" says he "took an amazing life and amazing success and marriage ... and threw it away by my own hands."

BLOGGERS GO WILD OVER BIEBER MISHAP

BERLIN Teen idol Justin Bieber walked smack into the glass of an automatic revolving door when trying to exit a German hotel, sending his fans into a blogging frenzy.

"Ouch! I just walked into that door ... my forehead hurts ... I walked right into the window," Bieber told a local broadcast team that captured the incident on camera as he was exiting the Radisson Blu hotel in Frankfurt.

Bieber can be seen in the video trying to push the automatic door, then turning to walk out, but instead smacking his forehead against the glass.

MICHAELS HAS SECOND, 'WARNING' STROKE

LOS ANGELES Bret Michaels is receiving outpatient care after being hospitalized for what doctors called a warning stroke.

His publicist gave no other details yesterday. The publicist previously confirmed Michaels had been diagnosed with a hole in the heart. Doctors said the condition is operable and treatable and likely unrelated to the brain hemorrhage he suffered last month.

The 47-year-old, rocker-TV reality star was hospitalized this week after experiencing numbness on the left side of his body, particularly in his face and hands.