‘funniest Celebrity In Washington’: Vips Still Rally To Fundraiser Despite Little Aid To Charity

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 81 CONNECT 67 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

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donations is out of whack. In 2009, when White House economist Austan Goolsbee was crowned the Funniest , the show netted more than $14,000, after some $12,000 in event costs, according to the groups tax filings for that year which cite $0 in charitable donations. (Reps for the events beneficiary, Stand Up for Kids, did not respond to a request for comment.) Jon Lovett in 2011. (Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post) In 2010, when President Obamas speechwriter Jon Lovett bested ABC reporter John Hendren, the show also cost about $12,000 but netted nearly $19,000. Tax records indicate that Fisher House, which provides lodging for wounded vets and their families, saw $1,710 of that. (The charitys reps confirmed that they received a donation but would not disclose the amount.) And in 2011, when then-Sen. Scott Brown and then-Rep. Allen West did standup, Funniest Celebrity netted $17,530 (after grossing a remarkable $53,000), and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation got a check for $1,020. However: That check bounced, a Komen rep told us and they have no record of receiving a replacement. Siegel maintains that Komen received $1,400 from Funniest Celebrity. Where did the rest of the money go? Besides event costs, tax forms cite expenses such as rent, phone, travel, Web site and Siegels fee.

Fallen celebrity lawyer busted for choking girlfriend: Prosecutors

Barbara “put his hands around the victim’s neck and applied pressure, causing the victim’s breathing to become completely obstructed and the victim to be in fear for her life,” the complaint said. DICK YARWOOD/AP Barbara, left, and his client, Joey Buttafuoco, listen to the judge’s verdict during a probation hearing in the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, N.Y. back in 1995. It’s unclear why the unidentified victim waited so long to file a complaint. Barbara represented himself at his arraignment on Monday morning, and pleaded not guilty. He was released without bail, and ordered to return back to court on Oct. 7. The once press-hungry lawyer refused to talk to reporters as he left court. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted in the choking case – but he has plenty other legal problems on the horizon as well. Barbara in a mug shot released by Nassau County Police on December 4, 2012. RELATED: FALLEN CELEBRITY LAWYER DOMINIC BARBARA FACES STALKING, BLACKMAIL CHARGES Barbara, who in his heyday drove a Bentley, wore $1,000 suits and was a regular on Howard Stern’s radio show, is currently awaiting trial on charges that he tried to blackmail his wife for $200,000. Prosecutors said he’d vowed to release pictures and videos of her with other men unless she paid up. He was also busted earlier this year for swiping a $1,400 Yves Saint Laurent purse from a Long Island store. That case is also pending.

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