Barker lobbies N.C. senators about possum

RALEIGH — Former game show host Bob Barker is telling North Carolina lawmakers that caging a live possum for a New Year’s Eve event in the mountains isn’t good show business.

Barker wrote last week to a state Senate committee’s members asking them to oppose a bill that would let the organizer of the Brasstown “Possum Drop” keep suspending a possum in a box every Dec. 31 and lowering it gently to the ground.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals complained about the event. A judge ruled that state regulators don’t have explicit authority to permit the display. A House bill approved last week would change that.

Barker, 89, said the event is inhumane and that loopholes for animal abuse shouldn’t be created. Barker is a longtime animal-rights activist.

Hugh Grant becomes father for 2nd time

Hugh Grant has become a father for the second time, he announced Saturday.

The “Four Weddings and a Funeral” star used his Twitter account to announce, “Am thrilled my daughter now has a brother. Adore them both to an uncool degree.”

He said both children “have a fab mum” and, “To be crystal clear, I am the Daddy.”

Associated Press