‘Today' on Kilimanjaro
Climbing Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro is no weekend hike, and the “Today” show's Ann Curry was feeling it Saturday.
The NBC reporter was sent on assignment for the morning show's “Ends of the Earth” feature, which begins Monday. The program's four chief personalities will embark on lengthy road trips to illustrate environmental stories.
“This is like climbing a Stairmaster for six hours a day with 20 pounds on your back,” Curry said in a telephone interview from her tent following Saturday's climb.
She's hardly an experienced climber. The last mountain she scaled was half the size, and she did it while in college, said Curry, who turns 52 Wednesday. She learned of the assignment only three weeks ago, giving her little time to train.
Her climb is plotted out so that if she does make it to the summit, it will be shown during Friday's edition of “Today.” Associated Press
Lohan gets floured
Lindsay Lohan was pelted with a flour bomb Saturday when she arrived at a Paris nightclub wearing a fur stole. Animal rights activists showered the 22-year-old actress with flour when she went to the VIP Room Theater with her friend Samantha Ronson. The owner of the nightclub helped Lohan dust off her blue sequined dress and black stole before she posed on the red carpet. Associated Press
Actor Actress Marg Helgenberger, 50. Jazz singer Diana Krall, 44. Actress Lisa Bonet, 41. Actress Martha Plimpton, 38. Actress Missi Pyle, 36. Olympic gold-medal figure skater Oksana Baiul, 31. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, 31. Actor Noah Gray-Cabey (“Heroes”), 13.
This day in history Nov. 16
1908: Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his debut with the New York Metropolitan Opera as he led a performance of Verdi's “Aida.”