A Get Out of Jail Card, Sort Of
New York Times reporter-turned-jailbird Judith Miller might be receiving some unwelcome mail in a few days. News watchdog Accuracy in Media is sending out pre-penned postcards to subscribers of its newsletter that urge the reporter to 'fess up to get out of the slammer.
Miller is serving time in the Alexandria Detention Center for refusing to reveal the identity of her confidential sources in the Valerie Plame scandal. She's been there since July 6.
AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid says he sympathizes with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and stressed: "We want her to get out of jail. We think it's a good way to tell her how to do it."
Among other things, the postcard says: "We are sorry that you are in jail. . . . However, this is your fault. . . . Reporters are not above the law." Gee, maybe now she'll get it.
Displaying Her 'Iconish' Figure
Jessica Simpson did a lot of preparation for her role as Daisy in "The Dukes of Hazzard," hiring a personal trainer and trying on more than 100 pairs of teeny shorts before finding the right ones.
"All I was thinking was bikini, bikini, bikini," she said. "It was strange to actually be in the shorts."
The 25-year-old pop star co-hosted "Live With Regis and Kelly" yesterday to promote the movie and said she wanted to "do Catherine Bach proud." Bach played the original Daisy Duke in the 1970s TV series of the same name.
"To play Daisy Duke, I mean, that's like an iconish . . . is that a word? . . . iconic figure," Simpson said.
The movie hit theaters yesterday.
Online at NPR, It's Always 9:30
Music fans around the world can tune into their computers this weekend and next week to hear live music from Washington's famed 9:30 club.
NPR's online program "All Songs Considered" plans to stream the live concerts of David Gray tonight, Lucinda Williams tomorrow and Kings of Leon and the Secret Machines on Thursday.
Host Bob Boilen said the webcasts provide a chance for "the audience in Alaska who will never see Lucinda Williams or David Gray" and "parents that don't want to go to smoky nightclubs" to enjoy the concerts.
So why this club? Boilen said it's the best venue in the country and holds a special place in his heart: His band, Tiny Desk Unit, headlined its first show at the club's previous F street location. "I put nails into the stage back at the old 9:30 club," he said.
The live concert streaming began in January and has featured such bands as Wilco, Bright Eyes and Bloc Party. Artists on the show so far have been on the light to medium end of the music spectrum, but Boilen says he's not counting out hard rock or metal bands. "I think we would do anyone from a crooner to a heavy rocker." Metallica? Are you reading this?
McGreevey Tells All
Is everyone becoming an author these days? Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey plans to write a book about his career in politics, which ended last year when he publicly admitted to having a gay affair, his publisher announced yesterday.
The twice-married, 47-year-old father of two proclaimed, "I am a gay American" at a news conference when he resigned last August. ReganBooks publisher Judith Regan said in a statement, "He will describe how he wrestled with his sexuality and his faith -- from the expectations he faced as a young man, to the divided persona he created in order to meet them."
Financial details and a date for the book's release were not disclosed.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports