Nicky Hilton Weds

One Hilton sister may be living the simple life, but the other has opted for the married life.

Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton, 20, tied the knot in Las Vegas this weekend with New York money manager Todd Andrew Meister, 33. The couple exchanged vows at an impromptu ceremony at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, according to a Clark County marriage license obtained by the Associated Press.

"Access Hollywood," which first reported the wedding, said older sister (and "Simple Life 2" star) Paris Hilton and actress Bijou Phillips were in attendance at the 2:30 a.m. Saturday ceremony.

The Hilton sisters were in Las Vegas for a Stuff magazine party at the Palms Casino Resort. Resort owner Greg Maloof Jr. said the sisters were joined by Meister and Nicole Richie for dinner late Saturday, but gave no indication of their plans for later that evening.

Appeal to a Higher Power?

On the eve of a court appearance, pop star Michael Jackson made a surprise visit to a South Los Angeles church yesterday, meeting with about 35 Sunday school students.

Clad in a dark blue velvet jacket with a gold armband on one sleeve, Jackson was not available for questions. He appeared with his attorney, Tom Mesereau Jr., brother Randy and comedian Steve Harvey.

One girl at the First AME Church asked if the children could visit Jackson's Neverland ranch, to which the singer replied: "You're welcome to come anytime."

Jackson will be supported by family when he appears at a pretrial hearing in California today -- Jackson's parents, Joseph and Katherine, and siblings Janet, LaToya, Jermaine and Jackie are all expected to attend.

The pop star is facing child molestation charges and a district attorney who's been pursuing Jackson for more than a decade. D.A. Tom Sneddon originally tried to bring charges against Jackson in 1993.

Beer Can Brouhaha

Miller Brewing Co. and Rolling Stone magazine have teamed up to celebrate the "50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll" by issuing a series of commemorative beer cans featuring stars who graced Rolling Stone's cover, such as Elvis and Deborah Harry.

But critics say something is missing from the list: a black artist.

"It would be like doing a set of cans of six great impressionist painters and not including any French people on it," said Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University.

The brewer and the magazine issued the cans this summer, depicting Elvis Presley, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Willie Nelson.

Gary Armstrong, chief marketing officer for Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media, said race wasn't a consideration during the selection process. Miller spokeswoman Molly Reilly said other artists were considered, but "these are the artists that gave us approval to use their images on the beer cans."

Glover Skips Cruise

Danny Glover has never been one to take a vacation from his political beliefs. The actor-activist bailed out on a Caribbean cruise commemorating the Haitian bicentennial Saturday, saying he did not want to be perceived as a supporter of the government installed after the ousting of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

"Due to the increasingly critical political situation in Haiti, which resulted in a loss of life, oppression and incarceration of thousands of Haitians, I have canceled my participation," Glover told the Miami Herald before the ship sailed on Saturday.

Poet Sonia Sanchez also canceled.

About 500 passengers paid between $1,500 and $2,500 to take the seven-day cruise. Celebrities who opted to stay onboard include dancer Katherine Dunham and National Urban League President Marc Morial.

End Note

Panamanian President-elect Martin Torrijos has named salsa music legend Ruben Blades the nation's new tourism minister. Blades, a Harvard-educated lawyer, ran for president in 1994 but backed Torrijos in this year's election.

-- Compiled by Chris Richards

from staff and wire reports


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