Charlotte man one of nation's hottest dads

Charlotte's Marcus Freeman was one of 10 semi-finalists in a national competition for a "hot dad" contest launched by iVillage, a website owned by NBC Universal. On Monday, he appeared on the "Today" show with several other contestants but was not named the winner.

Freeman, 41, and his wife, Tricia, have three children, ages 5, 3 and 8 months. In a phone interview, he said he regularly dances around the house with his kids and sings "The Wheels on the Bus" in the car.

"We've got a real fun family," said Freeman, a real estate broker who lives in Huntington Forest. "It's neat to see them say, 'I like being around my dad.'" Deia de Brito

N.J. 'Housewives' cast members sued

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast members beat and injured a Chicago-area police officer and his cousin during a brawl this year at a Dominican resort, two lawsuits filed Monday allege.

Adolfo Arreola, with the University of Illinois at Chicago's police department, suffered a broken arm, blurred vision, cuts and bruises after some members of the "Jersey Housewives" cast "savagely beat, kicked, punched, scratched, jumped" on him and smashed glass on his head, according to the lawsuits. His cousin Jason Gomez suffered a broken leg and a torn ligaments after he came to Arreola's defense.

The cousins' lawsuits - filed in New York and Miami - allege that they and their families were dancing in a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino bar in Punta Cana on Feb. 23 when "Jersey Housewife" Teresa Giudice sprayed champagne on Arreola's mother-in-law and mocked the 53-year-old woman as she tried to wipe the alcohol from her eyes.

The complaints state that after Arreola confronted Giudice, he was attacked by cast members that included her husband, Joe Giudice, and Albert and Christopher Manzo, the sons of "Jersey Housewives" matriarch Caroline Manzo.

A spokeswoman for Bravo said the network and the cast members declined to comment.

Chicago Tribune

Big Man suffers stroke

Clarence Clemons was said to be stable and responsive Monday after suffering a stroke Sunday at his Florida home. The longtime saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band reportedly has undergone two brain surgeries.

His vital signs are improving. He's responsive," a friend of Clemons, 69, told the Springsteen magazine "Backstreets" on Monday.

Clemons recently collaborated with Lady Gaga, appearing on her "Born This Way" album and hitting the "American Idol" stage with her.

Los Angeles Times