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Studying Tom DeLay's mug shot. Plus: Book identifies the man who shot 50 Cent nine times.


Salon Staff
October 24, 2005 5:05PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
The nose always knows: Tom DeLay's widely circulated mug shot is notable not just for his unnaturally wide and oblivious grin -- what's up with his left ear poking out, and why are his nostrils such different sizes? While there are plenty of explanations for asymmetrical nostrils -- genes, skin infections, childhood accident -- celebrity chop-shop Web site AwfulPlasticSurgery.com looks at Tom DeLay's mug shot and offers up one more: botched nose job. "Sometimes, when a rhinoplasty surgery goes wrong, there can be problems with nostrils healing properly." (AwfulPlasticSurgery via The Scoop)

"Just like any parent would": Thirteen-year-old sisters Lamb and Lynx Gaede have been making music since they were 9, and have already put one album out and are on the way to making their next. They're sweet-seeming child performers in the Olsen mode -- except for the whole white supremacist thing. "We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," said Lynx in a recent interview. "We want our people to stay white we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race." The girls perform under the name "Prussian Blue" and sing songs about Rudolph Hess. Where do they get their ideas? "They need to have the background to understand why certain things are happening," said their mother, April, who has been home-schooling the girls their entire lives. "I'm going to give my opinion just like any parent would." (ABC via Drudge)

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Interview with the Messiah: Vampire specialist Anne Rice has given up writing about immortals who rise from the dead -- or at least the bloodsucking, sleeping-in-a-coffin types. Her next book -- and all forthcoming ones -- will be devoted to writing about the life and times of Jesus Christ, told in the first person. After a medical scare left her near death, Rice returned to the Catholic Church and gave up her Goth-novel ways. "I promised that from now on I would write only for the Lord," Rice told Newsweek in an interview. She calls Jesus "the ultimate supernatural hero" in the book's afterword: "The ultimate immortal of them all." (New York Daily News)

Also:
Rapper Cam'ron was shot after someone tried to carjack his Lamborghini in Washington, D.C., over the weekend. He was at a stoplight when the would-be carjacker approached, and the man fired a single shot -- which went through both arms -- as Cam'ron tried to get away. The rapper is at a D.C. area hospital recovering ... In other shooting news: The gunman who fired the nine infamous bullets into 50 Cent has finally been identified in a new book as Darryl "Hommo" (short for homicide) Baum, a Brooklyn thug killed in 2000, weeks after shooting 50, in retaliation for another rap-related killing ... Don't hold your breath for a teary, media-fueled reunion between Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton. "We really haven't been friends in probably about two years," Richie recently told Jane magazine. Like Paris, she won't really go into detail over what caused the split, saying, "I know that Paris loves to talk about it and that stuff, but that's just not my style." As for any chance of making up: "No, not at this point" We can only hope this remains nothing but a rumor: Tom Cruise is reportedly pushing for a naked, pregnant Katie Holmes magazine cover as a part of the couple's "We're pregnant! We're happy!" campaign Kate Moss is turning to the power of poetry as a part of her rehab routine. "She's found writing her thoughts down in verse very calming," a friend told the U.K.'s Daily Mirror tab, which quoted one of her musings: "What matters is what is underneath" ... Phil Spector's lawyers are trying to get a potentially critical piece of evidence ruled out in his murder trial: the apparent admission he made moments after being arrested for shooting B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in Los Angeles in February 2003. As the police were cuffing him, Spector said: "What's wrong with you guys? What are you doing? I didn't mean to shoot her. It was an accident."

Money Quote:
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher on being so over Kate Moss, Pete Doherty, and the whole mess: "I don't care, man. I don't care about her, her f***ing drugs or her f***ing stupid mates. Same goes for f***ing Babyshambles. I don't want to fight them, I don't want their f***ing birds, I don't want to shoot their dogs, I don't want to stand on their hamster's head. I'm just not into their music." (3am Girls)

Turn On:
Mira Sorvino plays an immigration agent trying to break up a child slavery ring run by baddie Robert Carlyle in the first installment of the two-part miniseries "Human Trafficking" (Lifetime, 9 p.m. EDT). Also, "Viva Blackpool" (BBC America, 10 p.m. EDT), the newest hopeful comedy/drama import from the BBC -- focusing on a murder in the casino of a down-on-its-luck English town -- has its series debut tonight.

-- Scott Lamb

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