'Survivor' takes TV news job in North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jeff Varner, who was bumped from ''Survivor'' in 2001, has a new job in reality television: TV newsman.
Varner will join WGHP, the Fox affiliate based in High Point, as a weekend anchor, the station announced Friday. Prior to his stint on ''Survivor,'' Varner worked as an Internet project manager in New York City and earned a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Still, he says his ''Survivor'' ties have created some career challenges.
Clancy donates $2 million to eye research
BALTIMORE - Author Tom Clancy, who reaped millions from blockbusters such as ''Patriot Games'' and ''The Hunt for Red October,'' wants people to see life a little more clearly.
To that end, he has donated $2 million to fund a professorship in ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The first doctor to hold the seat being funded by Clancy's donation, Dr. Terrence P. O'Brien, has treated the writer, who was diagnosed in 2001 with pathological myopia. The rare type of nearsightedness, in which the eyeball continues to elongate, can lead to profound vision loss.
'Wheel' stars satisfied with career paths
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pat Sajak and Vanna White know where they stand in history.
It's been more than two decades since Sajak, 58, and White, 48, joined the ''Wheel of Fortune'' game show. But the co-hosts who so perfectly synchronize the motions of spinning the wheel and turning the letters say this will be the last stop in their careers.
''I'm at peace with what my obituary's going to say,'' said Sajak, who was taping episodes of ''Wheel'' this weekend on the show's first-ever stop in Kansas City.
Moby talks about life of poverty before stardom
NEW YORK - Even though he's now a rich musician, Moby is still affected by the poverty of his youth. In an interview with The Associated Press, Moby says he and his mother grew up on welfare in a tony section of Connecticut.
''I was the only poor person I'd ever met, and it has kind of given me this lifelong feeling that I'm a second-class citizen, because in my formative years I was a second-class citizen,'' he told the AP.
- From wire reports