No reporter happened to be standing at abortion provider George Tiller‘s side on the Sunday morning in May when he was murdered at gunpoint, allegedly by an anti-choice extremist. But, like the famous newspaper article by journalist Jimmy Breslin that covered JFK’s assassination from the point of view of his grave digger, sometimes a reporter discovers the best way to tell a story lies someplace other than the obvious.
You know when you learn a new word, and, all of a sudden, you hear it everywhere? Well, I’m having a moment like that right now. A few months ago, the only people I’d heard of getting addicted to prescription pain killers were Rush Limbaugh, Paula Abdul, and Elvis. Then my friend and former co-worker Joshua Lyon told me that he was writing a memoir about how he’d been a prescription-pill junkie for years. His book Pill Head came out last month, and it’s both shocking and incredibly illuminating. I had no idea how much a few pills could run someone’s life. And then there was Michael Jackson’s death. Keep reading »
Maybe I should start reading the National Enquirer more often. They may have been right about John Edwardsbeing the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby. Last August, Edwards confessed that he’d had an affair with Hunter, his campaign videographer, and went on to divulge way too much information on ABC’s “Nightline” about their trysts. But he’s always held fast that he couldn’t be the father of Hunter’s now 18-month-old baby because they were done before the baby was conceived. North Carolina news station WRAL says inside sources have told them that Edwards is close to stepping up to the plate and admitting he’s the baby’s father. Poor Elizabeth Edwards. I’m not sure which is worse—having a husband who cheated and denies having a love child or having a husband who has a love child. [Gawker] Keep reading »
Here’s a shocker. It looks like Bernie Madoff, the guy who cheated thousands of people out of $65 billion, cheated on his wife, Ruth. Sheryl Weinstein, a 60-year-old bottle blond, claims she had an affair with Madoff. She’s written all about their hotel trysts in her book, Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie and Me, which comes out on August 25.
According to The Daily Beast, Madoff often had lunch dates with Weinstein. On the way out, he’d tell his secretary, “She’s a pain in the ass, but I have to go out with her for lunch,” to cover his tracks. Aww, what a charmer. Keep reading »
I hope my parents aren’t reading this — because I have something to confess. I was a childhood shoplifter. It started off innocently enough, when I was 13. A neighborhood friend dared: “Go into the local health food store and steal a stick of incense.” Always game, I replied, “Done!” I came out with three sticks of incense and a burner to prove how tough I was. What a rush!
It progressed when I made a new friend at school, Amber. She was smart, funny, wore awesome vintage clothes, drove a BMW, listened to Jane’s Addiction, was a talented painter, and a professional shoplifter. One weekend, we went to the mall. Keep reading »
A cheating Guatemalan woman faked her own kidnapping in Barcelona, so she could keep cheating with her Spanish lover. Ay carumba!Mark Sanford, are you taking notes? A woman in Spain texted her hubby in Guatemala that she’d been kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and held against her will with other kidnappees. In truth, the two-timer was boning a guy she met online. Her worried hubby alerted the Embassy of Spain in Guatemala, who called cops in Spain. Police found her in Barcelona, where she claimed she’d escaped her captors. However, when a medical examination found she had no injuries befitting a rape or kidnapping, the woman admitted the whole charade. And she did it all for a little nookie on the side. [Barcelona Reporter, Euro Weekly] Keep reading »
What’s the big issue these days in German politics? Sex appeal. Vera Lengsfeld, a conservative candidate running for parliament, is generating controversy over a campaign billboard she posted in her voting district. The billboard uses an unauthorized photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and shows both middle-aged women sporting very, very revealing tops that expose “Real Housewives”-level cleavage. Across the bottom, the billboard reads, “We have more to offer.” Merkel is shocked by the photos and so are many Germans. But the billboard does seem to have served its purpose. Lengsfeld is getting quite a bit of attention, even if has nothing to do with her politics. Do you think her girls can get a woman elected? Keep reading »
We take anything we hear reported in the National Enquirer with a huuuge grain of salt, but the trashy tab was correct about John Edwards‘ affair with former campaign employee Rielle Hunter. Therefore, we’re inclined to give a listen to their wild ‘n crazy rumors. The Enquirer says Edwards allegedly took a secret paternity test that proves that he’s the father of Hunter’s 18-month-old daughter, Frances, and is allegedly arranging child support payments. Vicious rumor or another rare fact in the Enquirer? Time will tell. [National Enquirer] Keep reading »
Ciudad Juarez, a border town in Mexico, is a dangerous place for women. Since the 1990s, hundreds of girls have disappeared from the streets of this city. Fifteen years ago, so many women went missing that the FBI got involved. For a while, the killings seemed to have stopped. Now they’re happening again. In the past year and a half, over 20 girls have mysteriously disappeared from the town. Most of them are young and attractive and were last seen in the downtown area. Keep reading »
In a few days, disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will head to court to work out his plea deal. But first, he has important things to take care of. Over the weekend, he made an appearance at a Chicago block party to sing a little Elvis ditty called “Treat Me Nice” along with his “fellow unemployed friend,” Fabio of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter fame. Rod, love the popped collar, but your hip swivel needs some work. Keep reading »