Forgive me if I seem a little off today – I've just been given a beating.
I checked out the rally for Barack Obama at the Grady Cole Center on Tuesday and was subsequently beaten over the head with the campaign's early voting message.
For a good hour, a few hundred people listened to local radio personalities and N.C. politicians Mel Watt and Anthony Foxx drone on and on – sample ballots in hand – about the importance of getting to the polls early.
Didn't they realize we were all just there to see R&B superstar Usher? And “CSI” actor Hill Harper?
Unfortunately when Usher did come out, he spoke for about a minute – again, the early voting spiel – before directing the audience across the street to an early voting place. That's right, a short speech and no performance. (He did look good though.) The best we got was the “premiere” of Usher's politically toned video for “Hush,” which actually showed up on YouTube last week.
As I was walking out, I heard, “Sarah, have you voted yet?”
My head hurts.
Reeves, paparazzo square off
Keanu Reeves and the paparazzo who's suing him took turns on the witness stand Tuesday, offering different accounts of an incident the photographer said left him seriously injured.
Reeves told jurors he moved his Porsche forward slowly to try to get the paparazzo, Alison Silva, to move out of his way. Reeves had just finished visiting a relative in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in March 2007 and had been followed by Silva from the Sunset Strip.
Reeves insisted he did not hit Silva. Silva testified the opposite, saying the bumper hit his knee and sent him reeling backward. He then fell and contends his wrist was seriously injured, limiting his ability to work.
Silva will retake the stand today, when Reeves' attorney will have a chance to question him. He is suing Reeves for lost wages and medical expenses. Associated Press
Marion Jones to visit Oprah
Disgraced track star Marion Jones will give her first post-prison interview to Oprah Winfrey.
Jones' appearance on today's episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is to be her first interview since she was released Sept. 5 from a Texas federal prison after completing most of a six-month sentence for lying about steroid use.
Jones tells Winfrey it wasn't difficult for her to return the three gold medals she won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She says “it's the memory that will be tarnished.” Associated Press
Writer-producer Dominick Dunne, 83. Actor Richard Dreyfuss, 61. Actress Kate Jackson, 60. Actor Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”), 51. Singer Randy Jackson, 47. Actress Joely Fisher, 41. Actor Rufus Sewell, 41. Actress Winona Ryder, 37. Actress Gabrielle Union, 35. Actor Ben Foster, 28.
This day in history Oct. 29
1929: “Black Tuesday” at the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling, and thousands of investors were wiped out as the Great Depression began.