Famous twins to build $7.3 million condo

Famous twins to build$7.3 million condo
NEW YORK -- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen hate it when the press singles them out.
They want to be treated like any normal teens, they say. So we'd expect the matriculating freshmen to fit right in with their New York University peers in a dorm this fall, right? Or maybe they've decided to go sophisticated and rent a walk-up apartment in a quaint block in artsy Greenwich Village to share with a couple of buddies? Wrong.
To show just how down they are with the peeps, the 18-year-old twins "will stay in the Village but in their very own luxury penthouse," The New York Times reports.
But that's not the half of it -- or the quarter, for that matter. The Olsen twins are building their own condo by spending $7.3 million to buy and convert four connecting penthouses. It features two-bedroom suites with their studies and walk-in closets, two guest bedrooms (pajama party heaven), and its own screening room. Oh, yeah, there's a kitchen, too.
Cosby praises effortsagainst street violence
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- When comedian Bill Cosby called Police Chief Anthony Scott to praise his battle against street crime, the chief thought it was a joke.
Scott told The Republican in Springfield recently that it took Cosby about a minute to convince him of his identity. "I was floored," Scott said.
Cosby's phone call came as the 67-year-old entertainer, who has a home in the rural western Massachusetts town of Shelburne, has taken a personal interest in helping to combat crime in the region's cities.
He met last week with a mother in neighboring Springfield whose 19-year-old twins were killed in separate shootings. Cosby promised to help her organize a community rally against street violence.
Cosby, who attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has also joined with the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to honor local teens who overcame obstacles to graduate from high school and attend college.
Bushes banned Basabefrom NYC, paper says
WASHINGTON -- Fabian Basabe is what you might call a no-name brand celeb: He's famous for dancing hot 'n' heavy for first twin Barbara Bush.
And according to the New York Post, his gallivanting has so upset the first family that not only is it verboten for him to visit the White House, but the GOP also has banned him from New York during the Republican National Convention. That'd be the "entire city."
His rep says the report is nonsense and insists Basabe will be in LaLaLand during the convention, working as a guest correspondent for the newest celebrity-obsessed syndicated TV show, "The Insider," hosted by Pat O'Brien.
Today's birthdays
Actress Jean Parker is 92. Former TV talk show host Mike Douglas is 79. Actress Arlene Dahl is 76. The Rev. Jerry Falwell is 71. Actress Anna Massey is 67. Rock musician Jim Kale (Guess Who) is 61. Country singer John Conlee is 58. Singer Eric Carmen is 55. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 51. Singer Joe Jackson is 50. Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 40. Actor-host Joe Rogan is 37. Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad is 34. Actor Will Friedle is 28. Rapper Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) is 26. Singer J-Boog (B2K) is 19.

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