Barack Obama 30-Minute Ad Video; William Balfour Refused Polygraph Test, etc

Barack Obama 30 minute ad video: Barack Obama aired a 30-minute television ad on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, BET, TV One and Univision on October 29.

Lacey Schwimmer suffered endometriosis: Lacey Schwimmer, the 20-year-old Dancing With the Stars member revealed that she has been diagnosed with endometriosis, the same condition as Julianne Hough.

Nicole Kidman parade cover photo Nicole Kidman covers parade magazine: In the upcoming Parade magazine, Nicole Kidman talks more about mothering baby Sunday Rose, her teens Bella and Connor adopted together with ex Tom Cruise, and husband Keith Urban's battle with alcoholism.

David & Victoria Beckham to be superheroes: Stan Lee, who created Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, is hoping to turn David & Victoria Beckham into cartoon superheroes for his POW! Entertainment.

William Balfour Refused Polygraph Test: The 27-year-old  suspect refused to take lie-detector test over Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew murders.

David Cook Confirms Dating Kimberly Caldwell on Johnny and Jayde Radio Show

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David Cook Kimberly Caldwell are dating. (Picture:

David Cook, American Idol 7's winner, admitted dating Kimberly Caldcell, American Idol 2's alum, on Atlanta's Johnny and Jayde radio show and said their relationship goes well. The rumor that David Cook and Kimberly Caldwell are dating was surfaced back in May after the former invited the latter to have a dinner. Appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly then, Cook said, “I went out on a date the other day with a woman named Kimberly Caldwell. I did [have a good time].”

Zac Efron HSM3 Cut Shower Scenes Auctioned on eBay

Zac Efron's some deleted showering scenes from High School Musical 3: Senior Year have surfaced. Many exclusive photos selected from various angles, bloopers, cut and behind-the-scenes, promotional shots from the musical movie are being auctioned on It's not cheap!

Joseph's Tomb

In the Palestinian city of Nablus, there is Joseph's Tomb, which is believed to be his final resting place in Judaism. So many Israelis come into the West Bank to pray and pay their respects and the Palestinians allow this, though the IDF patrol the area as well. Isabel Kershner explains the Israelis' pull to claim Palestinian soil as their own:

Here, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is boiled down to its very essence of competing territorial, national and religious claims. The renewed focus on what the Jewish devotees call the pull or power of Joseph appears to reflect a wider trend: a move by the settler movement at large away from tired security arguments and a return to its fundamental raison d’être — the religious conviction that this land is the Jews’ historical birthright and is not up for grabs.

Which I thought was a good way of looking at it, though, to me, it doesn't necessarily mean anything. She also talks about the overlapping personalities in Islam and Judaism: Joseph was also considered a Muslim prophet, so Muslims felt they have a right to the tomb as well. Though, since the Israelis took control of the tomb, the Palestinians have been disregarding the tomb and desecrating it.

Gwen Stefani Shows First Photo of Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, Her Second Son on

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Proud mummy Gwen Stefani has just released the first official photo of her second son with husband Gavin Rossdale, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale.

"We wanted to share with you the first photo of Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale. Gwen, Gavin, Kingston and Zuma are all doing well and enjoying being a party of four." the singer announced on today on October 29.

Also on the day, Gwen Stefani was seen taking baby Zuma Gavin with her and visiting a library in Beverly Hills.

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From Sunday, October 19th.

Dan Barry's Explorers' Club

Sean called my attention to Dan Barry's latest This Lands column in the New York Times, where he talks about the Explorers' Club and their adventure to the unused Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. I like it because it reminds me of my trip to Tennessee and reminds me of our Expeditioners' Club.

Fergie Josh Duhamel Wedding in 2009 June

Singer Fergie and her boyfriend of 4 years, Transformers actor Josh Duhamel are getting married. According to, Fergie, 33, vocalist of band Black Eyed Peas, and Josh, 35, who became engaged one year ago, reportedly have planned a summer wedding in 2009 June.

 Future wife and husband, Fergie and Josh Duhamel reportedly will be married in the summer of 2009
Future wife and husband, Fergie and Josh Duhamel reportedly will be married in the summer of 2009 (picture @ CC)

Fergie has just started interviewing wedding planners. She’s also working with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on getting her fantasy gown. They are taking their time to get everything right. They only plan on getting married once.” A source was quoted by the website as saying.

Hull, Massachusetts

Julianne Hough Endometriosis Appendectomy

Julianne Hough Dancing on Dancing With The Stars Picture
Julianne Hough Dancing on Dancing With The Stars (Picture embedded from

The stomach trouble that Julianne Hough suffered last week turned out to be more than just a stomachache. The 20-year-old two-time Dancing With The Stars champion and country music singer was diagnosed with Endometriosis--a common condition in which tissue from the uterus lining grows outside the uterus causing painful cysts and possible infertility, according to Wikipedia. As required, Jualianne Hough will be performed an appendectomy to remove her appendix. She announced on her website that she was to have the operation in Cedars Sinai medical center, Los Angels today October 28. Wish Jualianne a speedy recovery!

Iranian Policewomen

Photo by Abbas Kowsari for the Paris Review.

Yeah, they're kinda badass.

Olive Trees in the Middle East

A look at the Israel-Palestine situation through olive trees.

Possible Julian King Body Found in Chicago, Christina Aguilera Debuts "Keeps Gettin' Better" Music Video on, etc

Julian King photo from jennifer Hudson's MySpace page

Julian king photo from Jennifer Hudson's MySpace page

Julian King's possible body found: A male body believed to be Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old missing nephew was found in a white SUV on Chicago's West Side Monday morning, October 27. Hudson is offering $100,000 reward for her nephew's safe return.

Christina Aguilera Keeps Gettin' Better video debut: Christina Aguilera to debut her new music video Keeps Gettin' Better on the music web site Monday afternoon.

David Beckham GQ UK photo December 2008

David Beckham does GQ UK December 2008: David Beckham covers the December issue of British GQ. The soccer ace talks about everything including his career, friends and his tattoos over 12 pages in the magazine’s 20th anniversary issue.

Amy Winehouse hospitalized again: Amy Winehouse was taken to The London Clinic for tests on her chest on Saturday.

Manuel Uribe wedding video (above): Manuel Uribe, the orld’s heaviest man, married Claudia Solis, his girlfriend of four years in Mexico on Sunday.


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Angelina Jolie Afghanistan Humanitarian Video

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Angelina Jolie travelled to Afghanistan in her role as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees last week. Here is a video showing the actress covered traditional Muslim dress visiting school pupils and povertystricken families with her own narration. When talking with a poor old man, the mom of six children couldn't help treak down in tears.

Jennifer Hudson Nephew Julian King, Vanessa Hudgens Talking About Zac Efron Kissing Skills on Ellen Show, etc

Jennifer Hudson Missing Nephew Julian King last-seen picture 

Jennifer Hudson was seen heartbroken over the tragic news of her mother and brother's deaths before flying home to Chicago at Tampa International Airport Friday. Her nephew Julian King was still missing after abducted following the tragic shooting. Jennifer asked the public for help on her MySpace to find the 7-year-old boy.

Vanessa Hudgens The Ellen Show video

Vanessa Hudgens promoted her new movie High School Musical 3 and talked about Zac Efron's kissing skills and favourite breakfast on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on October 24th.

Amy Poehler, the 37-year-old Saturday Night Live comedian, and her husband Will Arnett have welcomed their first child, a boy named Archie Arnett on October 25th.

Jennifer Aniston seduces & gets John Mayer drunk to pop the question: marry me!

Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama SNL: Maya Rudolph " Michelle Obama" Saturday Night Live" Video

Comedienne Maya Rudolph [wikipedia], a long-running cast member on Saturday Night Live, returned to the show last night. She played as the future First Lady hopeful, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Click the video play button above to watch "Mr. & Mrs. Obama" ‘playing it safe’ and performing a musical.

Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama on SNL

Dr. Phil Caught Cheating

Dr Phil Caught Cheating

Dr. Phil Caught Cheating -- Dr. Phil was alleged of having office affairs with his 19-year-old client back in 1980's. Check out National Enquirer for more details

Sarah B.: Lil Wayne Son Mom (Picture)

Sarah B.: Lil Wayne Son Mom! Ohio native Sarah B., a Vietnames/ Caucasian lady was reportedly the mother of Lil Wayne's new son Dwayne Carter III who was born at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati on Wednesday October 22, 2008.

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Sarah B.: Mom of Lil Wayne son Dwayne Carter III.

Sarah B. met Lil Wayne at a concert of the rapper in 2005, and since then maintained an on-off-on again relationship. She is not a student of University of Cincinnati nor a salon tattoo artist.

Sarah B Rumored Lil Wayne New Baby Mama pic
Sarah B. & Lil Wayne

It's not know what the true job Sarah B. does, But according to the pictures published on, it seemed she did the one that she can make a lot of cash, which caused someone to speculate her a stripper.

William Balfour Myspace: Flex A Million Thats What U Better Call Me

William Balfour Myspace! William Balfour, the suspected killer of Jennifer Hudson's mom Darnell Donnerson and brother Jason Hudson, has a MySpace.

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William Balfour Myspace

William Balfour's MySpace username is FLEX. At his profile, Balfour stated "Flex A Million, Thats What U Better Call Me". His About Me section reads:


William Balfour MySpace has the links to those of wife Julia, sister-in-law Jennifer, and their brother Jason Hudson. William Balfour has also uploaded many family photos of Hudsons to the site. So after taking a look at William Balfour MySpace webpage, if not a message of Flex in Jail on the website, almost nobody will believe he would be a cruel killer who supposedly shot two immediate family members of Jennifer Hudson, the sister-in-law he is proud of.

William Balfour Myspace Jennifer Hudson, mom Darnell Donnerson, Julia Hudson photo

"AREN'T THEY JUST LOVELY," William Balfour wrote a caption for this picture of Jennifer Hudson, Darnell Donnerson, and Julia Hudson. So tragical! He allegedly killed mother-in-law Darnell Donnerson (M) on Friday, October 24, 2008. Link

Jaime Katheryn Steen Is a Texas High School Pornographic Images SMS Teacher (Picture)

Jaime Katheryn Steen Is a Texas High School Pornographic Images SMS Teacher!

Jaime Katheryn Steen Is a Texas High School Pornographic Images SMS Teacher 
Jaime Katheryn Steen (Errr..a Jenna Bush lookalike!)

Jaime Katheryn Steen, pictured above, is an Agriculture teacher at Fort Stockton High School in southwest Texas. She turned herself in to Tom Green County jail Wednesday October 22 on charges that she sent adult pornographic pictures by the short text messages to her male teen students.  

Jaime Katheryn Steen was booked on a $4,000 bond and free on Friday. She has resigned as a teacher.

The charge against Jamie Steen, selling or distributing or displaying harmful material to a minor, is a misdemeanor punishable by 180 days to a year in jail.

Ms. Steen, 26, was only a first-year teacher. She was found having SMSed obscene images the form of jokes as text messages to her schoolboys when her school investigated on the rumor of a teacher buying alcohol for students (Jaime Katheryn Steen was allegedly bought beers for five boys on an unauthorized school trip out of USA in September). # Source & Image: Police: Teacher confesses to obscene texting @

Asha Mandela Longest Dreadlocks Guinness World Record

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Pictured: Asha Mandela's Longest Dreadlocks In The World (via)

Asha Mandela of South Florida has the longest dreadlocks on the world. The hair of 46-year-old woman from Polk County that has grown 20 years measures at 8 feet 9 inches. Asha Mandela currently is applying for a Guinness World Record for her very proud assets. Snippets from Stupid Celebrities are some facts about Asha Mandela's Longest Dreadlocks in the world:

Asha Mandela’s dreadlocks are longer than she is tall. Asha began growing her dreads twenty years ago.

Asha wraps her 8 foot, 9 inch dreads around her neck like a scarf, or lets them hang down her back like a veil. Mandela is originally from Trinidad, and began growing her dreads 20 years ago while she was living in New York.

Mandela’s dreadlocks are very important to her, and she refers to them as her baby. But of course they are quite a bit of work. When she goes in her pool, it takes two hours at least for her dreads to dry. Mandela says, “I try not to have any errands that day”.

Asha Mandela washes her 8 foot dreads once a week, and it takes an entire bottle of shampoo and bottle of conditioner to accomplish the task.

Asha Mandela Longest Dreadlocks Guinness World Record Applying Video

Katie Holmes Uneven Teeth Pic, Anne Hathaway's ex Raffaello Follieri Jailed for 4.5 Years, etc...

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Katie Holmes unwittingly revealed her snaggletooth grin for the cameras on Wednesday, but she seemed to have had her uneven teeth fixed a day later.

Raffaello Follieri, 30, the ex-boyfriend of actress Anne Hathawayhas been sentenced October 23 to 4.5 years in prison for wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend Justin Gaston drunk and acted kinda like a gay at a party where he erupted his middle finger over the summer.

Lindsay Lohan Dancing With The Stars appearance was rejected, earlier her Ugly Betty role was cut after feud with America Ferrera.

Paris Hilton "Paris For President" music video preview: Paris Hilton debuts her new single and music video "Paris For President" which premieres on Sunday, October 26.

Charlie Sheen Wife Brooke Mueller Pregnant Twins

Charlie Sheen Wife Brooke Mueller Pregnant Twins! Brooke Mueller, who married to CBS comedy Two and a Half Men actor Charlie Sheen, is expecting twins who are two boys, according to Ok! Magazine.

"I'm truly blessed.....I'm already the proud father of three beautiful daughters, and I'm delighted that they'll now have two little brothers. Life doesn't get any better than this." Charlie Sheen confirmed to the mag.

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Brooke Mueller and husband Charlie Sheen expecting twin boys. (Image credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos)

Brooke Mueller, 31, a real estater, and sheen, 42, wedded this May in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. In August, Mueller was revealed that she was pregnant.

While the unborn babies are the first children for Mueller, they are the fourth and fifth for Sheen who has three daughters Cassandra Jade Estevez (with Paula Profit), 25, Samantha, 4, and 3-year-old Lola (with Denise Richards).

Brooke Mueller is expected to give birth in April, 2008.

Update: Charlie Sheen wife Brooke Mueller gives birth to the twin sons on March 14, 2009. The newly born tots are named named Max Sheen and Bob Sheen.

Video: Mariah Carey Tennessee Movie Trailer

Video! Mariah Carey Tennessee movie trailer is here. In the movie which will hit the theatres in December, Mariah Carey starring Krystal, an aspiring singer who joins two brothers on their journey to find their estranged father with hopes of getting him involved in saving their younger brother who has leukemia. Link

Victoria Beckham Incarnating as Indian Bride Covers Vogue India November 2008

Awww! Victoria Beckham shows her Indian audience how to get their WoW Wedding! Wearing the traditional Indian wedding Sari, the wife of David Beckham posed as a bride in the Vogue India November bridal special issue.

Victoria Beckham Vogue India November 2008 cover photo
Victoria Beckham Vogue India November 2008 cover photo (via)

"I feel like an Indian princess", the fashion-conscious Spice Girl told People magazine.

Dwayne Carter III, Lil Wayne Son Was Born

Dwayne Carter III, Lil Wayne Son Was Born! Rapper Lil Wayne who is the MVP of the Year at 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards, has become a newly father.

LIL WAYNE Pictures, Images and Photos
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An undisclosed woman gave birth to the rapper's son at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati in the afternoon of October 23, UsMagazine reported. Lil Wayne baby boy's name was called Dwayne Carter III (not sure if it was dedicated to Lil's new album, Tha Carter III). Other detailed info (size, weight etc.) was not available.

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Lil Wayne has a daughter named Reginae Carter (pic) with high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Johnson. The two were married on Valentines Day of 2004 but got divorced in 2006.

Josh Holly (TrainReq), Miley Cyrus Email Hacker, Busted by FBI

Josh Holly (TrainReq) Is Miley Cyrus Gmail Hacker Who Was Now Busted by FBI!

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Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus. (Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos)

Josh Holly, 19, is from at Murfreesboro in Tennessee. Holly hacked into the email account of Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus in December 2007 and stole quite some of the 15-year-old teen sensation's private photos supposedly sent to then boyfriend Nick Jonas.

Initially, he wanted to make bucks from those provocative pictures but only found no any photo agents who'd like to buy the images since they were obtained illegally. So he watermarked those illegitimate pics with screen name Trainreq (possibly originating from trainwreck, a word often described Britney Spears during her meltdown by some gossip bloggers) and uploaded onto the internet for everyone to view. As a result, the squeaky-clean image of Miley Cyrus was almost ruined.

Josh Holly bragged openly about her wrongdoings and boasted that he would never be caught. But he may be wrong! The 19-year-old was busted by FBI at his Tennessee home on Monday October 20. The authorities seized three computers and a phone from him, is reporting:

“A 19-year-old hacker who published provocative photos of teen queen Miley Cyrus earlier this year was raided by the FBI Monday morning in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The hacker, Josh Holly, repeatedly bragged online about breaking into the Disney star’s e-mail account and stealing her photos. He also gave interviews to bloggers and others and boasted that authorities would never find him because he moved so often…

“When agents finally left his apartment after conducting an extensive search, they had three computers and Holly’s phone, among other things.”

Joshg Holly was not arrested or charged, but apparently he was stunned by FBI's raid:.

"I was just kind of shaking. I was thrown way off guard," he told "I guess somebody ended up ratting me out."

Lindsey Evans, Miss Teen Louisiana, Dethroned After Drug Arrest

Lindsey Evans, the 18-year-old Miss Louisiana Teen USA, has been dethroned with her title after a weekend arrest on charges of theft and marijuana possession in Bossien City, Louisiana.

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Lindsey Evans Dethroned After Drug Arrest in Louisiana on October 18, 2008.

Lindsey Evans allegedly skipped out on a $46.07 dinner bill at a restaurant but left her bag allegedly containing marijuana at the table Saturday night. She was arrested on charges of theft and marijuana possession after she returned to pick up her bag. Source & Picture

New Yorkier

The nationally branded version of "the late sixties" may have been mainly about flowers and sunshine, but the New York edition was edgy, even grisly, always embedded with the imagination of disaster—that is, New Yorkier. Elsewhere the new romantics were escapists, dreaming of Arcadia; here, the model was more Weimar Republic, a dystopian Utopia.

—Kurt Anderson, "Boom-Bust-Boom Town," from New York magazine's 40th Anniversary Issue, Oct. 6, 2008

And because the cover of that issue and New York's first cover remind me of two of my favorite New York pictures that I've used a lot, I'm adding them here again:

Kelly Reilly Is Guy Ritchie's New Girlfriend? Lindsay Lohan Sued for DUI Car Chase, etc

Kelly Reilly 3rd \'London Party\' Pictures, Images and Photos
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Guy Ritchie leaves Madonna for actress Kelly Reilly: Guy Ritchie has already entered a relationship with the 31-year-old British actress Kelly Reilly, who is currently starring in his upcoming drama Sherlock Holmes, Usmagazine reported.

Lindsay Lohan sued for DUI car chase: Lindsay Lohan is being sued by three passengers who claimed the Mean Girls actress drunkenly hijacked their car to chase her assistant in July 2007.

Julianne Hough was hospitalized with stomach trouble after her performance on "Dancing With the Stars" October 21.

Christina Aguilera new album promotion photos
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Christina Aguilera new album promotion photos: Christina Aguilera shows off her slim figure in promotional shots for her new record Keeps Gettin' Better - A Decade of Hits in November.

Alyson Hannigan is pregnant: The 34-year-old How I Met Your Mother star and her actor hubby Alexis Denisof are expecting their first child this spring.

Miley Cyrus' email hacker Josh Holly who got into the pop star's Gmail account was investigated by FBI.

Sarah Palin Wardbobe $150K Expenses Scandal

Sarah Palin Wardbobe $150K Expenses Scandal! Sarah Palin was hit by a scandal that the Republican National Committee has threw $150,000 plus to dress and accessorize her and her family since she was picked by John McCain as his Republican Vice President running mate in August. From

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

The cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission's long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.

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Lil Wayne Expecting a Boy, But Who Is Lil Wayne Baby Mom?

Lil Wayne Expecting a Boy, But Who Is Lil Wayne Baby Mom? Rapper Lil Wayne revealed he was expecting a son when accepting the "Lyricist of the Year" Award three days ago on MTV's BET Hip-Hop Awards.

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Rapper Lil Wayne @ Hot 97 "Summer Jam" 2008 at Giants Stadium, Rutherford, NY on June 1, 2008. Lil Wayne is going to be a father of a baby boy. (Image credit: Jerry Livingston/PR Photos)

“I got a son about to be born any day now, so shout-out to him. Pray for me,” said Lil Wayne, who didn't revealed the identity of his unborn son.

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Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. [wikipedia], has a daughter named Reginae Carter with high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Johnson. The two were married on Valentines Day of 2004 but got divorced in 2006. It's unclear who Wayne is now dating.

If RC readers you know the woman who is soon to give birth Lil Wayne's son, don't hesitate to drop a clue in comments.

Update: Lil Wayne son Dwayne Carter III was born on Wednesday October 23, 2008 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

Nick Bollea Hogan Jail Release

Nick bollea Hogan, Hulk Hogan's son stand before the car crashed in 2006 Nick Bollea Hogan Jail Release! Nick Bollea, son of pro-wrestler Hulk Logan who is in divorcing with wife Linda Bollea, was released from Florida Pinellas County Jail around 12:30 am on October 21. He was only imprisoned 166 days out of an eight months jail term for good behavior. Nick Hogan was received by sister Brooke Hogan upon his release and driven back to mom Linda's home. The 18-year-old was punished for his reckless driving under influence in August 2007 that left friend John Graziano permanently in a vegetative state.

Skylar Deleon Convicted in Three Murders, Rocco Ritchie Wore Yankees T-shirt Shows Support for Mom Madonna's Lover Alex Rodriguez etc...

Skylar Deleon After Pictures, Images and Photos
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Skylar Deleon, the 29-year-old former child actor on TV's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder on October 20.

Madonna Pictures, Images and PhotosRocco Ritchie, the 8-year-old son of Madonna, was spotted wearing a navy New York Yankees T-shirt, showing support Alex Rodriguez's team while out in NYC.

Guy Ritchie has accused Madonna of spying on him after details of his private meeting were leaked to her during their break-up.

Alex Rodriguez flew to Florida to spend time with his two young daughters and ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis over the weekend.

Kerry Katona ZOO magazine photo

Kerry Katona ZOO magazine photos: Kerry Katona, the 28-year-old English reality TV star, shows off her new FF breasts on men's ZOO magazine after $30,000 of surgery.

The Remains of Renwick Ruins

[Published in the Brooklyn Rail, October 2008]

Driving on the 59th Street Bridge, you pass over Roosevelt Island, that strip of land between Manhattan and Queens. The northern tip of the island is home to a lighthouse and a small park and its middle section is a concentration of high-rises.

By contrast, a tall fence decorated with “No Trespassing” sign forbids access to the southern portion of the island. On the other side of the fence, there are trees, a paved road, and a second fence surrounding Renwick Ruins, the crumbling façade of a former Smallpox Hospital.

After years of being teased by the ominous ruins, my friends and I decided to go for it: we planned a trip to explore the Smallpox Hospital.

Previously known as Blackwell’s and Welfare Island, Roosevelt Island was home to correctional facilities, hospitals and asylums. Built in 1856, the Smallpox Hospital served a number of functions before being closed a century later when the City Hospital complex of which it was a part moved to Queens. A number of institutions on the island closed or moved away leaving the Smallpox Hospital to deteriorate. It was designated a historical site by the Landmark Preservation Commission in the 1960s.

Taking the tram from Manhattan onto Roosevelt, my friends and I wondered how we would get into the hospital. We knew about the fence, but we didn’t know if it would be easy to get around it or if there was regular surveillance of the area.

We tried our best to act like we weren’t up to no good as we walked along the path that encircles the island. We picked flowers from the blossoming trees and pointed at the seagulls posing offshore atop jutting pier pilings.

We reached the fence—the gate was wide open and there was no one looking so we just strolled right in. A bit further on, we reached Renwick Ruins, named for the hospital’s designer, James Renwick, Jr.

There were spotlights pointed towards the Ruins and another set of signs on the inner fence warning against trespassing and the possibility of collapsing walls. We ignored the signs and jumped the fence. We had made it!

Only the outer walls of the Smallpox Hospital remain. The collapsed interior was visible through hollow window openings. We walked into the center, climbing over piles of bricks and tiptoeing across what we hoped were sturdy pipes.

Midtown and Queens softly glowed in the misty air as we explored the graffiti-covered walls and walked across floors littered with crushed beer cans.

We left the hospital and hopped another fence to look at the now-defunct 53rd Street emergency subway station. The city wants to reopen the station for the E and V lines.

Unlike the planned community and manicured paths to its north, Renwick Ruins stands as a stark reminder of Roosevelt Island’s storied past.

About the Author
Nadia Chaudhury is a former Layout Editor for the Rail and, outside of traveling, writing, and taking pictures, is a rowing and waterfront enthusiast. Currently, she goes to school in Boston, but will forever be a New Yorker. Check out her blog at

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Identity Thief Jocelyn Kirsch Sentenced 5 Years to Prison!

Identity Thief Jocelyn Kirsch Sentenced 5 Years to Prison! Jocelyn Sarah Kirsch, 22, the pretty former Drexel University student, was sentenced 5 years by the U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in prison. Kirsch was also ordered to pay full restitution to her victims. Her accomplice, former boyfriend Edward Anderton, will be sentenced in November.

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Identity thief Jocelyn Kirsch's high life style was over, instead now she needs to spend five years in prison (Images credits: AP via Rollingstone)

Jocelyn Kirsch and Edward Anderton, 25, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, were convicted of stealing as much as $100,000 from up to 50 neighbors using their identities during 2006 to 2007. They splashed the stolen money into the luxurious lifestyle which saw the pair traveling to the Europe and Hawaii, staying five star hotels and eating on fine dines.