Missy Elliot Street Wear Faces Royal Ban
YANKED: Missy Elliott's street wear collection has been pulled from stores in Denmark because its logo was a bit too similar to that of the country's monarch, Queen Margrethe II, the Associated Press reports. The shoes, bags and shirts in the collection carry a logo that consist of a crown on top of the words "Respect" and Missy Elliott's initials "M.E." The queen's logo consists of a crown on top of the letters "M-2-R," with the "R" standing for the Latin word for queen, Regina. A spokesman for the line's manufacturer, Adidas, said the company agreed to remove the clothing from Danish stores, and that the similarity was a "surprise" coincidence.
BLESSED: Britain's newly engaged royal couple Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles received the blessings of their local priest at a church service near the prince's country home Sunday. "I prayed for their happiness together and that they may come to love one another more each day and more and more draw closer to God," said the Rev. Christopher Mulholland, of St. Lawrence's Church. Parker Bowles, 57, wearing a green coat with dark green lapels and cuffs, posed for photographs as she entered the church with Charles, 56, who wore a light-brown coat. The two are due to wed in a civil service April 8.
APPEARED: Pope John Paul II, 84, resumed his routine of greeting worshippers at St. Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday, an indication that he's on the rebound after health scare that sent him to the hospital on Feb. 1. "We meet again in this place to praise the Lord," the pontiff said in his message, read by the Argentine archbishop Leonardo Sandri, as quoted by The New York Times. "I would like to thank you – and those many following on radio and television – for your closeness, affection and above all prayer during my hospitalization."
BOOSTED: A Miami judge increased the bail for William Lepeska, a homeless man accused of stalking tennis star Anna Kournikova, from $50,000 to $250,000, saying she was worried about his mental state, AP. Lepeska was arrested Jan. 30 after police said he swam nude across Biscayne Bay in search of Kournikova's $5 million house on Miami Beach's Sunset Island 3. He was arrested naked in a neighbor's pool area. Circuit Court Judge Diane Ward expressed concern that Lepeska was showing signs of instability and possibly delusional thinking. An arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 22.
JAILED: Tom Sizemore, 43, failed a drug test and has been jailed until a hearing on Feb. 24 for violating his probation, unless he posts $25,000 bond, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney tells Reuters. The Saving Private Ryan actor – who is on probation for his convictions on separate charges of methamphetamine possession and beating his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss – was placed in custody on Thursday. During court proceedings, prosecutors reportedly told Judge Antonio Baretto that Sizemore failed three drug tests in three days, the first after he was caught using a fake penis sewn into his boxer shorts and filled with a clean urine sample kept warm by a heating pack.
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