Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in letter to Bush — the escalation is a failure: “As many had foreseen, the escalation has failed to produce the intended results. The increase in U.S. forces has had little impact in curbing the violence or fostering political reconciliation. It has not enhanced America’s national security. The unsettling reality is that instances of violence against Iraqis remain high and attacks on U.S. forces have increased.”
David Geffen yachting with Rupert Murdoch? Nikke Finke: “I’m told that the partner in DreamWorks SKG who’s worth $4.7 billion, and the News Corp chief worth $9 billion, kept in contact during Geffen’s quixotic quest to buy the Los Angeles Times. Murdoch tried to talk him out of it. I hear the New York Post and Times of London owner (whose Behemoth Media corp also owns print outlets around the world) Murdoch advised Geffen this about owning a newspaper: ‘Every day is going to be a headache for you. I’m used to these headaches. You’re not.'”
Ptown or bust: Cape Air grounds most of its fleet to repair engines.
British TV entertainer Michael Barrymore arrested in murder case: “Essex police said three men were arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mr Lubbock, who was found dead in Mr Barrymore’s swimming pool in 2001. They were also questioned over allegations of serious sexual assault. According to sources, Mr Barrymore was one of the men arrested. The other two arrested men were named by sources as Justin Merritt, a dustman from Harlow, and Jonathan Kenny, Mr Barrymore’s ex-lover. Police refused to name the three…Last year, the police launched a fresh inquiry into Mr Lubbock’s death, after the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced an investigation into the way detectives handled the original inquiry. The IPCC said it had suspended its inquiry following the three arrests. Mr Barrymore left Britain for New Zealand in 2003, but he appeared on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother in January 2006. He then went back to New Zealand but he returned to Britain a month ago.”
Prince Harry works the rosy cheeks.
Boyband mogul Lou Pearlman taken into custody in Indonesia: “Pearlman was thought to be in Germany when federal investigators began to link him to several cases of bank fraud. He is being transferred to Guam to report before a federal judge. Pearlman has been involved in a number of legal battles. On Tuesday, thousands of items that once belonged to Pearlman were auctioned off in an effort to raise money toward the millions of dollars in debt claimed by a number of banks and individual investors. Initial numbers showed the auction brought in approximately $200,000.”
A bride’s prayer in Chelsea.
Boy George cancels tour, cites “last minute” commitments.
New Gallup poll reveals that more Americans believe in theory of creationism than evolution: “The majority of Republicans in the United States do not believe the theory of evolution is true and do not believe that humans evolved over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. This suggests that when three Republican presidential candidates at a May debate stated they did not believe in evolution, they were generally in sync with the bulk of the rank-and-file Republicans whose nomination they are seeking to obtain. Independents and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to believe in the theory of evolution. But even among non-Republicans there appears to be a significant minority who doubt that evolution adequately explains where humans came from.”
Freddie Mercury’s piano is for sale.