Wednesday's intriguing people
Bob Barker was a Navy fighter pilot in World War II.
March 9th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Bob Barker

The former host of "The Price is Right" and World War II veteran is donating $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance to U.S. military veterans and their families.

Barker "is hoping that his donation and support for our young Veterans will inspire others to give and commit to making sure that not one young Marine, sailor, airman and soldier or their family members are in need during their long-term recoveries," the organization said in a statement.

Two years ago, the former Navy pilot donated $3 million to help the Defense Department build a center to treat brain injuries in military personnel.

He's also known for his support of animal-rights causes and used to sign off "The Price is Right" with the line, "Don't forget to have your pets spayed or neutered."

Tiki Barber

The Pro Bowl running back has filed papers with the National Football League to end his retirement and return to professional football at age 35, according to news reports.

Barber retired after the 2006 season, after amassing more than 10,000 yards rushing and 55 touchdowns during his 10-year career, all with the New York Giants.

But if he makes good on his plan to be a pro again, it won't be with the Giants, the New York Daily News reports.

"We wish Tiki nothing but the best," the team said in a statement, according to the Daily News. "When we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list."

So where would Barber play? TampaBay.com reports the Tampa Bay Bucs could be a destination. That's where his twin brother, Ronde, just signed a $4-million contract for a 15th season.

Cardinal Justin Rigali

The archbishop of Philadelphia announced suspensions Tuesday of 21  priests suspected of either inappropriate behavior or outright sexual abuse. CNN’s senior Vatican analyst John Allen said the suspensions are in line with Rigali’s no-nonsense approach to priestly discipline.

The alleged abuse in Philadelphia happened before Rigali was assigned to the area by Pope John Paul II in 2003, Allen said.

Described by Allen as a "consummate Vatican insider," Rigali came to the area after a stint as archbishop of St. Louis. There, he hosted John Paul II's visit.

Rigali is a key powerbroker with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Allen said. In 2003, the conference adopted new policies requiring criminal investigators — not Vatican lawyers — to resolve allegations of sex abuse. Rigali will be the first senior American Catholic official to see those policies in action, Allen said.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    A true american that has always put his money toward good causes. An american treasure. We love you Bob.
    The price is right, because our veterans are priceless.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy Gilmore

      The price is wrong bltch!

      March 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. American Idiot

    Not trying to be too much of a troll, but doesn't anyone else remember watching Price is Right in the 1980's (I worked night shift in those days) and for a period of several years Bob Barker would ask EVERY SINGLE BLACK MALE CONTESTANT as soon as he got up on stage "Do you play basketball?"

    No way on Earth he would get away with that today. I was surprised he got away with it back then.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy Gilmore

      And he banged all the Parker girls too...while on set!

      March 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Barker

      Listen, if you're black and you don't play basketball, you are wasting your life. Also, Edmonton needs to stop torturing their elephant.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      you gotta remember he came from a different time , although i don't agree with his remarks, it was a different world altogether

      March 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Bye to all I have overstayed my welcome

    March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Go Bob! hes like LeStat! On a serious note ,since i havent seen anything about it,id like to extend my condolences to the family of Mike Starr . Awesome musician and nice guy . He will be missed .

    March 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    im sure there will be a fake mary to take your place..

    March 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      u make me cry , will miss u

      March 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jesse

    Look over the horizon. Those poor batmen. Hurry or the cheese will get cold.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |