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LOS ANGELES -- Video shows Justin Bieber running into a photographer with his white Ferrari in Hollywood, but police say there was no crime and the injuries aren't life-threatening.
Lt. Craig Valenzuela says Bieber's car collided with the person at 11:45 p.m. Monday on Sunset Boulevard.
Valenzuela says nobody was cited or arrested and officers determined no crime was committed. He says investigators are trying to determine whether the pedestrian was in the roadway.
A video posted by TMZ.com shows Bieber getting into a Ferrari. He's surrounded by paparazzi and as the car drives off, one falls to the ground and grips his knee.
A request for comment from Bieber's publicist, Melissa Victor, was not immediately returned.
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LONDON (June 18, 2013): Newcastle United on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football, as he hit out at his detractors who criticised his return to the English Premier League side.
The St James' Park club said the 66-year-old former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest manager had signed a three-year deal and would be "the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters".
"The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club," managing director Derek Llambias said on nufc.co.uk.
"Joe has many years of experience working within the game and this experience will be of great benefit to the club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons."
Kinnear's move back to the club he managed from September 2008 until heart problems forced him out the following year, has been controversial, with many fans claiming it made coach Alan Pardew's position untenable.
But Kinnear has done little to quell those fears, saying in a radio interview on Monday night that the criticisms were unjustified and many of his detractors were "talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh".
"I'm not accepting it, as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that's a fact," he told talkSPORT.
Newcastle made the Europa League quarter-finals last season but finished a disappointing 16th in the English Premier League.
Kinnear, who claimed that Pardew was "delighted" at his appointment, claimed in the interview that he had an extensive list of contacts which would help his job.
Pardew has yet to comment publicly.
"I've spent my whole life talking to (former Manchester United manager) Alex Ferguson, week in, week out. What would you do?" Kinnear went on.
"I can pick the phone up at any time of the day and speak to (Arsenal coach) Arsene Wenger, any manager in the league. In all the divisions." AFP
Nigella Lawson's husband Charles Saatchi has admitted assaulting the celebrity chef and accepted a police caution after published photos showed him grabbing Lawson's throat during an argument at a restaurant.
After first dismissing the incident as a "playful tiff," Saatchi says he approached police to discuss the incident after seeking legal advice, according to the London Evening Standard.
"Although Nigella made no complaint, I volunteered to go to Charing Cross (police) station and take a police caution after a discussion with my lawyer because I thought it was better than the alternative of this hanging over all of us for months," he told the newspaper, where he is also a columnist. Thewell-known British art dealer said questioning took four hours.
The incident happened June 9 in a London restaurant
Saatchi, 70, initially characterized the incident as a "playful tiff" during an intense debate about the couple's children, according to the Huffington Post. Lawson, 53, is a well-known TV chef and host, whose cookbooks are best-sellers in Britain and the United States.
In Britain, a "caution" is a formal warning given to someone who admits an offense. There's no penalty, but it can be used as character evidence in a later criminal case.
Lawson has not commented on the incident. Saatchi says the couple "had made up by the time we were home. "The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the storybroke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled."
Lawson's spokesman, Mark Hutchinson, confirmed she took her children from the family home after the photos were published but declined further comment.
Saatchi and Lawson married in 2003 and live in London with Lawson's son and daughter from her marriage to journalist John Diamond, who died of cancer in 2001, and Saatchi's daughter from a previous marriage.
Why do comedies keep making ill-advised comebacks? Nostalgia plays a huge part. The assumption is that a resurrected oldie will deliver a ready-made audience of former viewers, plus a whole new generation. Their characters already exist, so there's none of that pesky need to establish them they can just pick up where they left off. Meanwhile, most TV executives are of a certain age and may let misty eyes obscure their vision.
The TV industry's need for one-off specials often prompts them to dust down old favourites too. The Royle Family and The Vicar Of Dibley now seem to exist solely as seasonal or charitable one-offs none of which hit the heights of their peak period.
Birds Of A Feather is hardly a stone-cold classic either there aren't many "former glories" to chase. Let's hope this doesn't spark a trend for resuscitating mediocre Nineties sitcoms. The last thing we need is a "long awaited" sequel to The Brittas Empire or Goodnight Sweetheart (another Marks and Gran creation).
A rare example of a successful resurrection was The Likely Lads. The original mid-Sixties black-and-white classic returned in 1973 as Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? Now in colour, it was an instant classic, taking the best mates played by James Bolam and Rodney Bewes, and imagining in a nuanced, believable way how their lives might have turned out. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? remains one of the greatest sitcoms of all time (with one of the best theme tunes), yet it is the exception rather than the rule.There's a precedent in the US for un-cancelling comedies see Arrested Development, Futurama and Family Guy but these were all cult favourites whose fanbase was clamouring. I don't imagine there were hordes of Birds Of Feather devotees banging desperately on the doors of Broadcasting House.
The secret of many of our best-loved sitcoms is that they left us wanting more. There were only a dozen episodes of Fawlty Towers and 15 of The Office. By contrast, Only Fools And Horses kept returning and ended up far outstaying its welcome, as did Absolutely Fabulous and Red Dwarf. Call me a pessimist but I have a feeling that Birds Of A Feather will fall into the latter camp. Birds of a feather flop together, if you will.
The Thameslink train hit the boy and girl, aged 18 and 15 respectively, close to Elstree & Borehamwood station at 9pm. The track was protected by a 6ft-high fence.
Paramedics rushed to the scene but could not save the pair, who were pronounced dead shortly afterwards. They were both said to have been carrying a note.
The girl has been named as Charleigh Jade Disbrey, a talented local musician who posted videos of herself playing an acoustic guitar on YouTube and turned 15 less than a fortnight ago.
"I don't wish to be famous for the money. I want to be famous because I want people to relate to music," she wrote. "I want to be someones inspiration, I want to make someone feel like they're not alone."
Both attended the Hertswood Academy school, the girl studying for GCSEs and the boy in the final year of A-levels. The school is offering counselling to students.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious.
Roger Perkins, spokesman for First Capital Connect, said: "There were no passengers on board the train but there were two drivers in the cab, both of whom are being offered our full care and support.
"This was a shocking incident and our hearts go out to those involved. We have been giving our full support to our employees who were at the scene and will do all we can to help the emergency services in their investigation."
East of England Ambulance spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "On arrival it was evident nothing could be done and both patients were pronounced dead shortly after."
In a statement, Hertswood Academy, in Borehamwood, said: "At the start of the school day today we were contacted by the British Transport Police to inform us of an incident that had occurred overnight involving two of our students.
"From the details that we have been given we believe that two of our students, one in year 10, and one in year 13, have tragically died. Students and staff have been informed this morning and we are offering counselling to those affected by this tragedy.
"Our thoughts are obviously with the parents and families of those who have died and we would ask all to respect their privacy at this most difficult time."
Samaritans, who provide support to people in distress, can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90