Here once again is News from Nowhere, my semi-regular roundup of news stories and items that I didn't get around to posting because of all the other things I have been doing.
Auto racing season is wrapping up at a rapid pace. Just last week Dario Franchitti won the IRL title and Andrew Ranger wrapped up the NASCAR Canadian Tire series title a while ago. Thank God for the Sprint Cup "Chase", or else there would be nothing to watch. Frankly, though, it's a little difficult to keep on following the auto racing with all the good football and baseball games going on, so maybe it's a good thing it's ending now.
Other items from Canadian politics: Greg Selinger was sworn in today as Manitoba's new premier, replacing Gary Doer. And Danielle Smith is the new leader of the Wildrose Alliance.
Hurricane news to tell you about: Rick is Category 5 and could wreak havoc off the coast of Mexico.
Big shocking news about Anna Nicole Smith: apparently she took a lot of drugs.
The original "sole" Survivor Richard Hatch is finally out of jail.
California first lady Maria Shriver was caught driving while using a cell phone. God, is this a slow news week or what?! Smith on drugs, Hatch out of the clink and Shriver talking on a cell phone? Is the world really so hard up for news that this is all that these reporters can dig up??
An update on the guys' magazines wars again: coming to Maxim, readers can look forward to seeing a cover featuring Grace Park and, pictured right, Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica.
As for what is happening at the archrivals -- fans of Tara Reid can look forward to seeing her plastic-surgery-scarred bod soon in Playboy magazine. Also coming soon to that rag: Kelly Bensimon of Real Housewives of New York.
Also Playboy-related: the new season of The Girls Next Door is on featuring Hugh Hefner's three new girlfriends: the lovable Crystal Harris and adorable Kristina and Karissa Shannon, the Shannon Twins. The first episode aired last weekend and all I have to say about it is wow, what a changeover.Without those three goofy, fun-loving dames Holly, Bridget and Kendra it just isn't the same. This is like what happened when they replaced Bo and Luke Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard with Coy and Vance.
Boy, this is worse than I thought! Is there some kind of hard-news shortage this week or what? Here we go from talking about Maria Shriver's stupid cell phones to talking about Tara Reid, The Girls Next Door, and The Dukes of Hazzard. We newspeople really do need to come up with something better for stories.
In other TV news: Kelsey Grammer's new TV show Hank is having some difficulties. Seems ABC wants to boot it off the air for a week to make room for that lovable loser Charlie Brown.
In a blast from the past, FOX may try and revive the variety show format around the woman whose career was launched on that very same network's biggest hit show American Idol: Carrie Underwood.
And last but not least -- it's official! CBS is bringing back the show with the greatest theme song in TV history. Hawaii Five-0!!!
Book 'em Danno! And that is all for now.