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‘Trek’ star charged in DWI


Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the new “Star Trek” movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

Court officials said Wednesday that the 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday.

New Zealand police said in a statement that a 33-year-old American man was charged March 1 with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. The blood-alcohol limit in New Zealand is 0.08 percent.

Police did not name the man but said he was stopped during a routine early morning check near the South Island town of Methven.

Poetry prize

A former Baltimore factory worker has won some life-changing money. Not from the lottery, but for poetry.

Claremont Graduate University in Southern California announced Wednesday that 62-year-old Afaa Michael Weaver of Somerville, Mass., has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book of verse “The Government of Nature.”

The prize, one of the richest handed out for poetry in the U.S., goes annually to a midcareer poet.

Winfrey book due

Oprah Winfrey’s latest book project is a collection of magazine columns by a writer she knows quite well: Oprah Winfrey.

“What I Know for Sure” features the monthly essays Winfrey has written for O, the Oprah Magazine, over the past 14 years. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday that “What I Know for Sure” will come out Sept. 2.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 75. Actor William H. Macy is 64. Comedian Robin Duke is 60. Actress Dana Delaney is 58. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is 52. Actress Annabeth Gish is 43. Actress Tracy Wells is 53. Rapper Common is 42. Singer Glenn Lewis is 39. Actor Danny Masterson is 38.