Tara’s Airline Catasrophe, Redux

Tara Reid is pushing back on the controversy that she was escorted off a flight for flipping her lid. She says the flight attendants wanted her emotional support dog to be put in an overhead bin. (She notes she has the paperwork and everything to support her therapy-dog claim). But Delta airlines is doubling down, saying a first class ticket does not empower its holder to keep bags at their feet, even if it’s a dog carrier, and the flight attendant merely told Reid to put the carrier, not the dog, in the overhead bin.

Dennis Hof, RIP

Bunny Ranch proprietor and star of HBO’s Cathouse Dennis Hof has died. The brothel-owner went out swinging. He had attended a campaign fundraiser with porn star pal Ron Jeremy, girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, and sheriff Joe Arpaio for his Congressional campaign the night before. Then Hof and Jeremy headed back to the brothel, where Dennis and one of his prostitutes shacked up in the same suite Lamar Odom famously overdosed in. The next morning, Jeremy got concerned when Hof wasn’t up — he’s usually an early riser. Jeremy says at first he thought Hof might be pranking him, but finally reality set in. The exact cause of death is under investigation but no foul play is suspected.

A-Rod & JLo Pap Disaster

While leaving dinner in L.A. Tuesday night, the driver escorting Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez clipped a paparazzo, sending the photographer to the ground. Video shows the driver stopping to check on the guy — and used the opportunity to tell them this is what happens when they use so many flashes: he can’t see where he’s going. The LAPD did receive a formal complaint from the photographer, but law enforcement says it’s illegal to block a car and the driver has the right to creep forward.

Dad Bond

Piers Morgan blasted Daniel Craig on social media when a photo surfaced of the Bond actor carrying his infant child in a papoose-like chest harness. Morgan captioned the pic “Oh 007 … not you as well?” with the hashtag #emasculatedBond. But the Twitterverse swiftly came to Craig’s defense. Actors Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Chris D’Elia and even the official Twitter account for Dictionary.com came to the rescue. (Dictionary.com’s Twitter account indicated that there’s nothing emasculating about caring for your child.)

Perla’s Divorce Party

Guns ‘n Roses guitarist Slash and his now ex-wife Perla might not be on the best of terms. She threw a “Happy Divorce Party” — and it was quite the production. She dressed as Zsa Zsa Gabor and her son London came as Tommy Lee, who played with his band Classless Act. Mom at one point played the drums. Rounding things out was a cake with one tier squashing a Slash doll with the words “Happy New Beginnings Perla” written in frosting on the top.

West Goes East

Kanye West is in Africa, reportedly to finish his album, but he’s meeting with dignitaries along the way. During a visit with Uganda’s president Yoweri Musuveni, Ye presented the head of state with a pair of signed Yeezy sneakers. Kanye told the prez he wanted to create the next Jurassic Park in Uganda — he was light on details. Musuveni also asked Kim Kardashian-West the question on so many’s minds: What she actually does for a living. She politely responded that she’s on a TV show.

Tei Loves Ye

There’s no love lost between Chrissy Teigen and Kanye West over his politics and support of President Trump. Teigen tells Vogue that Kanye’s always been outspoken and opinionated — she acknowledges she’s a left-winger but also lets others disagree. Trump famously blocked Teigen on Twitter after heated criticisms. 

Too Much from TI?

Rapper TI has released a controversial new music video, depicting him behind the desk in the Oval Office and a Melania Trump lookalike stripping down in front of him. Fans and Trump-foes say it’s just tat for Trump’s boorish tit. But potential 2020 presidential contender Julian Castro says the video goes too far — family of political players should always be off limits, he says.

Roseanne, RIP (Sorta)

We now know how ABC is handling the departure of Roseanne Barr from her self-titled sitcom reboot re-branded as “The Conners.” Last month she suggested she’d be off’ed by an opioid overdose, and that’s exactly what happened. The story was wrapped up in the opening minutes of the show, and the dysfunctional family quickly moved on. Roseanne has been producing an interview talk show on her Youtube channel.

Ariana is A-OK

Ariana Grande seems to be doing okay in the days after calling off her engagement to SNL star Pete Davidson. She recorded a pre-taped song for a TV special about Broadway hit musical “Wicked.” Friends report she’s given back the $100,000 engagement ring, but she’s keeping the couple’s teacup pig. Davidson, however, was supposed to perform at Temple University tomorrow, but he pulled out.

Big “Halloween” Premiere?

Hollywood analysts are expecting a huge weekend for the next “Halloween” movie this weekend. The flick was produced on a $10 million budget and is expected to bring in at least $50 million — maybe up to $65 million. It’s the 11th film in the horror franchise, and the fourth with Jamie Lee Curtis

Birthdays: October 17, 2018

Marshall Mathers (Eminem) – rapper – 46

Wyclef Jean – Fugees rapper, producer – 46

Chris Kirkpatrick – former N’Syncer – 47

Norm MacDonald – SNL alum and actor – 55

Alan Jackson – country star – 60

George Wendt – Actor, Cheers (Norm) – 70

BORN ON THIS DATE

Howard Rollins – In the Heat of the Night actor – 1950

Margot Kidder – Actress, Superman (Lois Lane) – 1948 (d. May ’18 from overdose)

Evel Knievel – stunt daredevil – 1938

Rita Hayworth – famous 1940s actress – 1918

History: October 17, 2018

1777

Continental General Horatio Gates captures almost 6,000 British soldiers at Saratoga, New York.

More than 20,000 American forces were on hand to surround the relatively small group of Redcoats and Hessians. Rather than being decimated, their general negotiated surrender. The men would remain in captivity, and pledged to never again serve the Crown in North America.

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1835

The Texas Rangers are founded — the border guards, not the baseball team.

The corps of lawmen kept watch over the Brazos and Trinity Rivers, which outlined part of the independent republic’s territory.

They were especially important during Texas’ war with Mexico. Settlers along the frontier were especially in danger from Mexican troops or even hostile Indians.

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1912

The First Balkan War is set into motion, when Serbia and Greece declare war on the Ottoman Empire.

The Turkish powerhouse still controlled much of Southeastern Europe, including smaller countries like Montenegro and Macedonia.

Even when the Ottomans were driven out and countries’ borders redrawn, the situation remained chaotic with new independent states struggling to govern themselves.

War broke out again in 1913, after Bulgaria was ticked off that it didn’t get more land in the deal — but was quickly defeated.

All of the tumult eventually impelled the world into its first global war.

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1931

Al Capone gets 11 years in prison for tax evasion and is slapped with an $80,000 fine. The sentence marked the beginning of the end for the infamous gangster.

Though Elliot Ness’ “Untouchables” were successful in breaking up Capone’s bootlegging enterprises, they FBI finally busted Capone for not paying taxes.

Capone began his sentence in Atlanta, but word got out he was given too good of treatment, so he was transferred to Alcatraz. He was released in 1939 for good behavior, having spent the last year of his sentence in the hospital (for syph).

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1974

President Ford outlines his reasons for pardoning his predecessor Richard Nixon.

When Ford took office, he famously said that the “long national nightmare” was over.

Since there was no precedent for Ford’s handling of the indictment hanging over Nixon’s head, Ford took action to move the country forward. He said an endless trial would only serve to polarize the country.

In response to the pardon, Nixon apologized for not acting more decisively in the handling of Watergate, lamenting that it turned from a political scandal to a national tragedy.

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1989

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocks San Francisco.

It lasted 15 seconds. Millions of people witnessed the disaster on TV, since game three of the World Series was being hosted in San Francisco.

It began just before the start of the game — the sportscasters turned into news anchors, reporting from the stadium.

63 died and more than 3,00 injured. 100,000 buildings sustained damage.

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2004

The Taipei 101 skyscraper becomes the tallest high-rise in the world when it’s fixed with an extra-tall tower on top.

It held the title of tallest building for 6 years, until the Burj Khalifa is opened in Dubai in 2010.

Hillary Hit a Wall

Hillary Clinton has hit another wall — this time literally. Video captured Tuesday showed the van carrying her clunk right into a parking structure support beam. She appeared to be fine exiting the van. No word on what caused the bone-headed mishap; it’s likely the driver misjudged the turn. She was in New Jersey raising money for Sen. Bob Menendez.

Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Finalize Divorce

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are officially divorced. Faris retained celeb powerhouse attorney Laura Wasser, who petitioned the judge to allow a private judge to take over the case, so it doesn’t get bogged down in a slow public divorce court. Terms appear to be amicable. They will share custody of 6-year-old son Jack. As for property and belongings, there was a prenup, which simplifies things there.

Birthdays: October 16, 2018

John Mayer –  singer – 41

Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist; played Needles in Back to the Future – 56

Tim Robbins – actor – 60

Suzanne Somers – actress, “Three’s Company” – 72

Bob Weir – Grateful Dead founder – 71

Angela Lansbury – actress – 93

BORN ON THIS DATE

Oscar Wilde – Irish playwright and poet – 1854

Noah Webster – of Webster’s Dictionary – 1758

History: October 16, 2018

1793

Marie Antoinette’s life comes to a head.

The wife of deposed King Louis XVI is executed at the guillotine.

On her way to the chopping block, she reportedly stepped on the executioner’s foot, and apologized, saying, “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it.”

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1854

While running for Congress, Abraham Lincoln publicly speaks out against slavery.

The speech decried the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which left the decision to slavery to the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska.

In effect, the act also repealed the Missouri Compromise, which outlawed slavery in new settlements west of Louisiana.

Lincoln was a staunch abolitionist — and a Republican. He was also very opposed to civil war, advocating for policies that confined slavery to the South, where he believed it would eventually die out.

He would of course become president in 1860.

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1946

The day after Herman Goering commits suicide, 10 remaining Nazi officials are hanged for their crimes with the Reich.

They had been languishing for 10 weeks following guilty convictions from the War Crimes Tribunal.

Seven more were given prison sentences, like those who renounced allegiance to Hitler. Three more were acquitted.

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1958

Chevy debuts the El Camino, a car-truck hybrid with a pickup build on an Impala body.

It was in response to the Ford Ranchero, which had dominated the odd-shaped car market for 2 years. Such automobiles were popular among farmers in Europe, but it never caught on stateside.

The model only lasted for two years.  In 1964, Chevy introduced a new design, making it one of the iconic muscle cars of the 1960s and ’70s.

In 1987, its production was permanently ended.

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Rough Skies for Tara Reid

Tara Reid had a rough time getting to New York yesterday. She was booted from a Los Angeles-based flight after throwing a temper tantrum for being put in the wrong seat, then later for not getting a pillow. While flight attendants tried to cool her down, the pilot returned to the gate and had her kicked off. She says she was just annoyed at the person in front of her reclining too far — she got on a later flight.