‘Curb Appeal’ co-host killed

A co-host of the HGTV show “Curb Appeal” has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.

The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.

Beckwith was one of the three hosts of “Curb Appeal,” which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.

HGTV says in a statement that his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life will be missed.

Police say Beckwith suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the car that struck him is cooperating with the investigation.

Diana gown snags $167,000

A lavish white and gold ballet-inspired ball gown worn by Princess Diana has fetched $167,000 at a London auction.

Kerry Taylor Auction said the strapless gown, which features gold sequins, rhinestones and pearl beads, was not designed for Diana – but the royal chose it herself from a collection by her favorite designers, the Emanuels.

The auction house said Diana wore the dress, which came with a matching headband and optional sleeves, on various occasions.

It said the dress’ auction price exceeded initial estimates and went to an unidentified museum abroad.

Dancer gets 6 years in attack

Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in an acid attack on the ballet’s artistic director, after a trial that at times made it seem as if the victim was the one in the dock.

Over the course of the monthlong trial, dancers lined up either to defend Sergei Filin, who lost much of his sight as a result of the attack, or condemn him as the source of vicious backstage bickering.

Judge Yelena Maximova also sentenced ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky to 10 years for splashing the acid in Filin’s face, and his driver Andrei Lipatov to four years.

The three were also ordered to pay about $106,000 in damages to Filin.

Joel to be artist-in-residence

Billy Joel and Madison Square Garden announced a historic agreement Tuesday morning, making Joel the first artist-in-residence at a major arena.

The first of the new concerts will be May 9 – his 65th birthday. “There’s no better venue in the world,” said Joel. “I’m honored to be part of the Madison Square Garden family.”

“Billy tells the New York story because Billy is the New York story,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, at the Garden for the announcement.

Though artist residencies have become increasingly common in Las Vegas, where Garth Brooks and soon Britney Spears will have regular shows, they have yet to be tried at major arenas, especially ones with schedules as packed as the Garden’s sports-and-concert-filled slate.