'Survivor' Skupin: It happens
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- Before his 15 minutes are up, "Survivor" contestant/burn victim Michael Skupin wants you to know one thing: He has no regrets.
Skupin lost out on the $1 million prize on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" after passing out in a campfire and burning his hands, forcing the show's medics to airlift him to safety.
"Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen," Skupin, 39, told The Grand Rapids Press.
Skupin, a software publisher and distributor, is writing a book on his experience titled, "Healed Hands, Healing Heart: The Spiritual Journey of Mike Skupin," which is to be published in about six weeks.
He has credited the show for his "spiritual awakening" and said one of the miracles of the outback included the way his hands healed, which amazed the Australian surgeon who treated him.
Rodman's 40th birthday bash busted
NEWPORT BEACH, California - Another party, another police visit for Dennis Rodman. But this party meant something.
The former basketball star known as "The Worm" celebrated his 40th birthday over the weekend with a high-flying affair that included a live concert by two rock bands.
The party started about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when Rodman made a dramatic entrance in a helicopter that circled his house several times before landing on the beach, police spokesman Mike McDermott told The Associated Press.
Before long, after dozens of complaints from neighbors, police -- some in riot gear -- stood nearby while some 300 guests partied inside, and Rodman's lawyers negotiated with the district attorney's office.
The celebration eventually moved to Rodman's nearby restaurant. No arrests were made.
Previous Rodman gatherings have resulted in more than 70 police visits and more than $3,000 in fines for violating local noise ordinances, according to city records.
Destiny's Beyonce signs with L'Oreal
NEW YORK -- Destiny's Child diva Beyonce Knowles has signed on with L'Oreal to be the company's latest spokesperson.
It's the latest media attention thrown to Knowles. Her group's new album "Survivor" sold more than 660,000 copies in its first week of release and currently tops Billboard charts. Knowles was also seen in last week's MTV hip-hop version of "Carmen."
Knowles says she's growing wary of too much exposure.
"I just hope people don't get sick of us," Knowles tells Newsweek in its May 21 edition. "I'm sick of us and I'm in Destiny's Child. ... There has to be some mystery so people are excited when they see you."
Brinkley added to Wilmington Walk of Fame
WILMINGTON, North Carolina -- TV news pioneer David Brinkley returned home Saturday.
Brinkley was honored by his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, earning a place on the town's Walk of Fame, The Associated Press reports. An estimated 400 people gathered for the ceremony.
"I'm not sure I deserve it, but I'll take it," Brinkley said as he was presented with a plaque matching the ceremonial sidewalk stone. "I love this old town. It gets better every time I come here."
Brinkley, 80, spent the first 21 years of his life in Wilmington. He started his journalism career with a newspaper job at the Morning Star, and became one of the first journalists on television. He made his last regularly scheduled broadcast on ABC in 1997.
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