Forget about Missoni selling out. That was yesterday's news at Target. Today's big news is the A-listers who appeared at Target's semi-annual managers meeting at Target Center Wednesday afternoon.
Should we start with the Big O? Oprah Winfrey wore a little red and khaki as she yakked for about 10 minutes, referring to lots of donations of library books, according to our spy. Another star associated with red, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, appeared once again. He's become a regular at these events.
Another repeater was Taylor Swift, who has had a long tie-in with Target. And there was another Taylor of older vintage, James Taylor. Speaking of veterans, Tony Bennett serenaded Target managers again, hyping his "Duets II."
Alison Krauss + Union Station, who played at the sold-out Orpheum on Tuesday, performed at Target Center to thank the retailer for promoting an exclusive CD with extra tracks. Willow Smith also whipped her hair for Target.
Closing the extravaganza was the pregnant Beyoncé, touting her new Target exclusive album "4" and her soon-to-be family of three.
- JON BREAM
Ginsburg OK after sliding out of plane
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 78 and has battled cancer, was forced to slide down an emergency chute Wednesday to evacuate a jetliner grounded by engine problems at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., a court spokeswoman said. Ginsburg was on her way from Washington to San Francisco and was not injured. The captain ordered the evacuation of United Airlines Flight 586 after smoke appeared from one of the plane's engines, said United spokesman Mike Trevino. He said that it wasn't clear what caused the smoke and that the emergency chutes were used to speed the evacuation. In all, 179 passengers and six crew members evacuated. Three reported minor injuries.
JACKSON ESTATE RECOUPS
Michael Jackson's estate plans to distribute $30 million to the pop star's mother, Katherine Jackson, his three children and unnamed charities, court documents show. The estate has generated more than $310 million since his death. Jackson's executors noted that they were able to reduce debt obligations by $90 million and also refinanced loans with lower interest rates. The release of the concert film "This Is It" also benefited the estate. The $30 million is a preliminary distribution, and more is likely to be disbursed in the future. A judge is scheduled to approve the plan on Sept. 28.