a Check ... and countercheck: Canadian actor and comedian Mark Critch offered actress Pamela Anderson a check if she will give up acting on Tuesday in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Anderson attempted to deliver a letter and a million-dollar check to the Canadian Sealers Association to end the annual commercial seal hunt, but the office was closed.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s return to North Korea to help train the country’s basketball stars has not been disrupted by the political convulsions there, notably the execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle last week, the Irish online betting company sponsoring the visit said. Rodman was to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday and then travel to North Korea on Thursday with a documentary film crew, said Rory Scott, a spokesman for the company, Paddy Power of Dublin. Scott said they would leave North Korea on Monday. “We spoke to a lot of experts who said it’s safe for foreigners to travel to North Korea,” he said.
Rodman visited North Korea last winter and befriended Kim, 30, a fan of U.S. basketball.
Haggard says Price was first ‘outlaw’: Merle Haggard said Tuesday that he can still remember the first time he heard Ray Price’s voice on the radio, in 1951. Price’s music, and his independent spirit, were always inspirational, Haggard said. “He was probably the first outlaw,” he said the day after Price’s death at the age of 87. “I think Willie [Nelson] will agree. He was out there fighting for what he believed and doing it his way, and being criticized and all that. I remember when he laid the guitar down and started hiring violin players … and everybody thought he was crazy. Crazy like a fox. He knew what he was doing.”
Sean Penn with ‘wanted’ businessman: Actor Sean Penn said he’s with Jacob Ostreicher after the New York businessman was secretly spirited out of Bolivia, where he’s been fighting for more than two years to clear his name in a money-laundering investigation. Ostreicher spent 18 months in a Bolivian jail without charges on suspicion of money laundering while trying to salvage a rice-growing venture. He was released a year ago and put under house arrest after Penn traveled to Bolivia and directly appealed to President Evo Morales to free him. Ostreicher, an Orthodox Jew with a flooring business in Brooklyn, complained that he was being fleeced by corrupt officials to drop the case against him. The Bolivian government called him a fugitive.