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Staff Report • Apr 2, 2007 at 1:21 AM

NEW YORK - Teen starlet Hilary Duff claims she's never had a problem with her weight, but feels pressure to be thin. The 19-year-old actress and singer told People Magazine that she's either perceived as too fat or too thin in the media, which she says can be "judgmental and mean." "And if you don't like the way you look or feel insecure, when people say things about you - in magazines or just in everyday life - they can be hurtful. ... But you'll never make them happy," she told the magazine. Duff, who has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide, has a new album out April 3 called "Dignity." Several of the songs are about her relationship with her now ex-boyfriend, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, but she denies that she slammed his new newest flame, Nicole Richie, in her tune "Gypsy Woman." And anyway, she told People she doesn't like to discuss relationships. "It's not my job to talk about my relationship," she said. " ... But the more you try to keep it quiet, the more people want to know about it."

WASHINGTON - Newly elected baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. says he remembers the advice his father gave him - "come to the park ready to play." And he followed it.

By the time the younger Ripken retired, he had played in a major league-record 2,632 consecutive games to break Lou Gehrig's mark of 2,130. He had 431 home runs and 3,184 hits.

But it wasn't easy. One must be ready to persevere, the former Baltimore Orioles shortstop said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"We all have our moments of weaknesses and our low points, and we all feel sorry for ourselves at certain times. And I was no different than anyone else," said Ripken, who has a new book, "Get in the Game."

"There was an expectation that tomorrow would be better, and that you push yourself through there and find out that it would be," he said.

MERCURY, Nev. - Martin Sheen was among a group of peace activists cited during an anti-nuclear protest Sunday at the Nevada Test Site, authorities said. A total of 39 protesters, including Sheen, were released after being cited by sheriff's deputies for crossing onto test site property following the rally, test site spokesman Darwin Morgan said. Organizers said about 150 people attended the demonstration, but Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo said it was 75.

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