Love Knows No Distance

Does Maria Shriver know about this? Seems there's a movement afoot to get Ahnuld Schwarzenegger to change California state law so U.S. troops can marry from afar. But it's also been suggested that the Governator should stand in for a U.S. Marine stationed in Iraq by taking the vows with the serviceman's pregnant fiancee.

Theresa Arnold is engaged to 2nd Lt. Tommy Cogan and is due to give birth in late September. However, considering that Cogan is busy being a platoon leader in Ramadi, getting married will be somewhat difficult for him. The good news is that California's state Senate and Assembly are expected to pass a bill before adjourning today that will allow military types serving overseas to marry by proxy. (Until now, the Golden State's law required the groom's presence while swapping "I do's." How passe.)

Arnold learned this when she tried to get a judge to marry her and Cogan, in absentia, in June. No go. "He told me to find a way for us to get married right away," Arnold said of her fiance.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Jan Goldsmith heard of the lovebirds' plight and was aghast. "I said, 'Let's change the law. That's ridiculous,' " Goldsmith recalled. Months of politicking later, the bill will land on Schwarzenegger's desk. His office has no comment on whether he will sign it.

But Goldsmith remains a true believer. "I can't believe the governor would turn down that photo opportunity," the judge said.

Headed for the Terminal?

It was a nice touch, the fresh flowers placed on the seats of the White House press corps as a welcome from their new shuttle service, Primaris Airlines, which landed the contract last week.

But things went downhill from there. After a short flight trailing Air Force One from Waco, Tex., to Las Cruces, N.M., the press plane landing was as bumpy as the campaign trail. The pilot of the one-plane shuttle service was promptly dubbed "Capt. Bang," as at least one member of the entourage yelled out in alarm.

In retrospect, one reporter noted, the fresh flowers added a funereal atmosphere to the cabin, fueling suspicions that the White House, which lined up the airline, doesn't fully appreciate the press corps.

Now there's a news flash.

Try Walking in Paris's Shoes

Just how Paris Hilton found the time to pen a book, we're uncertain, but "Confessions of an Heiress" -- which is excerpted in People mag this week -- is due to hit stores in early September.

"Believe it not," the 23-year-old writes (lucky for her, with the help of former W magazine entertainment editor Merle Ginsberg), "I don't always want the glamorous jet-set life. Let's face it: I've done it.

"Someday soon, I want to have children and a big house with a lot of animals -- like my parents had. My parents have been together forever, and I'd like to follow their good example -- I mean, look how I turned out."

You'd think this would be a walk in the park for a glamour-puss heiress. But, alas, she apparently suffers a shameful disfigurement.

I desperately hate one thing about my body," she admits.

"I have size 11 feet. Yeah, it sucks, because I see all these super cute shoes in the stores -- Guccis, YSLs, Manolos. And when they bring them out in my size, they look like clown shoes."

Move over, Pam Anderson. Paris could soon be nipping at your heels on the New York Times bestseller list.

End Notes

Bow ow ow! Actors aren't the only creatures in Hollywood who don't always appreciate screenwriters. Action star Vin Diesel's dog, a mastiff named Roman, apparently doesn't, either, and let it be known when he bit Michael Kerner in the groin area. Now Kerner is suing the smooth-headed thesp -- who acknowledged to the Times of London that the snare "probably was painful" -- for $8 mil.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Paris Hilton's autobiography is due out in early September. In it, she reveals, "Someday soon, I want to have children."Schwarzenegger: Is he brushing up on his "I do's"?