3 Doors Down bassist is out
The band 3 Doors Down has indefinitely suspended its bassist after his DUI arrest.
Todd Harrell was charged Tuesday in Mississippi with a second-offense DUI involving a substance other than alcohol. The rock group said in a statement Thursday that Harrell was suspended to protect the band’s “image and integrity.”
In 2012, Harrell’s Cadillac rear-ended another vehicle. He was later found to be driving under the influence of prescription drugs and was convicted.
The band says it is encouraging Harrell to “address and resolve his problems.”
Bieber arrest video in demand
A judge said Thursday he will review police video made shortly after Justin Bieber’s recent Miami Beach arrest to determine if some portions should be withheld from the public, particularly clips depicting the singer urinating into a cup as part of a drug test.
Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said after a hearing that he will privately review some of the roughly 10 hours of Miami Beach police video taken after Bieber’s Jan. 23 arrest. The Associated Press, the Miami Herald and other media organizations are seeking release of the video, arguing there is no exemption in Florida’s generous open records law allowing it to be kept under wraps.
Accident sank Newton’s yacht
Investigators have concluded that the sinking of a Lake Mead yacht owned by Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton was an accident, a National Park Service official said Thursday.
The Oct. 18 sinking of the 65-foot vessel was traced to the failure of two hoses to drain water from a rear storage compartment, park service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.
One hose was disabled by a kink, and the other wasn’t properly connected, Vanover said.
No one was on the boat and no one was injured when the 1996 Skipperliner, named Rendezvous, became swamped and sank stern-first in 49 feet of water in a slip at the Temple Bar marina on the Arizona side of the Colorado River reservoir.
Apology for Arsenio Hall
NBC News anchor Brian Williams had a quick on-air response after Arsenio Hall needled him for excluding Hall from a video montage of late-night hosts: Oops.
“Arsenio is a late-night veteran, and he took us to task on his show, and he even urged his audience members to call our newsroom,” Williams said on his “Nightly News” telecast Wednesday from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“So, in apologizing to Arsenio we just wanted to point out: At least you’re in good company here,” Williams continued, noting that the newscast last year left New Hampshire off a map and on Tuesday misspelled Philadelphia on-screen.
Hall’s exclusion came during what he called NBC News’ “Brady Bunch montage” showing clips of virtually every late-night TV host, including David Letterman, Chelsea Handler and Carson Daly. The video was used on Monday’s “Nightly News” segment on “The Tonight Show” debut of Jimmy Fallon, also on NBC.