She Will Survive
Georgetown University Law School grad Marshawn Evans was axed on "The Apprentice" Thursday, but still managed to hold her head high. Is this a throwback to her Miss District of Columbia days?
Evans, 26, won the Miss D.C. title in 2001 and competed in the Miss America pageant that same year, where she performed a baton routine to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Despite hitting herself on the shoulder with her baton, Evans was third runner-up in the national competition.
Evans says her Miss America experience "absolutely" prepared her for her run-in with Donald Trump. "In the Miss America pageant, you're competing with 51 other people who want your job," she said. "It's the same thing with 'The Apprentice.' " Evans remains a good sport about her nationally televised losses. "You learn that competition doesn't always go your way," she said. All exposure is good exposure.
Evans is currently working as a lawyer and communications consultant in Atlanta. Oh, and she has an "inspirational clothing line" coming out next summer and two motivational books due out in the fall. And the baton-twirling? She has given that up, but still teaches the sport -- in all that spare time.
Pols on the 'Out' List
It's time for that annual list of people Out magazine considers Bad for the Gays. Lots of political types are in the December issue's Hall of Shame.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) made the cut, along with blogger Jeff Gannon (nee James Guckert) and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Representatives for Coburn, Guckert and Schwarzenegger did not return calls requesting comment.
According to Out editor Brendan Lemon, Coburn earned his spot when he said "the gay agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom"; Schwarzenegger for vetoing California's law legalizing same-sex marriage, and Gannon, who misrepresented himself to gain a credential as a White House reporter, for his double life as a man pictured on a gay escort Web site and writer for a Republican news service.
"Washington still seems to have a fair number of people who are not friends to gays," said Lemon, who added, "We were only able to settle on a few."
They Made a Lemur Out of Him
Cleese, meet cleesei. Researchers from the University of Zurich named a new species of lemur after "Monty Python" star John Cleese to honor the British actor's work with the animal.
The Avahi cleesei weighs less than two pounds, eats leaves and was discovered in 1990 in western Madagascar. According to the university, the lemur's name is a tribute to the 66-year-old comedian's work showcasing the endangered species in the movies "Fierce Creatures" and "Born to Be Wild: Operation Lemur With John Cleese."
* Actor Robert Redford was spotted checking into the Four Seasons hotel yesterday afternoon with a newspaper tucked under his arm. A source says he was trying for the incognito look with sunglasses, a blue blazer and jeans, topped off with a baseball hat and scarf. Nice try with the disguise, Robert. We'd recognize you in anything.
* Golf legend Jack Nicklaus feasted with his family and friends at Morton's steakhouse in downtown Washington on Wednesday evening. The 65-year-old and his crew ordered steaks, appetizers, salads and the restaurant's signature hot chocolate cake. No word on whether Nicklaus was wearing his Medal of Freedom, which he had received at the White House earlier in the day.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports