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Mills donates soy meats in N.Y.

Paul McCartney's ex-wife is donating $1 million worth of soy hamburgers, soy hot dogs and soy chicken cutlets to one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Bronx.

Heather Mills announced the donation just before the Hunts Point Back to School Fair kicked off Saturday afternoon. The vegan animal rights campaigner is an honorary chairwoman of the nonprofit that organizes the event.

She told the New York Post that she wants to make sure children in the neighborhood “have as many nutritional advantages as anyone else.”

Children in Hunts Point have some of the highest obesity and asthma rates in the city.

Associated Press

Rowling gives $1.8 million to Britain's Labour Party

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made a rare foray into Britain's bruising political battles Saturday, donating $1.8 million to the struggling Labour Party and accusing the rival Conservatives of discriminating against poor parents trying to work their way out of poverty. Rowling, whose worth has been estimated this year at $1 billion, has generally stayed out of the political frays, but she appears to have been upset by Conservative tax plans that she said would increase benefits for married couples without helping single parents. Associated Press

Judge dismisses firearms charge against Lewis

A Las Vegas judge has dismissed a firearms charge against entertainer Jerry Lewis. Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Karen Bennett-Haron dismissed the case Friday after attorneys agreed to let the 82-year-old comedian off without fines. Lewis was cited in July for attempting to carry an unloaded concealed weapon through McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. He later said the weapon was a gift that he'd placed in a carry-on bag more than a year ago. Associated Press

Birthdays

Actor Larry Hagman, 77. Poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen, 74. Author Stephen King, 61. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 61. Actor-comedian Bill Murray, 58. Movie producer-writer Ethan Coen, 51. Actor-comedian Dave Coulier, 49. Actor David James Elliott, 48. Actress Cheryl Hines, 43. Country singer Faith Hill, 41. Actress-talk show host Ricki Lake, 40. Actor Luke Wilson, 37. TV personality Nicole Richie, 27.

This day in history Sept. 21

1970: “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC as the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets 31-21.

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