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Toilet Paper Wedding Dress winner, Paris Jackson’s tears for her father, Alec Baldwin’s political dreams and more
1. Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something … made of toilet paper? Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com has concluded its fifth annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest, in which budget-savvy women construct gowns using only TP, tape and glue. (Think MacGyver meets Vera Wang.) Believe it or not, these anti-Bridezillas can whip up perfectly gorgeous dresses like nobody’s business. This year (after a heated debate between judges and Web site founders Laura Gawn, Susan Bain and Roxie Radford), the coveted gold went to Ann Kagawa Lee of Honolulu, Hawaii.
The retired attorney, who used to make her daughters’ prom dresses, says she has always had a passion for “designing and sewing formal dresses.” Ann was up against some stiff competition, with over 700 other TP contestants striving for the crown. Her ensemble, inspired by Gone with the Wind, called for 15 rolls of toilet paper and took roughly two weeks to make. Scarlet would be proud.
Kagawa won $1,000 for her pains (now that’s a lot of TP), as well as the honor of having her creation displayed along with six other TP masterpieces in several Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museums around the world.
What? We want to see someone walk down the aisle in this thing!
2. In the most touching moment of yesterday’s public memorial to Michael Jackson, his daughter, Paris, 11, took the stage with the Jackson family at the end of the two-hour ceremony and spoke about her father.
As Jermaine, Randy, Janet and LaToya surrounded her in a circle of caring, Paris said tearfully, “I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much.” Her aunt Janet then took the child into her arms.
Paris and her brothers, Prince, 12, and Blanket, 7, are currently in the care of their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, but Michael’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe (is the legal parent to Michael’s two eldest kids) stated last week that she wants her kids back.
3. He doesn’t exactly have the most unblemished personal life but that isn’t stopping Alec Baldwin from having political aspirations. The 30 Rock star told Playboy magazine that he is seriously considering running for congress after his contract with the show ends in 2012.
“I’ll put it this way,” he said. “The desire is there; that’s one component. The other component is opportunity.”
A born and bred New Yorker, Alec discussed the futures of certain local politicians (“After 2013 Bloomberg will be gone [as Mayor of New York City]. What happens then?”) and revealed that he was asked to run for governor of Ohio and has considered moving to New Jersey or Connecticut to run for office.
Alec-who was skewered by the media in 2007 when an angry phone message he left for his daughter, Ireland, was leaked to the public-knows he’s given his opponents, journalists, and even his friends at Saturday Night Live plenty of ammunition to use against him if he does run for office.
“These guys will have a field day,” Alec admits. “I’ve given them so much crap to use against me… If I run for political office, they’ll have a forest of material to kill me with.”
Would you vote for him? (Playboy)
4. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the UK, identical twin sisters have been diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of each other. Two years ago, Leigh Baker was devastated to learn that she had breast cancer at the age of 25, but she and her family were rocked six weeks later when her twin sister, Nicole, received the same horrible news.
“We have heard of twins both getting breast cancer years apart-but not at the same time like this,” said Lester Barr, a consultant surgeon at the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre in Manchester.
But the sisters were in for more bad news. Because Leigh was under the age of 30 (younger women are considered to be at lower risk for breast cancer), she was not referred for urgent testing after her lump was initially found, and while she waited three months for an appointment, the cancer spread.
Following treatment both sisters are now cancer free, and they are speaking out to urge breast cancer awareness in women under 30 and have launched a campaign to urge the British government to reconsider treatment guidelines for younger women.
In the US, the National Cancer Institute recommends screening mammography, with or without clinical breast examination, every one to two years for women aged 40 and older. There are no specific recommendations for screening women under the age of 30. (Daily Mail)
5. Convicted felon Chris Brown doesn’t seem to be taking his assault charge against Rihanna seriously. Less than two weeks after he pled guilty and received five years’ probation and was sentenced to perform community labor, the singer was spotted at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ White Party over the weekend wearing a $300,000 oversize diamond and sapphire pendant emblazoned with the word “Oops!”
The less-than-classy accessory was designed by Jason Arasheben of Jason of Beverly Hills who took to his blog to defend the piece, saying, “It has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of romantic involvement he’s had now or in the past with someone. This piece, as Chris put it, is an expression of being fresh. He commissioned us to do this piece well over six months ago.”
Uh-huh. But did he have to wear it?
6. An Californian mom is suing her daughter’s elementary school after administrators forced her child to remove a T-shirt with a pro-life message on it.
The 13-year-old was wearing a shirt with two pictures of a growing fetus followed by a black box with the words “growing…growing…gone” as part of National Pro-life T-shirt Day.
Anna Amador claims that her daughter was humiliated when she was taken to the principal’s office and asked to remove the shirt. The school cited its dress code, which doesn’t allow clothing to make reference to “tobacco, drug or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity, vulgarity or other inappropriate subject matter.”
Amador’s lawyer says, “There is nothing inappropriate about supporting life.” And added that there was no evidence that the shirt was disruptive.
The legal precedent for free speech in schools was set during the Vietnam War when students wore black armbands in passive protest despite school policy against it. The Supreme Court ruled that students were allowed to engage in political speech so long as it didn’t disrupt the work and discipline of the school. (Fox News)