Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Miss USA Calls Loser's Fraud Claim 'Poor Sportsmanship'

    The newly crowned Miss USA is laughing off claims made by a fellow contestant that the beauty pageant she won earlier this month is a fraud.

    "It's really not affecting me too much," Olivia Culpo said today on " Good Morning America." "I'm very easygoing and things literally will just roll right off my back and it seems now that it's not true."

    Culpo, the 20-year-old former Miss Rhode Island, was referring to claims made by Sheena Monnin who, after losing the Miss USA title to Culpo on June 3, resigned her Miss Pennsylvania crown and charged that the Miss USA pageant had been rigged.

    "Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization," the 27-year-old beauty queen posted on her Facebook page. "In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy."

    "It was just a silly little piece of poor

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  • Mr. Rogers Gets a Remix

    What happens when you mix the childhood comfort of seeing Mr. Rogers in his green sweater, tying his shoe and asking you to be his neighbor with today's ramped-up technology?

    A viral video that you can't stop watching.

    Called " Garden of Your Mind," the video is a musical mash-up of classic scenes from the PBS children's show "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," remixed and played over and over to a slow tune.

    Even more captivating is that the three-minute YouTube video gives Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers himself, the Auto-Tune treatment, using an electronic processor to alter the pitch of voices in the clips.

    "You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind," Rogers, who died in 2003, "sings" in the song's chorus.

    The show went off the air in 2001, after more than 30 years of Rogers signing off with his signature, "Won't you be my neighbor?" goodbye.

    PBS Digital Studios saw the video, posted it to YouTube on Thursday as a way to pay tribute to a hero, the station said, and found an

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  • What Do Elvis Presley and Tupac Shakur Have in Common?

    One is "the King of Rock and Roll," the other is rap royalty.  But soon the late musicians Elvis Presley and Tupac Shakur will share one thing in common.

    Both will continue to live on in a sort of virtual after-life as holograms.

    (Getty Images)Digital Domain Media Group, the company behind the Tupac Shakur hologram that descended on the Cochella music festival in April, announced this week that it is planning to create a virtual Elvis Presley as well.

    The Tupac hologram made headlines by resurrecting the slain rapper to rhyme with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at the massive music festival.  Tupac, who died more than 15 years ago, greeted the crowd with a "what up, Coachella!" Bare-chested, in a pair of acid-washed jeans, the high-tech, 3D image of the deceased rapper seamlessly joined Snoop on "Come With Me," "Hail Mary" and "Gangsta Party."

    The appearance became a trending topic online and Tupac's hologram even gained its own Twitter account,

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  • A Scottish woman who blamed a driving rampage that included plowing into a man and then speeding off with him attached to her car on pregnancy hormones has been sentenced to jail.

    Lawyers for Suzanne Gilchrist, from Edinburgh, Scotland, argued that Gilchrist, a mother of one, thought she was pregnant and was "suffering hormonal imbalance" last June when she plowed her Ford Focus into 22-year-old Stuart Morris and drove 350 yards with him clinging to her car for his life, according to local media reports.

    "She had thought she was pregnant and was obviously suffering some sort of hormonal imbalance, and was on such a knife-edge that she panicked," the UK's Daily Record quotes a lawyer for Gilchrist as saying.  "She was hysterical. She thought Mr Morris had walked in front of her, trying to make her stop."

    Instead, a Scottish court found that the 37-year-old Gilchrist was purposely driving eratically trying to escape a security guard from a nearby store who was chasing her

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  • California Hiker Rescued After 100-Foot Drop Down Waterfall

    A 25-year-old California woman is "lucky to be alive," in the words of rescuers, after a 100-foot fall down a waterfall in the state's hilly canyons.

    The young woman was hiking with friends in Eaton Canyon in Altadena, near Los Angeles, Monday when she lost her footing and fell, according to authorities with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    "When we were coming down [from a higher waterfall], the trail isn't really distinct, it's hard to figure out how to get down and we went the wrong way … but just went with it and she slipped and fell," the woman's boyfriend, Wilder Rees, told local television station KCAL9.

    Fire officials responded to the scene around 6 p.m. and initially thought the woman, who was not identified, had fallen all 100 feet.  They later clarified that she slid 75 feet down the waterfall's cliff and then went into a free fall for the last 25 feet, according to local ABC affiliate KABC.

    The only thing saving the woman, authorities said, was a

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  • University of Texas Student Hit by Bus Describes Moment of Impact

    University of Texas freshman Nick Engmann was having the time of his life, taking part in a university-wide, pre-finals tradition to ease stress when things took a dramatic turn.

    The moment happened so fast, he says, he didn't know what hit him, literally.

    'It wasn't until I got up, I looked at the bus, I looked at the faces of everyone surrounding me where I actually said, 'Wow, did I just get hit by a bus?'" Engmann said today on " Good Morning America."

    "I was utterly confused.  I had no idea what had just happened," Engmann said of that instant earlier this month that he was plowed down by a bus in front of the campus.  "In all honesty, I thought someone just pushed me over."

    Engmann, 18, was taking part in an end-of-semester, University of Texas tradition known as "Foam Sword Friday" in which students rally around campus to relieve stress before final exams.  As his fellow revelers waved their foam swords, Engmann ran into the street at the exact  moment that the

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  • Inside David Beckham's Topless Photo Shoot for ELLE UK Magazine

    David Beckham fans tired of the soccer star's recent appearances fully clothed with his family by his side can smile once again.

    (Doug Inglish/Courtesy of ELLE UK)The soccer stud appears soaking wet and topless in an 11-page photo spread in the July issue of ELLE UK, including shots of Beckham, 37, emerging from a swimming pool in just skin-tight Dior Homme jeans and his six-pack abs.

    The photos, shot by photographer Doug Inglish, are part of the fashion magazine's much-hyped issue marking the first time a male has ever appeared solo on the cover.

    Inside the magazine's pages, and despite all evidence to the contrary, the LA Galaxy player reveals that he's actually a quiet, low-key guy.

    "How would I sum myself up? I don't know, I prefer other people to do that. Erm…a little bit shy. I don't know what to say. I hate describing myself," he tells the magazine.

    (Doug Inglish/Courtesy of ELLE UK)The father of four with wife, and former Spice Girl-turned-designer, Victoria Beckham, says it is his family that he loves, not the fortune he's

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  • Michelle Obama on Digging Up Dirt at the White House

    A new president and first lady moving into the White House typically focus on hiring a new staff, finding their way around the White House and adjusting to new living quarters.

    When Michelle Obama moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with her husband, President Barack Obama, in January 2009, agenda item No. 1 one was to dig up dirt. Not of old presidential administrations past or political enemies present, but of the White House front lawn.

    "I thought wouldn't it be amazing to plant a vegetable garden in the White House but I had no idea whether you could dig up some dirt in the South Lawn and actually plant anything," the first lady said today in a live interview on " Good Morning America."  "The minute we came to the White House, we started having conversations with the National Park Service and all the folks who have been part of the garden and the answers throughout NPS were absolutely, 'Yes.'"

    Those answers became the White House garden initiative begun by Obama in 2009

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  • 'Lucky' Dog Looking for Luck in Love

    (Photo Courtesy: Animal Fair)Lucky the dog is one lucky dog indeed. 

    She leads what could be considered a most pampered life for a pooch, living in a posh Manhattan neighborhood, hobnobbing with celebrities and attending red carpet events.

    But now Lucky is looking to become even more lucky, in love. 

    So what do you do if you're the owner of a celebrity pup searching for a mate?

    Throw a "fairy-tale" bridal shower and plan an over-the-top, four-legged wedding affair, of course.

    PHOTOS: Inside the Celebrity Life of Lucky the Dog

    That is the path taken by celebrity animal activist and TV personality, Wendy Diamond, the founder of the Animal Fair charity and owner of Lucky, whom Diamond rescued from an animal shelter in 1999.

    "She is my non-profit business partner, my best friend and my roommate," Diamond told of Lucky. "She is going to be the luckiest bride in the world, literally."

    Lucky's "fairy-tale" bridal shower took place earlier this month at the Muse Hotel in New York

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  • Donald Driver on 'Dancing' Win: 'America Took Care of It for Us'

    Football pro Donald Driver has amassed legions of fans in his years playing for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers but he says it was more than just the team's notoriously devoted cheese-head fans who won him the title of "Dancing With the Stars" champion.

    "Packer Nation didn't do it by itself," Driver said today on " Good Morning America."  "America took care of it for us."

    PHOTOS: 'Dancing' Stars Take Over Times Square

    Driver, 37, and professional partner Peta Murgatroyd walked away with the show's coveted mirror-ball trophy Tuesday night after 10 weeks of intense competition and a tightly contested final.

    Driver and Murgatroyd earned a perfect score for their cha-cha in the final show but credit the perfect "10? they received from judge Len Goodman for their country-themed freestyle dance the night before with putting them over the edge.

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    "That [scoring a "10" from Goodman] was another challenge

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