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Hong Kong pop star Jordan Chan (陳小春) was injured in a car crash yesterday in which his vehicle was flipped upside down, but has been discharged from a hospital, a hospital spokeswoman and local media said.

Chan's accident is suspected to have been caused by another driver who cut into his lane suddenly, local station Cable TV reported.

TV footage showed Chan's black car upside down, with a window shattered, and Chan in a neck brace. Cable TV said Chan was able to leave his vehicle on his own after the accident.

Chan was later shown leaving the hospital, walking unaided and without a neck brace.

A hospital spokeswoman who spoke on customary condition of anonymity said Chan spent about an hour at the hospital.

``The level of his injury is such that he could be discharged,'' the spokeswoman said, declining to give further details.

A police spokeswoman said she didn't have immediate information on the car crash. Calls to Chan's record label went unanswered.

Like many Hong Kong stars, Chan juggles singing and acting careers. His screen credits include Initial D, Throw Down and Shopaholics.

Meanwhile, about 200 Kiss fans protested in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to demand that the band be inducted into the hall.

Fans, some from as far away as California, carried signs Saturday and had painted their faces in black-and-white to resemble Kiss band members.

Those participating in the half-hour demonstration were upset that the band, formed more than 30 years ago, has not been admitted, even though it has been eligible since the late 1990s.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.

A spokesman for the museum, which is located in Cleveland, Ohio, said it was the first demonstration by fans seeking to have a group inducted.

Unlike Kiss, Madonna is always reinventing herself. In her latest role, she is a humanitarian with an ambitious plan to care for orphans in the African country of Malawi.

"For the last few years now that I have children and now that I have what I consider to be a better perspective on life I have felt responsible for the children of the world," the 47-year-old pop star tells Time magazine in an issue that hits newsstands today. The singer has two children, a daughter, Lourdes, 9, and a son, Rocco, 5.

"I've been doing bits and bobs about it and I suppose I was looking for a big, big project I could sink my teeth into," she says.

Madonna plans to raise at least US$3 million for programs to support orphans in Malawi, and is giving US$1 million to fund a documentary about the plight of children there.

She has also teamed up with developing-world economic leader Jeffrey Sachs on programs to improve the health, agriculture and economy of a village in Malawi, and she's met with former US President Bill Clinton about bringing low-cost medicines to the area.

But perhaps Madonna is taking the sacrifice thing too seriously.

Religious leaders in Italy have criticized her for wearing a crown of thorns and singing while hanging from a mirrored cross during her Confessions world tour concerts. She was scheduled to perform yesterday in Rome.

In an e-mail, the singer's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said: "Madonna does not think Jesus would be mad at her, as his teaching of loving thy neighbor and tolerance is Madonna's message as well."

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