Bits and Pieces - April 8, 2011
April 8, 2011
Today is the final day for Congress to work out a budget deal and avoid a government shutdown. Of course, the big question is: If the government comes to a halt and no work gets done, how will we tell the difference?
LEBRON JAMES' mom was arrested in Miami Beach after she allegedly opened up a can on a valet parking guy at the famed Fontainebleu Hotel. The valet says he brought her car up to the front of the hotel while she and another woman stood around talking to people for 30 minutes. Finally, the valet says he turned the car off and then she approached him and asked, "Where are my f**king keys" and continued yelling profanities at him. She also pulled the old 'don't you know who I am line,' like he'd know she's LeBron's mom. James then slapped the guy so hard she lost her balance and fell to the ground. Police say James smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and refused to cooperate after being taken to the police station. James was charged with simple battery and disorderly intoxication. (See and hear the valet guy here)
Perhaps the AMERICAN IDOL judges used their 'save' too early as PIA TOSCANO was sent home in a shocker last night. While the judges had told her she needed to work on her stage presence, her performance this week knocked their socks off and when the announcement was made that she was going home, the studio audience booed.
- The latest on the new BLINK-182 album from Travis Barker is that they're 'a little more than halfway through' and they hope to have the CD out this summer.
- NICKI MINAJ is among the artists in Elle magazine's Gold Dust Women feature, which honors women in music who are "sounding off" in 2011.
- CHUCK WICKS will perform a free concert following the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, April 23rd.
- ABC: Shark Tank, Primetime: What Would You Do and 20/20 are new
- CBS: Chaos; CSI: NY and Blue Bloods are new
- Fox: Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe repeats
- NBC: New Who Do You Think You Are? (Guest: Ashley Judd) and Dateline
- CW: Smallville and Supernatural reruns
- ESPN: Masters Golf coverage
- Versus: Hockey with the Blackhawks at Red Wings
Rory McIlroy fired a 7-under 65 for a two stroke lead over South Koreans Y.E. Yang and K.J. Choi after the first round of The Masters golf tournament. Phil Mickelson is five shots back and Tiger Woods is six off the pace.
Orland Park, Illinois police pulled over Brian Elitzer on suspicion of DUI. Knowing they were screwed, his buddy, Stephen Fratto, called 911 from the passenger seat to report men with guns outside a local bar. That little scheme to distract cops might've worked a bit better had the police dispatcher not heard the officer conducting the traffic stop during the call. Not only was Brian busted on DUI charges, Fratto was arrested for making a false 911 call.
1986: Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California
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