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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Yikes! Spikes!

Everyone involved with "The Diane Rehm Show," be advised: Your shoes are a menace.

Friday morning, USA Today reporter Susan Page sat in for host Diane Rehm, and kicked off the radio broadcast with this announcement: "Well, I'm a last-minute fill-in here. . . . Diane caught her heel in the hem of her slacks while she was dashing across the street yesterday afternoon, and she cracked her pelvis when she fell."

Not to play down a serious injury, but . . . this sounds familiar! In July 2007, Arianna Huffington -- a scheduled Friday-morning panelist on the show -- ambled in late, on crutches. On air, Huffington said one of her "dreadful" high heels had gotten caught in a New York subway grate, leaving her with a fractured ankle.

In a statement, WAMU (88.5) confirmed the 72-year-old Rehm's injury and said she will be recuperating for several weeks. "If you'd like to send her well wishes, please post them on 'The Diane Rehm Show' Facebook page, or e-mail," the statement advised. Guest hosts lined up for the next few weeks will include Page, as well as "Rehm Show" regulars Katty Kay, Frank Sesno and Steve Roberts.

No word yet on whether Rehm will heal in time to host a scheduled trip to Egypt with WAMU listeners. That trip -- to Cairo and Alexandria, with a cruise down the Nile -- is set for late October.

"I know we all send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery so she'll be back sitting in this chair," Page said on the air Friday. Then, she turned to the day's panelists: "Let's start by talking about health care."

MJ's Burial Postponed

Did you really think you'd heard the last of this? Michael Jackson's burial has been postponed until Sept. 3, Jackson family reps told the Associated Press on Friday. No reason for the change was given.

In an interview with the New York Daily News last week, Jackson's father, Joe, said his son was to be buried on Aug. 29, which would have been the King of Pop's 51st birthday. Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25.

The rescheduled ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Pacific time (10 p.m. Eastern) at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in a suburb of Los Angeles.

British Buskers Barred

And now, a community relations update from across the pond: A city in central England says two street performers, who plagued a suburb by playing the same two songs over and over, have been barred from performing for two years.

The Birmingham City Council said Friday that the men angered residents with late-night and out-of-tune renditions of two tracks -- "Wonderwall" by Oasis and "Faith" by George Michael.

Who are these rogue Britpop fans? James Ryan, a 40-year-old acoustic guitar player, and 39-year-old Andrew Cave, who used garbage can lids to accompany Ryan, AP reports.

End Notes

Spotted: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grocery-shopping at the Foggy Bottom Trader Joe's on Thursday night. . . . Actress-comedian Charlyne Yi, in town to perform two weekend shows at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, eating breakfast at Silver Diner in Arlington Friday morning.

Quoted: "When movies take place in Nazi Germany and they're all speaking in English, in particular almost Shakespearean English, you'd think the Third Reich started at the Old Vic." -- Quentin Tarantino on NPR's "Morning Edition" Friday, talking up his new film, "Inglourious Basterds."

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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