Big Boi receives Fine Arts Award

SAVANNAH - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton has another prize to add to his collection of awards - and this one is from his hometown.

Patton, one-half of the multiplatinum duo OutKast, received the Fine Arts Award from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation on Saturday for his achievement in the arts.

The foundation is dedicated to researching and preserving black history and culture in Savannah, Georgia's oldest city.

Lopezes work for kidney donation

NEW YORK - George Lopez and his wife, Ann, who donated a kidney to the actor-comedian earlier this year, have been named national spokespeople for the National Kidney Foundation.

Lopez, star of the ABC comedy "George Lopez," has a genetic condition that caused his kidneys to deteriorate. He had transplant surgery in April.

"If laughter is the best medicine, I promise to continue to make you laugh as my wife and I work together with the National Kidney Foundation to save lives," Lopez said in a recent statement.

'Survivor' host falls for contestant

NEW YORK - "Survivor" host Jeff Probst can't stop gushing about "Vanuatu" contestant Julie Berry.

"I finally met someone who could teach me about love," Probst says of Berry in the Oct. 17 issue of People magazine.

Berry, one of 18 contestants on CBS' "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire," was among the five still in the running before she was voted off by her rivals. The couple didn't start dating until after the show was over, Probst has said. His five-year marriage to Shelley Wright ended in divorce in 2001.

Ad shows smaller image of actress

SHANGHAI, China - A year after raising the censors' hackles with bus stop ads, Pamela Anderson's nearly naked image is returning to China on phone cards telling people not to buy fur.

The Canadian-born actress appears topless with her back to the camera and an arm partly hiding her right breast behind the slogan "Give fur the cold shoulder" in English.

Government-owned China Telecom and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have printed 70,000 of the phone cards, a toned-down version of Anderson's bus and train stop ads.

- From wire reports