Bits and Pieces - July 26, 2011
July 26, 2011
President Obama went on TV last night to urge passage of his budget plan. Obama says that if Republicans and Democrats can't reach an agreement, they may have to cancel the NBA season.
The coroner in the AMY WINEHOUSE case says there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, although the results of the autopsy were inconclusive. They'll do toxicology tests, which could take two to four weeks. Amy was found dead in her bed alone and they say no drugs or paraphernalia were found nearby, although her bodyguard could've cleaned things up before police arrived. Meanwhile, the funeral will be held today, although there's no word yet about a possible public memorial. Amy's parents visited her home yesterday and told fans that the makeshift memorial they'd set up meant a lot to them.
The latest DANCING WITH THE STARS buzz has The View co-host Sherri Shepherd as a possible contestant. Sherri loves the show and Wendy Williams says Sherri asked her about it recently. Basketball Wives star and Chad Ochocinco's fiancee, Evelyn Lozada, is said to be "in talks." Rob Kardashian, Christina Milian, Regis Philbin, Lindsay Lohan and Shaquille O'Neal have already been mentioned and the names of Nick Jonas, Donnie Wahlberg and Queen Latifah have recently surfaced. However, reps for Snooki and Mike Tyson say the rumors of them appearing are false.
- If you think you had a bad day at work, consider the plight of KID ROCK. Kid says he may have to start screening the strippers that promoters hire to join him onstage at shows because he says some of them are a little "shaky" close-up. Kid says, "There are certain nights when I'm like, 'Wow, what the f**k?'"
- KANYE WEST and JAY-Z have formed a group called The Throne and will go on tour in support of their new album called Watch the Throne. Tickets go on sale August 8th and the tour will begin September 22nd in Detroit.
- Casey Anthony's parents are trying to arrange a meet-and-greet with RASCAL FLATTS to thank lead singer Gary LeVox for writing a tribute song for their late granddaughter Caylee Anthony. Due to the controversial nature of the murder case, the band is thinking it over. (See and hear here)
- ABC: A Wipeout repeat, plus 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and Combat Hospital are new
- CBS: NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles and 48 Hours Mystery repeats
- Fox: Hells' Kitchen and Master Chef are new
- NBC: It's Worth What and America's Got Talent are new
- CW: 90210 and Shedding for the Wedding repeats
The NFL lockout is officially over. Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith jointly announced settlement of the labor issues. The only apparent casualty of the labor dispute is the cancellation of the Hall of Fame game.
In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the son of 40-year-old Lon Allen Groves heard his mother and father arguing and saw dad holding a gun to his mom's head. The kid gathered up his younger brother, hustled outside and called 911. Police quickly arrived and after a brief standoff they arrested dad. Groves was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, kidnap and, yes, firing a weapon while under the influence. If you're curious, the two were arguing over which granddaughter was her favorite.
2005: The space shuttle Discovery was launched, the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster
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