- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2008

Back home in Michigan

“You can take the girl out of Michigan, but you can’t take the Michigan out of the girl,” Madonna told a crowd of 540 people at the Traverse City Film Festival Saturday night.

“There’s something poetic about coming back to the place where I used to come for holidays — camping trips with my dad and stepmother and my very large family. It’s great bringing my movie to a place that I feel familiar.”

Madonna was in Michigan for a screening of her documentary “I Am Because We Are,” according to www.eonline.com. She produced, wrote and narrated the documentary about the plight of children orphaned by AIDS in Malawi, where she and husband Guy Ritchie adopted a son, David, in 2006.

Madonna was raised in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills. She was introduced onstage by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, also a Michigan native.

Cancer diagnosed

Actress Christina Applegate, who has been nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony awards, “was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer,” according to a statement released late Saturday by her publicist, Ame Van Iden.

“Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening,” the publicist said.

“Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery.”

Miss Applegate is 36, according to the Associated Press report.

What’s a kid to do?

Michelito, at 10 years old, is a celebrity in Mexico’s bullfighting world. After all, he has killed 60 bulls since he was 6. Now authorities in Arles, France, have banned him from performing a becerrada, a bullfight for beginners with calves that are not killed. The cancellation — the second time for Michelito in the south of France — came hours before he was to appear.

Michelito — born Michel Lagravere Peniche — told Agence France-Presse he was disappointed by the cancellation: “It’s like if someone asks a kid who plays football not to play.”

The Anti-corrida Alliance claimed the event would breach labor laws limiting the work of minors. Michelito said groups like the Alliance should not get involved in bullfights. “If they don’t like them, they shouldn’t come to bullfights, and that’s all,” he said.

Michelito’s 9-year-old brother, Andre, is set to participate Wednesday with him in another becerrada in Hagetmau in western France.

Speed dating

In San Francisco, Francesca Salcido went on 300 dates in 24 hours without breaking a sweat and it was all online, reports AFP.

It happened on SpeedDate.com, a U.S. start-up that believes it doesn’t take more than 90 seconds to find a life partner. “We may be using webcams and Internet technologies, but you’re still trying to find that chemistry,” SpeedDate co-founder Dan Abelon told AFP. “And if it isn’t there, you just move on to the next person.”

“If people decide they don’t like someone, they usually know within 30 seconds,” said Stephen Stokols, chief executive of SpeedDate rival WooMe.com. “If you meet someone you like, three minutes isn’t long enough. If you don’t like them, 30 seconds is too long.”

Compiled from wire and Web reports

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