Blog Posts by Suzan Clarke

  • Preschoolers Argue Over Whether Romney or Obama Will Win Election

    Wesley Johnson, 4, and his 3-year-old brother, Luke, argue a lot with each other, but one recent argument between the siblings left their mother stunned.

    As she prepared breakfast for the boys and for Luke's twin sister, Jillian, on Oct. 22, Sara Johnson heard their voices coming from the playroom.

    "I first heard Wesley, the oldest, saying, 'I'm Mitt Romney, and I'm going to take your job, President Obama,'" she recalled in an interview with Monday.

    Intrigued, Johnson, of Midlothian, Va., grabbed her iPad and started recording her sons' conversation - which got even more interesting.

    In a video, which she uploaded to YouTube, the two boys can be seen sitting across from each other at a table. Both boys are playing with building blocks as their sister stands to the side, silent.

    Wesley, dressed in a dark-blue T-shirt, says: "I'm Mitt Romney."

    His brother, dressed in a red T-shirt, replies: "I'm, too."

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  • Tonight on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars,” the seven remaining celebrity dancers had to fuse two different styles of dance to the same piece of music, then followed that up with a swing dance marathon where the last couple dancing earned an extra 10 points on top of their night’s score.

    At the end of the show, TV personality Melissa Rycroft topped the leaderboard with an overall total of 39 points, while actress Kirstie Alley brought up the rear with 28 points.

    Olympian Shawn Johnson earned a perfect score for her fusion dance, and with an extra eight points for the dance marathon, had an overall total of 38 points, putting her in second place in the night’s rankings.

    Tonight the stars and their partners sent special messages of support for the victims of superstorm Sandy.

    There will be no results show tomorrow because of special coverage of Election Day. Two stars will be voted off next week.

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  • British Couple, Kids, Live in Cemetery in Converted Mortuary

    (Photo Credit: Stuart Martin/Solent News & Photo Agency)Would you go trick-or-treating in a cemetery for Halloween?

    Well, Jayne Stead and Mike Blatchford admit that trick-or-treaters steer clear of the converted mortuary chapel in the center of a cemetery where they live with their three teenage children.

    "Nobody has ventured down here for trick-or-treating," Stead, of Southampton, a town located in Hampshire in the south of England, said, according to the Daily Mail in Britain.

    Unsuspecting visitors have been startled by the family's presence in the cemetery.

    "You get people peering in to the windows of the chapel and when they see us watching television, they jump a million miles," Stead told the newspaper.

    (Photo Credit: Stuart Martin/Solent News & Photo Agency)Stead and Blatchford bought the home - a former mortuary and graveyard keeper's lodge that dates back to the 1800s - six years ago because they fell in love with it.

    Blatchford, a builder, modernized the interior, but photos of the exterior show the structure doesn't appear to have been changed much from when it was

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  • Singer/actress Sabrina Bryan, who has dominated "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" in the past two weeks and earned the first perfect score of the season, was voted off the show Tuesday night. The decision shocked the audience in the ballroom, who voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos.

    The elimination is all the more stunning because Bryan, the star of "The Cheetah Girls," was also a favorite to win when she was eliminated in the sixth week of the regular show's season 5. Her elimination back then shocked viewers and the show's three judges.

    Those judges, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, all looked stunned Tuesday when Bryan's name was announced.

    But this morning on "GMA," the star smiled through her disappointment and expressed her gratitude for the experience.

    "I was just excited from the beginning to be voted on by the viewers, to be a part of this incredible cast," Bryan said. "Of course, no one wants to go home. The elimination was really

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  • The competitors on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" danced to country music songs during tonight's show, and two stars earned perfect scores.

    Following last week's special two-night performance, Sabrina Bryan topped the leaderboard and Kelly Monaco had the lowest score. With last week's scores added to those from tonight's individual performances and a group freestyle dance, the rankings remained unchanged.

    Bryan and Olympian Apolo Ohno both earned perfect scores tonight.

    One star will be eliminated tomorrow. Elimination is based upon a combination of viewers' votes and judge's scores. The star with the lowest combined score is voted off the show.

    The Individual Routines

    Gilles Marini: The French actor performed a cha-cha, drawing praise from head judge Len Goodman praised, who told the actor he appreciated his commitment to his routines. "What I really like about you, you come out and you give it 100 percent …," he said. Even though Goodman and judge Bruno

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  • Firefighters Rescue, Revive Cat Hurt in NH House Fire

    (Photo Credit: Facebook)Tiki Bear the cat used up several of her nine lives Tuesday when she was trapped inside her owners' New Hampshire home during a fire.

    Firefighters found the 17-year-old cat in the basement of the historic Portsmouth, N.H., home, brought the animal out and put a tiny oxygen mask to her face, helping her to breathe again. Police transported her to a veterinary emergency center, where she was placed in intensive care.

    David Adams and his wife, Deborah, both 61, were away at work when the fire started shortly before midday Tuesday in their home, which was built in 1742. A neighbor noticed and called 911. That same neighbor, whom Adams described as a pet lover who knew a cat was in the house, actually tried to save Tiki Bear.

    The neighbor "went into the burning building looking for the cat. As far as I know, he was forced out. He girded himself up and went back in again," until firefighters dragged him out of the house and forced him to stay away.

    "He was going to kill himself and

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  • Agency Bans Dior Mascara Ad Featuring Natalie Portman

    A Christian Dior mascara ad featuring actress Natalie Portman has been banned in England after rival makeup company L'Oreal complained that the magazine ad was misleading and exaggerated.

    L'Oreal complained to Britain's Advertising Standards Authority, the independent agency that regulates advertising across all media and that takes action against advertisements that are misleading, harmful or offensive.

    The ad for DiorShow New Look mascara showed Portman with a lush, thick fringe of long lashes, and claimed the makeup would deliver a spectacular volume-multiplying effect, lash by lash. L'Oreal believed it "misleadingly exaggerated the likely effects of the product," according to the ruling posted on the authority's website this week.

    Dior said it hadn't received any complaints from consumers, which the company believed demonstrated that the ad didn't go beyond the "likely consumer expectations of what was achievable with the product," the ruling said, adding that Dior

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  • Image credit: Adam Taylor/ABC
    In the second of a special two-part performance show that started yesterday and ended tonight, four competitors on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars" each performed to their guilty-pleasure songs, while another four did a team freestyle dance.

    The scores from both dances were added for one grand total, which will then be added to last night's scores.

    The performance show is usually presented on Mondays with a star eliminated on Tuesday, but the format was altered this week because of last night's presidential debate. Half the stars danced in a shortened show last night, and the second half danced tonight.

    There was no elimination this week, but a star will be voted off next week.

    The Individual Routines

    Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan each performed an individual routine tonight. Their scores were added to the 29.5 points they each earned for their group freestyle dance yesterday.

    Melissa Rycroft: The TV personality danced a tango to

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  • Ohio Student Suspended for Growing Out Hair to Donate

    (Photo Courtesy: Robin Aufderheide)Zachary Aufderheide has run afoul of his Ohio high school's dress code because of his desire to grow his hair long enough to donate it to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs to needy children who've lost their hair because of medical problems.

    Zachary, 17, of Canton is about an inch away from the 10 inches of hair he needs to donate to the organization. Faced with an ultimatum, the Canton South High School junior decided to accept an in-school suspension rather than cut his ponytail.

    The minimum length of hair needed for a hairpiece is 10 inches, according the Locks of Love website.

    Zachary said he is passionate about donating hair to the organization because he was picked on as a child and now wants to help sick children who might have lost their hair avoid the feelings he experienced when he was teased.

    (Photo Courtesy: Robin Aufderheide)"I was picked on so I know where they're coming from, I know how they feel so I sort of sympathize with them because I've been there," he said Monday.

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  • Four competitors on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars" each performed to their guilty pleasure songs tonight, while another four performed a team dance.

    When the show was over, actor Gilles Marini topped the leaderboard with 29.5 out of a possible 30 points for his individual dance, while Kelly Monaco was the night's low scorer with 24.5 points for hers.

    During her review of Marini's performance, judge Carrie Ann Inaba fell off her chair and onto the floor. She was not hurt, and the ballroom audience exploded in laughter.

    Because of Monday's night's presidential debate, tonight's show was shortened, so the stars who performed the group dance tonight will come back tomorrow night to do their individual routines.

    Generally a star is voted off every week, but there will be no elimination tomorrow.

    Bristol Palin was voted off last week.

    The Routines

    Photos: See the entire all-star cast and their pro partners!

    Kelly Monaco: The "General Hospital" soap opera star's

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