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Jack White in slap fight with nurses. Costner fingered as an alleged perv. Plus: Is Britney pregnant again?


Salon Staff
April 26, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
On the Jack White/nurse awards exchange: Last week, White Stripes frontman Jack White awarded Center for Nursing Advocacy executive director Sandy Summers "The Metaphorical Ignorance Award" of 2005, apparently as a rebuttal to his receipt of the CNA's 2005 "Golden Lamp Award" for "Worst Portrayal of Nursing in the Media" for his song "The Nurse," off his Grammy-winning album "Get Behind Me Satan." (The song's lyrics are here.) The CNA sent its award last year with an analysis of the shortcomings of White's song from the standpoint of nurses, and now offers a detailed look at the rocker's response: "White's counter-award came in an envelope with the return address of his managers, Monotone Management in Los Angeles. But the envelope was addressed in writing that resembled White's signature on the award, and it was postmarked Nashville, where White has a new home." When reached by the Fix for comment, Summers said that she didn't plan to send a retaliation to the retaliatory award, nor did she think White's response was tongue-in-cheek. "I really think he did think we were metaphorically ignorant ... We don't believe we had any metaphorical ignorance. We don't need any more 'maid' or 'mother' or 'battleax' imagery from Jack White or anyone else. We'd like accurate images about what nurses really do." A spokesperson from Monotone declined to comment, saying, "No one's making any comments about anything." (Nursing Advocacy)

-- Joe DiMento

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Britney baby 2.0? It's not exactly the first time we've heard this rumor, but Us Weekly is now convinced that Britney Spears is pregnant again. The magazine cites her recent poolside appearance at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas -- red bikini and big tummy -- as well as numerous close sources who confirm she's carrying baby No. 2. (Us Weekly)

Costner confirmed as alleged perv: While his name was unofficially tossed around as the naughty man who reportedly exposed and then pleasured himself in front of a masseuse at a posh Scottish golf resort last October, a British court ruled on Tuesday that it's now all right to name Kevin Costner in the incident. Costner, 51, was playing in a golf tournament at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, where he also stayed during his honeymoon in 2004, when he allegedly dropped his towel mid-massage and performed a "sexual act." The incident spurred the masseuse to quit, but the hotel didn't buy her story. She later settled her claim out of court. "This was never about Kevin Costner," said the actor's rep. "It is a dispute between a hotel and an ex-employee." (Times Online)

Also:
Nick Lachey's apparently none too happy to be on Us Weekly's cover: Lachey originally agreed to do the interview with Us sibling Rolling Stone -- and was told it had cover potential -- but Wenner Media head Jann Wenner reportedly handed the story off to Us "in the dark of the night" because Lachey refused Rolling Stone's request that he "dish more on Jessica and Joe Simpson," according to a Page Six source. (Page Six) ... "Lost" actress Michelle Rodriguez was in court on Tuesday to face charges for a December DUI. Offered 240 hours of community service or five days in jail, she opted to do the time. (TMZ) ... Chris Rock is the latest name to be attached to the Anthony Pellicano investigation -- Rock hired Pellicano during a paternity suit against him in 1999, during which Pellicano allegedly made illegal criminal database searches on the model who was making the claim. Rock's spokesman says there was never any indication Pellicano intended to do something illegal: "Let me put it like this: When you hire somebody to fix your TV, you don't necessarily think he's going to hook you up for free cable." (Los Angeles Times) ... George Clooney reportedly played a nasty prank on Julia Roberts, paying an assistant to give her a fake 12 pages of dialogue changes, supposedly from the director, just an hour before one of her preview performances. He let her stew a while before knocking on her dressing room door and asking, "Learn your lines yet?" (National Enquirer via E! Online) ... Page Six cites a teenage girl who once lived in the house where Katie Holmes and baby Suri are now staying who claims the place is full of ghosts; Caleigh Roberts, a high school junior, says she "heard noises" when she lived there, and called the house "creepy" and "haunted." (Page Six)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
"Dateline NBC" (NBC, 9 p.m. EDT) airs the fourth installment of its controversial "To Catch a Predator" series on Wednesday, and "Alias" (ABC, 8 p.m. EDT) has its 100th episode.

-- J.D.

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