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Celebrity Roundup

7/06/12 12:36pm

Celebrity Roundup: July 6, 2012

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Those troubled Moore ladies just can’t catch a break: with Demi Moore sent to rehab earlier this year and Scout Willis in the headlines for tweeting about drug use, the youngest of Demi’s daughters is now embroiled in a potential controversy. Reports have surfaced that photos of Tallulah, 18, partying topless and smoking a joint are being shopped to various media outlets. Welcome to celebrity adulthood, Tallulah.

Wes Scantlin, the frontman of post-grunge rock group Puddle of Mudd, best known for the 2002 single “Blurry,” was arrested in Los Angeles this January for felony cocaine possession and DUI. This week, he pleaded guilty to the possession charge but avoided jail time, wrangling a sentence of 18 months deferred judgment, including a drug counseling program. Cue the heartfelt sobriety rock anthem.

Think your DUI was humiliating? Try getting booked in the Deschutes County Jail (outside of Bend, Oregon), only to discover that their camera is broken—so the judge orders you to return two months later to have your mug shot taken. That’s what happened to Lost actor Matthew Fox, although—admittedly—he looks pretty well-groomed in the resulting photo. Maybe he got lucky, after all.

Weston Gosa, 23, who appeared on the first season of MTV’s hit series 16 and Pregnant, was arrested in rural Georgia after crashing his car. Law enforcement found Xanax and Lorcet—for which he had no prescription—as well as a pipe with residue, in the wreckage. Not taking the fatherhood thing too seriously, then? Take solace in this: Whitney Purvis, the mother of Gosa’s son, reportedly split from him last fall.

After ex-Miss USA Rima Fakih pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in the state of Michigan last May, you might assume she’d be teetotaling from here on out. Not so much. She was spotted stumbling out of Greyhouse Manor in Hollywood last weekend very intoxicated—but told paparazzi, “TMZ, I’m not driving!” That’s one way to learn your lesson.

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By Sam Lansky

grow houses

7/06/12 11:56am

How to Spot Your Neighborhood Grow House

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When AOL News asks, “Are Your Neighbors Running a Hidden Marijuana Operation?” will you know how to respond? After all, that normal-looking couple could be budding pot-dealers with a large-scale grow-op buried under their idyllic home. It could be hidden—as in the case of one father-daughter team in Georgia—behind a custom-built hydraulic table. Which conceals a secret staircase. Which leads down to over 160 marijuana plants. “I'm sort of mechanically inclined myself, and I thought it was pretty ingenious the way they did it,” said grudgingly-impressed county sheriff Wiley Griffin after they were busted. While most grow-ops aren't quite that sophisticated, they might still be hard to detect. So how to do it?

Use your nose, suggests police officer Craig Woolnough in the AOL article. Growers' homes have a “strong” and “obvious” smell that's hard to miss when you approach from downwind. Step stealthily towards the suspect building and touch a window—is it warmer than it should be? Is there condensation? Growers also like to close their blinds. EHow weighs in with the suggestion of taking a listen for some humming—because that sound could mean generators and lots of electricity being used. If you happen to be a power company, or the suspects' landlord, you can check out their bills. And keep track of your neighbors' movements: do they have no discernible daily schedule, yet drive nice cars? Do they buy lots of gardening stuff, but have a yard that shows no benefit? They might not just be lazy retired folk. You could some herb-harvesters on your hands. A “Beware of the Dog” sign—with no dog—is also apparently a dead giveaway.

Why is it important to know? Because “marijuana grow houses are the playground of organized crime” and are “ripping off the taxpayer,” according to Ottowa public health examiner Rose Simpson. Fertilizers, electricity, water and even mold can all apparently spell danger. “Imagine" says Simpson, "If your child tried to break in on a lark.”

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By Bryan Le

celebrity rehab

7/06/12 10:32am

Did Drugs Not Make Sorkin a Better Writer?

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Aaron Sorkin's cerebral, fast-paced scripts have made him a Hollywood legend—but he once feared that in getting clean, he would lose his creative edge. In an upcoming Men's Journal interview, the West Wing screenwriter admits: “My big fear when I quit drugs was that I wouldn’t be able to write anymore. Because if you’re a writer and you’re on a roll—and I was on a roll when I was high—you don’t want to change anything about the way you work.” After a long battle with addiction and a highly-publicized arrest in 2001, the scribe has been sober for 11 years—and earned an Oscar in 2011 for his work on The Social Network. Now back in the spotlight with a new show, The Newsroom, which premiered on HBO last week, Sorkin seems to be on a roll again—despite not being high. He's also created a stir in Hollywood by starting up a relationship with Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, herself a recovering addict who has been sober for 22 years. But despite his string of successes, when asked what advice he'd give his former self, Sorkin says: “I’d tell myself not to try drugs. Once you do that, you’re going to change the trajectory of your life in a terrible way.” 

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By May Wilkerson

Headlines

7/06/12 5:00am

Morning Roundup: July 6, 2012

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Breakup Drinking

7/05/12 5:00pm

Is Johnny Depp Drowning His Sorrows?

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Celebrities—they're just like us. They, too, are known to seek solace in the bottom of a bottle during trying times. Even film star and pirate Johnny Depp is allegedly using booze to crush his feelings in the wake of his split from girlfriend of 14 years, actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, with whom he raised two kids. Many are saying that Paradis called it quits due to resentments over Depp’s success and busy schedule, and it has been rumored that the couple’s “blazing fights” caused the Pirates of the Caribbean star “to drink heavily” prior to the break-up. Sources close to the star insist that when the relationship started to crumble a year ago, Depp’s drinking became noticeably worse, and multiple reports surfaced that he'd been out “drinking, dancing with models are generally acting like a bachelor.” Vanity Fair even claimed that the actor was once found passed out in a hotel toilet. Since splitting from Paradis, Depp is said to be dating his The Rum Diary costar, Amber Heard, who is 23 years his junior

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By Gabrielle Wuhl

drug war policy

7/05/12 3:45pm

Mexico's New Leader Vows New Drug War Plan

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Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, has vowed to take a different approach to tackling his country's drug war. Although his victory in last Sunday's election is still being contested, Pena Nieto has announced that while he still plans to continue his predecessor Felipe Calderon's approach of targeting drug cartels, he will move away from flashy drug busts and instead start from the bottom by taking on small gangs in order to protect ordinary citizens. Calderon's approach received criticism for fracturing control of territory and smuggling routes, which led to the spawning of several smaller gangs throughout the country. "We will wage an effective fight against the capos, against the heads of the cartels, but clearly also with a rethinking that will allow a lowering of violence," says 45-year-old Pena Nieto, who heads a first return to power for Mexico's once-unshakable Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) since 2000. "There will be no truce, no pact with organized crime." He also announced plans to build a 40,000-member paramilitary police force that would be dispatched to those areas most gripped by organized crime—and to increase security spending and double the number of federal police to 35,000 officers. But Pena Nieto was often vague about his anti-crime plans during his election campaign—leading to speculation in some quarters that he either has little idea of how to proceed, or that he'll be willing look the other way if cartels smuggle drugs northward without creating violence in Mexico. Time will tell.

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