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Arianna Brown — aka the 22-year-old daughter of former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown — got engaged to her boyfriend, Jim Hendry. The politician broke the news during an interview with the Des Moines Register. Brown was ostensibly in Iowa for the Iowa State Fair. “I’m under no pressure,” he said. “I’m very happy.”
Kanye avoids felony charges
Prosecutors said Friday that Kanye West will not face felony charges for scuffling with a paparazzo July 19, the Associated Press reports. The “New Slaves” rapper lunged at a photographer who was staked out at Los Angeles International Airport; no injury was caused. West reportedly could still face misdemeanor charges.
‘Duck’ and cover
“Duck Dynasty’s” Jase Robertson says that he was kicked out of a New York hotel. The A&E reality-TV star told “Live! With Kelly and Michael” that his beard caused him to be “facial-profiled” and mistaken for a homeless man when he asked to use a restroom. The hotel employee, Robertson says, “was very nice — he walked me outside, pointed down the road and said, ‘Good luck.’ ”
Obama: Club your enthusiasm
President Obama wrapped up his Martha’s Vineyard vacation Saturday with a round of golf. Notably in his foursome: comedian Larry David. The president and the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star were joined by former U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and Boston Celtics part-owner Glenn Hutchins, reports USA Today. Unfortunately, no word on who had the best scorecard or punch line.
50 Cent’s big audio battle
50 Cent lost a lawsuit to the audio company Sleek Audio — and now is claiming racism. The New York Daily News reported that the rapper (real name: Curtis Jackson) — who contends that the Bradenton, Fla.-based company owes him $261,000 after a wireless-earphone deal was terminated — contends that the judge didn’t allow certain evidence because of Jackson’s race and occupation. The case went into arbitration and the court sided with Sleek Audio. 50 says he will take the case to federal court.
“I want to see if I still can do it.”
— Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, on playing in the annual Artists vs. Writers celebrity softball game in the Hamptons. NBC’s Matt Lauer was the umpire and former president Bill Clinton watched from the stands, Newsday reported. (Speaking of Watergate legends: Bob Woodward, Post associate editor, has previously played in the charity game.) The Artists won, 8-6.