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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday afternoon news dump

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 6:21 PM

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• The Smoking Gun has now obtained the police report of Stormy Daniels' arrest, complete with mugshot:

In a setback to her nascent U.S. Senate campaign, porn star Stormy Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) was arrested Saturday afternoon for domestic violence after she allegedly battered her husband because she was "upset because the way the laundry had been done."


• As Gov. Bobby Jindal hits the fundraising trail again (hello, Destin, Fla.!), The Old River Road updates its "Where's Bobby?" map ...

That ginormous beehive in the French Quarter? Score bees 1, beekeepers and reporters 0 ...

• 2009 Krewe of Orpheus rider Joan Rivers has a new cable show, How'd You Get So Rich?, and some of the first episodes will feature Blaine Kern, Ronnie Lamarque, and the guy who invented Boudreaux's Butt Paste. She was plugging the show at the annual Television Critics' summer press tour when she dropped this nugget:

Meanwhile, Joan Rivers hopes Leno bombs at 10.

Rivers showed up at the tour to pitch her new TV Land show, "How'd You Get So Rich?" But naturally some critic asked her what she thought of the whole Leno/O'Brien switcheroo.

In case you've been living under a flat rock, Rivers had been the permanent "Tonight Show" guest host for years in the '80s, but left to go to Fox when she learned she was not on the short list to replace Johnny Carson as permanent "Tonight" host. Leno got that gig.

"I think it's brilliant that Leno is at 10 p.m., because America can get bored more easily and go to sleep earlier," Rivers snarked.

• ... and, after three hours of judges' instructions, the federal jury in Alexandria, Va. is finally settling in to decide the fate of former Rep. William Jefferson. We asked Clancy DuBos for the over-under on Jefferson's prospects, and he said this in an email:

Not less than 4 hours, in my opinion, because I think it will be a compromise verdict...I think he will be convicted on at least 4 to 6 counts, and hung or acquitted on the rest. A conviction on even one is devastating.

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