Blog Posts by Kevin Dolak

  • Alec Baldwin has taken to his Twitter once again to rant against those who have slighted him - although this time it's not an airline, it's members of the media.

    "30 Rock" star Baldwin, 54, who should be on cloud nine after becoming engaged this past weekend to his girlfriend, yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, instead spent Monday ranting against staff members of The New York Daily News.

    Photographer Enid Alvarez and crime reporter Simone Weichselbaum reportedly showed up at Thomas' yoga class on Monday to photograph the 28-year-old, who was sporting a massive diamond engagement ring. Baldwin was livid that Alvarez and Weichselbaum disrupted the class to get their story and photos.

    "Shame on the no- talent trash from the Daily News for invading the privacy of 75 people in a yoga class to take a picture of someone," Baldwin tweeted Monday, adding, "Rest in Peace, the New York Daily News, which was once a good newspaper. Now run by the same trash that runs the New York Post."

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  • Police, residents and experts are baffled by the source of mysterious booms and shaking that have been plaguing the town of Clintonville, Wis., for the past three days, and have caused some residents to flee.

    The Clintonville Police Department said they have received over 250 calls about noises from underground shaking homes in the northeast corner of the town near Green Bay, Wis. with approximately 5000 residents.

    The mystery is even stumping some of the brightest minds at the University of Wisconsin, who were consulted about whether or not these booms could be related to seismic activity.

    "I think we can rule out that standard earthquake activity, [that] some swarm of earthquakes is happening in that region. It also really looks like it's not connected to, say, unusual drilling activity or some other kind of real obvious human induced signal, " Harold Tobin, one of those professors in the Geoscience department at the University of Wisconsin told WKOW.

    Tobin headed to

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown Not Engaged to Nick Gordon

    Bobbi Kristina Brown Not Engaged to Nick Gordon (Twitter/RealbkBrown)

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 19-year-old daughter of late pop icon Whitney Houston, is not engaged to Houston's so-called adopted son Nick Gordon, according to a representative for the teenage girl.

    Bobbi Kristina has been spotted wearing a large diamond ring in the past few days, fueling speculation that the teen has become engaged to Gordon, who she once referred to as her brother. A representative for Bobbi Kristina told People magazine that the pair is not engaged.

    "She is just wearing her mom's ring," a source told the magazine.

    Gordon previously denied to ABCNews.com that he and Bobbi Kristina are dating, but the pair was photographed at the end of last week walking hand-in-hand while Bobbi Kristina appeared to be wearing a large diamond on her ring finger.

    The ring, a huge square-cut diamond, appeared to be the same one that Houston wore around the time of her death. Bobbi Kristina was seen wearing the ring on her left hand amid reports that she and

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  • 2012 Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel Welcomes Oprah Winfrey, Coldplay, and Debuts a Star-Studded Trailer (ABC)The excitement of Oscars Sunday continued after Academy Awards host Billy Crystal said goodnight when Jimmy Kimmel welcomed Oprah Winfrey and the band Coldplay for a special post-Oscars show on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

    Kimmel opened the show with a gag skit where he was waiting outside the back entrance at the Oscars for Crystal to exit, and bribed the host with a briefcase full of cash for an Oscar of his own. As Crystal drove off with his cash, Kimmel was surprised to see "Sesame Street's" Oscar the Grouch emerge from the bag.

    Kimmel entered his studio wearing a tuxedo and with two dazzling beauties on each arm, and riffed on the night's big winners in his monologue, joking that "The Help" was so popular with audiences that Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to get it pregnant, and that although Meryl Streep won the best actress award, he personally thought Viola Davis was robbed - by Lindsay Lohan.

    Although Winfrey, who took home an honorary Oscar on Sunday night, made an excellent

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  • Seattle Boy Who Accidentally Shot Third-Grade Classmate Charged, Judge to Decide Whether Case Proceeds Preliminary charges have been filed against the third-grade boy accused of accidentally shooting his 8-year-old classmate in their Seattle-area school.

    The unnamed boy has been charged with unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault. Children in Washington state between 8 and 12 can be charged if they are deemed to understand wrongdoing.

    Bail was lowered from $250,000 to $50,000 at Thursday's preliminary hearing for the 9-year-old boy, who looked frightened during a court appearance that was also attended by his father and uncle, who is the boy's legal guardian. The boy's mother was not at the hearing. The boy has not been named because of his age.

    A capacity hearing has been scheduled for two weeks, and the boy was released on bail at some point on Thursday, according to Kitsap County prosecutor's juvenile division.

    "I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake," the boy's father said

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  • Girl, 8, Shot in Her Third-Grade Classroom

    A Seattle-area third-grader is in critical condition today after being shot in the abdomen when a gun went off in her classroom.

    Amina Bowman, 8, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after the gun discharged from another student's backpack around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police in Bremerton, Wash. 

    Amina was alert and stable at the time of the incident and was quickly rushed to surgery, according to ABC News Seattle affiliate KOMO. "She's at a good spot," hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

    Armin Jahr Elementary School was put into immediate lockdown after the incident. "She had the kids sit, get underneath their desks and then made sure that the kids were accounted for," MaryLou Tucker, a parent of a student at the school, said of the teacher.

    Students streamed from the school into the arms of worried parents minutes after the incident.

    A friend says Bowman's mother was in disbelief when the school called. "She's a sweet little girl, and I don't know what

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  • Tommy Jordan, Who Shot Daughter's Laptop, Defends Himself

     

                                                                                                 

    The gun-toting North Carolina dad who gave his daughter a tough-love lesson when he responded to her bratty Facebook post about him by shooting her laptop on camera has now responded to his critics in an e-mail message to ABC News.

    Tommy Johnson's eight-minute rant, which ended with his shooting his 15-year-old daughter's laptop eight times, has been viewed nearly 28 million times on YouTube since it was uploaded Feb. 8. The divisive clip, in which he responds to daughter Hannah's recent Facebook wall post where she complains about her parents' making her do chores around the house, apparently prompted a visit from police and child-protection authorities.

    The clip also led to both harsh criticism and showers of praise of Jordan, and ignited a debate about his in-your-face style of parenting.

    In his response to ABC News Jordan, an IT worker from Albemarle, N.C., admits that the

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  • Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after being named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show had a surprise winner this year when a Pekingnese took the coveted Best in Show prize in New York.

    Malachy, the four-year-old winner at this year's Westminster show, made it to the final round at the 2011 show but ultimately lost to Hickory, the Scottish Deerhound. This year marks the first time since 1990 the breed took a victory lap at the nation's top dog show prize.

    "He doesn't run. He has a dignified Pekingese gait," handler David Fitzpatrick had told The Associated Press.

    PHOTOS: Finalists at Westminster 2012

    Reaction on the ground Tuesday night was that the Malachy has come close so many times that it was an "owed" win. Fitzpatrick, however, has had multiple winners.

    This win marks Malachy's 115th overall Best in Show title. On Westminster's opening night he had been named best in the Toy group, which is considered the show's most competitive category.

    Judge Cindy Vogels selected the four-year-old Pekingnese

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  • Tim Tebow: Putting the Lord, and Patriots First

    NFL sensation Tim Tebow, who took the country by storm with a 2011 six-game winning streak that brought the Denver Broncos within one win of this weekend's Super Bowl, says that although his much-mimicked on-field praying has sparked controversy, he is merely "putting the Lord first."

    The term "Tebowing" - the act of stopping what one's doing to kneel down on one knee and pray - became one of 2011's hottest and most-copied memes. Once Tebow's popularity truly caught fire after an October win over the Miami Dolphins, photos of people "Tebowing" across the globe - in front of Buckingham Palace, at Egypt's pyramids, and even underwater - sprung up across the Internet.

    View a slideshow of people across the world "Tebowing"

    "Part of taking a knee is humbling yourself, and it's a form of showing humility where you are putting someone else first," Tebow said in an interview with ESPN. "Putting the Lord first. And that's why I do it. More than anything, more than asking for

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  • Pay Freeze for Queen in UK Austerity Measures

    In a sign of dire economic times across the pond, Buckingham Palace is now doing some budget busting, with the queen herself due for a pay freeze and Prince Charles set to foot the bill for some major expenses.

    Queen Elizabeth II will see six consecutive years of frozen pay, as new austerity measures in the U.K. have cut funding for the royal household.

    Taxpayer funding for royal travel and royal palaces has also been put on the chopping block, so British taxpayers will no longer foot the bill for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s travels and security. The tab for the duke and duchess of Cambridge’s expenses will now be picked up by Prince Charles. The new measures also will lead to fewer royal parties and events, and no repairs for the royal palaces.

    The queen has even approved renting out fancy rooms at St. James’s Palace as party venues during the 2012 London Olympics, according to the Associated Press. Companies that hold royal warrants – those that have longstanding ties

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