Defending Jackson Again
And now, the rebuttal: Michael Jackson's lawyer says it's "time to move on" for the two jurors who say they regret voting to acquit Jackson of child molestation charges.
Thomas Mesereau Jr. noted that the jurors -- Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman -- announced their change of heart Monday when they began publicizing their book deals.
"The bottom line is it makes no difference what they're saying," he said. "Twelve people deliberated and out of that process justice is supposed to result. Now, two months later, these jurors are changing their tunes."
Monday on MSNBC, Cook, 79, and Hultman, 62, said they agreed to go along with the other jurors when it became apparent they would not convict Jackson. Their statements won't affect the verdict, which prosecutors cannot appeal.
High-Schooler of Rock
Performing onstage at a major concert, staying at a different hotel every night -- sounds like the life of a rock star. Or just a really great summer for one Washington teen.
Guitarist and Wilson High School student Astin Fitrell, 16, joined the California leg of the Vans Warped Tour June 30-July 2 after auditioning by videotape as part of the Ethos Music Camp at California State University at Chico. Industry insiders pieced together a reggae band, Shadow Boxers, by putting Fitrell with four other young musicians from across the country.
Fitrell's mom, Kirsten, says of her post-tour son, "He's still floating five feet off the ground."
Shadow Boxers had to write and perform music after knowing one another for just a few days. "It was kind of a weird process," Fitrell says.
While Fitrell doesn't have a band in Washington, he says he's thinking of putting one together. For now, though, "It's just me and my friends jamming."
* Mayor Anthony Williams showed off his cooking skills Monday during filming for the District's Channel 16 cable show "InStyle Washington," as part of a salute to the city's award-winning chefs and restaurants. Williams spokeswoman Sharon Gang said the mayor made risotto and lamb alongside Cafe Milano's owner, Franco Nuschese, and chef Armando Danini. Gang said the mayor enjoys cooking and added, "I'm sure he picked up a few pointers."
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports