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Reliable Source: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Knock Out Abuse, Fight Night: One-two fundraising punch

A "flower child" hands out blossoms outside the Ritz's ballroom Thursday night. (All photos Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post) Peace, love, puppies -- and an eight-hour party. That was Thursday night's 16th annual Knock Out Abuse gala, where Washington's upper-crust...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 6, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Parties  
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Read this: Men, goats and Christmas carols

George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare at Goats." (Laura Macgruder/Overture Films via Bloomberg) Good afternoon, everyone. Time to roundup this weekend's new film releases: --Ann Hornaday says "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 6, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Norwegians mourn a-ha's pending break-up

The men behind a-ha: Magna Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pal Waaktar-Savoy. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij) Anyone going to the Norwegian Embassy's Web site this week was stunned by news bannered on the front: a-ha is breaking up! Wait ... a-ha...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 6, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hey, isn't that: Jessica Alba, Gheorghe Muresan, Martina Navratilova, Jon Voight

Hillary Clinton signs a soccer ball for Jessica Alba on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the State Department) Jessica Alba on the Hill on Thursday making the rounds of congressional offices and looking like a Hill staffer but, well, better:...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 6, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This just in: Sandra Bullock custody battle heats up

Sandra Bullock (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for the Hollywood Film Festival) Squabbling: Sandra Bullock, who with husband Jesse James has entered an increasingly ugly custody battle with his ex-wife, former porn actress Janine Lindemulder, over 5-year-old daughter Sunny Lee. The...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 6, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson get engaged

Kevin Johnson gives D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee a hug after testifying on her behalf at her confirmation hearing in July 2007. (Dayna Smith for the Washington Post) To say that Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson rolled out their...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 5, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Read this: Michelle O's clothes, traffic camera woes

Left to right: Michelle Obama wore Moschino to her husband's health care address in September; to a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House in May; and during a visit to the Vatican in July. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak;...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 5, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Italian wedding soup for the new envoy, thanks

Antonella Cinque, Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata and their twins, Giulio and Nina. (Courtesy of the Italian Embassy) Italy's new ambassador to the U.S., Giulio Maria Terzi di Sant'Agata, Wednesday presented his credentials to President Obama accompanied by...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 5, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This just in . . .: C. Everett Koop, Carrie Prejean

Carrie Prejean (Eric Jamison/Associated Press) Sen. Harry Reid's office was temporarily shut down Wednesday by a suspicious letter from ..... C. Everett Koop? The former surgeon general sent the majority leader his thoughts on health care, but since it...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 5, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The familiar face of Bob McDonnell

Bob McDonnell (Left: AP/Jacquelyn Martin; center and right: AP/Steve Helber.) Virginia, meet your new governor! But it feels like you've somehow always known him, doesn't it? That's because with his crinkly-eyed smile and great hair, Bob McDonnell has an...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read this: The body politic edition

PETA intern Kelsey Jaye, right, takes a shower in downtown Washington with PETA employee Jessica Levin. Note the high number of interested dudes. (Evy Mages for the Washington Post) Good afternoon, everyone! Jump right into the Reliable Source chat,...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The news on the street

The scene at Saturday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Founding Church of Scientology)Enlarge Image Timing is everything, and sometimes it's awkward: The Church of Scientology unveiled its grand new center a half-mile from the White House on Saturday -- the same day the...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Surreal estate

Alberto Gonzales (Chris Park/AP) Asking price: 1.075 mil. Details: Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales is bidding farewell to Washington, where his tenure under George W. Bush was racked by controversy, and moving his family closer to his job as...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Rihanna (David J. Phillip/AP) "I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears." -- Rihanna on the media frenzy following her February beating by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, in the December issue of Glamour. The pop star...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, isn't that . . . ?

Sasha, Michelle and Malia Obama walk back to the White House after attending a morning service at St. John's Episcopal Church on Oct. 11. (Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images) Vincent Pastore, better known as "Big Pussy" from "The Sopranos," rocking out...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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This just in . . .

Kate Winslet (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) Kate Winslet won $40,000 in damages Tuesday from a British newspaper that claimed she was lying about her exercise routine. In January, the Oscar winner gave reporters the old I'm really not working out at...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read this: Equal opportunity edition

19-year-old Alicia Lannes, right, died of a heroin overdose in March 2008. Her boyfriend, Skylar Schnippel (left) provided her with heroin on the night she died; he is now serving a 20-year jail sentence. (Family photo) Good afternoon, everyone....

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Really digging a White House gig

Whoops! There's a new White House florist, and she scooped her employer by announcing the news ... on Facebook. "Laura Dowling is excited and honored to be named the new White House florist," the Alexandria floral designer wrote as a...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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A big detour stood in the way of 'Streetcar'

Cate Blanchett (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) Talk about rotten timing: On the eve of his country's cultural showcase in Washington, Australian Ambassador Dennis Richardson went in for a routine physical Friday -- and ended up having heart bypass surgery...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Love, etc.

Adam Lambert (Reuters/Fred Prouser) Born: A daughter, Lucia, to Mel Gibson, 53, and Oksana Grigorieva, 39, in L.A. on Friday, his rep confirmed to reporters Monday. It's his eighth child, but the first with his Russian musician girlfriend (who...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, isn't that . . . ?

Jenna and Barbara Bush on "The Today Show" in April 2008. (AP Photo/NBC, Virginia Sherwood) The Bush twins back together in D.C. society Halloween night after too long an absence. Jenna and Barbara hosted a fundraiser for UNICEF's Next...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This just in

Dakota Fanning (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Nintendo) Among the White House's 25 new appointments to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, announced Monday, some big showbiz names: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington, Edward Norton, Forest Whitaker,...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read this: Halloween recap edition

Daniel Shank and Christina Dorffner at their Halloween wedding. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Happy Monday, everyone. How was your Halloween? For Christina Dorffner and Daniel Shank, it was extra special: They got hitched. The bride is a "Catholic witch,"...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 2, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Six degrees of Ed Norton

Amy Rice, left, and Alicia Sams at an HBO screening of their new Obama campaign documentary, "By the People," in D.C. last month. (Ralph Alswang/HBO) Being in the right place at the right time helped Barack Obama go from...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 2, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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This just in

Who knows where the next "Real World" will be filmed, but the D.C. cast lived in this Dupont Circle mansion. (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post) Think of it as a reality-TV exchange program: MTV brought eight strangers from other...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 2, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Surreal estate

The Kluge estate (Sotheby's International Realty) Kluge at her vineyard in 2007. (Jay Paul for The Washington Post) SURREAL ESTATE $100 mil. Seller: Patricia Kluge Details: The ex-wife of media billionaire John Kluge is selling her Charlottesville estate, Albemarle...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 2, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No cat suit and no whip

Michelle Obama greets trick-or-treaters at the north portico of the White House on Halloween. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Getty Images) Halle Berry (Warner Brothers) "Catwoman"? That's how many media outlets -- and even the president himself -- described Michelle Obama's Halloween costume....

By The Reliable Source  |  November 2, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, isn't that...?

January Jones in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) January Jones enjoying beers and oysters at Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle Friday night. Black lacy-sleeved top, black pants, dark red knee-high boots. Witnesses say...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 1, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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