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Celebrity chef charged

Celebrity chef Todd English has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in New York.

Police in Southampton say English, 54, was arrested at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Long Island.

Authorities say he posted $1,500 bail at Southampton Town Justice Court.

An email to English’s representative wasn’t immediately returned.

The chef’s full name is William Todd English. He has opened a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs, and Fish Club. He’s also been a regular on television programs including “Iron Chef USA.”

He has written several cookbooks and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for excellence in cuisine.

Rivers’ family hopeful

Joan Rivers’ loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement, thanking people who have expressed support for the 81-year-old comedian.

Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a day after she spoke at an employee event at Time Inc. in New York.

Spectators there said she had appeared to be well.

Rivers is the host of “Fashion Police” on E! and presides over an online talk show, “In Bed With Joan.” She also co-stars with her daughter on the WEtv reality show “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”

Two of her “Fashion Police” co-stars tweeted their well-wishes to Joan Rivers and her family Saturday.

“Praying for Joan Rivers and Mel Rivers,” Giuliana Rancic tweeted. “Even though Joan’s the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan.”

“4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight!” Kelly Osbourne wrote. “I encourage U 2 do the same 4 Joan Rivers my grandma!”

Refreshing change

It’s pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it – getting his dousing in the center of North Korea’s capital.

Pras had two buckets of ice water dumped on his head along Pyongyang’s Taedong River on Sunday, much to the surprise and bewilderment – and laughter – of North Koreans out for a stroll or some fishing on their day off.

The American rapper and documentary filmmaker said he wanted to join in the immensely popular charity challenge and thought Pyongyang – where the ice bucket craze is unknown – would be the perfect place to do it.

“I thought I’d put a little twist to it,” he told the Associated Press. “When we go to places, my crew, we stick out. You can tell instantly these guys aren’t from this neck of the woods. But the people have been good to us.”

He said he passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill and Britain’s Prince Harry.

— From News wire services