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Ed Begley Jr., with Chantal Buscher of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, is using pedal power to raise awareness of ways to better heat homes.
Ed Begley Jr., with Chantal Buscher of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, is using pedal power to raise awareness of ways to better heat homes. (By David Cranor)
Saturday, November 29, 2008

Two-Wheeled Activism

Environmentalist-actor Ed Begley Jr. is no stranger to the Mall -- he partied with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, actor Edward Norton and Thievery Corporation to celebrate Earth Day this year -- and now has returned to spread the word about efficient home heating.

Begley, 59 -- most recently from the HGTV reality show "Living With Ed" -- biked the Mall for the Hunter Fan Look Up environmental campaign to promote the energy-saving capabilities of ceiling fans and programmable thermostats. Temperatures downtown didn't match recent lows in the other wintry cities that Begley's visited, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Columbus, Ohio, but his nearly four-mile capital loop took him from Seventh Street and Jefferson Drive down the Mall to the Lincoln Memorial and back.

"It was funny riding behind him," said David Cranor, a cycling advocate for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. "I kept hearing people say, 'Isn't that Ed Begley Jr.?' "

Whitney and Bobby Still Splitsville

Less than 18 months after the dissolution of a marriage that produced a reality show, a drunken-driving arrest and two trips to rehab, divorced divas Whitney Houston, 45, and Bobby Brown, 39, quashed rumors that they have reconciled. Houston publicist Nancy Seltzer called speculation by the Chicago Sun-Times that the singers were still an item -- fueled by sightings of the singers nuzzling over meals in Georgia -- a "complete fabrication." The couple have a teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

A-Rod Touches All the Bases

Less than 10 days after her divorce from film director Guy Ritchie came through, Madonna, 50, celebrated Thanksgiving with New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, 33, in Miami. Although rumors circulated that Rodriguez might ditch his Miami-based family to spend Turkey Day in New York with the pop singer, the New York Daily News reported that A-Rod ate with ex-wife, Cynthia, and daughters Natasha, 4, and Ella, 7 months, before joining Madonna at her estate on Star Island, a gated community on an artificial island outside of Miami.

Power Couples Take Manhattan

David and Victoria Beckham's English roots didn't prevent them from celebrating Thanksgiving -- in this case, with pals Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. People reported that the Beckhams joined Cruise for a matinee performance of Holmes in "All My Sons" on Broadway, then accompanied the Hollywood power couple to the posh N.Y.C. Italian spot Il Cantinori. The next day, a full consort of Cruises (Isabella, 15, Connor, 13, and Suri, 2) and Beckhams (Brooklyn, 9, Romeo, 6, and Cruz, 3) caught the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from Manhattan's Trump International Hotel. David Beckham, 33, denies that Cruise is trying to convert him to Scientology in the December issue of GQ.

DiCaprio's Oceanfront Savvy

Don't save any of that housing bailout money for Leonardo DiCaprio. The Los Angeles Times reports that the actor is trying to sell a Malibu oceanfront property -- which he purchased last year for $6.35 million -- for almost $9 million. As the listing seductively explains, prospective owners might be interested in this "distinctive contemporary on the bluffs above the ocean complete with new stairway to the cove below," featuring a four-car garage and a guest house, as well as a view of "the beautiful gardens and your hot tub tucked away on the ocean front." DiCaprio owns a number of other properties in the area.

-- Justin Moyer, from staff, wire and Web reports

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