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CRYSTAL TURNS HIS TALENTS TO THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Comedian Billy Crystal, a former Academy Awards host, has turned his skills to a different audience -- the Special Olympics."It will be an honor to pay tribute and help celebrate the achievements of some very gifted athletes from around the world," Crystal said this week. "It is thrilling to take part in an event that plays such an important role in promoting pride and self-worth in some truly remarkable people."

The Special Olympics World Summer Games open June 26 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

2 PUERTO RICANS MAKE IT TO TOP OF THE POP CHARTS

Now living her own vida loca, Jennifer Lopez has returned to her family's native Puerto Rico to wow her many fans.

Lopez was on the Caribbean island Wednesday to promote her new English-language album, "On the Six," which features a duet with Puerto Rican salsa singer Marc Anthony.

The 28-year-old actress-turned-singer autographed copies of her album and met with fans at a mall in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon during her brief visit.

Ricky Martin, another Puerto Rican artist, now trails Lopez's "If You Had My Love" on the Billboard pop singles chart. Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" was previously at No. 1.

"This is the first time I can remember that two Puerto Rican artists have achieved this, first and second place, both male and female categories," said Lourdes Laboy, a promotions manager for Sony Music. "In Puerto Rico, that's really something."

SHUE UNDERGOES SURGERY ON HER ACHILLES TENDON

Actress Elisabeth Shue is recovering following surgery to repair an Achilles tendon torn during a gym workout. She was injured Monday and had surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles, said her spokesman, Steven Huvane.

Shue had been filming "The Hollow Man," a science fiction film, in which she plays a scientist working on serum that makes people invisible. The schedule has been rearranged to shoot around Shue while producers wait to see how long it will take her to recover.

GINGRICH TO JOIN FELLOWS AT THE HOOVER INSTITUTION

Newt Gingrich has been appointed a Hoover Institution fellow.

The former House speaker will focus on technology, society and public policy at the conservative think tank that was founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover and is located at Stanford University.

"I am delighted to join the fellows at the Hoover Institution," he said. "I look forward to exploring the entrepreneurship and innovation of Silicon Valley and relating its successes to the direction public policy should take in the information age."