NEWS LITE : FLOWERS IN VEGAS GETTING LAST LAUGH.
Flowers, who's chasing a singing career on the Vegas strip, performed at the Electronic Retailing Association's annual conference at the MGM Grand Hotel. Yeah, she's in the big time. Among the ditties she warbled: ``Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?''
Flowers insisted she had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton and was branded a liar and a tart by Clinton's camp. She's now calling herself a rhythm-and-blues singer and moved to Las Vegas about a month ago.
Asked if her notoriety over her affair with Clinton might help boost her show-biz career, Flowers said: ``Obviously, it's something that can't be ignored, but at the same time, it's something that needs to be handled tastefully and with dignity.''
Romantic novelist not hot stuff to ex
Georgia Ann Waller, whose ex-husband, Robert James Waller, left her for a younger woman after making millions writing the awful ``Bridges of Madison County,'' said the man actually had the nerve to ask her for permission to carry on the illicit affair. Waller, 59, took up with the younger forewoman on their Texas ranch. Georgia Waller, 56, told More magazine she did not find the suggestion particularly romantic and filed for divorce, finalized days before their 36th wedding anniversary. But there were some dandy consolation prizes: She reportedly got half of his $11 million fortune and the ranch.
Brown to turn self in for five-day stay
Singer Bobby Brown is expected to drop his appeal and serve a five-day sentence for drunk driving.
His attorney, Robert Buonauro, said Brown will turn himself in to the Broward County, Fla., jail within a few days. ``This is a decision he reached with his family,'' Buonauro said in Friday's editions of the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. ``He wants to put this behind him.''
Brown, 31, was convicted last year and sentenced in January to five days in jail and 12 months' probation.
His license also was suspended for a year, he was fined $500 and directed to spend 30 days in a residential drug- and alcohol-treatment center, undergo random drug testing, attend DUI school and perform 100 hours of community service.
Murdoch selling his Beverly Hills home
Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp. chairman who is divorcing his wife, Anna, has put his Beverly Hills estate on the block for $19.5 million.
Wilderness hero Canada hails U.S. teen
for bravery against bear
The last time Kelly McConnell was in Canada, he was nearly killed trying in vain to prevent a bear from fatally mauling his mother.
The 14-year-old from Paris, Texas, was back Friday to receive one of Canada's highest awards for bravery. Honored along with him, posthumously, was the Canadian man who died saving Kelly's life by wrestling the bear off the wounded boy.
Kelly and Ray Kitchen's widow were presented with the Star of Courage medal by Canada's governor-general, Romeo LeBlanc, during a ceremony at the Citadel, a historic fortress in Quebec City.
The star-shaped silver-and-gold medal is awarded for ``acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril'' - which certainly applied to the events of Aug. 14, 1997, at a campground in northern British Columbia.
Patti McConnell, 37, and her two children were moving from Texas to Alaska, and had stopped for the night at Laird Hot Springs Provincial Park near the Yukon border.
Kelly and his mother were walking in the park when they came upon an underfed, ravenous male black bear munching plants along a pathway. Unprovoked, the bear charged Patti McConnell and threw her to the ground.
Kelly, 13 at the time, grabbed a stick and began hitting the bear until it turned on him.
Alerted by screams, Kitchen, 56, rushed to the scene and hit the bear in the face with a stick to try to force it away from Kelly. When that failed, Kitchen jumped on the animal's back.
Five other men from the campground arrived to help, hitting the bear with sticks, while a Felton, Calif., woman, Ingrid Bailey, tended to Kelly's wounds. Another camper shot and killed the bear moments later.
But the reinforcements were too late to save either Patti McConnell or Kitchen, whose head was severed by the bear's claws.
Lewinsky not seen as victim, dateable
Finally, here is a look at how Americans think about some of the more pressing questions swirling about the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair, from new polls taken by Time-CNN and Fox:
Which of these two views of Monica Lewinsky describes her better. She is:
A victim - someone who was taken advantage of by her boss: 10 percent.
An opportunist - someone who wanted to have sex with Clinton because he is president: 77 percent.
Which one of the following do you think has the dirtiest mind:
Bill Clinton: 34 percent.
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr: 25 percent.
Monica Lewinsky: 21 percent.
All of them: 7 percent.
If you were a single man, is Monica Lewinsky someone you would consider dating, or not?
Yes: 10 percent.
No: 85 percent.
Do you think it is acceptable for the president to lie under oath about his sexual behavior?
Yes: 18 percent.
No: 73 percent.
What do you think the chances are of Bill and Monica getting together again?
Very likely: 6 percent.
Somewhat likely: 11 percent.
Not very likely: 13 percent.
Not at all likely: 65 percent.
News Lite is compiled by Karen Duffy from Daily News staff and wire reports
PHOTO (1) Kelly McConnell, 14, receives Canada's Star of Courage on Saturday in Quebec.