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carol alt arrives for court

47-year-old Carol Alt is finally comfortable in her own skin, and she's baring it all in the December issue of Playboy.

The legendary supermodel chose to pose nude to spotlight the raw food lifestyle she credits for her physique.

“I’ve done a lot of soul-searching about this and have spoken extensively with Playboy about it. They have been amazing to work with and are embracing this message that I want to get across, which is eat healthy, look healthy and be healthy,” Alt said in an article for her Web site. “It doesn’t matter what age you are. You can look sexy and feel great, and that doesn’t have to be a gift only for the young. It can be a gift for any age, even the old (whatever that is nowadays).”

Alt, who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue and on NBC's TV show "Celebrity Apprentice," with Donald Trump, is suing ex-husband Ron Greschner, a former hockey player for the New York Rangers, over disputed earnings from the sale of a company they invested in.

Alt brought the $1 million suit against Greschner after seeing him in January 2007 at a Rangers game and inquiring about their joint investment in a water filtration business.

In court, Alt said she had completely trusted Greschner, who handled her finances until 1999, to be fair in their divorce settlement.

"I loved Ronnie always," Alt testified. "He was lovely with me. I had no reason to worry. He was the most important person in my adult life."

Alt returned to the courtroom teary-eyed after her testimony and commented, "It was just very emotional."

"I trusted this man. I loved him and revered him, and it's like a death," she said.

Greschner, 53, chuckled softly when told of Alt's comments.

"I'm past it," he said. "I've got kids and things I'm doing. I wish her all the best with what she's doing in life."

When asked what he thought of his ex-wife posing nude for Playboy, Greschner coldly remarked "I have no interest in seeing a 50-year-old woman naked," adding, "My wife right now is 40 and hot, after five kids."

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Posted by Missy
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Oh brother....country singer Jessica Simpson was scheduled to be in New York last night to sing "Happy Birthday" to Elmo at Macy's 150th anniversary party.  She was way more than fashionably late, citing the weather as her excuse.  She arrived just as the gig was wrapping up.

When the singer finally arrived at the event, which was attended by celebrities Eva Mendes, Tommy Hilfiger and Martha Stewart, she was very apologetic.  Jessica lamented:  "I wish I could be God and control the weather."

If that wasn't bad enough, she went on to say that her boyfriend Tony Romo had hoped that she would not be able to make the event because he had planned a special evening for the two of them.  In true Jessica fashion, she told People magazine: "Tony was just praying that I wouldn't make it out.  I'm like, 'Honey, I have to go.'"

Blah!  We're guessing that Elmo was thrilled that the singer didn't sing.  Word has it, he had earplugs in his pocket just in case.

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This could be classified as the dumbest story of the day we are sure...but, Hulk Hogan and Linda Bollea are back at it and this time it has to do with a Rolls Royce and Hulks fears that Linda's 19 year old boy toy Charley Hill will drive it and wreck it.

As part of their divorce proceedings, it had been decided that the couples Rolls-Royce would stay in storage until their shared marital assets were divided up.

Linda must feel differently about the ruling because Hulk and his lawyer got word that Bollea called to have the car prepped to be driven.  What does that mean?  A wash, gas?

The problem is that the insurance that is taken out on the car is "woefully inadequate" and the Hulk is concerned that if his ex's 19 year old boyfriend takes the car for a joy ride the car could be put at risk.

He's right.   Look what happened to his son Nick Hogan, who was just released from jail after he used bad judgment in a fast car and wound up causing great bodily harm to John Graziano, who is now permanently disabled.

Stick to your guns Hulk.  It's got the making of disaster written all over it.

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Posted by Meg

Cloris Leachman, 82 year old comedian and actress, has been the bell of the ball on this season's Dancing with the Stars, but she has reached the end of the line.   Leachman, always going for the laugh, allowed herself to be dragged all over the dance floor by her professional partner Corky Ballas, who is considered a Saint by many for his good natured efforts.

Leachman resonated with her voting public who continued to bring her back as other talented celebrities bit the dust.  There were rumors that soap star Susan Lucci was furious when Toni Braxton got the boot while Cloris remained a viable contestant.  Even judge Carrie Ann Inaba was vocal about that twist of fate.

Whether you agreed with her overlong stay on the program, she was amazing in her comedic shtick that provided some great ratings for the show.  It appears it will be all about dancing from here on out.

Thanks for a great ride Cloris.  You Rock!

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Posted by Meg
joaquin phoenix quits acting after two lovers

Oscar nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix has ventured behind the camera, directed music videos, produced movies and television shows and has recorded an album, the sound track to Walk the Line.   He has announced that Two Lovers will be his final film.  He's quitting acting.

He played Johnny Cash in the 2005 film Walk the Line and was nominated for six awards and won three, including a Golden Globe, and a Grammy.   He won a People's Choice award for his 2007 role in We Own the Night.

At the Paul Newman benefit, he told Extra's Jerry Penacole, "I want to take this opportunity to give you the exclusive that this is my last performance as an actor.  I'm not doing films anymore."  Penacole said, "Are you serious?"  Phoenix responded, "Yeah, I'm working on my music.  I'm done."

Casey Affleck was with Phoenix during this exchange with the Extra reporter.  Penacole asked him, "I take it that he's kidding."  Affleck said, "I don't think he's kidding.  He's got music and stuff."   Extra called Phoenix' rep to verify the story.  His response was, "That's what he told me."

The actor is recording an album with Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans.  Phoenix wrote the songs that will be sung by Anthony Langdon.

Joaquin's brother River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993 outside The Viper Room, a nightclub owned by Johnny Depp.    The 911 tape recording of Joaquin calling for help was played over the air waves in a steady stream that sent the actor out of the public eye for over a year before he was coaxed back into acting.

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Posted by Andrea
rashid khalidi

Rashid Khalidi


In a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Barack Obama is seen praising radical Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi.

The video was taken at at a farewell dinner for Khalidi, Obama's colleague at the University of Chicago, before his departure for Columbia University in New York in 2003.

The LA Times, which endorsed Barack Obama for president on October 19, published their own account of the events that occurred on the videotape in a story written by Peter Wallsten in April.

The Times refuses to release the videotape, leading many to speculate that the paper is purposely suppressing the tape of the event, which was reportedly attended by former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

The McCain campaign is now demanding that the Times release the video, saying it could, among other things, show how Obama responded to a poem recited at the party accusing Israel of "terrorism" and warning of consequences for U.S. support for Israel, which McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb described as "hate speech."

"A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi," said Goldfarb.

"The election is one week away, and it's unfortunate that the press so obviously favors Barack Obama that this campaign must publicly request that the Los Angeles Times do its job — make information public," he said.

Obama has distanced himself from Khalidi in recent months, saying, "He is not one of my advisers. He's not one of my foreign policy people," adding, "He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel's policy."

But according to the Times, Obama said in his toast that he hoped his relationship with Khalidi would continue even after the professor left Chicago. "It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqT_6jrg8wE


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Posted by Missy
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Los Angeles Court Commissioner Reva Goetz has named Jamie Spears permanent conservator of his daughters affairs, and he and attorney Andrew Wallet were named permanent co-conservators of Britney Spears estate.  The men will be in control of her business affairs and career opportunities.

Samuel Ingham, Brit's court appointed lawyer, said that he had spoken to the celebrity on several occasions and that she did not object to her father being named permanent conservator.  She will likely have greater access to her sons because the court considers permanent conservatorship a safety net.

This latest development in Britney's life does not mean that this will be forever.  The status will remain in place until Spears is deemed ready to take back control.  In many cases it is just a formality to avoid having to renew a temporary status over and over again.

Either way, good for Britney for knowing that she is not ready to take over control of her affairs.

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Posted by Andrea
 leah walsh

29-year-old Leah Walsh, a Long Island teacher at a school for autistic children, has been missing since 6:30 a.m. Monday after her husband told police he had received a text message from her saying she had a flat tire.

Police found her car, a 2005 Ford Focus, on the side of the road, with her purse nearby.

Lucas Bean, 32, a close friend of Walsh, said she texted him Sunday night on her way home from her parents' house after a "huge fight" with her husband.

"She was telling me that things are not going to work out with her and her husband and she had to tell me something very important, but she needed to wait til she got out of the car with him," he said.

"She was in the car with him texting to me so that was Sunday night and they were in a huge fight."

That was the last Bean, who lives in Los Angeles, heard from the young woman.

Leah's husband, William Walsh, handed out photos of his wife to reporters on Tuesday and made a "tearful but somewhat bizarre plea for her return."

"You can have my cars. You can have everything," he said. "I just want my wife back."

Police are treating Walsh's disappearance as a missing persons case, not an abduction.

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bridget marquardt holly madison and kendra wilkinson at playboy

Kendra Wilkinson says Hugh Hefner's new girlfriends should be more thankful for the opportunity they have been given.

"There will only be the original Girls Next Door," she told E! before the annual Halloween Party at the Playboy Mansion. "We built this show. We worked our butts off to be here. Now these girls are coming in afterwards. We've made this for them, and I'd appreciate it if they'd be a little bit more thankful... I don't feel like they're thankful."

E! caught up with Hef's exes," Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt, as the newly single ladies prepare for life after the Mansion.

Cameras then turn to Hef, with his new girlfriends, Amy Leigh Andrews, Crystal McCahill and twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon.  When asked how the transition is going and if everyone is getting along, the Playboy mogul says "Absolutely, because it's real love and, you know, it's lasted for a long time and you get to a place where, you know, there are understandable transitions."

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Posted by Andrea
 senator dianne wilkerson

Massachusetts state Senator Dianne Wilkerson was arrested by the FBI on public corruption charges Tuesday morning following an 18-month undercover investigation.

The Democratic Senator was caught on tape stuffing bribe money into her bra and taking payoffs to push through a Roxbury nightclub liquor license. She is being charged with attempted extortion and theft of honest services as a state senator, stemming from a money-for-legislation sting operation.

Wilkerson stands accused of accepting eight bribes, totaling $23,500, in exchange for her influence on Beacon Hill.

The complaint alleges that:

In exchange for payment, Wilkerson pressured the Boston Licensing Board, the mayor and the City Council and held up pending legislation in the Senate, including legislation increasing the salaries of the Boston Licensing Board.
Wilkerson ultimately introduced legislation to increase the number of liquor licenses available in Boston, and then manipulated the timing of that legislation at the request of undercover agents.

Between June 2007 and March 2008, Wilkerson took $8,500 in cash payments from an undercover agent and a cooperating witness to assist in obtaining a liquor license for the Dejavu nightclub in Roxbury.

Wilkerson proposed that an undercover agent, posing as an out-of-state businessman, become involved in the development of a piece of state property in Roxbury.

Wilkerson proposed legislation that directly designated a property to a private entity for development in order to avoid the ordinary bidding process.


Senate Republicans called for Wilkerson's resignation today as word spread that she had been arrested on federal corruption charges.

"This has moved far beyond the sad transgressions of her past," Senate Majority Leader Richard R. Tisei said in a statement. "The latest charges brought against Senator Wilkerson rise to a whole new level, and significantly tarnish the reputation not only of the Massachusetts Senate, but government as a whole."

Wilkerson has been embroiled in her fair share of scandals during her 15 years in office, including tax evasion.

If convicted, the senator could face up to 20 years in prison on each count.

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