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SBD/December 7, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published December 7, 2012
COURT REPORT: The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday “filed a formal complaint” against Phillies reporter and former sports anchor with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia LESLIE GUDEL. Gudel created the Nap Nanny, a “foam recliner meant to reduce gas and gently” put babies to sleep. The complaint claims it has “received more than 70 reports of infants falling out of the recliner.” The complaint says the Nap Nanny “poses a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.” The company “went out of business last month, but the CPSC wants to force Gudel to notify purchasers of the danger and offer full refunds.” An earlier model of the Nap Nanny “was recalled in 2010, after it was found responsible for the death of a four-month-old” (DEADSPIN.com, 12/5).
CHARITY STRIPE: Cowboys QB TONY ROMO has pledged $1M to Dr. TONY EVANS’ Urban Alternative “to help fund a national Church Adopt-A-School initiative” (ESPNDALLAS.com, 12/5)….Free agent 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS hosted a fundraiser for his Youk’s Kids charity at Royale nightclub on Thursday (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7)….Mets 3B DAVID WRIGHT and the Mets Foundation will donate $250,000 to N.Y. Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts (MLB.com, 12/6)….A special MLB.com auction during this week’s Winter Meetings raised $152,700 for Stand Up To Cancer. Seventy-eight items were listed in the auction, “attracting 1,809 total bids or just more than 23 bids per listing.” The auction’s “success and creative energy was largely the collaboration” by all 30 MLB team PR directors and their staffs (MLB.com, 12/7).
NAMES: Ravens LB TERRELL SUGGS was “required to surrender several firearms last month as part of a domestic case involving his longtime girlfriend filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court” (Baltimore SUN, 12/7)….The National Motorsports Press Association will induct late NASCAR VP/Corporate Communications JIM HUNTER into its HOF on Jan. 19. Hunter joins late Pocono Raceway Founder Dr. JOSEPH MATTIOLI and sportscaster KEN SQUIER (NASCAR)….Nets Minority Owner JAY-Z and his wife, BEYONCE, attended SI’s Sportsman of the Year awards honoring Heat F LEBRON JAMES on Wednesday (N.Y. POST, 12/7)….Former U.S. Olympic figure skater MICHELLE KWAN starts a “new job this fall at the State Department.” Her official title is “Senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/5)....Pacers F DANNY GRANGER bought the Hollywood Hills, Calif., home of “The Vampire Diaries” screenwriter KEVIN WILLIAMSON four months ago for $3.715M and “recently put it back on the market” for $4.195M (LATIMES.com, 12/6)….Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN is building a 37,000-square-foot house in Jupiter, Fla. (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 12/6).