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Names & Faces: Tareq Salahi, Tiger Woods, Lady Gaga, Uma Thurman, Roman Polanski

Feel the Byrne

It's safe to say performer David Byrne loves cycling. The Talking Heads founder has ridden 'round the globe and written a book about it, "Bicycle Diaries."

Byrne (two-toned red shirt, gray coat, spiky hair) brought his experience to the Newseum on Tuesday night, joining a Brookings-sponsored panel on promoting alternative forms of transportation. He kicked things off with a slideshow of his bike travels: Portland, Ore.; Buenos Aires; Hong Kong ("Certainly no bike lanes" there, he said. "Man, that was the worst") -- even Adams Morgan. The first slide was an aerial shot of Columbia, Md.: "Where my parents live. If you don't drive, you're pretty much stranded there."

Byrne told us that he has "four or five" bikes and that he likes to lend them to friends who come visit in New York.

So how can more people be persuaded to bike? Safer roads (with more bike lanes) and simpler bikes (with fewer parts), Byrne says. "That takes part of the fear away."

End Notes

Single again: Actress Uma Thurman's year-long engagement to Swiss multimillionaire Arpad "Arki" Busson has ended, People magazine reports. Unclear why, but the couple have been doing the long-distance thing for much of their two-year relationship. (Busson works in London; Thurman lives in New York with her and ex-husband Ethan Hawke's two kids.)

Sold: A topless photo of Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate -- taken just months before her murder at the hands of Charles Manson followers in 1969 -- has sold at auction in New York for $11,250, the Associated Press reports. The black-and-white portrait by British photographer David Bailey shows the couple embracing. It was sold to an unidentified private buyer.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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