- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bachelor winner

“‘The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love’ star Jake Pavelka presented his final rose and a marriage proposal to Vienna Giraldi — and she accepted both during last night’s finale broadcast of the ABC reality dating series’ 14th edition. …

“Jake selected Vienna, a 23-year-old marketing representative from Sanford, Fla., over Tenley Molzahn, a 25-year-old college admissions representative from Newberg, Ore., during the final Rose Ceremony. …

“Similar to his recent interviews, Jake used his appearance on the season’s ‘After the Final Rose’ post-finale special to defend his selection of Vienna — which had been widely rumored for weeks and sparked several recent negative tabloid reports about her alleged past. ‘I’ll say it again. I know that girl. I know her heart, I know her motives, I know her values, I know her passions,’ he told ‘The Bachelor’ host Chris Harrison, who had also defended Vienna in recent weeks.

“During the ‘After the Final Rose’ special, ABC also announced that Jake will be one of the 11 celebrities who will be competing for ‘Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball trophy when the reality competition’s 10th season premieres on March 22. ‘I live my life to be stressed out,’ Jake told ‘Dancing With the Stars’ host Tom Bergeron. ‘Vienna’s on board 150 percent, she’ll be front-row center cheering me on.’”

from “‘The Bachelor’ Jake Pavelka proposes to Vienna Giraldi, dumps Tenley Molzahn,” published March 2 at Reality TV World

Director arrest

“Police in Iran have arrested internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi and his family. Plainclothes police broke into Mr. Panahi’s family home and arrested him, his wife and daughter and 15 other guests, his son Panah told reporters.

“The director, known for his social realism, has made several films critical of Iran’s regime. The Tehran prosecutor’s office has confirmed the arrest to reporters but denied it was connected to politics. ‘The arrest of Jafar Panahi is not because he is an artist or for political reason,’ prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told the semi-official ISNA news agency. ‘He is accused of some crimes and was arrested with another person following an order by a judge.’

“Last year, a travel ban was imposed on Mr. Panahi by the authorities after he appeared wearing green — the color of opposition supporters — at the Montreal film festival. He was also briefly arrested after attending a memorial to student Neda Agha Soltan, killed at an opposition rally in June.

“His most recent film is ‘Offside,’ which won the 2006 Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear award. It tells the story of a group of female football fans who try to sneak into Iran’s World Cup qualifying match against Bahrain but are arrested. In Iran, women are banned from attending men’s sporting events.

from “Iranian film director Jafar Panahi arrested” published March 2 at the BBC News site

Edwards lesson

“The unfortunate circumstances befalling John Edwards (or Elizabeth Edwards, or the Edwards children, or the Edwards campaign, or the Edwards mistress — choose one) took an odd turn. A man identified as a campaign aide, Andrew Young, was taking the fall for paternity. … Early on, when some people regarded John Edwards as an ambulance chaser with good hair, Young was devoted to the man he saw as a great public servant who could go all the way. …

“The lesson, if that is the word, of this sad and tawdry book is that Young was being played by John Edwards, and that a stiff whaddya-call-it has no conscience and no brains, either. When I read Young’s account of Edwards saying, essentially, that if the truth did come out, it would be a one-day story because ‘everyone knows’ that politicians fool around, I felt that Edwards and [mistress Rielle] Hunter deserved each other. Oh yes, and it’s possible that Rielle herself tipped off the Enquirer. Now I am going to take a shower.”

Margo Howard, writing on “The Losers,” on Feb. 25 at the New Republic

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