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Sarah Palin quits! Plus: Brad Pitt’s new cell phone commercial, David Carradine’s autopsy and more
-The Betty Editors
1. Sarah Palin shocker! Sarah Palin is, once again, full of surprises. The Alaska governor, at a pre-July 4th news conference, announced that she will not be running for re-election. Even more unexpected, she said she would be stepping down from the governorship at the end of the month. She will be replaced by Lt. Governor Sean Parnell.
Some are already suggesting she is giving up her job in order to plan a run for the President. Or is Sarah, the mother of a toddler with Down syndrome, and a new grandmother, wanting to step out of the harsh glare of public life to concentrate on her family?
This has been an especially tough week for the attractive 45-year-old, who skyrocketed to national attention when John McCain picked her as his running mate in the 2008 Presidential election. The new issue of Vanity Fair has an article about her that criticizes her “disastrous” performance as a Vice-Presidential candidate. In the piece, unnamed McCain staffers are quoted as complaining about her “mental state,” and suggesting she was suffering from post-partum depression after the birth of her son, Trig.
Also Sarah has been dogged in recent months by ethics inquiries. Her office last month announced the 15th dismissal of an ethics complaint against her or one of her staff.
Todd Palin told Fox News his wife will continue “to do the things for Alaska and the country that she is passionate about. and can not do as governor with the limitation and constant opposition she deals with within the state.” So does that mean a Presidential run for Sarah who has been called “the sexiest and riskiest brand in the Republican party?” Or will another explanation surface soon for her latest surprising move? Stay tuned.
2. We’ve heard of crimes against fashion, but this is ridiculous! A man has been jailed in Dubai for wearing a T-shirt featuring a nearly nude Victoria Beckham. The Marc Jacobs T-shirt, part of series produced to raise money for skin cancer research, features a stripped-down Posh strategically covered by her hands and the words “Protect the Skin You’re In.” Raffi Nernekian, who bought the T-shirt in NYC, was approached in a Dubai bakery by a local citizen who complained about his attire. After an argument, Nernekian left to change, but when he returned, he found police waiting for him. He was jailed for offending public decency and will be deported after serving a month-long sentence, even though he has lived in the city for five years. We dread to think what would have happened to him if he’d been wearing the Winona Ryder version of the $20 tee. (Daily Telegraph)
3. Superdad, superhunk, and now a superhero? Brad Pitt demonstrates an unusual talent in a new commercial for Japanese cell phone company Softbank. In his fifth ad for Softbank, Brad plays a personal assistant to a sumo wrestler. When the sizable man breaks a strap on his shoe, the father of six picks him up and carries him as if he were as light as daughter Shiloh. (US Magazine)
4. David Carradine‘s family was provided with a bit of comfort on Wednesday when the results of a private autopsy revealed that the actor didn’t commit suicide. Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was hired by the Kung Fu actor’s relatives to conduct a follow-up investigation to one handled in Thailand after Carradine was found hanging from his Bangkok hotel room closet on June 4. Baden, host of the HBO series Autopsy, says that the actor’s death, from asphyxiation, was more than likely accidental and that the binding on Carradine (whose hands were tied above his head) ruled out suicide. However, the doctor has not completely ruled out the possibility that the star was killed by someone else and says he still needs more information from Thai police. (TMZ)
5. The Bee Gees are responsible for many things (chest hair, medallions, tight trousers, falsettos…), but now they have saved a man’s life. Christopher Bader was taking a walk in the woods with his wife, Debra, when he suddenly collapsed. After calling 911 on her husband’s cell phone, Debra says she remembered a public service announcement from the American Heart Association that recommended performing chest compressions to the beat of the 70s disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” “I sang the song and gave directions to the EMTs at the same time,” Bader said. “It was like, ‘Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive – take a right here, take a left here – Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive – take this path down here – Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.'” Debra, who had never taken a CPR class, pumped her 53-year-old husband’s chest until EMTs arrived. Christopher survived. “She’s a real hero,” says Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield, her husband’s cariologist. Debra reveals that doctors at the hospital where her husband was treated have an alternative song to the Bee Gees hit: “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. “Doctors have kind of a dark sense of humor,” she says. (CNN)
6. Michael Jackson‘s family has finally made a decision on where to hold a memorial service for the King of Pop. The public tribute to the singer, who died on June 25, will be held on Tuesday at the Staples Center in L.A. The 20,000-seat venue is where Jackson was rehearsing for his upcoming London concerts. Promoters of the This Is It tour have released video footage of the star’s rehearsal two nights before he died. (Radar Online)