MONDAY, February 6, 2012

Starting next year, ballots for the annual Academy Awards awards will be computed electronically.  Apparently, they've worked out the bugs that some years back necessitated a time-consuming hand-recount after "Beverly Hills Ninja" beat out "Avatar" for Best Picture. 

Shirley McClain has been signed to join the cast of the popular PPS WWI soaper "Downton Abbey."  Shirley should fit right in.  Seems that in the sixteenth century she haunted the Abbey as the ghost of Lady Favershim in one of her previous lives.

According to county documents, Tom Cruise has purchased the hilltop Palm Springs mansion built in the 1980s by Bob and Dolores Hope.  Local realtors are breathing a sigh of relief.  While shopping for a new house, he ruined sixteen couches by jumping on them.

Yet another sign that the US economy continues to languish in the dumper, last year's housing starts were down 26%.  One building contractor is so desperate for business, he hires rappers to trash their hotel rooms.

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