Blog Posts by Luchina Fisher

  • Olivia Culpo: Five Things To Know About Miss USA 2012

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    A new Miss USA was crowned Sunday night. She's Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island.

    The 20-year-old brown-haired beauty beat out first runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia, to take the title. She will now compete in the 61st Miss Universe pageant later in December.

    PHOTOS: Miss USA 2012 Contestants

    Here are five things to know about the new Miss USA:

    She's Got Beauty and Brains

    Culpo, who just finished her sophomore year at Boston University, has been on the Dean's List every semester, according to her Miss USA bio. She also describes herself as a "nerd" on her Twitter page.

    She Didn't Always Have That Body

    Culpo was "short and chubby" growing up, according to the description read while she strutted across the stage in a lilac bikini during the swimsuit round.

    She's a Musician

    Culpo spent her summers at band camp after learning to play

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  • Michael Jackson's Sleepless Letter to Lisa Marie Presley

    Credit: Julien's Auctions/SplashLong before Michael Jackson's use of the anesthesia Propofol as a sleep aid became known, he wrote a desperate letter to his then wife Lisa Marie Presley lamenting his need for sleep.

    The letter, written in the singer's childlike scrawl, reads:  "Lisa I truly need this rest I haven't slept litterally in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im' [sic] crazy for you." It's signed, "love Turd," Jackson's apparent nickname. At the top is a box next to the words "smell here."

    Written sometime between 1993 and 1996, the letter had been slated for auction and had been expected to fetch up to $1,200. But Presley reportedly complained to Julien's Auctions, the company selling it, and the letter was taken off the auction block.

    Owner Darren Julien told TMZ, "I'm assuming it's a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley."

    Presley was married to

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  • Justin Bieber Trained with Mike Tyson Before Photog Scuffle

    Just days before his scuffle with a photographer Sunday, Justin Bieber learned some boxing moves from heavyweight champ Mike Tyson himself.

    A video of Bieber getting a lesson from Tyson has gone viral on YouTube. Tyson also posted a photo of him posing with the singer before they started training.

    It's not clear whether Bieber used some of the moves he learned on a photographer who was trying to snap pictures of the singer and his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez. But now, the teen pop singer is being investigated for battery, according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

    Police tell ABC News that Bieber has still not come forward for questioning after the alleged knock-down blow-up that left the singer without a shoe and his girlfriend picking up his hat.

    The photographer, who has not been identified, said Bieber struck him in the face as the mega couple exited a shopping center in Calabasas, Calif., on a Sunday afternoon movie date. Witnesses told

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  • Elin Nordegren Is Single Again

    Tiger Woods' ex Elin Nordegren is single again.Sam Greenwood/WireImage/Getty Images

    According to People magazine, she broke off her relationship with financier Jamie Dingman in January.

    "She says Jamie's a great guy - and they're still friends - but I think it was just too early [after the divorce] for her to get serious with anyone," a friend of Nordegren told the magazine.

    The pair were first linked last summer. Dingman, the son of billionaire Michael Dingman, president of international investments firm Shipston Group Ltd., manages his father's business in China. He and Nordegren's pro-golfer ex-husband reportedly share something in common - a fling with former nightlife hostess Rachel Uchitel.

    Nordegren lives with her two children in North Palm Beach, Fla., and is a part-time college student working on her psychology degree.

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  • 'Bachelorette' Begins New Season Tonight

    Emily Maynard renews her search for a soul mate when “The Bachelorette” opens its eighth season tonight.

    The 26-year-old Maynard, who has a six-year-old daughter named Ricki, starred on the 2011 season of “The Bachelor” and got engaged to “Bachelor” Brad Womack. They split not long after the season finale aired.

    PHOTOS: Inside the new "Bachelorette" pad.

    “I always said I would never do it, but when I sat and thought about it, all the reasons that I wouldn’t do it were based on fears,” Maynard told “Good Morning America.”  “I just wasn’t in a place where I wanted to think about going out on a date, much less a whole lot of dates.”

    Ultimately it was Ricki, whose father is Maynard’s former fiance,  NASCAR driver and team owner Ricky Hendrick, who died in a plane crash in 2004, who convinced her to go before the reality TV cameras once again.

    “I want to be able to teach her [Ricki] that if you feel good about something and you’ve really thought it through and prayed about

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  • Helen Keller's Hidden Love Life?

    Helen Keller's Hidden Love Life? (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

    Helen Keller's remarkable story as the first deaf and blind person to obtain a bachelor's degree is widely known, thanks to the film "The Miracle Worker."

    Absent, however, from accounts of her life, including her years as an activist and author, were any tales of a romantic life - up until now.

    Author Rosie Sultan has written a novel called "Helen Keller in Love," inspired by a recent biography that suggested Keller had a love affair in her 30s, became secretly engaged and tried to elope with the man she loved.

    "I, like many people, had not really thought of her as a woman - with normal romantic and carnal desires," Sultan wrote in a blog for the Huffington Post.

    Sultan picks up the story in 1916 when Keller is in her 30s, world-famous and an outspoken opponent of World War I and vocal supporter of women's rights and contraception. When her famous teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan, falls ill, Peter Fagan, a 29-year-old Boston Herald reporter is sent to be Keller's private

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  • Linda Evangelista Takes Salma Hayek's Hubby to Court for Child Support


    Linda Evangelista will face off in court against Salma Hayek's billionaire husband Francois- Henri Pinault, the father of Evangelista's 5-year-old son, Augustin.  The supermodel is asking Pinault, heir to a $11.5 billion family estate, for a record-breaking $46,000 a month in child support. The pair will meet in Manhattan Family Court Thursday. 

    Evangelista dated Pinault for four months at the end of 2005 and was pregnant with "Augie" when Pinault began dating Hayek in April 2006. Pinault and Hayek have been married since 2009 and have a 4-year-old daughter, Valentina. 

    Evangelista, 46, says she needs the money for round-the-clock care, a driver and armed bodyguards for her son, according to the New York Daily News. "I need to protect him," she told Love magazine in February.

    When a judge questioned the supermodel's need for full-time nannies, she responded, according to the Daily News, "When I

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  • Natalie Wood's Daughter Arrested on Drug Charges

    Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner's daughter, Courtney Wagner, was arrested for coke and heroin possession after police received a report of a gunshot at her Malibu home.

    TMZ reported that police were called to the home of 38-year-old Wagner last Sunday after a woman's screams were heard, followed by a gunshot. No one was injured. However, when police arrived they found Wagner in possession of cocaine and heroin and arrested her on suspicion of felony drug possession, the website said.

    Wagner has since posted $10,000 bail, according to TMZ. Attempts to reach Wagner for comment weren’t immediately successful.

    A man who was involved in a dispute with Wagner was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm, the website said.

    The case involving the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood was recently re-opened after 30 years, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department uncovered no new evidence to indicate foul play was involved. Wood’s death off California’s

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  • Tupac Alive at Coachella, Performs with Snoop Dogg

    A holographic image of Tupac Shakur is seen performing during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15 in Indio, California sparked a discussion on Twitter 16 years after his death. (AFP Photo/Kevin Winter)No, murdered rapper Tupac Shakur has not risen from the dead.

    Instead, hip hop star Snoop Dogg performed with a remarkably lifelike hologram of Tupac at the close of California's massive Coachella 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."

    Snoop, one of the festival headliners, also performed with Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa, but Tupac was clearly the highlight. As news of his appearance spread on Twitter, Tupac, Pac and hologram were trending in no time. Now, even his hologram has its own Twitter account, @hologramtupac.

    The technology that resurrected Tupac was previously used to allow Mariah Carey to perform five concerts simultaneously across Europe last year.

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  • Alec Baldwin's Alleged Stalker Arrested

    A 40-year-old woman accused of stalking Alec Baldwin was arrested Sunday night outside the actor's apartment in New York City.

    According to TMZ, Genevieve Sabourin, identified as a Canadian actress, was charged with aggravated harassment and stalking.

    Police sources told the New York Post that Sabourin allegedly sent emails and text messages to the "30 Rock" star saying she loved him and wanted to have his baby, as well as asking for money.

    Sabourin then flew from Montreal to confront Baldwin, who was recently engaged to his yoga instructor girlfriend Hilaria Thomas.

    First she appeared at the actor's Hampton home on March 31, managing to evade Long Island law enforcement officials, the Post reported.  She allegedly showed up event at Lincoln Center a few days later.

    Sabourin was finally apprehended Sunday night when she asked the doorman at Baldwin's Manhattan apartment to buzz the actor. After the doorman called Baldwin, who was in the Hamptons, the actor notified police

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