- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Britney loses custody

A court has ordered pop singer Britney Spears to give up custody of her children effective tomorrow at noon, CNN.com reports.

Miss Spears’ former husband, Kevin Federline, is to retain custody of their two sons “until further order of the court,” according to a ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon.

Last month, a judge ordered Miss Spears, 25, to submit to random drug tests after finding she engaged in “habitual, frequent, and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.”

The former couple has been embroiled in a bitter custody fight over their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden. The parents had split custody 50-50, but Mr. Federline then asked for the arrangements to be shifted to 70-30 in his favor.

Urban OK after crash, rep says

Country music star Keith Urban was uninjured yesterday when he crashed his motorcycle near his home in Sydney, Australia, Associated Press reports.

In a statement issued by his publicist, Paul Freundlich, Mr. Urban said he was “out riding to an AA meeting, a time when my privacy is especially important to me, [when] I felt myself being pursued” by a photographer on another motorcycle.

The New Zealand-born Mr. Urban, the husband of Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, completed a three-month stint in rehab for alcohol abuse earlier this year.

Radiohead’s cyberspace release

Radiohead plans to sell a new album from its Web site as a digital download and let fans choose what they want to pay, Reuters news agency reports.

The group said its seventh studio album “In Rainbows” would be available from Radiohead.com beginning Oct. 10 in MP3 format, meaning it can be played on all digital devices. The band is also planning a traditional CD release of the album in early 2008.

Kiss and tell?

Oh Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.

The book publisher for actress Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on the 1970s ABC sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” is shooting down rumors that she had a same sex on-set affair with co-star Eve Plumb, who played her younger sister Jan.

According to abcnews.go.com, the story of the relationship began circulating on the Internet Friday. The reported source of the tale was Miss McCormick herself in her new tell-all book, “Here’s the Story,” due out next year.

However, while the book’s publisher says there are plenty of other revelations in the book, a lesbian affair is not one of them.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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