Saturday, February 28, 2004

King of Pop stopped for ski mask

Glenwood Springs, Colo. -- Michael Jackson was pulled over by police and asked to identify himself after shopping at a Wal-Mart while wearing a ski mask.

An employee called police Tuesday, police Lt. Bill Kimminau said. The employee gave a description of the vehicle, and Jackson was stopped a short time later.

Authorities asked Jackson to identify himself, which he did by removing his mask.

"There were no problems, and that was it," Kimminau said.

The singer is known to wear disguises when in public.

Oscar nominee gets $2 million 'Cinderella' slippers

New York City -- Stuart Weitzman is Alison Krauss' fairy godfather.

The bluegrass singer will wear Weitzman's $2 million "Cinderella" slippers when she performs two Oscar-nominated songs from "Cold Mountain" during Sunday's Academy Awards.

The 4 1/2-inch stiletto sandals are adorned with 565 Kwiat diamonds.

This is the third year Weitzman has created such opulent shoes for the Oscars.

In 2002, when actress Laura Elena Harring wore $1 million sandals -- note the inflation in just two years -- Weitzman said, "A great picture at a great event can make a great career or break a career. This is serious business. It is not frivolous."

Fox News host joins Miss American board

Atlantic City, N.J. -- Greta Van Susteren, who helped pick Miss America last year, is joining the famous beauty pageant in another capacity.

The host of Fox News Channel's "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" has joined the Miss America Organization's board of directors, pageant officials announced Thursday.

"Greta's experience, not only as an attorney, but as a journalist who brings a global framework of knowledge and expertise in politics and news, will prove most valuable as we grow this organization," said Stephen Fuhs, chairman of the Miss America board.

Van Susteren served as a judge in the 2003 pageant, helping pick winner Miss Florida Ericka Dunlap.

Bobby Brown gets jail time

Atlanta -- Bobby Brown, arrested two months ago for allegedly striking wife Whitney Houston, was sentenced to 60 days in jail Friday for violating his probation.

Brown was more than halfway through a two-year probation stint passed down in January 2003 after he pleaded guilty to a 1996 drunken-driving charge.

The 35-year-old R&B singer had been accused of five violations, including a December misdemeanor battery charge in which police said Brown hit Houston, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut inside her lip. He's scheduled to appear May 5 in a Fulton County court on that charge.

The other violations involve failing to take drug tests and pay probation fees. Brown also had been accused of failing to prove that he underwent counseling, completed his house arrest and fulfilled other obligations.