Prince gets honorary degree

A Transylvanian university said Prince Charles received an honorary degree for his devotion to Romania at the start of a private visit to the East European country.

The rector of Cluj’s Babes-Bolyai University, Ioan Aurel Popa, bestowed the “doctor honoris causa” distinction on the prince Monday for his role as “a real protector of Transylvania and Romania.”

Charles, who is enamored of Romania, told students and professors gathered for the ceremony that he was enticed by the “hilly, woody and fertile landscape,” he encountered in Transylvania 20 years ago.

He owns two properties in the northwest Transylvania region, which he visits yearly.

In March, he made a three-day official visit to Romania on behalf of the British government.

Foundation’s home damaged

A South Carolina home used by Leeza Gibbons’ foundation to help people taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and other chronic illnesses has been damaged by a severe storm.

Authorities said high winds Sunday uprooted a tree that fell on the Columbia home, damaging several rooms. No one was inside.

The home is owned by Leeza’s Care Connection, a foundation created by the South Carolina television personality.

Gibbons says she created the foundation 14 years ago as a promise to her mother made after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

In a Facebook message, Leeza’s Care Connection says it will have to suspend operations while repairs are being made, but promised to reopen stronger than ever.

De Niro gives graduates advice

Robert De Niro says that “in movie terms,” the country was once “an inspiring uplifting drama” but now has turned into “a tragic dumb-ass comedy.”

The two-time Oscar-winning actor spoke to Brown University graduates Sunday at the Ivy League school’s commencement ceremonies in Providence, R.I. He urged them to “work to stop the insanity” and to strive to make the world better.

De Niro received an honorary doctorate of fine arts.

Actor and rapper Daveed Diggs, who won a Tony Award for his role in the phenomenon Hamilton, also was among those who received honorary degrees. Diggs told the graduates that the country needs their new ideas “because the old ones have made a mess of things.”