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'Mayor' gives Justin Bieber a street

The 11-year-old "mayor for a day" of a Dallas-area city knows what her first major act in office will be: Renaming part of Main Street for teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.

A temporary sign for "Justin Bieber Way" went up Tuesday during a ceremony in Forney, Texas.

City Manager Brian Brooks says the request came from 11-year-old Caroline Gonzalez. She won a contest meant to get young people interested in municipal government. She's active in student council, recycling and community service projects.

Brooks says city officials weren't able to reach Bieber to invite him to Forney, which is about 15 miles east of Dallas.

The tween politician's act won't cost the community much. Officials say the sign was made for about $20 and would only be displayed Tuesday.

Canceling 'Kate'

TLC says it is canceling "Kate Plus 8." The reality specials focusing on Kate Gosselin, her twin daughters and set of sextuplets morphed into a weekly series in its second season. But TLC announced Monday that its final episode will air Sept. 12.

The show was spun off from the wildly popular "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which co-starred the youngsters' father, Jon Gosselin, at their home in Wernersville, Pa. Their marriage dissolved, and the couple divorced in 2009.

By the end of its run, including "Jon & Kate Plus 8," the series will reach the 150-episode mark. TLC says it hopes to check in with Kate Gosselin and the family periodically with future specials.

'The Help' suit foiled

Did Kathryn Stockett use her brother's African-American maid as the basis for a character in the bestselling novel-turned-movie "The Help?"

For now, that question may go unanswered, by a court anyway.

A Mississippi judge threw out a lawsuit Tuesday in which Ablene Cooper alleged Stockett used her likeness without permission in a book about relationships between white families and their black maids in the segregated South of the 1960s.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green granted a motion for summary judgment, dismissing the case because a one-year statute of limitations elapsed between when Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and when the lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 84 . . . Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski, 78 . . . actor-director Robert Redford, 75 . . . actor-comedian Martin Mull, 68 . . . comedian Elayne Boosler, 59 . . . actor Denis Leary, 54 . . . actress Madeleine Stowe, 53 . . . hip-hop artist Everlast, 42 . . . actor Christian Slater, 42 . . . actor Edward Norton, 42 . . . actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 41

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