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Sarah Palin's niece just made a quick bundle of cash by selling a pair of size 7.5 red Naughty Monkey Double-Dare heels on eBay.  The first time seller became an eBay member on January 19th and saw her first auction end successfully on January 27, 2009.  She made a cool $2,025 plus $11.95 for shipping and handling.

The Palin relative did not provide her name but does share a recent photo taken with her aunt for the purpose of tying the auction to the governor of Alaska.  Other photos showed Palin at several events, wearing the shoes.  The photos were autographed and the pen that the governor used also goes to the winning bidder.  Palin's niece has also offered the auction winner the option of having Palin sign the shoes.

The high heeled pumps were purchased by Palin for around $100 from Shoefly & Hudson in Juneau, Alaska.  The seller was quick to reiterate that they were not purchased by the RNC, lest anyone jump to the wrong conclusion.  Aunt Sarah reportedly gave the shoes to her niece and appears to have happily gone along with the eBay sale.

The auction starting price was $500.  The governor's high heels garnered 14 bids from seven bidders.  The winner skillfully placed a single bid in the final seconds to beat out the previous leader by $25.  The winner has been an active eBay buyer and seller, with a total of 189 transactions.

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Posted by Andrea
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Janine Sligar, 47, of Wray, Colorado, has been found guilty of sexual abuse of prisoner Eric McClain while working as a prison secretary.

Sligar and McClain met when he was assigned to clean her office in February, 2007.  They began a sexual relationship that ended in October, 2007.

Authorities received a tip about the innapropriate relationship, and a search of Sligar's home uncovered a journal where she detailed the affair, and explicit photographs of the sexual encounters which primarily took place in a staff restroom.

They also learned that Sligar had changed the primary beneficiary on an insurance policy from her children to McClain.

Sligar was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and must register as a sex offender.

The Florence Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) where Sligar was employed consists of three main facilities.  View photos below.

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Posted by Missy
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What is G? had many people scratching their heads over the past month.  The commercial  first aired during the Rose Bowl.  Turns out that it is the new ad campaign for the sports drink Gatorade, to showcase a new look and feel.

Starting tomorrow, February 1st, you can view MissionG.com and check out a new online sports and entertainment website.

Are you interested in knowing what G means to Peyton Manning, Serena WilliamsBill Russell, Misty May-Treanor and Usain Bolt?    Check out what these athletes have to say in the videos below.

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Posted by Missy
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It looks like Ed McMahon has figured out a way to try and get a grip on his financial woes.  The late Johnny Carson's sidekick has struck a deal with Cash4Gold and will be featured in their commercial which will be televised during Super Bowl XLIII.

The TV personality has admitted to People magazine that he has sold stuff around his home for cash.  This meshes nicely with Cash4Gold, which buys jewelery and other precious metal objects.

"I has a lot of old wedding bands.  Let's say they had "mixed" memories associated with them."

McMahon isn't the only celeb that will appear in the commercial.  Expect to see MC Hammer in the commercial spot.  The ad was shot at McMahon's Beverly Hills home.  He still faces possible foreclosure but Ed says that he and his wife Pam are optimistic about the future of the home and believe that whatever happens will be for the best.

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Posted by Meg
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Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears, who is the conservator for his daughter and her business affairs, has gone back to court to obtain restraining orders against the singer's former manager Sam Lutfi, her former paparazzi boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and the lawyer who previously tried to fight the conservatorship, Jon Eardley.

According to Los Angeles Superior Court papers, the three men are not able to come within 250 years of Britney, her property or family members.

Jamie, after reviewing his daughter's cellphone records, discovered that Lutfi and Ghalib were contacting Britney via numerous cellphone calls and text messages.   Jamie believes that Britney was 'innocently' giving them information regarding her schedule.  They, in turn, were tipping off the paparazzi for financial gain.

Lutfi has apparently conveyed to Britney, through her hairdresser in late December, that he is close to breaking the conservatorship bond that has kept Britney under her father's control.    The elder Spears, suspecting that Eardley and Lutfi are again working together in this regard, included the lawyer in his court request for retraining orders.

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Posted by Meg
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Serena Williams is ranked No. 1 after battering Russian third seed Dinara Safina in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 on Saturday night at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.  This is the tennis star's 10th Grand Slam win.  She has been particularly skillful at the Aussie Open event, winning the title in 2003, 2005, 2007 and now 2009.

Williams totally dominated and has won back to back majors.  She took top honors at the U.S. Open championship in September.  The 27 year old said, "I absolutely, clearly, love playing here.  You guys root for me so much.  I don't get that everywhere.  So thank you so much."

Serena is the fifth woman to win four or more Australian titles.  She is the all-time money winner in women's sports, having overtaken Annika Sorenstam.  Williams earned $1.3 million for her win in Australia, bringing her career earnings to a tidy $23.5 million.  Well done Serena.

The sister duo of Serena and Venus Williams also took the doubles title after beating Ai Sugiyama and Daniela Hantuchova in the finals.

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Posted by Meg
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The countdown has begun for Super Bowl XLIII, which takes place on Sunday, February 1, 2009 in sunny Tampa Bay.  We thought we'd give you a heads up on what we all look forward to on game day - the commercial ads.

According to Dick Ebersol, Chairman of NBC Sports, the network sold 85 percent of its ad time by mid-September.  "Considering the state of the economy, we couldn't be more thrilled."

The top corporations are shelling out between $2.4 million and $3 million for each 30 second ad spot.  Executives are mindful that during economic hard times, consumers will give these spendy ads a tremendous amount of scrutiny.  Many corporations are weaving some feel good messages into their ads to shore up the masses.

We've included an advance view of the top commercial spots to be aired on game day.  Those laying out the big bucks include PepsiCo, General Electric, Monsters vs Aliens-3D, Sony Pictures, Audi, and Cars.com.

Others include Pedigree, E-Trade Financial, Corolla, Pixar-Up, CareerBuilder, Paramount, Gatorade and Anheuser-Busch.

Oh, lest we forget - there is another little contest going on between the two top NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.  Kick-off is at 6:25 p.m. ET on NBC.  Enjoy!Check out the Super Bowl XLIII Commercial videos below.

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Posted by Meg
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A 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Puget Sound area of Washington state early Friday morning, January 30, 2009 according to the USGS.  The good news is that surrounding infrastructure seems to have weathered the seismic event without damage.

The quake, at a depth of 36 miles, occurred at 5:25 a.m. and was centered 14 miles northwest of Seattle near Kingston in Kitsap County.

According to DOT spokeswoman Kristy Van Ness, crews remain in the field doing follow-up checks of bridges and other support structures.  Initial examinations were made with flashlights in the dark, with no reports of damage.

The University of Washington is reporting it as a 4.5 quake on the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.   It was felt throughout the Puget Sound area in Western Washington.  There were reports that the quake was felt in Victoria, British Columbia, 71 miles to the north.

Seismic Network director John Vidale said the quake was from the same general source as the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake of Feb. 28, 2001.   That quake disrupted operations at SeaTac International Airport, and damaged the Capitol building in Olympia as well as the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.

Small quakes are common in the Pacific Northwest.  This morning's quake was the largest in Washington since October 2006.

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Posted by Andrea
amy winehouse robbed

Amy Winehouse seemingly can't escape drama in her life.  The troubled songstress, who is currently vacationing in St. Lucia, was robbed early Thursday morning.

Burglars busted down the door of Winehouse's north London apartment and made off with recording equipment and several valuable guitars before police were alerted by a neighbor around 4:00 a.m.

According to her rep, "Amy is upset, of course. But everything can be replaced."

"From her point of view, her favorite guitar is with her in St. Lucia. It was a special present, given her by Universal for winning the Grammy awards last year," he said.

No arrests have been made.

Winehouse, who has been on an extended vacation on the Caribbean island, reportedly saved a woman from drowning last week, and earlier this month declared that she will not allow incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil to divorce her.

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Posted by Andrea
 cecil suwal leaves court

Cecil Suwal, the 24-year-old madam who ran the prostitution ring that brought down Eliot Spitzer, has been sentenced to six months in prison.

The college student pleaded for mercy on Thursday, saying, "It is my aim to prevent others, especially young girls, from making the kind of mistakes that I have made."

In June, a tearful Suwal pleaded guilty to money laundering, conspiracy and conspiracy to promote prostitution.

Suwal ran the Emporerors Club VIP, a $5,500-an-hour escort service, with 63-year-old Mark Brener, where they booked call girls across the globe.

Defense attorney Alberto A. Ebanks claims Brener's psychological domination left Suwal incapable of making independent decisions, saying she even had a tattoo on her body reading "property of Mark Brener."

Suwal met Brener at age 18 when she answered a seemingly innocuous job posting by Brener in a weekly New York paper.

Suwal, a prep-school grad on break from studying advertising at the University of Miami at the time, began a sexual relationship with the then 57-year-old Brener, becoming "his paramour, his companion and ultimately his assistant" at the Emperors Club VIP.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Stein acknowledged that "certain aspects of the defendant's personal history and characteristics mitigate the need for punishment in a compelling way."

"Cecil Suwal devoted nearly four years of her life to promoting prostitution and helping herself and her co-conspirators profit from that activity," Stein wrote in a sentencing memorandum. "During that time, Suwal did no legitimate work and supported herself entirely through crime."

Suwal has since attended college, been involved with charity work, had steady appropriate employment and volunteered for a forensic psychological evaluation.

While the federal judge credited Suwal for going to "extraordinary lengths to put her life back on track," he said it could not erase the fact that she played a central role in the escort service.

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