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BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Kirk and Anne Douglas said "I do" for the second time in 50 years at a hilltop mansion, renewing the marriage vows the couple first took when they eloped to Las Vegas in 1954.

The couple reaffirmed their commitment Sunday before 300 friends and family members in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the famed Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, said Kirk Douglas' longtime publicist Warren Cowan.

The elegant, Gothic landmark is often used as a set for movies and television programs.

Guests included former first lady Nancy Reagan, Merv Griffin, Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Vidal Sassoon and Anjelica Huston.

As Anne Douglas, 74, walked down the aisle, musicians switched from the first bars of the wedding march to Sammy Cahn's "Love and Marriage."

The star of "Spartacus" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" walked to the rose-adorned chupah, a canopy, to the strains of "I'm in the Mood for Love."

The couple first married on Kirk Douglas' day off while he was filming "20,000 Leagues," said Cowan, who was the best man at that wedding.

"The two met in Paris. She was here on a visa and was about to go back. He didn't want to take a chance of losing her," Cowan said. "So they went to Vegas."

The Douglases' son, Peter, his wife and four children attended the ceremony, as did one of Kirk Douglas' sons from his first marriage, producer Joel Douglas.

His other two sons from his first marriage, actors Eric and Michael, were unable to attend. Michael Douglas was accompanying his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is filming a new movie in Europe, Cowan said.

During the celebration, Douglas sang his wife a song he'd written. The title was a simple request -- "Please Stay in Love with Me."

Hip-hop matters

DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- The hip-hop generation must educate itself and head to the polls in this fall's election, according to speakers at the Hip-Hop Summit, which drew artists and others from the music industry.

Rap mogul Russell Simmons, whose Hip-Hop Summit Action Network puts on the traveling event, said the young must make a difference in their communities and the world.

"Those of us who work in the hip-hop industry know this is the best generation in the world," Simmons told a crowd of music fans Saturday at the Fox Theatre. "And come November, they are going to see that this is the most powerful generation that the world has seen."

Simmons said the power of hip hop comes from its ability to unite people of different races and religions.

"It's very important that we flex these muscles in November," he said.

The Hip-Hop Team Vote effort holds voter registration drives at summit cities. It recently registered 50,000 voters in Los Angeles and 80,000 in Philadelphia. Midway through Saturday's event, the group said it had signed up at least 70,000 Michigan voters -- including 40,000 in Detroit.

Reggae pioneer funeral

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Dreadlocked musicians, political leaders and mourning fans turned out Saturday for the funeral of legendary reggae producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd.

Dodd, a pioneer of reggae who helped launch the career of Bob Marley and dozens of other artists, died May 4 of an apparent heart attack at his famed Studio One in Kingston. He was 72. The funeral was delayed for weeks while arrangements were made.

To the strains of a gospel choir, some 500 mourners filed through Kingston's Holy Trinity Cathedral past Dodd's casket, which was adorned with album covers of some of his early hits.

"We have lost a great man, a man who made Jamaican music a household name," Rev. Oswald Tie said in his eulogy. "His vision gave rise to the sound that brought Jamaica to the world arena."

Grammy-winning artists Shaggy and Beenie Man attended as well as opposition leader and former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, himself a former record producer.

"He's definitely the father of reggae," said Lampa Oristanio, part owner of One Love records distributors and a native of Rome. "They love Coxsone in Italy. His music was for everybody."

In 1963, Dodd opened Studio One, the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio. Later that year, he was introduced to a singer named Bob Marley, who auditioned for Dodd with his band, the Wailers.

Dodd signed the group to a five-year contract, launching a musical career that would span three decades and take Marley to the heights of international fame.



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