White House needs a chef
WASHINGTON -- Aspiring celebrity chefs, take note: Walter Scheib is packing up his spatula after nearly 11 years at the White House stove, and the president needs a replacement. Scheib is resigning "to pursue other opportunities," Rachel Sunbarger, a spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush, said Friday. "The residence staff has just begun the process of looking for a new chef," Sunbarger said, and it's unclear how long the search will take. So Scheib will keep cooking until his replacement is in place. The White House chef oversees a staff responsible for all sorts of food, from everyday meals for the first family to state dinners for hundreds that showcase American hospitality to the world. Scheib was hired by Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1994 from the Greenbrier resort, a West Virginia retreat popular with politicos. He's known for a contemporary style that emphasizes regional American and ethnic tastes.
Spike Lee at Miami U.
OXFORD, Ohio -- College students should try to find a career that will make them happy, not necessarily one that will make them rich, filmmaker Spike Lee told a Miami University crowd of about 1,000. "Hopefully, you'll be able to find a career path that you love and be able to make a living out of that," Lee said Thursday night. "You do not want to be sitting 20 years from now when you dread waking up in the morning to go to a job that you hate. So these four years or more that you are here are critical for you to find out what it is that you love." Lee's films include "She's Gotta Have It," "Do the Right Thing," "Jungle Fever" and "Malcolm X."
Jay-Z files countersuitin answer to R. Kelly
NEW YORK -- Rapper Jay-Z has answered R & amp;B singer R. Kelly's $75-million lawsuit over their aborted joint tour last fall with a countersuit claiming that the tour came unhinged because of "R. Kelly's financial woes, insecurities, and unsafe and unpredictable behavior." "In Chicago and Baltimore, R. Kelly was not 'ready,' " the countersuit states. "In Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Hartford, R. Kelly was not 'willing.' In St. Louis and New York, R. Kelly was not 'able.'" The pairing of the rap star and the R & amp;B singer-songwriter-producer had been one of the most anticipated tours of the fall concert season, but it dissolved after Kelly walked off stage during a show at Madison Square Garden in New York, saying he had seen someone in the audience waving a gun at him. Jay-Z continued the tour without Kelly as "Jay-Z & amp; Friends," tapping a variety of performers to fill Kelly's spot. In response to the countersuit, Kelly spokesman Allan Mayer told MTV News that "Mr. Kelly will press on with his case and when the facts are fully laid out in court, it is Jay-Z who will be exposed for his wrongdoing."
Lopez, Anthony to singtogether for Grammys
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who have been mum on their reported marriage, will perform together for the first time at the Grammy Awards later this month, reports The Associated Press. The Recording Academy didn't announce the song the couple would perform, but there was speculation that it might be from Lopez's new album, "Rebirth," which is due out March 1. Lopez and Anthony have sung together before -- on "No me amas" from her 1999 album, On the 6, and on "Escapemonos" from Anthony's "Amar sin mentiras." The couple were married in Beverly Hills, Calif., last June. Anthony is nominated for best Latin pop album for "Amar sin mentiras" and best salsa/merengue album for "Valio la pena." The Feb. 13 Grammy Awards show will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
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