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Names in the news - March 20, 2007

March 20th, 2007 1:39 am by Staff Report



NEW YORK - Cheryl Burke, two-time champion on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," says she doesn't feel any pressure to bring home another disco-ball trophy as the fourth season premiered Monday.


Burke, who won with celebrity partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith, tells People magazine's Web site: "I don't think it's pressure. Even after coming in last season after winning with Drew in the second season, it wasn't about, ‘Oh, I have to win again.'"


"It's about who I'm dancing with and making my partner the best dancer he can possibly be," the 22-year-old professional dancer says.


Her new partner is "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Ian Ziering. Burke says Ziering is a fast learner who is quick with choreography, but gets frustrated because he's a perfectionist.


"He can be really hard on himself," she says. "So I tell him, ‘Deep breath and let's try again.'"


Other celebrities appearing on the show: Apolo Anton Ohno, Laila Ali, Clyde Drexler, John Ratzenberger, Heather Mills, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Fatone, Shandi Finnessey, Leeza Gibbons and Paulina Porizkova.


This season, viewers get two weeks of dance performances before sending a celebrity home in the first results show.


Burke - who says she is dating actor Matthew Lawrence (brother Joey Lawrence competed on season three) - says "just being known for a skill you've worked on your entire life is an amazing feeling."


So where does she keep her two disco-ball trophies?


"One trophy is home in San Francisco with my mom and dad and the other one is in my storage because I was on tour for two months," she says.


"Both are falling to pieces, by the way. The mirrors are slowly falling off."




NEW YORK - Naomi Campbell, wearing black stilettos and slinging dark work boots over her shoulder, traded the catwalk for community service Monday at a sanitation garage to start a five-day sentence for assaulting her maid.


The 36-year-old supermodel arrived at the Manhattan District 3 Garage at Pier 36 on the Hudson in a black sport utility vehicle. She'll be pushing a broom or mop at the garage for her guilty plea to misdemeanor assault for throwing a cell phone at her maid over a pair of missing jeans.


Campbell was met by a garage official who escorted her through the building's dirty, steel double doors. She also wore chocolate brown pants, a short fitted coat with a flared bottom, dark sunglasses and a newsboy-type cap.


She didn't acknowledge the horde of assembled media.


"Miss Campbell arrived on time to work. She came ready to work," Albert Durrell, deputy chief of the Department of Sanitation, told reporters at a briefing outside the facility.


Campbell will be working inside the garage. She was issued protective gloves, dust mask and reflective orange vest.


"We have plenty of work for her to do over the next five days," Durrell said.


Because of her celebrity status, sanitation police officers will be stationed at each entrance of the facility, Durrell said. Campbell, who has a reputation for angry outbursts, pleaded guilty in January for hitting Ana Scolavino in the back of the head with the phone last March. Scolavino was treated for a head injury. In exchange for her guilty plea, Campbell was ordered to pay Scolavino's medical expenses of $363, do five days of community service and attend a two-day anger-management program.

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