Reeve law to provide for paralysis research
President Obama has signed into law a bill named for “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve that provides for paralysis research and rehabilitation.
Obama signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act on Monday as part of a bundle of bills designed to expand wilderness protection. The Reeve measure provides care for paralyzed persons and others with disabilities.
Christopher Reeve became an advocate for embryonic stem cell research after he was paralyzed in a 1995 horseback riding accident. He died in 2004 of heart failure.
His son, Matthew Reeve, attended the bill signing. Associated Press
Upcoming Cohen satire rated NC-17
The Motion Picture Association of America ratings board has given the first cut of Sacha Baron Cohen's highly anticipated subversive satire, “Bruno,” an NC-17 rating. That's the kiss of death for any movie trying to drum up attendance outside major cities.
Sharon Waxman at TheWrap.com says the rating was applied because the flick has too much sexual content the MPAA deemed excessive. A Universal rep says it's still early in the process. Philadelphia Inquirer
Madonna, kids tour day care center
LILONGWE, Malawi Madonna and her three children toured a day care center built by her charity Monday as critics slammed the star's attempt to adopt a second child from this poor African nation and a judge delayed a ruling in the case until Friday.
Some child advocacy groups say the 50-year-old pop star's plans to adopt a young Malawian girl have been fast-tracked because of Madonna's money and status. Associated Press
Lodge at Willis' ski operation burns
FAIRFIELD, Idaho Authorities say a fire has destroyed the main lodge at a small ski operation co-owned by Bruce Willis.
They said the Soldier Mountain Ski Resort lodge and an adjacent ski rental building were destroyed in the Monday morning blaze. No one was injured.
The resort closed for the season last week. Associated Press
Actor Hartnett in hospital
LOS ANGELES Josh Hartnett's publicist said the 30-year-old actor was taken to a Los Angeles hospital with gastrointestinal problems. Susan Patricola said Hartnett was taken by ambulance at 1:45 a.m. Monday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and that he was “under observation but is resting comfortably.”
Patricola says Hartnett had a flare-up of a gastrointestinal issue that affected him last year. No other details were provided. Associated Press
Dillon's traffic charge dismissed
Matt Dillon saw his case dismissed after pleading guilty to speeding and paying an $828 fine.
The 44-year-old actor was stopped Dec.30 on Interstate 91 while driving 106mph in rural Northern Vermont. He was also charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
A prosecutor said Dillon agreed to plead guilty to speeding in exchange for having the negligent operation charge dismissed, which he said is common in such cases.
Dillon's lawyer says the plea was a fair resolution. Associated Press
Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, 81. Actor Richard Chamberlain, 75. Actress Shirley Jones, 75. Musician Herb Alpert, 74. Actor Christopher Walken, 66. Former Vice President Al Gore, 61. Actress Rhea Perlman, 61. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC), 54. Actor Ewan McGregor, 38.
This day in history March 31
1968: At the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address, President Lyndon B. Johnson shocked listeners by announcing he would not seek another term of office.