Gossip professionals are under attack this week, targeted by celebs who slam us for distorting the truth.
Miley Cyrus is mad over rumors she's split up with sweetheart Liam Hemsworth because she's been seen without her engagement ring. She says the bauble is out for repairs.
Her pal Evan Rachel Wood tweets her support: "The fact that we live in a world which condones the stripping of basic human rights . . . of people because of their status, is very sad to me."
Yep, I've always dreamt of trampling on Wood's human rights!
Justin Bieber's got his own ax to grind: He's peeved over reports he's checking into drug 'n' alcohol rehab. "Everyone in my team has been telling me, 'Keep the press happy,' but I'm tired of all the countless lies," he says in an Instagram rant. "Saying I'm going to rehab and how my family is disappointed in me. My family is beyond proud." Beyond!
An unstoppable mom
Congratulations to Chester County's Mary Lou King. The nurse and mother of four who runs a dairy farm with husband Neal, on Friday was named winner of the $100,000 Unstoppable Mom award by Live co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
Tales of Hoffman
It's a great celebration for a great man and poet. Per Contra mag came out Friday (http://bit.ly/ZufeLO) with 33 fond remembrances celebrating the life and work of former U.S. poet laureate and Penn prof Daniel Hoffman on his 90th birthday.
Luminaries of the Philly poetry scene are included: Miriam Kotzin, Michael Peich, Kim Bridgford of West Chester University, Inquirer alum Frank Wilson , Nathalie F. Anderson of Swarthmore, Elaine Terranova, Greg Djanikian, and Darcy Cummings.
- John Timpane
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