Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 29, 2013
April 29, 2013
Supreme Court Justice STEPHEN BREYER is recovering after taking a spill while bicycling in D-C Saturday. He broke his shoulder, had shoulder-replacement surgery this morning and is expected to make a full recovery.
It's actually the third major bike accident for the 74-year-old justice. He broke a collarbone in 2011 and suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs after getting hit by a car in 1993. And yes, this is the same justice who got robbed by machete last year.
Editor's note: Might be time to take up the stationary tricycle. (Maiman)
Also in sick bay:
"Jersey Shore" star RONNIE ORTIZ-MAGRO had to be taken to a Orlando, FL, hospital after becoming ill during an appearance Friday night at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention where he was plugging his new cocktail line, Smush Cocktails. Turns out he had kidney stones and People.com says he'll have to stay in the hospital for several days. Ronni's "Jersey Shore" girlfriend, SAMMI GIANCOLA, is reportedly with him while he recovers.
Hoops star MICHAEL JORDAN took another walk down the aisle last Saturday. Us Weekly reports the legendary baller said "I Do" to model YVETTE PRIETO in Palm Beach, Florida after four years of togetherness. This is the missus' first marriage, while the mister has three sons with ex-wife JUANITA VANOY, who reportedly walked away from their 17-year union in 2006 with a whopping $168-million-bucks. (Lee)
JASON ALDEAN and his longtime wife, JESSICA USSERY, have quietly parted ways. A rep for the hard-core cowboy tells Us Weekly the couple is "having problems, but there is nothing more to share at this time" and hope everyone respects the news as a "private family matter." It seems there's been trouble in paradise for some time --the "My Kinda Party" singer was caught smooching it up with "American Idol" contestant BRITTANY KERR last September and called it a "lapse in judgment." (Lee)
JOE SIMPSON and his leather pants are single and lookin' to mingle. RadarOnline.com reports the father of JESSICA and ASHLEE is officially divorced from his longtime wife, TINA, after 34 years of wedded bliss. Word is the missus kept their family home in Waco, Texas, her Range Rover and Porsche while they split numerous bank accounts and stocks. Rumors have been swirling that Joe's appetite for hot, young men were the reason for the split, which he vehemently denies. (Lee)
IAN ZIERING of "Beverly Hills, 90210" will be enjoying lots of tea parties in the near future. Sources tell Us Weekly his wife ERIN LUDWIG gave birth to their second daughter last Thursday --exactly two years after welcoming little MIA LOREN. The girls will probably be spending some quality time in Sin City --dear old dad is headed to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to dance with the Chippendales in June. (Lee)
VINCE VAUGHN and his blushing bride KYLA WEBER just can't get enough of those three-a.m. feedings. The "Swingers" star revealed to ELLEN DeGENERES on her daytime talk show last Friday that they're expecting another bundle of joy! Dad says they're "very excited" about adding to the family and welcomed little LOCKLYN KYLA back in December of 2010. (Lee)
CORY MONTEITH. The "Glee" star was caught meeting his girlfriend and co-star, LEA MICHELLE, at Los Angeles International on Friday, and followed his release with a tweet, saying "Sending out big love to everyone. Thank you for the continued support! It means the world to me!" Lea also sent out a tweet, writing, "Today is a great day." The stint in rehab did not affect his gig on "Glee," since the remaining episodes for the season had already been shot.
He's dead, Jim:
Country music legend GEORGE JONES died on Friday. He was 81. George has been called the greatest singer in country music history, and was still on the road just two weeks before he went into the hospital on April 18th with a high fever and irregular blood pressure. George said it was going to be his final tour. He was right.
George scored 170 hits on the country charts during his 58-year career. His first number one was "White Lightning" in 1959. George was best known for his heart-tugging ballads like "If Drinking Don't Kill Me, Her Memory Will," but he also had a few uptempo hits like "The Race Is On."
Over the years, George had problems with alcohol and depression. When he booked a gig, it wasn't always a sure thing that he'd be there. Promoters called him "no-show Jones," but he remained a hero and inspiration to many singers who followed him. A public memorial will be held Thursday mornning at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. (Marino).
Also pushing up daisies:
DAVE GOLD, the founder of the 99 Cents Only store chain, has died at 80.
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