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Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Names & Faces: Romney sends Obama his leftovers; R.I.P. Jeff Conaway


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• What does a politician do with leftovers of Chicago deep-dish when in the Windy City? If you’re Mitt Romney, you send it to your potential rival for the presidency.

And Tweet about it.

After a political function at a Chicago restaurant Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor and presumed GOP presidential hopeful had a few pizzas to spare. So Romney and his staff had the leftovers boxed up and delivered to President Obama’s Chicago reelection headquarters. Then, they tweeted about it. “Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team,” read a message posted to Romney’s Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

No really, it happened.

Gail Gitcho, Romney’s communications director, confirmed in an email that the pizza was sent, Talking Points Memo reports. “No prank,” Gitcho wrote. “Just a nice gesture since we were just a few blocks away from their HQ yesterday and had extra pizza.”

According to ABC News, an Obama campaign source confirmed that the pizza did, indeed, arrive.

No word on what Obama headquarters did with Romney’s leftovers.

• Jeff Conaway, the star of “Grease” and TV’s “Taxi,” died Friday morning at a Los Angeles-area hospital. Conaway, 60, had struggled for years with drug and alcohol addiction, He fell into a coma earlier this month, after an apparent drug overdose, according to reports. “Jeff was taken off life-support [Thursday] afternoon,” his manager, Phil Brock, told People. “His family chose to take him off of life-support based on advice from physicians. They thought for several days that the situation was hopeless.”

Winehouse returns to rehab

Troubled British soul singer Amy Winehouse is back in treatment for addiction, People reports. Amy Winehouse, 27 — who became a household name with the hit “Rehab” — has seen her career derailed for the past several years as she’s struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. According to her rep, the singer checked herself Wednesday into Priory Clinic, a London-based treatment center, hoping to get cleaned up for a tour of Europe this summer.

George Clinton hospitalized

Parliament/Funkadelic singer George Clinton is in the hospital to treat an infection that was discovered during a routine check-up, the group announced Thursday via its Facebook page. “He will be just Fine. Thank You for all your prayers and concern,” wrote the site’s moderators in a posting Wednesday. The band has canceled several concerts — including Sunday’s gig at Rockville’s Hometown Holidays festival — to allow the singer with the famously multi-colored dreadlocks to recuperate.

Names & Faces is Style’s Saturday column of personalities news.

By Aaron Leitko  |  07:07 PM ET, 05/27/2011

 
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