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Chicago street named 'Oprah Winfrey Way'

What do you get the woman who has everything and has given away just about everything?

On Wednesday, outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley gave another departing Chicago institution, Oprah Winfrey , a civic version of a parting gift: Her own street.

Daley, who will leave office next week after more than 22 years, honored Winfrey by naming a block in front of Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way." Winfrey is ending her own two-decade-plus run as host of her Chicago-based television show.

"Your presence in Chicago has been a gift," Daley said, moments before the cover was pulled off the sign that stands in front of the studio's main entrance, calling Winfrey "a great ambassador for our city."

Winfrey was equally effusive about Daley and her adopted hometown.

"I just want to say thank you to the mayor and also to the city of Chicago for embracing me and allowing me to take a stand and make a stand here in this city," said Winfrey.

Brooks to base Twitter presence on book sales

NEW YORK —Albert Brooks is a regular on Twitter, but he says his continued presence there depends on sales of his new book, "2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America."

The comedian began tweeting about six weeks ago to promote the novel, in which Brooks gives his own version of the nation's not-too-distant future. In it, the young and old are at odds, the country has a half-Jewish president and health care costs are astronomical.

Brooks acknowledges his tweets are "like a commercial" but says he at least "tries to be amusing."

As to whether he'll continue, Brooks says that depends on whether followers actually buy the book.

If they do, he promises a reward of "more comedy tweeting." If not, Brooks says, "I am so gone."

Grant weighed as Sheen's replacement

LOS ANGELES —Hugh Grant has been weighing a big move: replacing the fired Charlie Sheen on CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

A person familiar with the situation said Wednesday the British film actor was in negotiations to join the sitcom as its new leading man. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because producer Warner Bros. and CBS hadn't authorized public comment, said the talks had stalled without resolution.

But it was unclear whether Grant's hiring was a closed issue, the person said. Reports that Grant had been offered $1 million an episode were inaccurate, the person said, adding any Sheen replacement would be paid less than that. Sheen was among TV's highest-paid actors at a reported $1.8 million an episode.

Lohan says she's glad theft case is resolved

LOS ANGELES —Lindsay Lohan says she is glad to put a necklace theft case behind her and hopes other people will too.

The actress said in a statement released by the producers of her next film that she has started fulfilling her community service requirements at a Los Angeles women's shelter.

The statement quotes Lohan as saying "I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of me."

The actress must complete 300 hours at the women's center and still faces a 120-day jail sentence after pleading no contest Wednesday to taking a $2,500 necklace in January without permission.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actor Harvey Keitel , 72... actress Zoe Wanamaker , 62... singer Stevie Wonder , 61... actor-comedian Stephen Colbert , 47... singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish), 45... contemporary Christian musician Andy Williams (Casting Crowns), 39... actor Robert Pattinson , 25... actor Hunter Parrish , 24.

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