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RGIII, international player
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is loved by fans nationally and internationally. The Japan Times reports Japanese ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae and his wife, Nobuko, presented Griffin with a bottle of Okinawa’s awamori spirits and an earthenware jar before the team’s preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. Sasae told the Pro Bowl quarterback that he hopes he can assist in U.S.-Japanese relations. “I’ll try to come out there,” said Griffin, who lived in Okinawa until he was 3 years old.
‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator sentenced
“Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis has been sentenced to 270 days in jail for assaulting women in 2011, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The charges against the mogul include false imprisonment, causing bodily harm and dissuading a witness.
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Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and Eleanor Holmes Norton were among the attendees at a 50-person dinner hosted by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation at DC Coast Sunday night. Dinner details were scant, but the party did enjoy chocolate coconut shortcake and peach and blueberry cobbler for dessert. Everyone except Sharpton that is; he did not cheat on his diet and had an English breakfast tea with lemon and toast.
Also at DC Coast was outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, who dined with eight business associates on Monday night, a day before delivering a farewell address in which she told her successor to make sure to bring “a large bottle of Advil.”