Bits and Pieces - October 13, 2011
October 13, 2011
Billionaire Warren Buffett has revealed that he made nearly $63 million last year. Buffett made his money from shrewd investments, corporate profits and singing about Margaritaville.
Yesterday at the trial of MICHAEL JACKSON'S physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, two doctors from the California Medical Board testified that Dr. Murray committed a number of deviations of standard practices in his care for Jackson, each one amounting to "gross negligence." It mainly involved giving Michael Propofol outside of a hospital environment where proper monitoring equipment is available. Meanwhile, Murray's defense lawyers backed off their claim that Michael swallowed a fatal dose of Propofol while he was out of the room, mainly because taking it orally would have little effect. Defense lawyers did raise the possibility that Murray may have been out of Jackson's room for more than the two minutes he claimed in his police interview. Police were doubtful about that anyway and telephone records show Murray was on the phone for 45 minutes in the hour before he began resuscitating Michael. If Murray were out of the room for those 45 minutes, it would've given Michael more time to awaken and inject.
A couple more names have surfaced in the CELEBRITY APPRENTICE rumor mill. Former American Idol star CLAY AIKEN and '80s pop singer DEBBIE GIBSON will supposedly compete on the next season. Real Housewives of New Jersey's TERESA GIUDICE is also reportedly going to be a contestant.
- GUNS N' ROSES are firing back after Rock in Rio festival organizers attacked them for their "lack of commitment." Axl Rose and the gang didn't hit the stage until 2:40 in the morning. However, they note that System of a Down didn't finish their set until 1:15 a.m. and a rain storm and "inadequate cover" played havoc with the stage's soundboard. Axl points out that they still played for two-and-a-half hours in the pouring rain.
- If you posted the digits to DIDDY'S personal American Express Black Card, his passport and private phone numbers online this week, he'd like to have a word with you. The website where the info was posted makes a vague reference to the rumors that Diddy is a member of the Illuminati, which is a secret society rumored to run the world. Diddy has launched an investigation.
- SCOTTY MCCREERY has made history with his debut album, "Clear as Day." McCreery is the first country act to debut at number-one on the Billboard album charts with their first studio effort and, at 18-years old, the youngest man to debut at the top of the chart with his first album release.
- Today: Author Harry Belafonte ("My Song"); actor Anthony Mackie; TV personality Hulk Hogan
- Good Morning America: Taylor Swift; actress Julianne Hough; secret deals; chef Emeril Lagasse
- Regis & Kelly: Taylor Swift; Lauren Alaina performs; co-host Jerry O'Connell
- The View: Actor Stephen Lang; latest eliminated couple from "Dancing With the Stars."
- The Talk: Actress Pauley Perrette; Il Volo performs
- Ellen DeGeneres: Kaley Cuoco; actor Adam Scott; Lupe Fiasco performs
NBA owners and players will try to meet with a federal mediator next Monday in an effort to resolve the lockout.
Collierville, Tennessee Republican Rep. Curry Todd was the sponsor of the law that made it legal to carry a gun into bars in Tennessee. Todd may now regret his little legislative exercise. It seems Todd is in a bit of a legal scrape after being pulled over in Nashville late Tuesday and charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence and drunken driving. During debate over the bill in 2009, Todd assured fellow lawmakers that gun permit holders would be careful about not violating the ban on drinking in bars or restaurants while carrying a gun.
2010: 33 Chilean miners were rescued after being trapped underground for over two months
singer/actress Ashanti (Coach Carter, John Tucker Must Die) 31