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Chuck Pagano to coach Indianapolis Colts

Chuck Pagano fills void left by Jim Caldwell

Chuck Pagano, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator, has been named head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

The official Indianapolis Colts site reports that Pagano has been named the Colts’ 11th head coach. Pagano, 51, boasts 28 years coaching experience and is responsible for the Ravens’ third-rated 2011 defense.

“Chuck has done a great job,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has said of Pagano. “Chuck is a great coach. It’s more of a peer relationship in a lot of ways at this level, and they’ve (coaches and players) done a great job working together. Chuck is a great example of that. Obviously, it’s been reflected in the way those guys have played.”

As we reported earlier this month, Colts former head coach Jim Caldwell was fired following a disappointing 2-14 season.

Read more about Chuck Pagano here.

Geithner doesn't expect a second term

Treasury Secretary Geithner doesn’t expect Obama to ask him to remain

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner doesn’t expect to remain past his first term.

Bloomberg reports that Geithner believes that President Obama will be re-elected, but he doesn’t believe he’ll ask him to remain a member of his economic team.

“He’s not going to ask me to stay on, I’m pretty confident,” Geithner said. “I’m confident he’ll be president. But I’m also confident he’s going to have the privilege of having another secretary of the Treasury.”

Geithner, 50, has led the effort to pull the U.S. out of the current recession which included overseeing the efforts to bailout American automakers.

As the site reports, Geithner told White House officials last year that he was considering leaving after negotiations on raising the nation’s debt limit were completed.

Read more about Timothy Geithner here.

Nancy Pelosi challenged by John Dennis

Nancy Pelosi to face John Dennis in 2012 election

Nancy Pelosi may be concerned with Newt Gingrich and her assertions that he’ll never become president, but it looks as though the congresswoman has something else to worry about.

John Dennis has announced he will challenge Pelosi in the 2012 election for California’s 12th Congressional District seat. Pelosi and Dennis previously faced off in 2010.

“Nancy Pelosi is out of touch with San Francisco and America,” Dennis said. “Every major problem facing our nation has been exacerbated during her 26-year career in Congress and has escalated since she became both Speaker and now Minority Leader. Ms. Pelosi career in Congress epitomizes Washington’s assaults on the liberties of every American.”

“[Pelosi] is emblematic of the corruption in Washington via insider trading, out of control spending that has led to a nearly $15 trillion national debt, and economic intervention which has lead to significant losses in the labor force. As a self-proclaimed liberal, she has proven hypocritical even when it comes to the wars Washington started and funded in the last 10 years, showing again how out of sync she is with her constituents here in San Francisco,” Dennis continued.

Read more about the race between Nancy Pelosi and John Dennis here.

James Farentino dies

James Farentino was 73

James Farentino has died at the age of 73.

People reports that Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

Farentino was a TV staple, appearing in such series as “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place,” “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers” and “ER,” and even taking on the role of Saint Peter in the mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth.” He was also a stage performer, appearing in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Although Farentino’s talent was undeniable, it was his relationship with Tina Sinatra that garnered the most headlines. In 1994, Farentino pleaded no contest after being charged with 24 misdemeanor counts of stalking Tina Sinatra, making harassing phone calls and violating a restraining order to stay away from her.

Read more about James Farentino here.

Elizabeth Smart engaged

Elizabeth Smart planning for a July wedding

Elizabeth Smart is in the news again. This time, it’s because wedding bells are in the air!

CBS News reports that Smart is engaged to Matthew Gilmour. Smart and Gilmour met while Smart was serving on a LDS mission in France last year.

Smart and Gilmour are reportedly planning on a July wedding that will take place in Utah.

Elizabeth Smart is currently a senior at Brigham Young Unviersity.

In 2002, Smart  became a household name when she was kidnapped and held captive for nine months.

Demi Moore hospitalized

Demi Moore hospitalized for substance abuse, drops out of “Lovelace”

Demi Moore has been hospitalized for substance abuse.

TMZ reports that a call to 911 was placed at 10:45 Monday night from Moore’s house in L.A. Paramedics arrived and assessed Moore’s condition for 30 minutes before transporting her to the hospital.

Sources close to Moore said that she will be placed in a facility to “seek further professional assistance” for substance abuse.

Moore’s rep told TMZ, “Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends.”

Because of this recent development, Moore has decided to drop out of the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic. As we reported earlier this month, Moore was slated to make a cameo appearance as Gloria Steinem.

Read more about Demi Moore here.

Tim Gunn opens up about celibacy

Tim Gunn reveals he’s been celibate for 29 years

Tim Gunn, the loving but tough mentor to the “Project Runway” contestants, has opened up about his sex life.

CBS News reports that Gunn opened up about his celibacy on the ABC show “The Revolution.” Gunn, 58, was put in a tough position when the conversation turned to the topic of jumpstarting your sex life, which prompted him to make a confession.

“I will share with all of you … I haven’t had sex in 29 years. Do I feel like less of a person for it? No, not even remotely.”

“I’m a perfectly happy, fulfilled individual,” said Gunn, who added, “I have feelings. It’s not as though I am some barren forest.”

Gunn explained that he doesn’t have a no sex rule, but that his celibacy has been the result of his experiences in the past. 

“I was in a very intense relationship for a long time and my partner ended it, saying quite frankly that he was impatient with my sexual performance … It was at the cusp of AIDS, and I think a lot of people simply retreated because they were concerned about their health. I certainly was. I’m happy to be healthy and alive, quite frankly,” Gunn said honestly.

Read more about Tim Gunn here.

Jorge Posada retired after 17 years

Jorge Posada ends career as a Yankee

Catcher Jorge Posada retired Tuesday after 17 seasons with the Yankees.

The Washington Post reports that Posada finished with a .273 career batting average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs. Posada, filled with emotion, quoted Joe DiMaggio at the televised announcement, saying, “I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

“I could never wear another uniform,” Posada continued. “I will forever be a Yankee.”

“Hopefully you won’t miss me that much,” Posada said after thanking his teammates.

Posada said he decided to retire last season.

Read more about Jorge Posada’s retirement here.

Flip Saunders fired

Flip Saunders has been fired by the Washington Wizards

Flip Saunders has been let go by the Washington Wizards. 

NBC Sports reports that Saunders has been fired after the Wizards began the 2011-12 season 2-15. As the site details, the Wizards players started without discipline, consistent effort or signs of improvement.

Saunders is expected to be replaced in the interim by current Wizards assistant Randy Wittman.

Although many agree Saunders has been a good coach for veteran teams, he had difficulty reaching the young players on the Wizards.

Read more about Flip Saunders here.

Fred Thompson endorses Newt Gingrich

Fred Thompson is best known for his role on “Law & Order”

Fred Thompson has thrown his support behind presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.

NewsCore reports that Thompson endorsed Gingrich on Monday, saying that he thinks he has the ability to defeat President Barack Obama in the election.

“Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about,” Thompson said. “He can make the case for free markets and the basic case that lower taxes can be good for everybody.

“He’s not afraid. He’s tough and he’s experienced.”

Thompson himself embarked on a presidential campaign in the 2008 election.

Thompson is a former U.S. Senator, but is arguably best known for his recurring role on “Law & Order.”

Read more about Fred Thompson here.