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Powell denies calling Cheney & Co. "f--ing crazies," P.Diddy saddened by child support suit, and what's all this about J.Lo and a faith healer?

Published September 10, 2004 9:52AM (EDT)

Turn On:
You could spend your Friday night learning about what motivated a man named Aron Ralston to cut his own arm off to free himself after being trapped beneath an 800-pound boulder in Utah, courtesy of "Dateline NBC: Desperate Days in Blue John Canyon" (8 p.m. ET). Or you could watch some lucky homeowner get their crappy kitchen totally renovated in three days on the Food Network's new series Kitchen Accomplished" (10 p.m. ET).

Morning Briefing:
He swears he didn't say it: Did Colin Powell use the f-word in describing Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz during the heat of the run-up to the war in Iraq? British journalist James Naughtie claims that he did -- and that he used the c-word, too: "crazy." According to Naughtie's new book, "The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency," Powell told U.K. foreign secretary Jack Straw in private discussions that his three fellow Bushies were "f--g crazies." But Powell says Naughtie's report is "nonsense." (Lloyd Grove's Lowdown)

Do you know how many bottles of Cristal you could get for that? Sean "Puffy/P.Diddy" Combs is apparently rather displeased that a magistrate recently ordered him to boost his child support payments for his 10-year-old son, Justin, to $35,000 a month. Lawyers for Justin's mother, Misa Hylton-Brim, claim that Combs pays $30,000 a month to another ex, Kim Porter, to support his 6-year-old son, Christian, though the Combs camp says he pays much less than that -- and insists that Hylton-Brim's lawsuit hurts Puffy a great deal. "He loves her -- they've been friends," a friend of his tattled. "They've done a great job of raising [Justin] and that's more important to him than anything. But he feels like she's family suing him. It really, really hurts." (Rush and Molloy)

The J.Lo-down: If Jennifer Lopez fired her makeup artist Scott Barnes for telling her secrets to the tabloids, she might have done so a bit sooner. Barnes is now threatening to go public with stories about J.Lo -- by talking to a magazine or writing a book -- if she says anything disparaging about him in the press. What sort of stories? Well, for instance, that she hired a "faith healer" to "expel bad auras and cleanse her house" after Ben Affleck left her. Shocking, that. Really. (Page Six)

Money Quote:
Donald Trump on whether his first "Apprentice" Bill Rancic had made any important decisions during his time on the job thus far: "Not up to this point." (N.Y. Times)

-- Amy Reiter

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