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Elizabeth Smart book in the works

Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is telling her story. St. Martin’s Press bought the rights to the Salt Lake City woman’s memoir. It’s being written by a congressman-elect from Utah, Chris Stewart, who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes. Smart’s publicist says the book won’t just be a story of Smart’s nine months of captivity, but how she turned it into a cause for child advocacy after her improbable rescue by police along a suburban street in March 2003. Smart says she was waiting for the conviction of Brian David Mitchell before collaborating on her story. Mitchell is serving two life sentences for snatching the then-14-year-old Smart from her bedroom at knifepoint.

Anthony helps orphanage

Singer Marc Anthony is coming to the aid of an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. A foundation run by Anthony with music and sports producer Henry Cardenas plans to build a new residence hall, classrooms, and a baseball field for the Children of Christ orphanage in the eastern city of La Romana. Anthony attended the groundbreaking ceremony Friday with his model girlfriend, Shannon de Lima. Anthony’s Maestro Cares Foundation raised $200,000 for the expansion on land donated by a sugar company. The orphanage was founded in 1996 for children who were abused or abandoned or whose parents were unable to care for them.

Elvis watch being sold

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A watch that was one of Elvis Presley’s last Christmas presents and a corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 ‘‘Blond Ambition’’ tour will be featured at a London auction. The watch, estimated to sell for 6,000 pounds ($9,500) or more, is a diamond-set Rolex given to Presley by his longtime manager, Tom Parker. It is engraved, ‘‘Elvis merry Christmas your pal Col. Tom Parker.’’ It was the last Christmas for Presley, who died the following year. Madonna’s corset by Jean-Paul Gaultier is of green silk with conical cups and beaded fringe, embroidered with candy stripes of opalescent sequins and peppermint bugle beads. Christie’s estimates that the corset will sell for at least 10,000 pounds. Christie’s previewed the sale on Friday. The auction will be on Thursday.

Willis donates ski area

‘‘Die Hard’’ star Bruce Willis is saying goodbye to a small ski area in Idaho he’s owned since the 1990s — by donating it to a nonprofit group. Willis said he’s happy with the people from Fairfield, Idaho, who formed a nonprofit to take over operations at Soldier Mountain, the Idaho Statesman reported Thursday. ‘‘I couldn’t be more pleased with the organization that will be responsible for the management of Soldier Mountain Ski Area,’’ Willis said in a statement. ‘‘It was exciting to see that the very people who ski at Soldier care so much about its future.’’ The mountain is still waiting for enough snow to open for the 2012-13 season.

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