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Extra, Extra: Hey! Thx for the Add!!!
- The general consensus about last night's one-hour Golden Globes "Awards Show" (quotation marks make for great sarcasm indicators, yes?): Less than stellar. The snorefest reading-of-the-nominees and "the winner is" naming was about as thrilling as the reading of a will, with Time's Richard Corliss declaring in his post-mortem that the reporters delivering the news "all sank into a sea of blandness and blondness."
- Local Latino politicians are endorsing Barack Obama in his Democratic Presidental nominee bid. California state Senator Gil Cedillo and former state Democratic Senator Martha Escutia of Los Angeles publicly threw their support to the Senator from Illinois. They join the list of several other Latino elected officials in the state who support Obama, such as Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero of Los Angeles (chair of California Latinos for Obama), Senator Dean Florez of Bakersfield and Pomona city Mayor Norma Torres. LA Mayor Villaraigosa, however, has not been shy about his support of Obama's chief opponent, Hillary Clinton.
- ...and even MORE local endorsements for Obama came in today: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena; former Rep. Mel Levine; Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo; Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks; West Hollywood Mayor John Duran and Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. Voters, don't forget, the Primary is February 5th.
- Beverly Hills-based social networking behemoth MySpace is announcing plans to combat online sexual predators. The plan is for them to work in multiple states on programs to better verify the ages and identities of its users, as well as to allow independent monitoring of the site's content as a measure of protection. May we suggest getting Dateline's ubiquitous Chris Hanson to be a part of the team? We'd love to see him delivering transcripts of inane MySpace messaging, i.e. "Hey hottt stuff, thanx 4 the add!!!!"
- The man who fell to his death on Saturday after a liquor-soaked stunt led to his loss of balance on the escalators at the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex has been identified as 39-year-old Roger Zidowsky of Valencia. Seriously? The guy was 39? And acting a fool on the escalators? At Hollywood & Highland, of all places? Oh dear.
- Oops, she did it again! Britney Spears was once again a no-show for a court date, when today she did not appear at a custody hearing. What she did instead today became the most riveting non-news of the news world (to some) when local "media" outlets like TMZ went apeshit about her every move, including her pit-stop at a church, lunch outing, and return home. Bottom line: No visitation with her sons until at least the next hearing, scheduled for February 19th. Will she show up? Who knows! If you want live, moment-by-moment blows of Spears' life, ummmm, check somewhere else.
- Another courthouse saw some excitement today when firefighters had to help liberate five people who became trapped in an elevator when spoke alarms sounded in reaction to smoke on the building's 19th floor. It is believed that the caus of the smoke was related to an electrical problem, and no one was harmed in the early-morning incident.
- Another celeb hits the court system, as actor Wesley Snipes begins his trial on charges of tax fraud and conspiracy. The star says "he was a victim of unscrupulous advice and didn't know he was doing anything illegal." His charges include Snipes' fraudulently seeking refunds of nearly $12 million from the late 90s, and also not filing tax returns between the years 1999-2004.