More Mouth Than Money

Are rising gas prices getting to the rich and famous?

In Colorado recently for a charity rally race, former NBA star Dennis Rodman stopped at the Tomahawk Auto Truck Plaza, tried on a cowboy hat, said he liked it, signed an autograph, then put $20 on the counter for gas.

But the fuel bill for his gold-and-black Lamborghini was more than $40, and a store clerk told police Rodman didn't pay for the hat.

Good news for the Worm is that police have declined to press charges after an anonymous female basketball fan stepped in to help keep the ever-controversial celebrity out of trouble.

Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said authorities, preparing paperwork on the case, contacted the store to see if Rodman had paid the bill and found that the unidentified woman had covered it.

"Since they accepted payment, that was the end of any involvement by this department," Wilson said. "As long as our local business was made whole and they're happy with that, I'm happy too."

Heckler, Reporter Settle Suit

A Court TV anchor and the heckler who hurled insults at her as she covered Michael Jackson's molestation trial have reached a settlement.

Diane Dimond claimed in a June 9 court filing that Bobby Joe Hickman, 18, of Knoxville, Tenn., incited people to attack her and that she felt so threatened, Court TV hired three guards to protect her.

She got a restraining order that restricted Hickman from coming within 20 yards of her.

Hickman then filed court documents demanding that Dimond pay him $30,000 -- the amount he claimed he racked up in legal fees to fight the restraining order.

Dimond countered, filing a complaint to have Hickman pay her $4,555 in legal fees.

A settlement between the two was reached last week, but both parties declined to comment on details.

No 'Devil in a Blue Dress'?

The sax-playing ex-president is getting his own CD compilation.

Organizers say "The Bill Clinton Collection: Selections From the Clinton Music Room" is planned as the first in a series highlighting the former president's favorites.

The disc will include "My One and Only Love" by John Coltrane, "Harlem Nocturne" by David Sanborn, "My Funny Valentine" by Miles Davis, "Summertime" by Zoot Sims, "I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)" by Nina Simone, and "Chelsea Morning" by Judy Collins.

The project is the latest joint venture for the Clinton Library and Clinton Museum Store, and the Clinton Presidential Foundation worked for months to acquire licensing rights to certain titles.

Foundation President Skip Rutherford said the process is complete and production has begun for the 11-track disc; the CD is slated to be released in a month.

End Notes

Members of the Irish rock band U2 received Portugal's Order of Liberty, one of the country's highest honors, at a formal ceremony held before their concert yesterday in Lisbon. President Jorge Sampaio presented the medals to the rockers in recognition of their work for humanitarian causes over the past 25 years, including heightening awareness on debt issues facing developing countries . . .

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is donating proceeds from sales of a four-song CD to an Arizona-based charitable organization that aids people in remote regions of Ethiopia, Mali and Niger. "It's all about increasing awareness, breaking away from the usual sort of newsreel approach to human disasters, if you like; illuminating and exposing these conditions from a different angle," Plant said.

-- Compiled by Clint Walker

from wire reports

The Out & About column will return.

Dennis Rodman, a man of many hats, one of which he seems not to have paid for.