Monday, July 4, 2011

Lily Allen feels 'protected' by church

04 July 2011

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Lily Allen had a church wedding because of the support she received from her vicar and local community in Cranham, Gloucestershire, South West England, when she lost her baby last year.

Lily Allen feels "protected" by her local church.

The 26-year-old singer - who revealed at her wedding to Sam Cooper earlier this month that she is pregnant - decided to marry in her local village of Cranham, Gloucestershire, South West England, because of the support she received from neighbours when she lost her baby when she was six months pregnant last November.

She said: "People wouldn't have thought I'd have a church wedding, but since I had the really traumatic experience last year, our local community all pitched in.

"We hadn't been there long, but after the news got out we received flowers and really heartfelt, beautifully written cards.

It feels really nice. We feel protected.

"Our vicar said a similar thing had happened to his family, so he would come over and sit with me.

"It feels really nice. We feel protected."

Lily also admitted Sam helped her curb her partying lifestyle after her drinking threatened to get out of control.

She explained to the new issue of Britain's Elle magazine: "I wasn't eating and then, you know, I was going out at night.

"I guess when you're not eating you have to distract yourself with other things.

"Come three o'clock it was like, 'Oh, I suppose it's acceptable to have a glass of wine.' And then by four o'clock I would have had four glasses. It's not the way to be.

"But then I met Sam and he noticed that behaviour. I think it came to a point for him where he was thinking, 'Can I be with this girl if this is what her life is like? I want to make this work, but I can't live in this world.'

"I just needed someone to tell me. I suppose I was doing all that because I wanted acceptance and if he was telling me that he'd already accepted me for who I was and I didn't need to do all this bulls**t, then it made me feel safe and secure."

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Exxon claims spill damage limited, gov. doubful

LAUREL, Mont. (AP) ? Authorities struggled Sunday to gauge the environmental and crop damage from tens of thousands of gallons of oil that spilled into the legendary Yellowstone River, as Montana's governor criticized Exxon Mobil for downplaying the possible scope of the disaster.

A break in a company pipeline near Laurel fouled miles of riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts to close intakes across eastern Montana.

Exxon Mobil brought in more cleanup workers to mop up crude at three sites along the flooded river that were coated with thick globs of crude. Yet there was no clear word on how far the damage extended along a scenic river famous for its fishing and vital to farmers who depend on its water for their crops.

The uncertainty frustrated riverfront property owners such as Linda Corbin, who worried that severe damage would be revealed as the flooding Yellowstone recedes in coming weeks. The stench of spilled crude was obvious in Corbin's backyard ? a reminder of the potential problems lurking beneath the surface of the nearby river.

"The smell has been enough to gag a maggot," said Corbin, 64. "I just hope it doesn't come too far because I'm on a well, and I won't appreciate having to shower in Exxon oil."

Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Sonya Pennock said its staff had spotted oil at least 40 miles downstream. There were other reports of oil as far as 100 miles away, near the town of


After Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. president Gary Pruessing said flyovers had shown most of the damage was limited to a 10-mile stretch of river, Gov. Brian Schweitzer dismissed the claim as premature.

The Democratic governor said Exxon Mobil needed to get more personnel to inspect the situation close-up. He also slammed Pruessing's statement to reporters that no injured wildlife had been found.

"For somebody to say at this early stage that there's no damage to wildlife, that's pretty silly," Schweitzer said. "The Yellowstone River is important to us. We've got to have a physical inspection of that river in small boats ? and soon."

Exxon estimated that up to 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons, spilled Saturday before the flow from the damaged pipeline was stopped. An EPA representative said only a small fraction of the spilled oil was likely to be recovered.

State officials earlier reported a 25-mile long slick headed downstream toward the Yellowstone's confluence with the Missouri River, just across the Montana border in North Dakota. Authorities had no further reports on that slick, and Pruessing said the oil appeared to be evaporating and dissipating as the Yellowstone carries it downstream.

Pruessing also said that the 12-inch pipeline had been temporarily shut down in May because of concerns over the rising waters on the Yellowstone. He said the company decided to restart the line after examining its safety record and deciding the risk was low.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees pipelines, last year issued a warning letter to Exxon Mobil that cited seven safety violations along the ruptured Silvertip pipeline. Two of the warnings faulted the company for its emergency response and pipeline corrosion training.

Transportation department spokeswoman Patricia Klinger said the company has since responded to the warnings and the case was closed.

The company and government officials have speculated that high waters in recent weeks may have scoured the river bottom and exposed the pipeline to debris that could have damaged the pipe. Eastern Montana received record rainfall in the last month and also has a huge snowpack in the mountains that is melting, which has resulted in widespread flooding.

"We are very curious about what may have happened at the bottom of the river. We don't have that yet," Pruessing said.

Crews were putting absorbent material along short stretches of the river in Billings and near Laurel, but no attempts were made at capturing oil farther out. In some areas, oil flowed underneath booms.

EPA on-scene coordinator Steve Way said fast flows along the flooding river were spreading the oil over a large area, making it harder to capture. But Way said that also could reduce damage to wildlife and cropland along the river.

Property owners said they could not wait long for Exxon to clean up, particularly in agricultural areas where crops and grazing pastures were at risk. The Yellowstone River also is popular among fishermen, though areas further upriver from the spill are more heavily trafficked.

Billings-area goat rancher Alexis Bonogofsky said the flooding Yellowstone brought the oil into her summer pastures ? pollution that she was afraid would kill the grass needed to feed her animals.

"My place is covered with oil," she said. "I would like a list that says: 'This is what's in crude oil.'"

The 20-year-old pipeline was last inspected in 2009 using a robotic device that travels through the line looking for corrosion, dents or other problems, Pruessing said. Tests to determine the pipeline's depth were taken in December, and at the time, the line appeared to be 5 to 8 feet below the riverbed, he said.

"It was completely in line with all regulatory requirements," he said.

Workers first became aware of a problem with the pipeline when pressure readings dropped early Saturday. Pruessing said workers began shutting down the line within six minutes, although company officials declined to say how long that process took.

The spill was small compared to other oil-related disasters, such as the 11 million gallons leaked by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989. But officials said the pristine nature of the Yellowstone, along with its turbulent waters and riverside communities, complicated their cleanup efforts and attempts to assess the damage.


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Matthew Morrison Gears Up for "A Capitol Fourth"

Getting ready for a nationally televised performance, Matthew Morrison was busy rehearsing for "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon (July 3).

The "Glee" star took to the stage alongside Tony-nominated Broadway vet Kelli O?Hara as the pair are among a long list of scheduled entertainers at the PBS run showcase.

With Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits tending to hosting duties, other acts slated to perform include Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Josh Groban, and rock ?n roll legend Little Richard performing with the cast of the Broadway smash hit Million Dollar QuartetJordin Sparks.

With the event set to air from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol from 8:00 to 9:30PM ET, executive producer Jerry Colbert said of this year's offering, "It?s a tremendously uplifting feeling as hundreds of thousands of Americans join together on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, singing the National Anthem as the National Symphony Orchestra plays."

Colbert added, "As we watch the nation?s capital light up with fireworks, it helps us forget our differences and remember that we are all Americans. I can?t think of a better place to celebrate our freedom and the nation?s birthday.?


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Lindsay Lohan -- Out for Birthday Dinner

Lindsay Lohan went out for dinner in Malibu last night to celebrate her 25th birthday -- which is news because it's her birthday ... and she was actually allowed out of the house.

They grow up so fast.�


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Amber Rose Denies Sending Nude Photos To Nicki Minaj?s Boyfriend

      Memo to Amber Rose: You don’t want it with Nicki Minaj…you REALLY don’t want it. Rumors and reports are swirling that Amber Rose, who is currently dating Wiz Khalifa, sent nude pic of herself to Nicki Minaj’s rumored boyfriend. Amber Rose is being accused of sending nude photos to Minaj’s assistant and rumored boyfriend, [...]


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Maria Shriver Files for Divorce

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Maria Shriver is moving on.

California's former first lady filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, a source confirms, two months after the actor's public admission that he fathered a child with the couple's longtime housekeeper.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Shriver is seeking shared custody of their minor children, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. The couple also have two daughters, Katherine, 21 and Christina, 19. Shriver is also seeking spousal support from Schwarzenegger and that he pay her attorney fees.

Schwarzenegger's rep Adam Mendelsohn had no comment on the filing.

According to a source, one of the reasons Shriver had confronted housekeeper Mildred Baena was because it became more and more apparent over the years that Baena's son, Joseph, 13, bore a striking resemblance to Schwarzenegger.

"While Maria may not have been as angry at Mildred as she was at Arnold, her instinct would be to protect her family," a source close to the family previously told PEOPLE. "Whatever she did in the aftermath was about taking care of her kids, trying to shield them and trying to minimize the repercussions."

Shriver, 55, most recently attended the Special Olympics in Athens, Greece, accompanied by her four children.

It remains to be seen what sort of relationship Schwarzenegger, 63, plans to have with Joseph, although a source says the actor has been providing for the boy for many years.

In early May, the couple announced their split as they contemplated the state of their 25-year marriage.

"At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship," the couple said in a statement at the time. "We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives."

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Novak Djokovic Tops Rafael Nadal for Wimbledon Men's Title

With the top two players in the world facing off against one another, the Wimbledon Men's Final took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England on Sunday (July 3).

Turning into quite the heated battle after a runaway start, Novak Djokovic ended up holding onto his big lead to top Rafael Nadal in four sets by a score of 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

The top-ranked Serbian jumped out to a quick lead, as he breezed through the first two sets before his Spaniard competitor found new life while taking the third set in dominant fashion.

With famous faces including U.S Open golf champion Rory McIlroy, along with actor Alan Rickman and race car driver Jenson Button watching on, Djokovic ended up regaining his composure while claiming the fourth set for the coveted title.

Novak joins Petra Kvitova as this year's Wimbledon champions, as Miss Kvitova topped Maria Sharapova in straight sets the previous day for the Women's title.


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LAPD's Foothill Station gets a little TLC

After nearly a half-century of public service, the LAPD's Foothill Station in Pacoima is starting to show its age.

Its lobby seats are stained or peeling and those behind the front desk are mismatched or too short for the officers to use. The walls are a shade of green that's reminiscent of a hospital corridor or, as some officers lament, the color of sheriff's deputies' uniforms.

But all that is about to change. Faced with a city budget crisis that makes the chance of improvements all but impossible, about a dozen volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and renovating the station themselves.

"It's really a labor of love," said Capt. Joseph Hiltner, commanding officer of Foothill Division. "We really have a community that appreciates their police department and folks that are donating recognize the fact that under fiscal constraints, we couldn't do it without their help.

"And the officers appreciate it, too," Hiltner said.

After soliciting donations of paint and labor from local businesses, volunteers gave most of the station's walls a fresh coat of white and "LAPD blue."

Some officers, while off-duty, helped knock down a wall in the watch commander's office to open up the space.

Power tools and fasteners cluttered the desk of Senior Lead Officer Michelle

Rodriguez, who for the last several weeks, has used her spare time to lay and glue donated dark blue tile over the scuffed rose-hued flooring.

"Everybody feels good," she said. "And everyone's real happy about it."

The major work on the station is expected to wrap up this week, but the volunteers are already planning additional improvements, said Vicki Burch, co-chair of Foothill's Community Police Advisory Board.

"A nice place to work makes your workforce more productive," said Burch, who would like to see new furniture in the station and the new landscaping outside - in time to celebrate the station's 50th anniversary later this year.

"I want this area to look good, be good, and be a productive area. I don't want to live in Slumville, USA."

Burch, who volunteers for other organizations in the Sun Valley community, has led the effort to solicit donations of goods and services to help spruce up the station.

About 20 businesses have donated construction workers and electricians and items such as desks, a granite countertop and flat-screen monitors to display the day's agenda.

"It's interesting to see how you can get people to do things they never would have thought of doing, or never saw that there was a need for," Burch said.

"I really don't have to lean on them too hard. A little bit of tears do it," she joked.

Regardless of how much work remains to be done, officers are already appreciative of their tidier and brighter digs.

"It's an older station, so any kind of work looks great," said Officer Rodolfo Rocha, who was working in the newly renovated report-writing room, where a new flat-screen was waiting to be wired. "New paint just makes it feel a little different."

The effort the volunteers and donors have put in has been heartwarming, Rodriguez said.

"It's overwhelming," she said. "It restores your faith in people. We deal with a lot of negative things, but I also know there's a lot of really good people out there that are willing to step up and follow through."


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Lady Gaga Gets the Royal Treatment in Taichung

She's one of the most popular international entertainers in Taiwan, and Lady Gaga received the royal treatment as she visited the central Taichung government offices on Sunday (July 3).

With numerous fans dressed up in the "Born This Way" singer's likeness, Gaga was decked out in a colorful Taiwanese ensemble as she joined Taichung Mayor Jason Hu and a group of children onstage to be presented with a key to the city.

With Mayor Hu also proclaiming July 3rd as Lady Gaga Day, the 25-year-old did her best to entertain while leading the youngsters from the Tai Ya tribe in a dance session.

Gaga is visiting the island for a five-day promotional tour for her new album "Born This Way,"with a launch event to be held later in the evening at the Taichung Arena.


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