Condoleezza Rice wrote a really sweet essay about how she wishes she’d had a chance to play in the WNBA instead of being turned into a “mediocre” figure skater against her will. As a lanky kid, the former secretary of state (and current Stanford professor) said she envied the athletes for “playing a sport in which you can actually sweat and grimace when something goes wrong,” because in skating, “even after the most humiliating and painful falls you were expected to get up and smile.” This is maybe the best reason ever to dislike something. She also stands by sports because it helps people learn, “that you are only as good as the person next to you in the trenches. Great friendships come from pursuing a common and very measurable goal. These athletes learn too how to recover from bad performances and get up the next day, work hard and do it all over again. Sort of like life.” The essay also addressed the fact that most women don’t see sports as being a viable career option, despite the fact that her female students do a better job at balancing athletics and academics then her male students who see college as a “pit stop on the road to the NFL or the NBA.” I don’t know what Condoleezza’s friends call her (Condo? Leezza?), but the WNBA has a friend in her! She just wishes there was more of a fan base to keep it going. Condoleezza was on hand for the WNBA season tip-off on May 15th. Will you guys be watching the WNBA this season? And does anyone want to track down her old figure skating videos as much as I do? [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
Two things happened to Rima Fakih yesterday. She nearly went splat after tripping over the long train of her wedding-like gown. And more importantly, the Miss Michigan USA pageant queen was crowned Miss USA. Rima, who was born in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. as a baby, said she knew she’d be crowned the winner when she saw Donald Trump‘s expression. “That’s the same look that he gives them when he says, ‘You’re hired,’ on ‘The Apprentice,’ she said. Rima will go on to represent the U.S. in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. She also will receive a New York apartment for one year, an undisclosed salary, and various beauty, health, and professional services. After the jump, find out more about Rima, including the surprising talent that helped her win another kind of contest. Keep reading »
Boston mobster Whitey Bulger is wanted by the FBI in connection with 19 murders—many think he is the person Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Departed” is based on. He and his wife, Catherine Greig, have eluded authorities since 1995, but now, the FBI has a diabolical plot to find them. Greig, before she went on the lam, had a thing for plastic surgery and had her breasts done. She was in the first wave of breast enlargements, and the type of implant she got is now known to break down over time, leaking and causing chest pain. On the assumption that she either (a) will soon have the implant removed or (b) has already done so, the FBI took out a full-page ad in this month’s issue of Plastic Surgery News. “Have You Treated This Woman?” the ad reads. Below it are photos of Greig taken in a plastic surgeon’s office. The ad also contains the ID number of Greig’s implants.
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Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz got himself into a recipe for disaster earlier this month. Most well-known as the host of “Calorie Commando,” the 48-year-old allegedly tried to cut the fat from his life by recruiting some homeless dudes to eliminate his wife. Eek. Three homeless men known as Big Dave, Little Dave, and Shane spilled the beans about the murder plot to authorities after being arrested for loitering. They were just happy to be offered free pizza and a place to sleep during the undercover investigation.
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It’s been almost two weeks since Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old UVA student and lacrosse player, was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely. (Huguely was charged with first-degree murder in her death.) As the weeks wear on, more details have emerged about Huguely’s alleged violence and partying, including whispers from his lacrosse teammates that Huguely attacked a fellow student last year. Several UVA lacrosse players told The Washington Post, under the condition of anonymity, that in February 2009 Huguely had heard a fellow teammate kissed Love and then, after “a night of partying,” Huguely attacked the teammate while the guy was sleeping. According to the players, UVA’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia disciplined both Huguely and his teammate. However, both still played in games that week. Keep reading »
“I’m really glad that there will be three, if [Elena Kagan is] confirmed. I like to have women on the Supreme Court. I think it does make a difference. I like women to be represented in all parts of American political and civic life.”
— Former First Lady Laura Bush on “Fox News Sunday” [New York Daily News]
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