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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Colbert's mock anti-Canada feud hits Web

Colbert's mock anti-Canada feud hits Web

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert has been called what his mock pundit character would deem a traitorous insult: Canadian.

The host of ‘‘The Colbert Report'' is — gasp! — a Canuck, or at least has a Canadian heritage, said the genealogy Web site Ancestry.com. Colbert's great-great-grandfather and his great-great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland to Canada, according to the site.

On his Comedy Central show, Colbert's ‘‘U-S-A!''-chanting character has disparaged the Great White North.

Colbert's publicist didn't respond to requests for comment.

Copy of Poe's 1st book sells for $662K

NEW YORK — A rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe's first book has sold for $662,500, smashing the previous record price for American literature.

The copy of ‘‘Tamerlane and Other Poems'' had been estimated to sell Friday for between $500,000 and $700,000 at Christie's auction house in New York City.

The previous record is believed to be $250,000 for a copy of the same book sold nearly two decades ago.

The 40-page collection of poems was published in 1827.

Twisted Sister guitarist recovers from surgery

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda is recuperating from emergency back surgery that forced him to miss the band's concert near Philadelphia.

Ojeda experienced intense pain that prevented him from standing or sitting, went to a hospital and had surgery to repair a ruptured disc, according to bandmate Jay Jay French. Dan McCafferty, who played guitar in singer Dee Snider's solo band, was pressed into duty as a last-minute replacement at the Keswick Theater on Wednesday night.

French said Ojeda is feeling better and hopes to perform at the band's Sunday night concert at New York's Nokia Theater. If he can't, McCafferty will fill in there, too.