Tuesday's intriguing people
George Clooney attends voting ceremonies in southern Sudan on January 9.
February 22nd, 2011
01:16 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

George Clooney

The Oscar-winning actor may be attending Sunday night's ceremonies, but a lead story in Newsweek this week is not about his next movie, but his work in the war-torn country of Sudan. Clooney, who was in Sudan a month ago, tells the magazine, which called him a 21st-century celebrity statesman: "Celebrity can help focus news media where they have abdicated their responsibility. We can't make policy, but we can 'encourage' politicians more than ever before."

Peter Beck

The dean of Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, was in his office when the earthquake hit. The cathedral was heavily damaged, and Beck has called for unity, asking people to help each other out after the tragedy. Sixty-five people have died, and rescue operations are under way for the scores of people who are still trapped.

Tom Barrett

The mayor of Milwaukee, who ran in the governor's race last fall against now-Gov. Scott Walker, has accused the governor of creating "an ideological war." Barrett gave his "state of the city" speech at the Milwaukee Job Corps Center on Monday, and during the speech defended the Democratic senators who left the state to prevent a vote on Walker's drastic budget-cutting proposal that includes gutting collective bargaining rights for many public employees.

Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen

Musician Rufus Wainwright and his partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, have announced the birth of their baby daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen. Lorca Cohen, the daughter of musician and songwriter Leonard Cohen, gave birth to baby Viva in Los Angeles on February 2. Wainwright's website outlines how his new four-part family came to be. "In many of the articles announcing the birth of Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, Lorca Cohen is characterized as 'the surrogate.' Of course, she is no such thing. She did not carry the child for someone else. Lorca Cohen is the mother of the baby and Rufus Wainwright is the father." Rufus Wainwright is the son of singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.

Gayle Zarbatany

The program director of Toronto's 105.3 KISS FM has banned Carrie Underwood music from the station ... for life. Zarbatany did so because Underwood's hockey player husband Mike Fisher was traded from Ottawa to Nashville recently. Zarbatany called Underwood hockey's Yoko Ono.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. raven

    If she isnt the surrogate,then what is she ? would she prefer the term incubator ?

    February 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in : banasy is a Hermaphadite/ news flash.com

    February 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in: I’m marrying banasy! http://personnyhermaphaditewedding.blogspot.com/2011/01/egypt_29.html

    February 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    Why is it any thread containing g-clue dies so fast? Why do the regular smart mouths disappear? This is an elctronic ghost town. Do you guys out there know something I don't???

    February 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Talking about celebrities and what they do is a job for TMZ. It's boring, to me at least.

      February 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    i want another George Clooney batman movie... it was the best one ever..

    February 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SHOOOOOO

    I just farted. Shooooo : )

    February 23, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    No way,RUFFNUTT, I think ya just got some wierd fascination with the (ahem) chest parta his batsuit.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    i just can get the bat-niples outta my head.. i want my own pair..

    February 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kim D.

    Kiss Fm is in canada's capital, Ottawa!! NOT toronto! Just FYI. Oh and the whole ban was....a joke. Kiss FM doesn't play her music to begin with, it's not a country station!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |