Bits and Pieces - October 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
Jay Leno will be returning to television to host a show about cars, tentatively titled Jay Leno's Garage. It'll be the first time Jay has been on TV with a gas guzzler since his Tonight Show guest was Michael Phelps.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star JOE GIUDICE has accepted a plea deal for unlawful use of an ID and impersonation. Joe allegedly used his brother's identity to obtain a driver's license while his own license was suspended for DUI. Under the deal, he'll get 18 months in prison, but he can serve it concurrently with his 41-month federal fraud sentence, so he won't be in the slammer any longer. Joe was going to fight the charges, but changed his mind after the judge warned him that if he were to be found guilty, he likely wouldn't be able to serve his two sentences concurrently. On the downside, the judge noted that Joe's deportation after he serves his sentence is a "virtual certainty." Teresa Giudice wasn't in court with Joe yesterday and Radar Online says that's because she was meeting with a prominent New Jersey divorce attorney. Although the meeting was ostensibly to attempt an appeal of her prison sentence, word is that a split is inevitable.
Actress ELIZABETH PENA has died at the age of 55 following a brief illness. Pena had a long career in movies, including the film La Bamba, and recently appeared on Modern Family as the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.
- TOBY KEITH has announced that he has a new album on the way called 35 MPH Town. No word on exactly when the album will be out, but it'll include his new song "Drunk Americans." Toby is also holding a Drunk Americans challenge on his website with winners receiving a custom Toby Keith beer pong table, a corn hole board, a Yeti cooler and a tailgating tent.
Have you gotten your Halloween costume ready? This year's most popular outfits seem to have an Ebola theme. Whether it's Ebola zombies, sexy Ebola patients or Ebola protective gear, that's the hot ticket this year and as luck would have it, costume shops were already prepared with leftover yellow jumpsuits, rubber gloves and masks from the "Breaking Bad" craze last Halloween. While some people feel it's in bad taste and too soon, it could be worse. One company is rushing out a toddler ISIS costume, complete with machine gun. In any case, it's going to be a good year for the costume shops as this Halloween falls on a Friday.
The going rate for a bottle of cologne and underwear is about $29,117 for Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle. That's one game's pay and how much he'll be fined by the team following his Monday night shoplifting arrest.
Tampa's Chris Vazquez went on Craigslist to buy tickets to a Luke Bryan concert. Leery of buying tickets in such a manner, Chris took a photo of the seller Geoffrey Minton's driver's license and wrote down his Ohio license plate number. He then handed over $400 for the tickets, shook his hand, looked him in the eye and promised that if the tickets were counterfeit, he'd track him down. The tickets turned out to be fake and, true to his word, with the help of police, Chris tracked Geoffrey down, even contacting Minton's mother in Ohio, who said he'd even stiffed her for $10,000. Police set up a sting in which they bought more bogus tickets, and Geoffrey is now in jail facing numerous charges.
2002: President Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq
actress Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate, Blue Hawaii) 89