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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Bill Maher gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Bill Maher gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES — Political satirist Bill Maher has been immortalized in Hollywood.

With Larry King and ‘‘Family Guy’’ producer Seth MacFarlane standing nearby, HBO’s ‘‘Real Time with Bill Maher’’ talk show host unveiled his Walk of Fame star Tuesday outside the W Hotel at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

Maher, who once hosted the late-night talk show ‘‘Politically Incorrect,’’ said he wanted to thank ‘‘George Bush, Sarah Palin and the pope.’’

It was the 2,417th star dedicated on the famous sidewalk.

Lawyer says Kid Rock was defending himself in fight

DECATUR — A lawyer for Kid Rock said the musician and his entourage were trying to defend themselves from another customer at a Georgia Waffle House when a fight broke out in 2007.

Attorney William Horton made the claim Tuesday during his opening statement in DeKalb County Court. The entertainer, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five members of his entourage are facing a civil lawsuit over the fight.

Harlen Akins claims in the lawsuit that the group beat him for no reason. He’s seeking unspecified punitive damages.

Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

George Michael gets 8 weeks for drug driving

LONDON — George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and lost his license for five years on Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed his car into a London photo shop.

A British judge told the wayward star his addiction to marijuana put him and the public at risk.

The former Wham! singer pleaded guilty last month to driving under the influence and possession of cannabis following a July 4 collision with his Range Rover in north London.