Saturday, October 1, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Jerry Haynes Dead, Justin Melvey Now In Hair Business, Brianna Brown Marathon

Jerry Haynes, longtime Dallas TV kids' show host, Mr. Peppermint, dies at 84
Few broadcasters had a bigger impact on North Texas than Jerry Haynes, who has died at age 84. He died Monday morning at a nursing facility in Longview from complications due to Parkinson's Disease with family at his side.

His acting roles included DALLAS and the mid-1980s Peyton Place: The Next Generation TV movie.

Haynes was also an eyewitness to history. He was present at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

He dashed four blocks to the WFAA studio to be among the first to describe the scene to incredulous viewers.

Drugs didn't kill actor Jeff Conaway, coroner rules
Autopsy reports pertaining to the May 27th death of BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL actor Jeff Conaway are conclusive. The actor died of “a major infection” according to Los Angeles County Coroner, Craig Harvey.

Conaway had been hospitalized for some two and a half weeks prior to his demise. Though he struggled with substance abuse, no toxicology report was pursued as part of the autopsy. It was deemed unnecessary since Conaway was in hospital custody and under monitored care.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Justin Melvey is now into hair care
He tells Confidential he's here as managing director of Prive haircare products, to go through business meetings for the "huge organically enhanced haircare line in David Jones".

"I have the rights to the whole of Australia ... we're looking for salons in Adelaide," he says.

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Brianna Brown running marathon to raise money
Brown is running the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday for NAMI-Dakota County, an organization that her grandparents, Jean and Tom Brown, started for their daughter, who suffered from schizophrenia. The grass-roots organization is 100 percent volunteer-based and consists of family members trying to help loved ones who are suffering from mental illnesses.

CORONATION STREET's Charlie Condou: My real 'gay celebrity dad' life
"People are curious about the logistics of my child-rearing arrangements, I understand that. While not the rarity it once was, gay parenting is still something that few people have direct experience of, and it is only natural that they ask questions."

Watershed guidelines reaffirmed by Ofcom
Ofcom, the regulator for broadcast and media in the UK has issued a reminder to the industry concerning the 9 p.m. watershed which is in place to protect younger viewers from explicit language and imagery as well as violence.

Research by the regulator showed that pre-watershed productions on the hit list of parents were the modern day rating grabbing sensational soap operas and films in the top spot with 14% equally, followed by reality television totaling 12% of parents surveyed. Music videos were also a concern to parents.

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