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Lohan facing charges in hit-and-run incident

Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York early Wednesday on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop, police said.

The 26-year-old actress was arrested at 2:25 a.m. as she left a nightclub at the Dream Hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, police said. They said no alcohol was involved.

Miss Lohan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury. She was given a ticket and scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23.

Her publicist, Steve Honig, declined to comment. Her attorneys did not immediately respond to voicemails and emails from the Associated Press seeking comment.

Police said Miss Lohan was slowly driving a black Porsche through an alley between the Dream Hotel and the Maritime Hotel on 16th Street when the accident occurred. The victim called 911. He was treated at a hospital for a knee injury and released.

Miss Lohan remains on informal probation for taking a necklace last year from a jewelry store without permission. She completed a strict counseling and morgue cleanup duty program implemented by a judge. She is not required to check in with a judge or probation officer, but she could face a jail term if she is re-arrested.

Actress Woodard working to distract from empty nest

Alfre Woodard says she was born to be a storyteller, but the greatest experience of her life has been raising her two children.

The 59-year-old actress, whose credits include “Primal Fear” and TV’s “True Blood” and “Desperate Housewives,” told the Associated Press that “being a mother to Mavis and Duncan was my high calling.” She added that her 21-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son recently left home.

“I’m three weeks into my empty nest and I’m still a little weepy,” Miss Woodard confessed Tuesday while promoting her new Lifetime movie, “Steel Magnolias,” alongside co-stars Queen Latifah and Jill Scott.

Miss Woodard said she cooked meals for her kids daily throughout her career, and anytime she got a break from filming, she would fly home to “roast some chickens, go watch them throw a ball and get back on the plane.”

Being a mother and discovering who her children are “was just the most incredible human experience I think that I could have, and I miss it terribly,” she said.

Luckily, work calls.

“When you take care of [parenting] with good motives, then the universe takes care of other things and has people call you saying, ‘Hey, snap out of it, mommy, and bring your storytelling butt to work,’” Miss Woodard said.

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