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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 05/30/2011

Names & Faces: PBS website hacked; Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry separate


Tupac Shakur (AP)

Hip-hop fans rejoice: Tupac Shakur lives! Or not. Early Monday morning the PBS Web site featured a story asserting that the rapper, who was gunned down in 1996, had been found alive and well in a New Zealand resort town, living with rival-rapper Biggie Smalls (also deceased). Sadly, it was just a work of Internet mischief, perpetrated by hackers who had busted into the network’s site, reports the Los Angeles Times. The story has since been removed. Along with the fabricated news item, the group, called LulzSec, posted a some graffiti-like Web pages and made public a huge cache of phone numbers, logins and passwords, apparently for PBS member-station Web sites. Why beat up on poor old PBS? Apparently the hackers were upset over what they perceived as a critical portrayal of the document-leaking WikiLeaks site on an episode of “Frontline.” “Greetings, Internets. We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed,” the attackers wrote. “We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further ... perusing.”

Splitting: Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, whose improbable May-September marriage is kaput, US reports. But for five years, it was a match made in reality-TV heaven. The ’70s TV actor (he played Peter on “The Brady Bunch”), 53, and the “America’s Next Top Model” winner, 28, hit it off in 2004, when both were cast in a season of “The Surreal Life.” Their courtship was given its own spin-off series, “My Fair Brady,” during which Knight proposed. Alas, the flowers of televised romance have wilted. “After starting a relationship with what seemed to be irreconcilable differences, the couple has reached a period where those differences are no longer appreciated,” their manager, Phil Viardo, said in a statement to the Web site hollywoodscoop.com.

— Auto-tuned crooner Sean Kingston has been hospitalized following a jet-skiing accident on Sunday. “Sean was heading west from the MacArthur Causeway and Miami Beach Islands when his personal watercraft collided with the bridge, and he and his female passenger ended up in the water,” Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, told People. The singer, 21, known for his 2007 hit single “Beautiful Girls,” is in stable condition.

— The royal newlyweds, just back from an opulent honeymoon in the Seychelles, are packing bags once again, this time for a visit to Canada, People reports. The recently minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the first week of July touring the land of Tim Hortons coffee-and-doughnut emporiums. Among their stops: Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary and Yellowknife. Starting July 8, they’ll head south, for a stay in Los Angeles. This will be Kate Middleton’s first trip to North America.

— Aaron Leitko, from Web and wire reports

By Aaron Leitko  |  04:53 PM ET, 05/30/2011

 
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