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Madonna cut loose

Madonna has spent a little time living in the judicial world.

The pop superstar turned up for jury duty Monday at a New York City courthouse.

She had gotten excused from a jury service date in May. She didn’t have to stick around for long this time.

The singer was dismissed within two hours. She spent the time in a clerk’s office instead of in the juror waiting room.

Court system spokesman David Bookstaver says officials cut her loose because they didn’t want her presence to create a distraction.

Palin series renewed

Sarah Palin is getting another term on television.

The Sportsman Channel said Monday that Palin’s series, “Amazing America,” is being renewed for a second season that will start early next year.

On the series, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska ex-governor profiles outdoor enthusiasts and craftsmen.

The show aired Thursday nights and finished its first season May 29.

The small network could not say exactly how many people watched Palin. But the Sportsman Channel is now available in more homes than when “Amazing America” started and network executives said they believe the high-profile show helped persuade more carriers to offer it.

Cyrus honors teacher

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a “true American hero.”

Cyrus praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in Incline Village, a Nevada community on north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Police say Landsberry, a 45-year-old ex-Marine, tried to talk the shooter into turning over the handgun before he was shot in the chest Oct. 21 at a middle school in the Reno suburb of Sparks. The student wounded two classmates before taking his life.

“Tonight we are here to honor a true American hero,” Cyrus told a crowd of over 1,000. “Michael Landsberry made the ultimate sacrifice to save his students after serving three terms in Afghanistan.”

Cyrus said Landsberry also represented the courage of the Vietnam veteran honored in his patriotic song, “Some Gave All.”

— From News wire services