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.”
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