The Who2 Blog August 2007

The Man Who Wasn't a Terrorist

Richard Jewell has died at age 44, apparently of natural causes. He was diagnosed with diabetes in February and has been in poor health since.

Jewell, you may recall, was the security guard who discovered a suspicious knapsack at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He helped clear the area before the knapsack, which turned out to be a bomb, exploded.

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Leona's $12 Million Dog

Real estate magnate Leona Helmsley has willed a $12 million trust fund to her dog Trouble, according to CBS News.

Helmsley cut two grandchildren out of her will entirely, cut two others in for $5 million each -- if they visit their father's grave once per calendar year -- and left $100,000 to her chauffeur.

The will also calls for her mausoleum to be steam-cleaned once a year.

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More on Craig

More on the Larry Craig story:

The Idaho Statesman has now published a lengthy recap of a five-month investigation it recently made into rumors that the Idaho senator was gay.

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Larry Craig: 'I Should Not Have Pled Guilty'

Roll Call reported today that Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested and charged with lewd conduct in a men's room at Minneapolis International Airport in June.

The story sounded a bit outlandish -- Craig was arrested after tapping his foot and touching shoes with a plainclothes officer -- but in fact, Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct on August 8th in Minnesota's Hennepin County District Court.

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The Mysterious Thumbs of Roger Ebert

Odd legal note of the day: movie critic Roger Ebert holds a trademark on "thumbs up." Who knew?

The famed film reviewer is in a contract dispute with Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which distributes At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper. Disney claimed last week that Ebert was barring the thumbs from his show as a negotiating tactic; now Ebert claims on his official site that he is only withholding the thumbs until Disney negotiates in good faith.

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John Singleton Innocent in Jaywalker Death

Director John Singleton has been declared innocent of any wrongdoing in the death of a pedestrian hit by his Lexus SUV last week in Los Angeles.

The victim was 57-year-old Constance Russell, who apparently jaywalked in front of Singleton's car. An LAPD news release said Singleton stopped at the scene, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and was questioned and released.

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Goodbye, Scooter

Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto, beloved New York Yankees shortstop and broadcaster, has died at age 89. The New York Post has the full story.

The Yankees won seven World Series titles with Rizzuto at shortstop from 1941-56.

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Rove Steps Down

Karl Rove, the powerful political adviser who guided George W. Bush to the Texas statehouse and then to the White House, is resigning as deputy chief of staff on August 31.

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Merv Griffin Dies at 82

Merv Griffin, creator of the game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, has died at age 82.

Bloomberg News quotes a spokesperson as saying Griffin died of "prostate cancer that spread to other organs in an 'unexpected and immediate' manner."

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