Bits and Pieces
March 10, 2011
The space shuttle Discovery landed in Florida yesterday to conclude its final mission. It set the record for the world's most flown spaceship and has been into space more times than Charlie Sheen.
MEL GIBSON will be in court tomorrow to plead no contest to simple battery in his domestic violence case against baby mama Oksana Grirgorieva. Under the plea deal, Mel won't do any jail time. Gibson's lawyer said Mel agreed to the deal because he wanted to avoid the media circus and spare his kids from the mess. Of course, getting off without jail time doesn't hurt either. However, the Los Angeles D.A's office is tweaked at Mel's people for making the announcement before they could tell Oksana. Meanwhile, RadarOnline.com is saying that the D.A. won't go after Oksana on charges of trying to extort money from Gibson.
JEFF PROBST will keep the coolest job in the world for awhile longer. Probst has signed on to host SURVIVOR for two more seasons.
- SCOTT STAPP is going to be busy for the foreseeable future. Stapp has a second solo album, tentatively titled "Somewhere in the Middle of Lust and Love," an autobiography and a new Creed album in the pipeline between now and the end of 2012. Stapp will road-test some of his solo songs when he resumes his acoustic tour on March 26th.
- JA RULE will be heading off to prison in June. Police found a loaded gun in his car when he was stopped for speeding after a July 2007 concert. Ja Rule pleaded guilty in December and agreed to a two-year prison term.
- THE JUDDS and LORETTA LYNN will join previously announced honorees MIRANDA LAMBERT, MARTINA MCBRIDE, JENNIFER NETTLES, REBA and CARRIE UNDERWOOD on "Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country - The Concert of the Year." The special airs April 22nd on CBS.
- Today: Aaron Eckhart; TV host Suze Orman
- Good Morning America: Celebrity Samantha Geimer; Rascal Flatts performs
- CBS Early Show: Travel guru Peter Greenberg
- Regis & Kelly: Jennifer Lopez
- The View: Michelle Rodriguez ("Battle: Los Angeles")
- Ellen DeGeneres: Tyra Banks; Jerrod Niemann performs; reality-TV stars Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love recorded his 52nd double-double in a row, surpassing Moses Malone for the longest streak since the 1976 ABA - NBA merger.
Police in Charlotte County, Florida responded to a burglary at a local store. A clerk described the teenage suspect as a former customer and cops paid a visit to 19-year-old Robert Burdette. While they had a chat with Robert, officers received a call about another break in. Among the items stolen was a cell phone. When officers called the stolen phone's number, guess what rang at Robert's house and guess who was arrested?
1941: The Brooklyn Dodgers announced their players would wear batting helmets
actor Chuck Norris (Walker: Texas Ranger, Sidekicks, Delta Force) 71