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Avett Brothers play in Charlotte Dec. 30-31

The Avett Brothers, the popular folk-rock band from Concord, are celebrating their biggest year yet with a two-night homecoming of sorts.

The band announced on its Web site (www.theavettbrothers.com) over the weekend that they'll play two New Year's shows at the Belk Theater Dec. 30-31.

Before coming home to the Charlotte area, the guys will play the Orange Peel in Asheville Dec. 26-28.

Opening acts for the Belk shows include Jason Webly, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Paleface.

Last year's New Year's Eve show sold out, so buy early.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.blumenthalcenter.org or by calling 704-372-1000.

Zero for paparazzo suing Reeves

It's a most excellent outcome for Keanu Reeves: The “Matrix” actor doesn't owe a dime to the paparazzo who sued him.

After deliberating for less than three hours, jurors unanimously rejected the civil lawsuit Monday, ruling that Reeves is not responsible for the photographer's alleged injuries.

Alison Silva had asked the jury to award him $711,974, which includes medical bills, lost wages and punitive damages.

Silva claimed that Reeves struck him with his Porsche in March 2007, causing him to fall and injure his left wrist.

“I respect the jury's decision,” Silva said outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court after the verdict was read. “That's what we were here for since the beginning.”

Silva said he would continue to work as a paparazzo despite the jury's decision.

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Stern's wife beats goal in marathon

Newlywed shock jock Howard Stern was on hand to cheer his new bride completing the New York City Marathon in style.

Beth Ostrosky finished Sunday in 4 hours, 15 minutes –much better than the five-hour target the 36-year-old former model was aiming for.

“This was the happiest day of my life,” said Ostrosky, who ran to raise money for Long Island's North Shore Animal League.

“Isn't she beautiful?” Stern gushed as daughter Ashley, 15, hugged her stepmom.

Stern, 54, who married Ostrosky last month, had done his part that morning: Making a carb-loaded breakfast of bagels stuffed with peanut butter and bananas.

“She ate a ton,” he said.

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‘Samantha,' ‘Kath & Kim' picked up

ABC's “Samantha Who?” and NBC's “Kath & Kim” have each earned full-season pickups, continuing the trend of networks pursuing stability despite underwhelming ratings this fall.

ABC has ordered seven episodes of “Samantha Who?,” less than the typical nine. That doesn't necessarily indicate lack of confidence in the show, which averages 10.5 million viewers a week.

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Spotted …

Nature Boy Ric Flair sitting courtside Monday night at the Bobcats game alongside former Celtics great M.L. Carr.

Birthdays

Former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, 92. Actress Doris Roberts, 78. First lady Laura Bush, 62. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin, 48. Actor Ralph Macchio, 47. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, 46. Actor Matthew McConaughey, 39. Rapper-producer Sean “Puffy” Combs, 39. Actress Heather Tom, 33.

This day in history Nov. 4

1922: The entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in Egypt.

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