Naked Paris Hilton Dares to Keep Kids Off Booze

Celebutant Paris Hilton can add dead naked spokesmodel to her resume.

The socialite will campaign against underage drinking next week ... or at least a likeness of her will.

A new sculpture by artist Daniel Edwards portrays the "Simple Life" star dead — lying stone cold on an autopsy exam table with her Chihuahua Tinkerbell at her side.

Edwards will unveil "Paris Hilton Autopsy" at a Brooklyn, N.Y., art gallery May 12. Removable innards and a public service announcement will warn prom-goers about the perils of drunk driving, according to a statement from the gallery, Capla Kesting Fine Art.

Hilton was arrested last year for driving under the influence. She pleaded no contest in January to the lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving.

Edwards is best known for his sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug.

In addition to the Paris sculpture, a Web site,, has been launched along with a contest to see who can write the best Paris Hilton obituary. Hot!

Yo Quiero Taco Justice

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Crime-solving does not get much spicier than this.

The owner of a Mexican restaurant is offering 500 tacos for information that leads to the arrest of the person who stole about $3,000.

"We're offering a food reward because all the cash got taken," said Joe Cottam, owner of Melina's Fine Mexican Restaurant.

Someone broke through a glass door and stole cash and checks that had been prepared for deposit, said Cottam, who discovered the theft April 24.

With tacos priced at more than $2, the reward is worth about $1,200, he said.

Poof! The Magician's Work Suddenly Disappeared

TOKYO (AP) — A group of Japanese magicians sued TV broadcasters on Tuesday for revealing the secrets behind a series of coin tricks, a news report said.

Forty-nine magicians are seeking a total of $16,000 in damages from Nippon Television Network Corp. and TV Asahi Corp. for airing shows last year that revealed how magicians perform tricks involving coins, according to Kyodo News agency.

In a suit filed with the Tokyo District Court, the magicians claimed the programs infringed on their common property, Kyodo said.

The broadcasters "instantly deprived professional magicians of their assets" built up through the accumulation of ideas and long-term practice, it quoted magician Shintaro Fujiyama as telling a news conference.

Magic and illusion shows are highly popular in Japan.

Career Criminal Happens to Have Perfect Driving Record

MEBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A notorious criminal boasted about his clean driving record when he appeared in an Australian court Tuesday on a traffic offense.

Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read — a career criminal who has written best-selling books about his exploits — was fined $250 when he pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to a charge of careless driving. He had backed his pickup truck into a parked car.

His lawyer, Bernie Balmer, told the court it was a "wonderful day" because his 53-year-old client — who has spent half his adult life in prison — had no prior convictions relevant to the traffic offense.

Magistrate Catherine Lamble could not take into account his extensive criminal record — which includes kidnapping a judge at gunpoint and wounding an associate with a gunshot to the stomach — because it did not reflect on his driving.

Read, who was nicknamed "Chopper" after slicing off his own ears in prison, has claimed in a series of autobiographical books to have killed 19 underworld figures. Critics say his writings grossly exaggerate his crimes.

He was the subject of the acclaimed 2000 movie "Chopper," which starred Australian actor Eric Bana.

Snake Charmer Feels Long Fang of the Law

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A woman accused of holding police at bay by brandishing poisonous snakes was sentenced to house arrest and probation.

"I just wasn't in the right frame of mind that night," said Terry Jackson, 36, at her sentencing Monday.

Officers were trying to prevent the despondent woman from harming herself with a hunting knife when the confrontation took place Oct. 25, police said.

Jackson picked up two western diamondback rattlesnakes, a pigmy rattlesnake and two copperheads to try to keep police from taking her into custody, authorities said.

Jackson, who was raising the snakes for laboratories, received several bites during the standoff and was taken to a hospital after police subdued her with a stun gun.

The snakes were later donated to a zoo in Hershey.

Jackson pleaded no contest in March to one count of reckless endangerment. She was sentenced to two years' probation and will spend the first six months of her sentence under house arrest. She must also receive drug and alcohol counseling.

She said she was beset by alcohol abuse and family problems and had wanted to kill herself.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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