Acting Like He Owns the Place

Die-hard baseball fans, prepare to turn green with envy: A Baltimore man and his brother have won a pro baseball team in a national contest! Okay, they get to "own" it for just one day, Sept. 16. But that's not all: They sat with former Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. and five-time All-Star Jack Morris at baseball's All-Star Game in Detroit last month.

Social Security Administration clerk Robert White heard he won the Ameriquest Mortgage sweepstakes on July 1 and didn't even know he had entered the competition. "I was just filling out the All-Star ballot at a game," he recalled.

Robert took his brother, Reggie, to the All-Star Game and plans to take him to Arlington, Tex., to "co-own" the Texas Rangers (who play at Ameriquest Field). Reggie, a Milford Mill Academy teacher and former defensive tackle for the NFL's San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, joked that he didn't give his brother a choice in the matter.

According to an Ameriquest rep, the Whites will be escorted through the stadium and have "free range everywhere they want to go." Robert will throw out the first pitch of the Rangers-Seattle Mariners game that day and said he's already practicing. "I did play in school, though," he said with a laugh.

And Reggie? The lucky brother said he plans to attend batting practice and "run around the field. . . . It depends on what they let me do, but I'm going to push it as far as I can."

Reggie calls his brother, whom he took to the 1995 Super Bowl, "the luckiest person in the world."

Jackson's Dubai-Dubai-Do

What's the Acquitted King of Pop to do while vacationing in Dubai? Eat Buffalo wings, of course! Michael Jackson appeared relaxed yesterday in the Persian Gulf kingdom as he took in the sights (and ate chicken) with race car driver Mohammed Bin Sulayem and Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Khalifa, the son of Bahrain's king.

The 47-year-old singer was also spotted checking out real estate in the emirate. "He wants to see more of this area," said Bin Sulayem. "He likes it here." After working up an appetite from sightseeing, the crew stopped for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, where Jacko satisfied his craving for spicy chicken. "We went there because he wanted to eat Buffalo wings," Bin Sulayem said. So much for checking out the local flavors.

Couldn't Carry the Weight

Well, there goes the tourist industry: The tiny Arnold Schwarzenegger museum, displaying training apparatus once used by the former bodybuilder, will close today, officials in Graz, Austria, said yesterday.

The museum is in a corner of a fitness center in the 15,350-seat Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium, near the California governor's home town of Thal.

The fitness center and the museum will close because of financial problems, according to an official, who added that a letter sent to Schwarzenegger, asking for financial help, was not answered. The museum was inaugurated in 1997, when Schwarzenegger turned 50.

Susanne Hoeller, an official at the Graz tourism office, said that while the museum never attracted large crowds (shocker!), it was a "pity" for the city that its only Schwarzenegger site was vanishing. According to Hoeller, the collection will be stored and might be put on display again one day. Or it might just rack up an expensive storage bill. Who knows?

End Note

Art Garfunkel was charged with possession of pot Sunday -- the same charge he pleaded guilty to last year. The 63-year-old singer was pulled over near Woodstock, N.Y.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Michael Jackson chats with race car driver Mohammed Bin Sulayem during his trip to Dubai.Sorry, Conan: The Arnold Schwarzenegger museum in Graz, Austria, is closing.