NAMES & FACES
Give Him the Ax!
Have you seen Chief Zee 's tomahawk?
On Aug. 9, the Chief -- a Washington Redskins superfan whose real name is Zema Williams-- set his signature prop down while he was signing autographs at the Redskins' preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. When he turned to retrieve it, it was gone -- subject to a prank or plain petty theft, he believes.
"I had that thing for 25 years. Anytime you saw me, I had my little tomahawk," Williams, 67, told us yesterday. "I don't see what they would do with it, but I'm sure whoever took it was playing a trick. I sat in the parking lot long after the game was over thinking someone would come out with it." But it never turned up.
The 12-inch tomahawk has a slender wooden handle with a rubber blade, and appears in many photos of Williams since he started attending Redskins games nearly 30 years ago. "It's my main piece -- it's got Sean Taylor 's number on it and everything," Williams said, referring to the Redskins safety who was murdered in November.
Williams isn't offering a reward, but hopes a good Samaritan will bring his tomahawk back: "If it's out there, please return it. It's a part of me."
Snoopy, Aren't They?
Australia is rethinking a decision to grant Snoop Dogg a visa to tour there with fellow rapper Ice Cube , an Aussie immigration official told Reuters yesterday.
Snoop Dogg (real name: Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr.) was refused permission even to apply for a visa to enter Australia in 2007 because of his criminal record, ruining plans for him to co-host the MTV Australia Awards. Immigration officials approved a visa this week for a 17-day October tour stop, but reconsidered when the Australian Family Association told the Herald Sun newspaper that Broadus, 36, "trades in toxic messages of menace, violence, misogyny and lawlessness."
"As a result of public concern and interest, the department has decided that in fact we will be undertaking a more thorough assessment of Mr. Broadus's character," a senior immigration official told Reuters.
The decision does not mean Snoop Dogg will be barred entry, but he could be counseled before arrival and given strict behavior rules to abide by while in the country. The rapper's rap sheet includes several drug and firearms charges. He also has been denied entry into Britain.
Dr. Dre's Son Dies
Rapper-producer Dr. Dr e's20-year-old son, Andre Young Jr., has died, the rap legend's publicist said yesterday.
Young was found unresponsive Saturday by his mother at their home in suburban Woodland Hills, Calif. An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause of death is not likely to be determined for several weeks while toxicology tests are done, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. People magazine reports that no foul play is suspected.
Noted . . .
A baby is on the way for former adult-film actress Jenna Jameson ,34, and her boyfriend of two years, mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz ,33. Jameson confirmed the news to Us Weekly, adding: "I think I'm gonna stay unmarried and just go for the babies! I'm following in Angelina [Jolie]'s footsteps!"
. . . And Quoted
"I think celebrity endorsements hurt politicians. . . . As soon as Oprah Winfrey pops up and goes 'Ha-la-la-la-la,' I'm like, 'I love Barack Obama . I hate Oprah Winfrey .' " -- Kid Rock on TV show "CMT Insider" giving his somewhat muddled take on why celebs and politics don't mix. As for Oprah, he clarifies: "I don't hate her. I just don't believe in her, so I don't want any part of any of that."
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports