NAMES & FACES
No DUI Charges for LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf, who stars in the newly released movie "Eagle Eye," will not be charged with drunken driving in connection with a car accident in July, authorities said Thursday. But the actor's license could be suspended because sheriff's officials say he refused a breathalyzer test at the scene of the crash.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney told the Associated Press that there was "insufficient evidence" to charge LaBeouf, 22, in the July 27 collision, which sent him to the hospital for several days with an injured hand. Sheriff's deputies later said LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident.
According to a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spokesman, LaBeouf appeared to be impaired after the crash and refused a breathalyzer test, meaning that he still faces a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing. The DMV could suspend his license for as long as nine months.
"Shia is most happy that he will not have to go to court," LeBeouf's attorney, Michael Norris, said yesterday. "I anticipate that once we do have the opportunity to litigate the matter at the DMV that his license will not be suspended."
Prosecutors said they are considering charges against two other people involved in the accident but gave no details.
Isis Booted Off 'Top Model'
Another area resident's reality TV dreams have bitten the dust: Isis King, the 22-year-old Prince George's County native who this month became the first transgender contestant on "America's Next Top Model," got the boot on Wednesday night's episode.
The Advocate reports that host Tyra Banks and her three fellow judges "decided King had to go after too many uninspiring photo shoots and catwalk sessions." King was the fifth contestant (of 14 finalists) to be eliminated.
Born Darrell Walls, King attended Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale. She will be recognized at Equality Maryland's Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction in Baltimore on Nov. 2.
· Renee Zellweger trod a makeshift red carpet Thursday night at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The actress (gauzy, much-embellished blue dress) was in town for a screening of "Living Proof," the movie she produced for Lifetime. Stars Harry Connick Jr., Amanda Bynes and Amy Madigan also attended.
· "CSI: NY" actor Hill Harper, in town to kick off his "Empower Me" tour of historically black colleges and universities, spoke to students at Howard University yesterday. The tour promotes academic excellence and personal responsibility in building financial knowledge and assets.
· Dionne Warwick (black trench coat, white button-down shirt) power-lunching yesterday with 50 others at Monocle Restaurant.
"I feel like an ugly date. I feel used, I feel cheap, I feel sullied."
-- David Letterman on discovering that Sen. John McCain, who canceled a "Late Show" appearance Wednesday because he said he had to fly back to Washington to address the financial crisis, didn't leave New York until Thursday morning. On Wednesday's show, Letterman railed against McCain's cancellation while watching the live feed of McCain being interviewed by fellow CBS-er Katie Couric. . . in New York City.
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports