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Today’s edition of the Toronto Sun, Hogtown’s version of the New York Post, promises “8 Ford Pages Inside.” Above a headline and great illustration combo that hates on the city’s “extremely, extremely inebriated” mayor for continuing to attract a mountain of sordid international media coverage.
Earlier this week, before that crazy new video of Ford surfaced, the paper was leading with: ‘The world is cracking up at Toronto’s expense.’ We are indeed, although interestingly, in one of the more thoughtful bits of coverage, Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates – who was eight-years-old in 1990 at the time of the Marion Barry scandal – suggested today’s social-media-buttressed mocking Merry-Go-Round will actually mean this has less of a damaging impact on Toronto’s collective psyche than the Barry episode did on D.C.’s.
The online version of Albany Times-Union political reporter James M. Odato‘s (pictured) big scoop went up Tuesday night. There was no comment from SUNY beforehand, but a half-hour after the item was posted, the school turned around and provided Odato with a statement.
According to Odato’s report, Penn State trustees were all set last Friday to announce as their 18th president David R. Smith, the current president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Instead, Smith has been put on paid leave Tuesday as SUNY continues to investigate some alleged additional, sideline compensation:
Smith, a pediatrician, became president of Upstate Medical in 2006 after five years as chancellor of Texas Tech University. SUNY pays him $625,000, including $315,000 in salary plus a $60,000 housing stipend approved by the SUNY trustees, plus $250,000 from the SUNY Research Foundation. Smith is a member of the Research Foundation’s board of directors…
The only thing more shocking this weekend than the “Ozymandias” episode of Breaking Bad was boxing judge Cynthia J. Ross‘ 114-114 scorecard for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. beatdown of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
New York Daily News sports reporter Mitch Abramson had a good summary Sunday of the astounded reaction to this latest “black eye” for the sport of boxing. TMZ Sports meanwhile, to their credit, beat out everyone else to Ross’ first on-the-record comments (she “stands” by her decision).
But it’s fightnews.com contributor Robert Closter who delivers the knockout punch with his reminder that Ross’ wacky ringside ways date back to long before the Bradley-Pacquiao contest. Does any of this seem familiar?:
November 12, 2011: Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Luis Cruz:
Ross was the only judge not to score heavily in favor of Burgos. Scored it a 95-95 draw.
August 13, 2011: Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko I
She was the only judge not to see Mares as the winner. She scored a 113-113 draw.
Here’s another PR nightmare for the Church of Scientology, to be denied in short order, no doubt. It comes courtesy of Australian magazine Woman’s Day, which published the scoop in print over the weekend and has allowed U.S. side media partner Tony Ortega to post online at his end. (Ortega’s item includes additional, separate material; he worked alongside Woman’s Day U.S. reporter Henry Meller on this latest sensational story.)
In the articles, Norwegian born actress Anette Iren Johansen picks up on that infamous October 2012 Vanity Fair feature by Maureen Orth. She says she was one of the other actresses “auditioned” by the Church in the mid-2000s to be Tom Cruise‘s next, post-Nicole Kidman girlfriend-wife:
Until that time [Copenhagen, January 2005], she had made some appearances in Scientology magazines and training films, and she assumed this was something similar. She noticed right away that there was something unusual about this project. There was a makeup team, for example, which she’d never seen before. She wanted to keep it light, but the woman in makeup told her it was important for this audition to be made up with eye shadow and glossy lips…
What did “Big John” expect? The owner of a Hell’s Kitchen nightclub where Sydney Leathers hosted a Tuesday night soiree to coincide with the first NYC Democratic candidates mayoral debate told the New York Daily News she was a lukewarm hostess. Instead of mingling, she spent most of the night on her phone, texting. Dude, that’s what she does.
But soon, Leathers may be introducing herself to politicians as a journalist. Following an interview with Sean Hannity, she spoke to FOX 411. Leathers confirmed the Vivid porn film is officially off and that she may instead pick up on some fledgling radio beginnings:
“I volunteered with a radio service for eight years. It was a program called the Radio Information Service. Mostly just news broadcasts, all for blind and print handicapped people. There are some talks of me co-hosting a radio show; maybe some political blogging.”
“Mike” (all interviewees were given pseudonyms), a convicted stalker, tells McCarthy that Anthony Weiner has been a frequent topic of conversation at SLAA gatherings. But he feels the doomed politician is more of a “love addict” than sex addict and reveals that many at SLAA have suffered grave consequences as a result of sexting, Webcams and the Internet like.
“Scott” argues that Weiner has yet to cross the critical “River of Denial,” while “Daniel” shares a most intriguing suggestion:
“Weiner should come to one of our meetings, he would be more then welcome here.”
There is today nothing more from St. Martin’s Press than a resolute “no comment.”
FishbowlNY had been inquiring about how the recent Lianne MacDougall (a.k.a. Lianne Spiderbaby) plagiarism scandal has impacted the publisher’s plans for the North American release later this year or in early 2014 of the embattled writer’s first book, Grindhouse Girls: Cinema’s Hardest Working Women. In a Twitter reply posted late last month, St. Martin’s stated that MacDougall had ended the book project from her end.
But that tweet has since been deleted.
Thanks to Simon Cowell exiting the LA studios of The X Factor last night and refusing to comment on allegations that he has fathered a child with NYC socialite Lauren Silverman, a rash of “Mum” headlines are crossing the wire. Half are from his actual mom, saying he’ll make a great dad; the other pertain to his not-yet-commenting.
At WENN, contactmusic.com and elsewhere, the news is being passed on that Cowell “Keeps Mum.” However, on the same day of Ariel Castro‘s sentencing hearing (!), a TV station website in Cleveland (ABC 5) has stamped this rather unfortunate typo:
But in light of certain recent NYC events, it’s the other member of her brunch party that makes the meal 20/20 notable. To Franke-Ruta’s surprise, Weigel had also asked Olivia Nuzzi to join them. The former Weiner campaign intern who would go on to make a big splash via her NSFWCORP blog entries and this past Tuesday’s NYDN cover. Writes Franke-Ruta:
I was impressed by the way Nuzzi coupled a kind of self-conscious sexpot appearance with an unexpectedly deep knowledge of New York and New Jersey politics. She friended me on Facebook shortly thereafter…
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