Pregnant Doll

April 14, 2008

Is Ashlee Simpson pregnant? And, if so, is that the reason she and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz announced their engagement last week?
Well, according to a pair of well-known gossip publications, the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.”
Of course, Wentz begs to differ.
In an e-mail to MTV News, he denied reports that that surfaced Monday (April 14) on the Web sites of OK! magazine and Us Weekly that he and Simpson, 23, and Wentz, 28, are expecting their first child.
“There is a witch hunt for people to be pregnant whenever they get engaged in Hollywood,” he wrote. “This is all news to me. I can’t wait for the story about how I’m really in a gay relationship and this is all just a cover. … I mean really, this is crazy. … I mean we’re engaged, that’s true, and happy about it.”
Asked again if he was denying reports that Simpson is pregnant, Wentz replied, “Yeah.”
OK! and Us Weekly both cited unnamed sources close to the couple in their stories. OK!, which reports that the baby is due in October, offered as “proof” an account of Ashlee dealing with a “fierce bout of what appeared to be morning sickness” during a lunch at Malibu’s Chart House restaurant.
“Ashlee would like to walk down the aisle before she’s showing,” a source told OK! “Although she’s very cute the way she’s always checking out her belly now and asking everyone, ‘Am I showing yet?’ ”

The report then goes on to say that the couple are currently living in Simpson’s Hollywood Hills home, but that “they are already talking about finding something more kid-friendly.”
Us had reported that a source told them Simpson was pregnant shortly after her engagement to Wentz was first announced last week. When asked about the report by MTV News, Simpson’s rep replied: “Engaged.”
On Monday, a spokesperson for the couple added fuel to the speculation by declining to confirm nor deny this week’s rumors. “We are thrilled to confirm their engagement and congratulate this happy couple,” the rep told MTV News. “Beyond that there is nothing to add.”

Dr Phil’s Staff Bails Out Fla Cheerleader

April 14, 2008

Only one of the eight teens accused of participating in the videotaped beating of a classmate remained behind bars Sunday, after a seventh bonded out, authorities said.

Brittany Mayes, 17, was released on $33,000 bond, said Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilder. Still jailed is Stephen Schumaker, 18.

The teens, the youngest of whom is 14, face kidnapping and misdemeanor battery charges for the violent beating, which has been viewed widely on national television and the Internet. The state attorney’s office has said the six girls and two boys will be tried as adults.

One of the accused, 17-year-old Mercades Nichols, was bailed out by employees of the “Dr. Phil” television show over the weekend.

Phone listings for the families of Mayes, Schumaker and Nichols could not be found Sunday. The company that bonded out Mayes, Bridgett Bail Bonds, declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for host Phil McGraw, Terri Corigliano, did not respond to phone messages and an e-mail sent by The Associated Press on Sunday. In an e-mail Saturday night, Corigliano wrote that “certain staff members went beyond our guidelines” in paying the bond.

“These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated,” she wrote. “In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised.”

The show’s producers were in the process of booking guests for a program about the case, Corigliano said.

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Snowmobiler falls several 100 feet into Mount St. Helens’ crater

April 14, 2008

From a hospital in Portland, a banged-up, but lucky John Slemp said he’s snowmobiled to that exact same spot on Mount Saint Helens at least four times before.

But this time was special — a welcome-home ride with his son, who is just back from serving a year in Iraq.

It turned out to be history-making.

Slemp, a longtime driver for UPS in the Portland area, is the first known person to fall into the crater.

Saturday afternoon, after snowmobiling up to the west crater rim, he and his son Jared and a buddy parked their machines. Then Slemp and his son crawled on all fours out to within 20 feet of the cornice’s edge, which overhung the crater.

The cornice gave way. The buddy grabbed Jared back, but Slemp fell a total of 1,300-1,500 feet down the inside wall.

“It just gave way,” said Slemp, who’s been riding snowmobiles for 20 years. “I didn’t have a chance to do anything.”

He did have the presence of mind to put a hand over his mouth to keep an air passage open and keep one hand up so he could be found.

The gear he was wearing — a helmet, sturdy boots and riding bibs — probably helped save his life, said rescue officials. They also said it’s legal to ride in that area, but not recommended for anyone other than an expert.

When Slemp got to the bottom, his first instinct was to try to climb back up. But another avalanche carried him down, so he tried to crawl over to a steam vent and stay warm.

By that the time, the rescue helicopter showed up.

“He certainly got his legs battered up, got rolled and bumped around a bit,” said Tom McDowell, director of North Country Emergency Medical Service.